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


Replacement Sports Centre

Regrettably,  East Hampshire’s District Council decided to approve the Reserved Matters application for the replacement Sports Centre on the 5th March. This was despite a valiant fight by the pressure group Alton Sports Centre Acton Group (ASCAG), to which we gave our full support. Thank you to all those residents who took the trouble to lobby councillors on this hugely important issue.

(See our Spring Newsletter for further comment)

Community Facility on the Molson Coors Brewery Site

The Development Brief for the Coors Brewery site identifies an opportunity for a new community facility on the brewery site, and residents are being invited to have their say on what form that could take. We would encourage all residents to take part in this process.  The engagement period will include a survey and four public events, to give every resident the opportunity to take part. The four public events are:

  • Wednesday, 21 March, 7pm, Alton College, at the Annual Electors Meeting
  • Saturday, 24 March, 10am – 2pm, Alton Assembly Rooms
  • Tuesday, 27 March, 11am – 2pm, Community Centre
  • Friday, 13 April, 1pm – 4pm, Alton Town Council Offices

The on-line survey will be available from the evening of 21 March via the following link: https://tinyurl.com/AltonCommunity

Click here to see The Society’s priorities for the future development of the site.

Our Litter pick due to take place on Saturday 3rd March has also been cancelled due to the adverse weather conditions. A new date has been fixed for 24th March 10am outside the old post office. See you there!

Annual Spring Clean  has been fixed for 24th March

We are doing our Town Spring Clean on the 24th March starting at the old Post Office 10am. See details as to what to bring and the time below. The annual pick had been postponed from the 3rd March due to the awful weather. We are  hoping other “cleans” will take place in the Eastbrooke and Wooteys areas. Next Flood Meadows date is the 18th March (details below)

Dates for your diary 2018

17.3.18 Town guided walks 11a.m. They start from the Curtis Museum/the Cairn. If you have never done this come and learn about the fascinating history of our Town. £3 for adults and 50p for children. Book on 01420 85057 or just turn up!

18.3.18 Friends of Flood Meadows – due to adverse weather conditions this has been cancelled.

24.3.18 Our Annual Litter Pick. A massive community event helping to tidy up those Litter spots that are not always reached by our hard working litter pickers from the Council. We believe we add the icing on the cake! Meet outside the old Post Office at 10am. Bring some gloves & we provide the rest. Details will be sent to the Press and on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Other News

New Community Group. The Society have set up a new group to tackle specific community issues such as any new proposals for the Community Association involving the Centre, Assembly Rooms and any new building on the Coors site. If you are interested in the group then send us an email (thealtonsociety@gmail.com)

Alton’s Wey Walk. The plans to provide a path and route from Will Hall farm development to Kings Pond has received a major boost with a £15,000 grant towards the Wey Walk project. Since our previous posting we have learnt that the plan is to use this grant to pay for items such as the signage for the proposed route

We are delighted that the 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. If you want to help then visit their website to make a donation.

Alton Health Review The North Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group have published the long awaited report on the Alton Health Review – follow the link and have a look.  We have decided  with the Alton and District Resident’s Association (ADRA) to propose an Alton monitoring group or Forum to ensure the CCG keep to their targets and deliver on the proposals in the report.

Molson Coors Brewery Site – It has been announced that CALA Homes have an option to purchase the site.   Representatives of the Alton Society have meet with them and discussed the Development Brief for the site, our own submissions and the exciting opportunities the site offers our town centre  For our alternative proposals click here.

We are delighted to support the new Wey Valley Radio. A grant of £200 towards much needed equipment has been given to the community station. WVR broadcasts on 101.1 FM. It has lots of local news, comments and music.  Tuesday morning at 10a.m. is a regular slot for the Alton Society (usually Bob Booker). Go and have a listen!

Flood Meadows –  Come and join the Friends of Flood Meadows to help with tidying, clearing litter and some maintenance. We meet at the Tanhouse Lane end of the meadows at 10am on the third (3rd) Sunday of the month (next date is 15th April 2018). 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.

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 £12.50p 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.

Alton’s Town Team Matters

The next meeting of the Team will be on the 20.3.18.  It seems the format is changing so  we will tell you what difference this will make soon.

Meanwhile we have difficulty in understanding why the signpost for walkers directing them to the Town Centre from the station has been removed. It was in a good position at the junction of Paper Mill Lane and Normandy St/Anstey Road. Plus there should be a sign directing folk from the High St to the Library and Alton Community Centre. We have pushed for this to be re-instated as the original was damaged in an accident.

We are pleased the town planters have had some Winter flowering shrubs put in.

We have met with BT Openreach to discuss the area of land in front of their building. This was very helpful.  There could be improvements to enhance this area.  It lies next to the new improved seating area at the junction of Station Rd opposite the Railway Arms.