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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 We were delighted to report that the current application for the Magistrates Court site has been withdrawn and we were among those who opposed this application.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

 Housing Development – Lord Mayor Treloar Hospital –

Phase 2.  Exhibition held 5th June

It was good to see so many members at the recent exhibition held by Boyer and Crest Nicholson at The Assembly Rooms.  We made a number of comments on the developer’s proposals – click here to see our consolidated response.

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.

Shared 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 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

Housing Development – Land East of Selborne Road

We are extremely disappointed with Miller Homes’ proposals, presented for public viewing at the Assembly Rooms on the 23rd March.

Click here to see our response in full.

The Miller website http://www.selborne-road.co.uk/proposal.aspx has some of the plans on it.

Other News

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; go to About Us then Publications and click on Spring 2018 Newsletter)

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.

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.

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!

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 19th August 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 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.

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.

Meanwhile we continue to have difficulty in understanding why it is taking so long to put a signpost in place to direct people to the Town Centre from the station.  Plus there should be a sign directing folk from the High St to the Library and Alton Community Centre. The Society have evidence of visitors who were unable to find the Town!

We are pushing for the railings 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.  We shall need to monitor the area to ensure the new standards are maintained.

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