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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

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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.
 
Play area revamp underway
Tatty old Portswood Rec signFriends of Portswood Rec say they’re delighted that work has begun to revamp the park’s play area.
 
Want to be a Portswood newshound?
LisaWant to be a portswood.info newshound, and sniff out a story or two? Or write about cultural events. Interested? Then use the Contact Us form to, er - contact us!
Pic: Lisa - a 2-year-old husky Lisa, rescued by the FOUR PAWS Bulgaria team after being abused and left in the street. Photo by yavor50 
 
New buses for Portswood?
London Routemaster in SouthamptonIs this the shape of things to come for buses in Portswood? Read more.
 
New charge for garden waste removal
garden recycling bagThe council is introducing new charges for residents who want their garden waste removed and recycled.

 

 
Warning over Hampshire roadside scams
motorway under CC2 Ed TownendPolice have warned motorists about scammers operating from lay-bys on main routes and junctions, especially the M3, M27 and A303.

 

 
Intruder jumps from first-floor window
A couple returned to their Earls Road home at around 5.45pm on February 24 to find an intruder upstairs.
 
Audio: The future of local libraries
warwick payne being interviewedOur sister site includes an audio interview made on National Libraries Day with, among others, Cllr Warwick Payne, cabinet member for housing and leisure, on the future of local libraries in Southampton. Hear it from this link.
 
How do you see Southampton?
Yvonne Lemmen writes to say she's working on a research project to find better ways to promote Southampton, and is conducting a survey to find out how residents perceive the city as a place to visit, live and work in. Take part here.
 
Creative space above Old Fat Cat mooted
tyrell and green under ccUsing some of the significant space previously used by department store Tyrrell and Green above the former Old Fat Cat – now the Frog & Parrot – pub in Above Bar for much needed community art space is currently being mooted.
Image of Tyrell & Green under CC by Steve9091

 

 
Woman thwarts Highfield robbery attempt
highfield lane signPolice are investigating a failed robbery attempt against a local woman on Highfield Lane, at the junction of Brookvale Road at 6.36 am on Monday, January 14.
 
Looking ahead at The Nuffield

nuffield theatre sign2 thumbFrom a modernisation of Dickens'Curiosity Shop, set in a vintage record store, to the award-winning London favourite The 39 Steps, in which four actors take on 139 parts in 100 minuteswe preview the upcoming Nuffield season.

 
Pub sales: Game rules need to change
castle_pub_closed In an opinion article for our sister site, a Southampton MP says pub owners should be required to sell pubs on the open market, following the acquisition of another city hostelry by Tesco. Full article here.
 
No further sightings of Portswood's Greek god
Amber Antiques PortswoodThere have been no further sightings of Portswood’s Greek god since he was stolen from the roof of Amber Antiques in August, according to owner Roy Jardine-Boyle.
 
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