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Alton from Windmill HillWelcome to the Alton Society. We hope you find our website interesting and informative. We would love to hear from you so tell us what you think, both good and bad! Contact us at thealtonsociety@gmail.com

Latest News

EHDC have announced that the reserved matters application to build 280 houses on the old Lord Mayor Treloar Hospital site is being heard by the Planning Committee on Wednesday 29th May, at The Assembly Rooms,  at 6.00 pm.  The agenda papers, when available, will accessible on:

http://easthants.moderngov.co.uk/mgCalendarMonthView.aspx

The Alton Society has objected to a number of aspects of the latest plans.  Specifically:

  • the potential desecration of the butterfly meadows,
  • the idea of a ‘country park’ (a nonsense in our view),
  • a deplorable lack of sustainable energy design, and
  • inadequate pedestrian links

The meeting is open to members of the public.

Other News

We are delighted to announce that the Society presented a cheque to the Walk Alton group who are involved in promoting Alton’s Walking Festival as well as other walking activities. The Festival begins in May. They have been successful in getting Alton listed again as a Town that Welcomes Walkers. Well done! Bob Booker is handing the cheque over to the Chairman of Walk Alton Ms Fiona Lapraik.

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Annual Victorian Cricket Match at the Butts is on 23rd June 2019

Make a note of the date – it’s a fun day out for all the family and we will be there so come and say hello and look at our stall.

Friends of Alton Station

Friends of Alton Station have launched their Phase I  funding target to save our Heritage Footbridge. The target is £170,000.00. The plan is to rescue the bridge, refurbish it and restore it to its former glory. The group are having 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!

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 Tanhouse Lane end of the meadows at 10am on the third (3rd) Sunday of the month (next date is 19th May 2019). 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.  Tunnocks have returned!!

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).