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Street light ‘dimming down scheme’ approved
street_lights_adapted_under_CC2_by_HarshWCAM3The council says there’s no evidence to suggest safety will be affected when it moves ahead with dimming new streetlights later this year, in a bid to reduce energy use and CO2 emissions.
 
Keeping it fresh at Long's
ImageIt's out with the old sign, with missing letters, and in with the fresh new signage at Long's greengrocers on Portswood Road. Pic: Ann MacGillivray
 
New guide offers dementia support
A new booklet to help guide people with dementia and their carers through their journey with dementia has been launched by the Alzheimer’s Society.
 
Glass collection service on its way
bottles under CC2 by Aine DThe council will roll out a city-wide glass collection service, beginning this autumn with communal collection facilities for most living in flats, and then with a phased introduction for kerbside collections from houses next year.

 
Plenty to explore at new Houndwell play area
houndwell play areaWhen in town with younger people, they may well appreciate a visit to the newly landscaped play area in Houndwell Park. 

 

 
Search following attack on Southampton Common
There was a heavy police presence on Southampton Common after a woman was attacked on Wednesday morning (July 17).
 
Get involved with Portswood's Community Fun Day
Portswood Rec Friends of Portswood Rec are organising a fun day on September 21 – and if anyone can spare a couple of ours to help out, either on the day or before, they'd love This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it from you.
 
Have green waste collected

garden recycling bagYou can now have your garden waste collected by the council for £17.50 until the end of March 2014. More info here or call 023 8083 3005.

 
Sula’s promises taste of the Med
Sula'sA new restaurant has opened in Portswood offering ‘a taste of the Med’, with fresh food to eat in or take away. Pic & report: L Weedy
 
Landlords now need licences for HMOs
 to let signsA scheme to licence Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) in Portswood and Bevois came into force at the beginning of July. 



HMO landlord fined £40K for poor housing
 
HMO landlord fined £40K for poor housing
Following on from our story about the need for landlords of Houses in Multiple Occupation to obtain licences, a landlord has been fined nearly £40,000 for poor housing conditions at an HMO in the city centre.

 
Portswood Post Office move
Portswood Post OfficePortswood Post Office is on the move – but only over the road, to the Portswood Computers premises at 40-41 Portswood Road.  
 
Police warning over website dating scam
browser copyDetectives are investigating a case where women have been conned out of tens of thousands of pounds by a man they met on a dating website.
 
Morrisons pulls out of Portswood
A morrisions convenience storeMorrisons is no longer planning to open a convenience store on the former Blockbuster site in Portswood.
 
Lots on offer at St Denys Youth Club

st denys muralSt Denys Youth Club opens on Friday, June 21 at St Denys Community Centre from 6.30-8pm for those of secondary school age. Table tennis, art, Wii, sports, and the opportunity to spend time with friends are on offer. £1 per week.

 
Keeping the loan sharks at bay

shark

Southampton’s ‘co-operative’ City Council wants to make the city a ‘Credit Union Zone’ by supporting Southampton’s two credit unions, which are community-owned and run financial organisations that let their members save and take out low-cost loans.

 
Blaze behind Charcoal Grill
charcoal grillHampshire Fire and Rescue were called to a blaze early Sunday morning (May 19) in an extension that was under construction behind Charcoal Grill burger and kebab bar on Portswood Road.
 
Campaign to improve Portswood’s street lights
old street lampAn online campaign has been started to improve street lighting in Portswood, in a bid to boost night safety and cut local crime.
 
Empress Road workshop evacuated
Commercial premises in Empress Road, Bevois Valley had to be evacuated on May 14 due to a leaking gas cylinder.
 
Want to play badminton?
badmintonAvenue Badminton Club, which meets on Thursday evenings at Richard Taunton’s College, is on the lookout for new members. More info here.

 

 
Grant Sharkey. 1 man. 20 years. 40 albums.

grant sharkey in a onesieWe caught up with Grant Sharkey, the Southampton man who says he wants to release an album every six months for the next twenty years, while filming a video for his new song 'The Clown' in 'undulating' Bitterne Park.  And he was wearing a onesie. Use the audio player below – we'll let him explain!

 
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