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Update from February Meeting

By John Field ADRA

Thursday, 5 March 2020

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At our last meeting, we first celebrated the Flood Meadows pocket park, off Lenten Street. Less than a year after receiving funds for this, Amery Hill Residents Association took the initiative to transform this area for people and wildlife to enjoy. It’s wonderful! In fact, ADRA’s Chairman was amazed to see his first kingfisher ever here a couple of weeks ago! You can see updates and photos on facebook.

We’re also pleased to report that a group of ADRA members have volunteered to be part of a team who will help put new Speed Indicator Devices (SIDs) around Alton, targeting roads where concerns have been raised. We had out initial training and are waiting for final approvals. Keep a look out for these soon, and watch your speed!

We welcomed EHDC Cllr Steve Hunt and Alton Town Cllr Matthew Bayliss, who attended our last ADRA meeting, also congratulated those involved in the Flood Meadows pocket park. He’s also supported the SIDs and attended the training, and at our meeting, he raised the concerns with respect to noise, light and traffic around the new Alton Sports Centre. He continues to work with them to help resolve these issues and help steer this to a successful conclusion.

The East Hampshire Local Plan process is delayed, due to the huge feedback they received on the draft version and then on the proposed large development sites. You can see the feedback online, which is currently under consideration.

We discussed the public information from Veolia about the proposed ‘Advanced Energy Recovery Facility’ in Alton. More information on how to get engaged and express your views can be found on Veolia’s website. Do this by 16th March, before the plans are submitted to Hants County Council.

The Great British Spring Clean, and Alton Litter Pick, are back. Alton Society are arranging their litter pick in Alton on 21st March. Last year saw over 90 people take part, which was fantastic. Please join this, show you care, and take pride in Alton. Many hands make light work, and more fun! This is taking place during the Great British Spring Clean, which is from 20th March until 13th April. And which will involve litter picks throughout GB.

Another date for your diaries: the month of May is Alton’s Walking and Cycling Festival – lots to get involved with.

If you have an idea for a community project, there are grants available from the developer contributions (section 106 money), East Hants, for projects relating to community facilities, sports and leisure facilities, open space and play areas, environmental improvements and transport.

Finally, we thanked Mark Lanchbery for his role as Chair of ADRA, for his enormous energy and drive. Unfortunately, Mark has stepped down as Chair for personal reasons, but we are pleased that he continues to play a key active role in Church Triangle Residents Association, and in ADRA.

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