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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
 
Top tips to keep older people warm and well this winter
person in hat scarf and gloves Credit Age UKAge UK Southampton and the Met Office have joined forces for the fifth year running to warn older people and their carers about imminent cold snaps, so they can take simple precautions to stay warm and well. Here are their top tips for keeping cosy during the coldest months.

 
Video: Hundreds of student bed spaces for Portswood Road development

Plans for student accommodation on Portswood Road have been approved, with hundreds of bed spaces to be built on a site next to Sainsbury's- despite objections about noise and parking problems. Here's Dale McEwan 's video report for That's Solent.
 
Plans for Portswood micro pub before council
Image A micro pub serving specialist real ales could spring up in Portswood in what was previously a bookshop if the necessary permission is granted.
 
'Absolutely fabulous' celebrations mark Portswood Library's centenary
chris packham 200pxIt was a busy day that included cake, a visit from the mayor, and awards for local writers presented by TV naturalist and local library supporter Chris Packham on Thursday, to celebrate 100 years of Portswood Library.
 
Audio: half-term festival of words for Southampton
SOtospeak Steering groupPoetry, fiction, song and theatre will fill the air during SO: To Speak, Southampton's first festival of words from October 23. We bring you more details, as well as recordings of city poet Angela Chicken to mark the event.
 
Sainsbury's collects toys for kids in hospital
Sainsbury's in Portswood reports that it's currently collecting toys for the Chidrens’ Emergency Department at Southampton General Hospital.
 
'Don't cut care for older people'
Age UK Southampton Logo copy“Ferocious cuts” to home care and community services mean many older people are forced to sacrifice their dignity, says Age UK, which is urging Southampton residents to support its Don't Cut Care petition.
 
Volunteers help keep Little Common in shape
Common Sense clearing Little Common in Southampton Common Sense, a voluntary group which helps maintain what's known as the Little Common – that part of Southampton Common between Highfield Road and The Avenue – welcomes new helpers of all ages.
 
Section of Kent Road closing for two weeks
bollardKent Road will be closed from its junction with Portswood Road to its junction with Belgrave Road from Oct 15 for two weeks to allow emergency work by SSE, according to

 
Dog aids MP on blindfolded walk through Portswood
Alan Whitehead MP walking through PortswoodMP Alan Whitehead writes on his website that he recently took a blindfolded walk with a guidedog along Portswood High Street to undertand the difficulties faced by blind people and their dogs. His blog is here.
 
Changes at Southampton's drop in centre for young people
No Limits High Street 460No Limits, Southampton's drop in centre for children and young people, is to close its Sholing and Shirley drop-in centres so it can open in the city centre six days a week. 
 
Audio: Take a tour of historic St Denys
godfrey collyer outside st denys schoolSouthampton tourist guide Godfrey Collyer, pictured, leads us on a tour through St Denys, giving an intriguing glimpse into the area's past, from the history of St Denys Church and the school, to the railway, Cobden Bridge, Riverside Park and St Denys Priory.
 
Age UK Southampton celebrates 25 years of the International Day of Older Persons
Age UK Southampton Logo copyAge UK Southampton staff and volunteers will be visible across the city on Thursday (Oct 1), which is the 25th anniversary of International Day of Older Persons – a UN-backed day that recognises the important role of older people in society.
 
"Inspirational" community arts festival at East Street
east st arts fest road closedThe road was closed and the sun shone as the community took over part of East Street in Southampton city centre on Saturday (Sept 26) for an arts festival that included a vibrant mix of live music, dancing, poetry, street entertainment, pop up galleries and whole lot more. 
 
What does your library mean to you?
Portswood LibraryPortswood Library celebrates its centenary on October 22, and in the run up is holding a writing competition about the significance of libraries.
 
Getting your donations to refugees
goods in van courtesy southampton actionFollowing appeals for donations for refugees and a huge response from local people – including at St Denys Church on September 6 – Nicola Walters from Southampton Action gives an update on the massive sorting and shipping operation now underway.

 

 
Portswood MP joins shadow energy team
Image Longstanding campaigner on climate change and renewable energy Alan Whitehead, Labour MP for Southampton Test, has been named as part of the shadow energy team alongside shadow energy secretary Lisa Nandy.
 
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