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Autumn Newsletter

Our Autumn newsletter is now out, and it’s full of interesting articles.  Thanks to everyone who has contributed.   Go to: Autumn 2019 Newsletter

Autumn Litter Pick

Despite the weather we had a great turn out on the 26th October. Thanks to all of you who took part. Alton Town Council supplied the litter picking equipment so a special “thank you” to their staff who were very helpful. We had a new local company called Jisp turn up with a team. Alton’s 3rd Scout group came as well and did a grand job. Our next pick will be in the Spring. Main litter was again cigarette butts followed by plastic bottles and cans. We did not find one plastic bag! In the pictures 1. Jisp volunteer with a young helper 2. Scouts with minders! 3. Organiser checking the score of the England v New Zealand game 4. More volunteers.

 

AGM 16th November 2019

Our Annual General Meeting took place at the Alton House Hotel and the room was packed! Martin Gibbs received his award for Outstanding Services to Alton (pictures will follow) and gifts were also given to Martin for his work in Flood Meadows this year. Jim Dickinson, our Tree Officer also received a gift for his help and support during the year.

Nicky Branch presided over his last meeting as Chairman and this was marked by a surprise presentation from the committee consisting of bottles of his favourite wine. Well deserved.

Sadly our guest speaker did not turn up but we had a “Plan B”. Mark Penfold of Macallan Penfold Chartered Architects stepped in and gave a talk on the Cala/Coors planning application and his ideas for improving on it. These were very well received by the audience who were appalled at Cala’s callous disregard of the Town’s wishes for this site. It is hoped the District Council’s planners will refuse the application and tell Cala to go back to the drawing board.

Thanks were given to all those who helped make the AGM such a memorable one.

 

Outstanding Award  for services to Alton – Our Winner for 2019

Martin Gibbs has won our prestigious award this year. He is 68 years old, married with two daughters. He took over running the Flood Meadows Working Party in 2007 (since renamed Friends of Flood Meadows). He organises our Sunday morning sessions (see below for the next date) when the group of volunteers numbering between 10 to 20 help to keep the meadows in excellent condition. They include people of all ages and they clear debris, vegetation, litter plus repairing and building footpaths. Martin ensures they all receive tasks that match their skills. His friendly and “can do” attitude is an example to us all.Martin Gibbs 2019

Our Summer newsletter is still available online – the Autumn edition is available now. See above for a link to it. Copies are in the Library and Community Centre.

23 Houses at Wilsom Road -Ref: 55638/001

The deadline for comments on this application is 30th October.  Go to:

https://planningpublicaccess.easthants.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=makeComment&keyVal=_EHANT_DCAPR_245840

Click here to see The Alton Society’s response.

Alton Society Grants

Hop over to our Grants Application Page for news of the grants recently awarded to local community initiatives. Click on “About Us” then click on Grant Applications.

Friends of Alton Station

Friends of Alton Station are working hard to raise funds to save our Heritage Footbridge. The interim target is £35,000.00. The plan is to rescue the bridge, refurbish it and restore it to its former glory. The group are have had a meeting with Network Rail to discuss their proposals to save the footbridge. We shall keep you informed. If you want to help then visit their website and make a donation, or visit their Facebook Page.

Wey Valley Radio 101.1FM and online

We have a regular slot on Tuesday morning at 10a.m. Tune in and have a listen! We give an update on local issues and often have a “favourite building” slot with a little local history.

Friends of Flood Meadows – Community Action

Our sessions on the 13th and 20th October were a great success with up to 28 volunteers in total on both days helping to build a new embankment at the Lenten St bridge end. The sacks will be filled with seeds. When they grow they will give the appearance of a natural river bank.

This is the “before” and “after” the first session!

 

Come and join the Friends of Flood Meadows to help with tidying, clearing litter and maintenance. We meet at the Tanhouse Lane end of the meadows at 10am usually on the third (3rd) Sunday of the month (next date is 15th December). It is a family friendly group.  Children are welcome and it helps them to learn about our local environment. Bring gardening gloves and wellingtons (though we do have some spares)! We always finish with a coffee or tea and if you are lucky a chocolate biscuit.

Trees

Did you know that we have a member who is an expert on Trees? If you join the Society then he will be happy to give you advice free – your £12.50 subscription is worth it just for that! Send us an email at thealtonsociety@gmail.com if you are interested.

Check our Sustainability Group report with essential advice on Water Use under the Sustainability page.

EHDC Local Plan Consultation

We have submitted our response to the EHDC.  Clear here for the full text.  To go to a particular section go to page 1 (Contents) and click on the relevant chapter.  For example, PLANNING FOR PLACES contains our appraisals of the proposed allocations for Alton, eg land west of Brick Kiln Lane (housing), and Molson Coors Brewery (mixed use).

Also see Energy Alton’s response here