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Formula One tech to reduce bus emissions
first no 7 busThe council has been awarded a £632,700 government grant to install the latest pollution-reducing and fuel saving technology on the city's buses.

Weekly ticket for First’s 7 bus service
First has introduced a £10 weekly ticket, available from drivers, for its Service 7 route which links Townhill Park, Midanbury, Bitterne Park and Portswood with Southamtpon city centre.
Celebrating Peace Day in Southampton
peace walk sept 2013 elham soleimaniMarching for peace on the UN's International Day of Peace. (Sept 21). Around 50 locals met at the Queen's Peace Fountain in East Park to sing and walk hand in hand down through Southampton's beautiful parks. See previously. Pic: Elham Soleimani
Youths push woman to ground and make off on her mountain bike
Police are appealing for witnesses after a 56-year old woman was left badly shaken having been pushed to the ground by two youths, who then both made off on her mountain bike.
Free online courses from University of Southampton
University of Southampton EEE building courtesy University of SouthamptonThe University of Southampton, along with a host of other universities, is now offering free online courses, enabling anyone to study from anywhere in the world.
Fancy investing in a pub?
Here's a pub and flat investment opportunity - that is if you've got £250,000 available, for the freehold of Lime Bar at 59 Lodge Road, currently being marketed by Primmer Olds. Full property details here (pdf).
New minibus for city community groups
ford minibusFord has donated a Transit minibus to the council for use by local community groups.

Free wi-fi for parts of Southampton
wi-fi screenshot cropped under cc2 by zcopleyIt should soon be even easier to access your favourite websites on the move following the go ahead for Southampton to become a "first-class Wi-Fi and next generation enabled wireless city".


Call for music donations follows charity shop break in
oxfam shop BringUsMusic croppedOxfam Music Shop in East Street is calling for urgent donations following a stock room break in.
Council apprentices make a difference in St Denys
MADD Bellamy CourtThe Tenants' Association for Pettinger Gardens in St Denys has given some recent work to transform a garden by council apprentices a big thumbs up following a 'Make a Difference Day'.

Bogus caller targets Portswood elderly for cash
police signPolice have issued a warning to residents to be wary of a man who is targeting elderly people in Portswood and Shirley.
Councillors' plea for school investment
michael gove under cc2 by Policy ExchangeA cross-party group of Southampton councillors has written to education secretary Michael Gove (left) calling for much-needed investment in the city's school buildings.

Man, 92, robbed of £500 after visiting Portswood bank
 barclays portsooeA 92-year-old partially sighted man required surgery after being assaulted and robbed of £500 after visiting a Portswood bank on Tuesday, August 6.
Supporting victims of domestic abuse
Sainsbury’s in Portswood is starting a two-week campaign to support vulnerable women who have been the victim of domestic abuse, by asking customers to donate food items at the store.
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


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!

'Hall of residence' planning appeal lodged
portswood street sceneAn appeal's been lodged following rejection of plans to build part three- and part four-storey student accommodation above and to the rear of units on Portswood Road. Link to appeal.
See previously on portswood.info

Thinking of starting a business?
Free two-day courses to help you explore the potential of being your own boss take place at the Ropewalk Centre, SO14 1DJ in April, May and June.  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
Web inventor honoured
sir tim berners-lee under cc2 by Knight FoundationUniversity of Southampton academic Professor Sir Tim Berners-Lee has been honoured for inventing the world wide web.

Lodge Road takeaway fined
ImageThe UK Border Agency says it's fined the Peking Garden takeaway on Lodge Road for employing illegal workers.
Support for job seekers
If you’re on the lookout for a job, you may be interested in city workshops that can lend support – one aimed at younger people.
Portswood Post Office on the move
portswood post office signportswood.info understands Portswood Post Office could soon be on the move to new premises.
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