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Kent Road 'to be quieter after Xmas'
kent road lorriesSouthampton Green Pary has said that a campaign to stop heavy traffic using Kent Road in St Denys has been "in part successful". Read more on bitternepark.info
• Greens call for action over St Denys traffic ‘blight’

Promoted: New year, new you – free yoga!
Michelle Higgins200circlePROMOTED Yoga is an ancient practice to improve body and mind...
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. 
October Books to serve notice on Portswood shop and look for new home
october books, portswood, southamptonCo-operative community bookshop October Books is looking for new premises to rent or buy because it says it cannot afford a rent increase at its current Portswood location.
Greens call for action over St Denys traffic ‘blight’
priory road cars blurredSouthampton Green Party submitted a petition to the city council calling for a traffic management survey to assess “the extensive traffic problems in Priory Road and the surrounding area”. Read the full story on bitternepark.info


How your winter fuel payment could help others
heating-949081 640 pixabay 460Local charity Age UK Southampton is reminding people born on or before August 5, 1953 that they could get between £100 and £300 from the government to help pay their heating bills.

Put your festive socks on and brighten a young person’s day
no limits appeal single sockSouthampton youth charity No Limits has launched a Christmas Socks appeal, which will see individuals, organisations, local schools and colleges get involved with wearing festive socks to raise money for vulnerable young people across the city.

Retirement Living apartments available to buy off-plan from December
McCarthy&Stone BitternePark Cam01 WEB (Medium)Advertising feature: Updated with video tour! McCarthy & Stone’s brand new waterfront Retirement Living development is coming soon to Bitterne Park and will be available to buy off-plan from December 2017!


On the lookout for Woodcraft Folk
Apple  pressing reducedThe Southampton Woodcraft Folk, a local group for children and young people, is inviting children and their grown-ups to come along to a local session and find out more.
West End hit Hetty Feather comes to Southampton this Christmas
Hetty Feather 460 copyright Helen MurrayNuffield Southampton Theatres (NST) welcomes the Olivier Award nominated and West End hit production Hetty Feather, based on the book by best-selling author Jacqueline Wilson, to NST Campus from November 21.


Raising funds for a defibrillator in St Denys
defibrillator-809448 640 pixabayThere's a meeting on Tuesday (Nov 14) for those interested in getting a defibrillator for St Denys.
Officers release images following Gordon Avenue break-in
Gordon Avenue sign, Portswood, SouthamptonPolice investigating a Gordon Avenue break-in have released images of two people they’d like to speak to.
Southern Water extends deadline for community groups to apply for funding
southern water treatment works signCommunity groups and initiatives in the Portswood area now have until the end of November to apply for a Southern Water grant of up to £2,000.
Appeal for witnesses following aggravated burglary
police mirror textPolice are appealing for information after a man entered a Burgess Road property and assaulted the 60-year-old occupant on Wednesday, October 25.
portswood.info headlines now on Alexa devices
If you own an Alexa device, which is “an intelligent personal assistant developed by Amazon”, you can now ask it to read summaries of the latest stories from bitternepark.info and portswood.info. You see, hear and read more about it on our sister site bitternepark.info. 
Free courses: Get to know your tablet and phone
Free smart phone under cc2 by Japanexperterna dot se courses in Bitterne, Portswood and Shirley are starting in November designed to help new owners get more out of their Android or Apple tablet or phone.


CCTV for Portswood
cctv signThe first CCTV system in the Portswood shopping area has been installed, apparently following resident calls for surveillance facilities.
Costa closing in Portswood
Costa Portswood Costa is closing its coffee shop after around six years of trading in Portswood.
Sainsbury’s seeks seasonal alcohol licence variations
sainsbury's signSainsbury’s in Portswood wants to change its licence to allow it to sell alcohol between the hours of 6am and midnight during seasonal periods.
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Have say on Portswood policing priorities
police mirror textIf you’re in Portswood, Swaythling or Bassett wards, you’re invited to complete a survey about local policing priorities.
New eye service available to residents with a Southampton city GP
eye PR shotRather than attending the eye emergency department for less serious eye conditions, Southampton residents registered with a city GP can now make an appointment with the ‘minor eye condition service’ (MECS) at participating opticians, and be assessed by an accredited optometrist.
Autumn comedy at The Point
The PointBy Kieran James
This autumn The Point presents some of the UK’s best touring comedians including satirical comedy and traditional stand-up.


Highfield House Hotel reported to have changed hands
Highfield House HotelA family-run hotel group has completed a deal to acquire the Highfield House Hotel in Highfield Lane, according to reports.


City’s Clothes Bank moves to Bitterne Park
clothes bank clothes rail Southampton’s Clothes Bank, which provides donated clothing to those in need, has moved its base from St Mary’s to Bitterne Park. Read the full story on our sister site bitternepark.info.
Police reveal spate of car break-ins
car break in library imageOfficers are reminding residents to remove valuables following a spate of thefts from vehicles over the last few weeks around the Inner Avenue and Lodge Road areas of Southampton.
New bar on The Avenue
foobar1, The Avenue, SouthamptonA new “fun and sociable” bar serving dinner and drinks has sprung up in the former dock o' the bay premises on The Avenue.
Community group grants up for grabs
money-1084517 pixabay 460Community and voluntary groups can apply for funding through Southampton City Council’s Community Chest small grant scheme before the end of October.

Music venue crowdfunds to pay for critical repairs
>The Joiners ArmsSouthampton music venue The Joiners is under threat, and a crowdfunding campaign has been launched to raise £5000 for urgent repairs to the building.

Do you want to help make automated driving safer for the future?
car wing mirror unsplash clay-banks-177166The University of Southampton is looking for men and women aged 18-82 to take part in a study looking at the future of automated cars.

It’s pizza for Portswood in former bank building
 A Baffi pizza restaurant is hoping to open as early as “mid next week” in the old Lloyds Bank building opposite Sainsbury’s on Portswood Road.
Animal Agents head to libraries for Summer Reading Challenge
ImageThis year’s Summer Reading Challenge is all about Animal Agents, and four to eleven-year-olds can join in at their local library, while 13-24s can volunteer to support the scheme.
Report of ‘fake acid attack’ in Portswood
masjid bashir mosque portswood southampton copyright imageWater was thrown over two women standing outside a Portswood mosque in an apparent fake acid attack on Tuesday that police are treating as racially aggravated assault, according to The Independent. You can read their report here.
Victory Centre fundraises to help those in need
Victory Centre, Portswood Road, SouthamptonThe Victory Centre in Portswood Road is raising funds to renovate its basement so vulnerable adults, the lonely and those in practical need can be assisted.

Another Portswood independent to close
Fagans shoe repair shop Portswood SouthamptonPortswood’s shoe repair shop, Fagan’s, is to close after 32 years trading under that name.
Council publishes ten-year cycling strategy
bikes under CC2 by Patrick GoossensFollowing a consultation, Southampton City Council has published its cycling strategy for the next ten years.
Is your organisation #BearCarer aware?
bear carerPortswood-based Carers in Southampton is inviting organisations to embrace the notion of becoming ‘carer-friendly companies’ through a fun campaign featuring bears.
Number of younger voters ‘off the scale’ in Southampton Test
Southampton Test constituency map - WikimediaAlan Whitehead, who significantly increased his majority for Labour in Southampton Test at the general election, has said the percentage of young people voting had been “off the scale”.
Find out about timebanks
timebank logoTimebank members help each other by trading skills. You can find out more about how they work at drop-ins at Portswood library and other Southampton locations – writes Gwyneth Baker. Read more on our sister site

Whitehead increases Labour's majority in Southampton Test
WHITEHEAD, Alan Patrick Vincent – LabourLabour's Alan Whitehead has held on to the Southampton Test seat in the general election with an increased majority.

Give your views on Southampton Common
Southampton Common signSouthampton Common Forum (SCF) is surveying residents about how they use (or don’t use) The Common and what improvements they’d like to see.
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