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Say ‘NO!’ to 1,200 Houses at Chawton Park Farm!!

Next Public Protest 5.30pm Thurs 23rd Sept outside EHDC’s offices in Penns Place!!

We are delighted with the huge turnout for our Protest at The Butts, Alton, on Saturday 18th September against the monstrous, out of place, unsustainable Chawton Park Farm development proposal.  There was a great atmosphere of a community united and of one mind.  Four great speeches, not just from the Alton Society (Carol Palmer) but also from the Chairs of Chawton and Beech Parish Councils (Jason Simper and Graham Webb respectively), and from EHDC Councillor Stephen Hunt.

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Our next protest will be outside Penns Place on Thurs 23rd 2021 at 5.30pm where the Full Council meeting to ratify Chawton Park Farm to be included in the Local Plan will take place at 6.00 pm.

Please also register your concern by signing this petition. Details about what we’re aiming to achieve with this petition can be found here.

As well as signing the petition, in the meantime we should write to all EHDC Councillors before the meeting to tell them we do not accept development on such an unsustainable greenfield site, particularly given the Government’s recent ‘pause’ in its planning reforms where they are now telling us they will be focusing more on ‘brownfield’ sites. EHDC Councillor details can be found here

For ideas about what to say in any letter do have a look at our recent Petition Update For those who would like to write again, or for the first time to Cllr Angela Glass (Chair of the EHDC Planning Policy Committee) and Damian Hinds MP, here are their email addresses: angela.glass@easthants.gov.uk damian.hinds.mp@parliament.uk.

Thank you for your continuing support of this cause!

Background Information

Alton is threatened with a ‘garden village’ of 1,200 homes, primary school and community centre in a narrow scenic valley bounded by Ancient Woodlands and Sites of Interest to Nature Conservation. The Alton Society has protested in the strongest possible terms to East Hampshire District Council (EHDC) against this development.  

After guidance from Angela Glass, the Chair of the Planning Policy Committee (PPC) at EHDC, the committee voted in favour (one against) of taking only this site forward for further investigation out of the original 10 sites that were identified in 2019.

See The Alton Society’s Statement for further details including points to raise with our MP Damian Hinds,  EHDC Councillor Angela Glass and Simon Jenkins, Head of Planning at EHDC & Director of Regeneration & Place.

Chawton Park farm Poster A4

Our Summer Newsletter 2021 is now available! Browse our online copy. Previous newsletters can be found here

Recent News – Litter Pick 1st June to 5th June

We had 71 volunteers attend over 5 days and picked up enough litter to fill 66 rubbish bags. 19 of these contained recyclable items. A Deposit return system would help solve the problem of plastic, glass bottles and cans as such a system rewards with money all items recycled. The main item of litter in the Town Centre were cigarette butts (this has been the same for the last 3 years). Read our Press Release and hop over to our dedicated Litter Pick page for a detailed report and photographs!

Thank you to all our helpers. 

 

We need your help!

Come and join our Built Environment Group (BEG). The BEG keeps an eye on local building applications. The planning authority publishes plans on a weekly basis and most are non-controversial. However, due to our scrutiny we are able to alert Altonians to developments which often have a far-reaching effect on our Town and environment and this can lead us to help modify or indeed stop poor developments. Clearly, some planning expertise is preferable but not essential. You will have help from colleagues.

Please contact the Chairman on 07786 983 679 for more information or send an email to thealtonsociety@gmail.com

Outstanding Services to Alton Award 2021 – Further details here!

Community First

Head over to our Community pages for information on specific groups and activities to support Alton’s communities. This includes support from Community First specifically in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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.

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 Society news.

Friends of Flood Meadows – Community Action

Come and join the Friends of Flood Meadows to help with tidying, clearing litter and maintenance. We meet at the meadows at 10am on the third (3rd) Sunday of the month. Our next session is on 19th September.  Meet at the Lenten St end of the meadows near the new bridge at 10am with gloves and wellies. See you there!

The Friends are 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)! Normally we finish with a coffee or tea and a biscuit. However at present we ask the volunteers to bring their own refreshments for a chat after the session.

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.