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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.

Big Lunch 2014
We always welcome people to join us, it's easy and free and there is no obligation to do anything! Please see our Membership page for more info!

If you should be interested in helping out at events, as a street champion, or as a Councillor's Surgery visitor, please don't hesitate to get in touch! Also let us know if you have some ideas for events or skills that could be useful (e.g. face painting at the picnics)! Read more about how you can help on our Get Involved page!

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Thursday, 6 February 2014

News Roundup

Back again to stormy weather and also local flooding. Here are a few photos taken by some of our readers:

Flooded Winnall Moors (by Sarah)

Flooded River Park (by Lynne)

Please keep safe: Renewed flood alerts in Winchester today (from yesterday).

Also please bear in mind this warning from the Environment Agency: "Stay away from flood water. Six inches of fast flowing water can knock you off your feet."


By the way, today is Councillor's Surgery day for our ward. None of our little group can make it this time - but maybe you would like to go?


Council activities


Important survey about the City Council elections frequency: vote in 'thirds' or change to 'all out' system, what's your preference? This only takes a couple of minutes (mainly to read the information of pros and cons provided). I would really urge you to look at this and to vote as this change would have a major effect on how the Council works.

A two week old article about the Coucillor's who moved parties: Two Winchester Tories defect to Lib Dems.

Some information regarding the change from Section 106 to CIL payments.

Winchester residents will be be kept informed on new developments. Informed that is, not involved.

Winchester neighbourhoods will have 20 miles per hour speed limits enforced: "Cllr Victoria Weston, Portfolio Holder for Built Environment, rubber stamped the project at the end of January and the limits are expected to be in place by the spring."


Leisure Centre and River Park


Why am I not surprised by this? Winchester council boss claims political motive over leisure centre campaign.

Press release by the council (3 Feb): Next steps on River Park Leisure Centre.


Other local news


Hampshire Police HQ could move out of Winchester.


Environment


Fracking under your house whether you like it or not: Government considering law change.

WinACC's Transport Vision for a Winchester that's better for walkers and cyclists.

WinACC invites your views on their overall priorities in their formal draft annual plan.

Green supporters call for more community gardening in Winchester.

He might have a point (if it ever stops raining again): Solar panels better than a pension, says minister.

Anybody using mainly LED lights these days? Some information from WinACC.

(And, no, I'm not a member of WinACC, I just tend to find their initiatives interesting and important!)


Things to do


9 Feburary in Southampton: Seed swap aims to save less popular fruit and veg from extinction.

A POP-UP exhibition, In Search of Alfred the Great, has opened in Saint Bartholomew’s Church in Winchester.

Winchester Film Festival has announced its programme for 2014.


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