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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

 

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IMPORTANT:  CALA Homes hybrid application for the Coors Brewery Site    Application Ref:  25050/059

 

This is the most important planning application to hit Alton for some time. We are appalled at the way CALA are backtracking on their commitments, notably the contribution towards community facilities.

To see the full application, go to:

Individual comments on this application need to be made by 10 October.

Autumn Litter Pick

We are pleased to announce our Autumn Litter pick will take place on the 26th October. It had to be postponed from the 14th September . Please tell all your friends as we want a good turn out again! 10 am outside the old post office in the High Street and if you can help with the organisation email us at thealtonsociety@gmail.com

Outstanding Award  for services to Alton – Our Winner for 2019

Martin Gibbs has won our prestigious award this year. He is 68 years old, married with two daughters. He took over running the Flood Meadows Working Party in 2007 (since renamed Friends of Flood Meadows). He organises our Sunday morning sessions (see below for the next date) when the group of volunteers numbering between 10 to 20 help to keep the meadows in excellent condition. They include people of all ages and they clear debris, vegetation, litter plus repairing and building footpaths. Martin ensures they all receive tasks that match their skills. His friendly and “can do” attitude is an example to us all.Martin Gibbs 2019

Our latest newsletter is available online – the summer edition includes details for nominations of the annual Alton Society awards. Check it out now and get nominating! Deadlines end of August and end of September. This edition includes details of events being held in August and September. Copies also available in the Library and Community Centre.

CALA & Coors Brewery Trust

The Society is proposing the creation of a new charitable trust to manage funds available from the Coors Brewery development for community use, and to help develop new facilities for the town.  Click here to read our chairman’s outline of these plans.

 

Treloars College Planning Application Ref: 22387/067

We have lodged a strong objection to this application for staff accommodation etc, due its blatant breach of the Settlement Policy Boundary on the edge of Holybourne, and the unnecessary encroachment into the countryside. Click here  to see our response.

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.

Friends of Alton Station

Friends of Alton Station are working hard to raise funds to save our Heritage Footbridge. The interim target is £35,000.00. The plan is to rescue the bridge, refurbish it and restore it to its former glory. The group are have had 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! We give an update on local issues and often have a “favourite building” slot with a little local history.

Friends of Flood Meadows – Community Action

Our special session on the 13th October was a great success with up to 16 volunteers braving the rain to help build a new embankment at the Lenten St bridge end. The sacks will be filled with seeds which will then give the appearance of a natural river bank.

This is the “before” and “after” the session!

We will have our normal session the following Sunday so 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 usually on the third (3rd) Sunday of the month (next date is 20th October). 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.  Yummy chocolate 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).

Also see Energy Alton’s response here