This website has been created for the residents of Abbotts Barton and surrounding areas so that you can keep up to-date with what's going on.

Apart from news you can find information about events, campaigns, and how to contact councillors.

Abbotts Barton Community Group is a community association which serves the people of Abbotts Barton and aims to act as a community anchor organisation. The main areas of work for the Group are:
  • ☐ To enable residents to find out how we can make where we live even better and do something about it.
  • ☐ To run events and activities for the benefit of inhabitants of Abbotts Barton.
  • ☐ To strengthen community participation.

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Sunday 8 September 2013

Councillor's Surgery Visit

Jane, Lynne and I (Sylke) went on to the St. Bartholomew Councillor's Surgery (first Thursday of every month, 7:30-8:30pm at Hyde Parish Hall). This time we spoke with Dominic Hiscock.

Council house development 
At the moment it looks as if Winchester City Council is going to drop the idea of building houses on the park along Charles Close and is only still planning to extend the row at the bottom of Charles Close that sits parallel to the river. In addition a change in the order of building work seems to be on the plan: the houses at Hillier Way are still first, but because of the application for village green (submitted by some Abbotts Barton residents), it is not possible for the Council to submit a planning application for that site, so other potential sites in Abbotts Barton, most likely the garages, are to be looked at again.
Very important: the next Housing Committee meeting will be Wednesday 18 September at 10am in the Guildhall! The public are allowed to attend this meeting, so please do go along if you want to find out more. The papers for the meeting will be available on the WCC website from 10 September. If you've been meaning to write to your local councillors or the committee to express your views, now is the time to do it! The Save The Parks in Abbotts Barton website has all the necessary information for you on the Action! tab!

River Park Leisure Centre 
As you might have heard there will be a public meeting (at the Guildhall in Winchester on Thursday 26 September at 7.30pm) to discuss the Council’s plan for the Leisure Centre replacement with interested groups and individuals. The idea is to build a new centre next to the old one and keep the old one open until the new one is ready. They want to have a 10 lane 25m pool and more sports courts that can be used in a more flexible way. Building a new centre there means some of the open space will be lost as the space from the old centre would become an extension of the car park.

Play areas 
Again, there are no news on the planned play area in the Abbotts Walk development. Dominic Hiscock promised to chase this down. People who have moved into the new houses are starting to wonder what the plans are and the topic of the ‘pond’ has come up again: the answer is that there is NO pond planned but there will be an area where rainwater can gather and drain into the ground (called SUDS, Sustainable Urban Drainage System) when there is a lot of rain, so it might be quite muddy or even a little swampy when a lot of rain is coming down.

We also haven’t been able to find out when we will get new goal posts and some new (picnic) benches in the main park in Abbotts Barton but we’ve asked the councillors to keep pursuing this.

We have noticed that the Council had some work done to the actual playground area, putting new soft ground covering in under some of the play devices, this is appreciated:

Pedestrian improvements 
After some emails between our ward councillors and the City Council it now turns out that the footpath opposite the allotments apparently is the responsibility of Hampshire County Council! If you would like something to be done about its state (as it’s getting bumpier and narrower over the years), please send an email to Fiona Mather (our County Councillor for Winchester Eastgate): fmather@winchester.gov.uk.

Community Centre for Abbotts Barton 
Ever since we have set up our Community Group we have been struggling to find a suitable meeting room that doesn’t cost the world. We have been hoping to find some space in the existing football club building but so far to no avail. We are still hopeful something will come up.

Parking restrictions 
We are pleased to see that parking in the area of the parking restrictions scheme has become much easier for residents, however, the lines for the new parking bays haven’t been finished despite the scheme formally starting on 19 August. We pointed out that some parking bays are being put in place across some driveways at Francis Gardens and that this could be a potential problem for the people living there, this needs to be checked by the Council. We also expressed disappointment that the parking bays near the crossing area to the playground haven’t been done in such a way that children get a better view angle when crossing the road.

20mph speed limit 
The 20mph speed limit is going to be implemented for Winchester City centre in 2014, in our area beginning at Hyde Street. What would you think about a local campaign to reduce the number of speeding drivers in Abbotts Barton? More info can be found at www.20splentyforus.org.uk and feedback can be given here.

The next Councillor's Surgery will be Thursday 3 October!

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