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Public Space Protection Orders: 'need reviewing'
pspo sign portswoodThe BBC recently reported that, seven months after Public Space Protection Order ‘anti-begging’ fines were introduced in Southampton, not one has been paid, with “critics saying it’s proof the scheme is a failure,” and a cabinet member saying the scheme needs to be reviewed.

 

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R4’s ‘Costing the Earth’ looks at Southampton’s air quality
port sunset copyrightBBC Radio 4 programme Costing the Earth this week focuses on what it calls cruising’s “dirty secret”, looks at how Southampton’s air quality could be improved, and includes interviews with the founders of the Clean Air Southampton group.

 • Southampton’s Clean Air Strategy gets green light

 
Alcohol awareness drive launched in Southampton as new figures show 30,000 at risk
drinks cabinet under cc2 by clive darraAn alcohol awareness campaign is being launched as new figures show that 30,000 people in Southampton are drinking at levels that put their health at risk, and 10,000 are at high risk of physical and mental harm from alcohol.
 
Farewell to Kingston’s
Kingstons Motor Spares, Portswood, Southampton
It looks like it's farewell to well-known independent retailer Kingston’s, which it’s thought has been in the auto spares trade in Portswood since 1930.
 
'Hope + help + healing': new signage for Victory Church
Victory Church Portswood Southampton
'Hope + Help + Healing': that was the new message being installed at the Victory Centre on Portswood Road earlier in the week. But until 2011, The Broadway housed a Mecca Bingo hall: click here to see our backstage photo tour of Mecca Bingo from 2008...
 
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Woman hospitalised and home damaged in Tennyson Road fire
tennyson road portswoodA fire severely damaged the ground floor of a terraced house in Tennyson Road, and a woman was taken to hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation on Sunday evening (Oct 10).


 
Vita Student acquires Portswood site for 435-bed student development
Vita Student, “the UK’s only experience-led accommodation provider,” has acquired the site at the former bus station next to Sainsbury’s in Portswood for its second student development in Southampton.
 
Resident banned from feeding rats
Highfield Residents Association report that a resident who’s been “feeding considerable amounts of food to rats” has been issued with a Community Protection Notice banning him continuing with the activity. More details on their website.
 
Arts festival hailed success as plans floated for bigger 2017 event
art of heritage 2016Organisers of St Denys Art of Heritage festival, which took place from September 9-11, have said it’s been a huge success – and plans are already afoot for a bigger and better event that could extend beyond St Denys Church, and even onto the river, in 2017.

 
Southampton MP calls for urgency in tackling ‘air quality health crisis’
clean air southampton how clean is-air 200pxIn the week that a new study warned of toxic particles from air pollution, which have been linked to Alzheimer’s and perhaps other health issues, as being abundant in the human brain, a Southampton MP has called for urgency in tackling our ‘air quality health crisis’.
 
Brexit: advice for EU nationals working and living in the UK
There's the chance for EU nationals working and living in the UK to "hear the latest developments and possible implications for EU nationals of the UK’s decision to leave the European Union from a specialist immigration and human rights barrister" at a forthcoming workshop. More details here.
 
Local charity partnership collaborating to raise awareness of dementia support across Southampton
Age UK Southampton Logo copyAge UK Southampton, Alzheimer’s Society, Carers in Southampton and Age Concern New Forest are working together to run a free dementia awareness event next month for those with dementia, their carers and families and anyone wanting to find out more about the support available across Southampton and New Forest.
 
Junction Inn will be Southampton’s third ‘community asset’ pub
The Junction Inn, SouthamptonThe Junction Inn in St Denys will be only the third pub in Southampton to be registered as an asset of community value, giving the community an option to bid should it ever go onto the market, and making it harder to change the use of the building.

 

 
Portswood Police Station reopens to public
Portswood Police Station signCounter services will reopen at Portswood Police Station from July 19, while front counter services at Bitterne Police Station will stop from the end of July 16.
 
'Southampton people did Southampton proud'
southampton speaks by CWHundreds turned out for an anti-racist rally in Southampton on Saturday (July 2), to protest against far right groups which had been planning an event to celebrate Brexit, and which were expected to demonstrate under a ‘Refugees Not Welcome’ banner.

 

 
Brush up on your language skills in Portswood
There's the chance to flex your 'language memory muscles' at informal and free to attend Spanish and French conversation groups in Portswood, which move outdoors over the summer months.


 
Labour takes Portswood seat 'for first time in 35 years'
  Party retains control of Southampton City Council

Labour has held on to Southampton City Council following local elections on May 5, with the party's John Savage, left, winning the contested Portswood seat from Linda Norris (Conservative) by 255 votes. According to Labour it's the first time in 35 years the party has held a seat in the ward.
 
Portswood bank to slash opening hours
Portswood's remaining 'big four' bank, NatWest, has written to customers to tell them it's cutting opening times to just four hours a day from July 25.
 
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).
 
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'.

 

 
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.
 
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.

 
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.
 
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.

 

 
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.

 
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”.


 
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.
 
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