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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

New Grants Policy

The Alton Society is delighted to announce that it has a new Grants Policy! This is designed to help local organisations promote new projects or support existing ones. It can be used to start up a new group. The criteria is outlined in the Alton Society Grants and you can apply by completing the application form.

Chairman Nicky Branch has been pushing for this: “We have funds available, which can be put to good use in our community. The usual upper limit will be £250 per grant, and of course the application must tie in with the Society’s aims.  I hope this new community grant will be welcomed and well used.”

A spokesperson for the Society’s Community Group is delighted that this Grants Policy has been accepted and is looking forward to receiving its first application. He added, “In the past we have helped small groups such as Wey Valley Radio to buy equipment, and supported the Friends of Alton Station in trying to save Alton’s historic railway bridge. This new policy will help us decide who needs assistance, and it will guide applicants on what they need to do to apply”.

Hutchings and Carter Application for 24/7 working at Waterbrook Road

An application seeking to extend operating hours on the Waterbrook Road site (off Mill Lane, backing onto the household recycling centre) to 24 hours a day with HGVs delivering and emptying their loads throughout the night, seven days a week.  The Alton Society has lodged a strong objection to this, based on the noise nuisance to neighbours, and the precedent that it would set for other night-time operations.  Click here .

To look at the application in detail, go to:

Latest News : Application rejected!

Butts Bridge Works and Diversion Plans

The exhibition at the Assembly Rooms on 10th July raised a number of issues.  (See front page of our Summer Newsletter).  We have condensed our concerns into 10 key questions.  Clear here for our full response.

Generation Plant – Planning Application [Ref: 57820]

There is a planning application for the change of use from agricultural land to allow construction of a gas fuelled capacity mechanism embedded generation plant to support the National Grid, on land adjacent to the A31 and to the south of Cakers Lane, East Worldham, Alton. Click here to read our comments on this recent application.

A Grand Day Out on 24th June at the Butts

 

Our stall at the Victorian Cricket Match on the Butts this year was very popular. Visitors were impressed with our plans for the Coors Brewery site and our map of the Wey River walk. Plus the pictures from our Friends of Flood Meadows and the Annual Litter Pick. We signed up 11 new members so welcome to them.

Annual Members’ Meeting, Wednesday 13th June

Members meeting June 2018

There was a fantastic turn out at the Alton Society Members’ Night. The audience heard details of what the Society have been doing over the last year, covering our hard work including the litter clearing in the town and the Flood Meadows maintenance and clean ups.

We reported back on our efforts on Alton’s Town Team. We got BT to clean up the frontage of their building. The Chairman of the Built Environment Group outlined the representations we had made on the proposals for a new community facility. We made vigorous representations on the proposed amendments to Redrow’s development at Will Hall Farm, and the exhibitions covering South Alton (see details below). We were delighted to report that the current application for the Magistrates Court site has been withdrawn and we were among those who opposed this application.

If you were unable to get to the event but are interested in helping us then send an email to thealtonsociety@gmail.com

 Land East of Will Hall Farm – 3 Reserved Matters Applications  [Ref: 55222/009  /010 and /011]

Click here to read our comments on the 3 recent applications from Redrow Homes, which are totally unacceptable in our view.


Other News

fShared Creative Vision for Alton

As reported in the Herald, as part of the recent consultation on the provision of community facilities on the Molson Coors site, representatives of a number of performing arts organisations in Alton have produced a ‘strategy’ document – “Shared Creative Vision for Alton” –  explaining their aspirations for a new arts centre. This is based on a growing realisation that the town needs a properly equipped multi-functional performance space which would become the focal point for the many performance and arts groups in our town.  Here is a link to a Vision for the Arts in Alton, which describes preliminary ideas for a mixed-use, community based facility. Do let us know what you think. And if you’d like to send direct feedback to the authors, email Chris Gardner at chris@thegardnerfamily.org

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 Society has already made a donation. If you want to help then visit their website and make a donation.

Wey Valley Radio 101.1FM

We support the new community radio station called Wey Valley Radio. We have given a  grant of £200 towards new equipment. WVR broadcasts on 101.1 FM. It features local news, comments and music.  Tuesday morning at 10a.m. is a regular slot for the Alton Society. Go and have a listen!

Friends of Flood Meadows – Community Action

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 the 4th Sunday namely 23rd September 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.

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 £12.50p 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 Town Team is run by Alton Businesses through Alton Matters, Alton Chamber of Commerce and Industry and some individuals who care about the prosperity of our Town including the Alton Society and Alton and District Residents Association.

We have just completed a walk through the Town to check on what needs to be done to ensure we continue to be an attractive destination for visitors. We did this for the first time in August 2017 so we were able to gauge our progress. Missing signs continue to frustrate us but the Business Development manager assures us that these will be sorted very soon. The Bon Bon shop has been sold. We look forward to seeing the plans to develop the site.

Some retail premises need repairs to their frontages and funds to assist them will be available this Autumn. Litter black spots were noted and it may be possible to help some premises by funding cigarette butt bins on their buildings.

We are pushing for the railings on Crown Hill and in Bakers Alley to be repainted. The cover to the walkway between the back of Iceland to Sainsbury’s has (at last!) been cleaned.

As a result of our efforts, BT Openreach carried out a refurbishment of the area of land in front of their building. This is an excellent result and they have been thanked for their efforts.  However the area needs regular maintenance and this is not being done.

There is a plan to complete a Business Survey. The idea is to find what works and what doesn’t for Alton’s businesses. We are sure that a number of items will be raised including business rates, car parking charges and rents.

Our objective is to ensure that Alton is an attractive and pleasant Town to visit and spend time in.