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Tests find nitrogen dioxide levels average 50% over limit
smogmobile results 200pxNitrogen dioxide, a pollutant emitted from car exhausts which causes ill health and premature deaths, has been measured in parts of Southampton at an average 50% higher than the annual 'limit'.

 

 
Doctors strike in Southampton
nhs strike april 2016 guildhall sqHere was the youngest protester we found at the junior doctors' rally in Guildhall Square on Tuesday (April 26).
 
Meet your 2016 Portswood ward candidates

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There are six candidates hoping to grab one council seat in the Portswood ward local elections on Thursday, May 5, 2016. We gave each candidate the same chance to put information in front of electors. So here’s who's standing – and what they stand for.
If you live in Bitterne Park ward click here for candidate statements.
How can we improve our election coverage? Take our quick survey
 
Bin collections during bank holiday week
binsSouthampton City Council says bins will be emptied a day later than usual next week because of the bank holiday on Monday (May 2). There will be a Saturday collection for those who usually have their bins collected on Fridays.

 
'Store Wars' will raise funds for Naomi House & Jacksplace Hospices
Naomi House logoStaff from Vodafone HQ will be be raising cash on May 4 and 9th by staging themed takeovers of the Naomi House shop in Portswood, as part of a 'store wars' competition involving the charity's 22 shops in the southern region.
 
Junior Club holds Fun Day on Sunday
commcentreAll are welcome to St Denys Junior Club, a volunteer-run group for 5-11 year olds, which holds its May Day Fun Day on Sunday, May 1.

 
Portswood Cycles in the local community
FreeGoWrenAdvertising feature: Porstwood Cycles, at 3 St Denys Rd and now open Mondays, offers an impressive range of up to 30 electric bikes from big names like FreeGo, Wisper, Solex and Riese & Müller, plus non-electric cycles, parts and accessories.  
 
Nominate your favourite green space for award
Southampton Commons and Parks Protection Society and The City of Southampton Society are inviting people to nominate their favourite park or green open space for this year’s Southampton Green Open Spaces Award.
 
Call for traffic management survey of St Denys
priory rd 20 zoneFollowing a March meeting in St Denys organised by the Green Party about traffic issues, a petition's now been launched calling on Southampton council to “urgently initiate a full traffic management survey” of the area.

 
Video: Pollution in Southampton - 'We really must now act'
cleanairvidscreenshot200pxSpeaking at the launch of Clean Air Southampton , co-founder Colin MacQueen said a special 'Smogmobile' vehicle had been monitoring air quality during the rush hour, and average readings were roughly 50% above safe limits.

Watch our video report here.

 
Local residents to auction art to fund Alma Road mural
mural site on Alma Road, PortswoodA silent auction of work donated by artists to help fund a new mural in Alma Road takes place over the weekend of April 23/24.
 
Forthcoming elections – and how to check you're registered to vote
polling station sign There are city council and Crime Commissioner elections coming up in Southampton on May 5 – and of course an EU referendum on June 23. Here's more information about each – and how to check if you're registered to vote.
 
Portswood GP surgery rated Inadequate
Alma Road medical centre southamptonThe Care Quality Commission (CQC), which regulates health and social care in England, has put a Portswood GP practice into special measures.
 
Have say on new Common play area
Southampton Common paddling pool
The council is seeking suggestions on the planning of a new "natural play park and wet play areas" that will replace  the paddling pool on Southampton Common.
 
Free family singing workshops across Southampton libraries
choral clans logoSaturday, April 2 will see the next in a series of free community singing workshops taking place in libraries across Southampton as part of Choral Clans, a project started in October 2015 by Southampton Music Hub – writes Madeleine O’Beirne.

 
Out and about: music coming up near you over Easter and beyond
music signThere's plenty of music in nearby pubs over Easter and beyond. Here's Matt Dempsey's latest roundup.
 
Residents sign up to run St Denys SpeedWatch scheme
priory rd 20 zoneResidents discussed St Denys traffic problems and volunteered to help run a SpeedWatch scheme at a meeting organised by Southampton Green Party on March 22.

 

 
New Southampton trail brings art beyond galleries this spring
Roam - Cristina Evans v2reducedBringing art into unusual spaces, as well as regular places used by everyone, ROAM is an arts trail organised by K6 Gallery which will pop up around Southampton this spring. K6 sent us this preview.
 
Man with crowbar forces entry to Priory Road house
prioryrdsignPolice are appealing for witnesses after a man carrying a crowbar forced his way into a Priory Road house on Wednesday (March 9), threatening the person who answered the door.

 
Petition opposes public space protection orders in Southampton
Homeless detail by SLR Jester under CC2A new petition opposing public space protection orders in Southampton, which petitioners say "pose a threat to civil liberties and [criminalise] homelessness and begging," has been launched on website 38 Degrees.

 
Portswood bookshop looks for group to take it on
october booksOctober Books in Portswood is looking for a group of people to take over the running of the community bookshop.

 

 
Health checks can help to prevent problems
Did you know that you’re entitled to a free NHS health check if you're between the ages of 40 and 74?

 
Keep fracking decisions local – Southampton council leader
stop fracking by greensefa under CC2The leader of Southampton City Council has slammed suggestions that the government could take decisions about fracking away from the scrutiny of councils, calling the idea “appalling”.


 
TV and laptops taken in Alma Road burglary
Police are investigating a burglary in Alma Road overnight between Friday and Saturday (Feb 12-13), in which they say two laptops and a 42 inch TV were taken.
 
Bookshop Alehouse looking good inside
IMG 20160214 201129As Southampton's latest micropub, The Bookshop Alehouse in Portswood, prepares to open on Wednesday (Feb 17), here's a sneak photographic look at the interior, taken at a preview event last the weekend.
 
MP concerned vulnerable people will be hit by cuts
portswood in rain mono cropped 200px by nick jamesAlan Whitehead, MP for Southampton Test (Lab) says he's concerned that services to vulnerable people in the city could disappear because of cuts.
Photo courtesy Nick James
 
St Denys Road: Car fails to stop after bike collision
police sign jacket abstractA man suffered minor injuries when he came off his bike during a collision with a car that failed to stop on St Denys Road on Thursday (Jan 28).

 
Talking Heads owner interviewed about move from Portswood to Polygon
Talking Heads front 460As Portswood venue Talking Heads prepares to move lock, stock, and barrel to the Polygon, we catch up with owner Guy Benfield to learn more about the move, the new venue – and ghosts!
Talking Heads moving to Polygon
 
Help buying or using tablets or smartphones
smart phone under cc2 by Japanexperterna dot se If you've recently acquired a smartphone or tablet and don't yet know how to use it, or want help buying the right tablet, then this hands-on course to using and buying tablets and smartphones could be for you.
 
Petition opposes public space protection order in Portswood
pspo petition screenshotA petition's been launched to oppose Southampton City Council's plans to introduce public space protection orders (PSPOs) in various areas of the city, includng Portswood, claiming they “limit the ability of law abiding citizens to execute their rights of free assembly”.

 
All systems go for Portswood micropub!
jon harris 460 1The Bookshop Alehouse, Southampton's latest micropub, has had planning permission approved, been granted an alcohol licence, and work is now underway to begin serving local ales and craft beers by the beginning of February.
 
Grazing Goat becomes Brewhouse & Kitchen
Brewhouse and Kitchen in Highfield SouthamptonThe Grazing Goat on Highfield Lane – before that The Highfield pubic house – has now re-opened as the Brewhouse and Kitchen.
 
Petition calls on government to protect libraries
cobbett rd library banner sunAs statistics are published claiming hundreds of public libraries around the country have closed since 2010, a petition has been launched calling on secretary of state John Wittingdale and the government to protect the public's “statutory rights to a quality public library service”.
 
Report Highfield thefts to police urges residents' association
Highfield Lane signHighfield Residents' Assocation (HRA) reports on its Facebook page that there have been a number of thefts in the area recently, and is urging any residents affected to report crimes to the police.
 
Bombing Syria: how your MP voted
RAF Tornado by John5199 under cc2How did your MP vote in the House of Commons on whether the UK should join the coalition air strikes in Syria – which saw the government motion passed by 397 to 223?

 

 


 
 
Video: Southampton rally calls for Paris climate change action
Southampton Climate rally
Hundreds gathered in a very windy Guildhall Square on Sunday (Nov 29) as part of a global climate march ahead of COP21, the United Nations' Climate Change Conference in Paris, to show leaders that “we want our future to be powered with clean energy, to have clean air to breathe and a stable climate”. We spoke to organiser Jenny Barnes about the day - click here to watch the video.
 
Call to open up empty buildings for Southampton's homeless
38 degrees homeless petitionA petition on the 38 Degrees website calls on Southampton City Council to “follow Manchester City Council's lead and open up empty and structurally safe buildings for the homeless this winter”.

• PSPOs: solving problems or 'criminalising poverty'?
 
Students urged to keep valuables safe after theft of five laptops
tennyson road signPolice are urging students to review security following the theft of five laptops from a student house in Tennyson Road on November 20.
 
PSPOs: solving problems or 'criminalising poverty'?
portswood in rain mono cropped 200px by nick jamesSouthampton City Council is consulting over plans to introduce Public Space Protection Orders, giving new powers in five locations including the city centre and Portswood Broadway, where it says begging and street drinking have caused problems.
Photo courtesy Nick James
 
Proposal for 73 retirement apartments adjacent to Sainsbury's
corner Belmont Road St Denys Road SouthamptonHard on the heels of approval for a large student development next to Sainsbury's, a developer is seeking feedback on proposals to create 73 retirement apartments off Belmont and St Denys roads.
 
Road closures: Alma / Avenue roads on to Avenue
bollardAlma Road and Avenue Road junctions with The Avenue are expected to be closed until November 30 due to roadworks. Meanwhile Kent Road will remain closed from Portswood Road to Saltmead until January 13
 
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