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Demand strong for plastic recycling
plastic recycling bank at Westridge Road car park, Portswood, Southampton
It looks as if demand for plastic recycling facilities could be outstripping supply – in Portswood at least.
Local musicians wanted to perform at new city centre venue
NST City by night press shotNuffield Southampton Theatres (NST) is looking for local musicians to perform at NST City, its new venue in Southampton city centre.

Strikes halt university’s Science and Engineering Day
university of southampton signThe University of Southampton’s popular Science and Engineering Day has been cancelled because university staff are expected to take strike action in a row over pensions.


How older people can check they're getting the benefits they're entitled to
ageuksotoninfosue suppliedAge UK Southampton is offering free, confidential office and home visits for people aged 50+ to help them find out which benefits they may be entitled to, and to help them complete the necessary paperwork.
Kent Road Action Group public meeting minutes
kent road signPreventing injuries and damage to infrastructure, as well as traffic management, fumes and noise pollution, were some of the main points raised at a meeting of the Kent Road Action Group on February 1.
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Packed bookshop meeting discusses how community could ‘own high street space’
october books, portswood, southamptonUPDATED October Books reported a “fantastic” evening (Feb 8) at its current Portswood bookshop, held to explain more to supporters about its project to try to buy the old NatWest bank building and turn it into a community hub.
Have you seen missing Portswood person?
police sign2Police have appealed for anyone spotting a missing 28-year-old from Portswood to contact them.
Latest newsletter offers support for carers
crowd-2045499 640pixabay200pxCarers in Southampton, the Portswood-based service for “anyone giving their time, unpaid, to look after a family member, friend or neighbour”, has published its latest newsletter offering all sorts of hints, tips and support for carers.
Roadworks: Bassett Avenue resurfacing
bollardBassett Avenue is being resurfaced between Winchester Road and Chilworth Roundabout, with work planned from Sunday 11 February for seven weeks.
Route for this year’s Southampton Marathon unveiled
runners5The date is set and now the route is too! Organisers of the ABP Southampton Marathon have this week unveiled the final confirmed routes for 2018’s event.
Portswood Cycles in the local community
FreeGo Electric Bikes Green Regency300pxAdvertising feature: Porstwood Cycles, at 3 St Denys Rd and now open Mondays, offers an impressive range of  electric bikes from big names like FreeGo and Wisper, plus non-electric cycles, parts and accessories. 
St Denys Road traffic lights could be repaired by end of week
st denys rd traffic lights work startsUPDATE: Usual lights back in action this afternoon 9/2/17
Work appears to have started on the repair of traffic lights at the junction of Priory Road, St Denys Road and Cobden Bridge after a signal controller was destroyed on January 27.
• Temporary lights cause headache for drivers as signal controller 'totally destroyed'
Bookshop bids to buy former NatWest bank
October Books team outside former NatWest bank in Portswood SouthamptonOctober Books, Southampton’s only independent bookshop, says it‘s successfully put in a bid to buy the old NatWest bank buidling in Portswood – but now thousands of pounds need to be raised to seal the deal.

BySea Coffee Lounge reopens
BySea coffee lounge, Portswood SouthamptonA coffee lounge that donates all of its profits to a Southampton-based charity reopened at the start of February after a reported burglary in November.
Plastics recycling bin arrives at Westridge Road
plastic recycling woodmill signNew banks to let people recycle mixed plastics that can’t be put out for kerbside collections, such as food trays, margarine tubs and drinks cartons, have reportedly arrived at Westridge Road car park and other city locations.
Retirement Living apartments: Discovery Day on March 23
McCarthy&Stone BitternePark Cam01 WEB (Medium)Advertising feature: McCarthy & Stone’s brand new waterfront Retirement Living development is coming soon to Bitterne Park and will be available to reserve off-plan from the end of February! Don’t miss your chance to reserve your perfect apartment, come along to our Discovery Day on Friday, Feb March 23.


Former Portswood Costa could become micropub
Costa Portswood The former Costa coffee outlet, on the corner of The Broadway and Westridge Road, could be transformed into a micropub if planning applications before the council are successful.
New season of children’s theatre
hare and tortoise illustration NST provided 200pxA new season of theatre for children under five starts next week at both NST Campus and at NST City, which is at new arts centre Studio 144 in the city centre.
Have say on plans to develop Local Authority Trading Company in Southampton
civic centreThe council is inviting further feedback on plans to set up a trading company, so it can trade with other organisations to “support the recovery of costs and invest funds back into council services”.
Strengthened planning rules to protect music venues and their neighbours
Sajid Javid  cc2 Ministry of Housing Communities Local GovtHousing developers building new homes near music venues should be responsible for addressing noise issues in a move to protect both music venues and their neighbours, the housing secretary Sajid Javid, pictured, has said.


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