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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Sunday 30 March 2014

News Roundup

What a pleasant Sunday so far! After a trip into town earlier, I am now looking forward to having some nice beer from today's Winchester Farmers' Market:

Don't forget, it's Councillor's Surgery for our ward this Thursday (7:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Hyde Parish Hall).

Council activities

The Transport Consultation ends tomorrow! Bus services and Hythe Ferry under threat as Hampshire County Council bids to slash £1.5m from budget.

The Local Plan 2 consultation is still open until 4 April, information and a comment form are available on the WCC website. Winchester campaigners urge caution over new housing location.

Part of Winchester city centre could be subject to major redevelopment - near the station.

I get the feeling 'consultations' should be called 'presentations' - as Council and residents don't seem to be having the same understanding of what is meant by the term: Residents hear results of Chesil Street surface car park development survey.

You've probably heard by now: Rob Humby to take over as conservative leader.

Winchester tax-payers could foot bill after city council mistake - how did this happen?!

Over the last three days the Council held a public exhibition about the Silver Hill Project. If you couldn't make it, you can still look at the exhibition information online!

Some information from Hantsweb: What happens to our recycling?

Hampshire County Council begin 'massive operation' to repair flood-damaged roads.

Residents left baffled after Winchester City Council moves charity bins - will this happen all over Winchester?

Other local news

A great BBC School Report about how the flooding affected St. Bede's school. Lots of well known faces!
St. Bede's also made the local headlines by getting an award for being eco-friendly!

Senior managers go in revamp of Winchester charity group WACA.

Public Health

Public meeting hears more on plans for new hospital between Winchester And Basingstoke

A couple of days ago the NHSdirect website was closed (saying that it will be closing 31 March!).


Winchester Friends of the Earth are running an Air Quality Protest Event on 4 April at 2pm, saying that a lot more could be done to make Winchester a healthier place to live.

More information about WinACC's climate change meeting earlier this month: Zero carbon Britain in 15 years.

Want to help with Hampshire's Big Clean Up in June? Contact Winchester Litterpickers.

Wildlife charities' fears over fracking in Hampshire. And Government survey reveals huge support for windfarms compared to fracking.

Do we need to return to a drinks container deposit scheme in the UK? Petition here if you think so.

General News

New Government scheme sparks debate over toddler education.

Are there any other EU citizens living here in Abbotts Barton? Be sure to register for European Elections this May! If you're a UK based EU citizen you can vote here, registration deadline is 6 May!

Keep your home safe: Hampshire Police are saying "Burglars do it by hook or by crook. If you have a UPVC door, lift the handle and turn the key!" (And definitely don't leave the key in the lock on the outside - my specialty it seems.) Here is a Burglary crime prevention video.

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