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New Sports Centre Reserved Matters Application Ref: 21068/041

We now know that this application is NOT on the EHDC Planning Committee agenda for the 7th December after all. We will issue more updates once we have them.
Click here for The Alton Society’s comments.

Alton Yuletide Fair 3 December 2017

We support this event every year and this year the Town surpassed itself with more stalls and plenty of visitors. Our stall attracted many of you and particular interest was shown in the Society’s proposals for the Coors Brewery site. A number of you said you would like to support our Friends of the Flood Meadows group so see the details below for latest dates and times. We signed up four new members and three others have expressed and interest in joining. We hope you all have a Happy Christmas and wonderful New Year. New Years resolution? Why not join us and help with our efforts on behalf of the Town?

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. We aim to include some local patient participation groups if they are willing to help us with this task. The North Hampshire CCG made a presentation at the Alton Community Forum on the 31st October.  We shall post a short review.

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. It broadcasts on 101.1 FM. It is a  community radio station with lots of local news, comments and music. The Alton Society have had several opportunities to broadcast. Tuesday morning at 10a.m. is a regular slot. 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 17th December. Mince pies and mulled wine will be served to our volunteers). It is a family friendly group so bring your children and help them 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!

Check our Sustainability Group report with essential advice on Water Use under the Sustainability page.

Alton’s Town Team

The latest meeting was on the 7th November and some issues are taking some time to resolve. 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.