05 MAR 2017

The Great British Spring Clean

A hardy group of us successfully battled the Great British weather this morning as we took part in the Great British Spring Clean, organised by your Alamein Councillors.

We started at the i:61 Church Andover Bus of Hope, cleaning the open space on Smannell Road before moving through Augusta Park and finishing up at the Augusta Park Community Centre.

One particular local litter lout must enjoy chicken and stuffing sandwiches as I ended up with a quite a few wrappers in my bag. And that's our message. Don't drop litter in the first place. Take your chicken and stuffing sandwich wrappers home or put them in one of the public bins. Despite the litter louts though, we can all do our bit to tidy up our town and it was great to be out with so many like minded volunteers including Cllr Tracey Preston, Rebecca Meyer & Kirsty Locke

Thank you to the Augusta Park Community Association for putting on hot drinks and sausage rolls for our volunteers at the end, and thank you to Test Valley Borough Council for arranging to pick up and dispose of our bags in the morning.

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28 FEB 2017

Pressing the case with Aster over Enormous Kingsway Gardens Bills

Local MP, Kit Malthouse and I met yesterday to discuss the situation at Kingsway Gardens following my meeting with Aster lastweek. Leaseholders are being hit with enormous bills for works to solve the problem of damp and mould caused by water ingress.

Following our meeting, Kit has again written to Sarah Durrans, Regional Director of Aster to raise our on-going concerns about the £500k plus administration fee they're charging to project manage the works. Kit and I have challenged them to put the project management aspect of the works out to tender to ensure fairness and transparency. We have also asked if she can clarify the amount of money currently in the sinking fund and to confirm whether this amount will be subtracted from the total bill for the final works or apportioned to the individual blocks/properties.

Kit and I also agree that Aster need to confirm their commitment to speak to all owners individually to enable them to understand their financial circumstances and tailor a repayment package to suit.

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25 FEB 2017

Join us for the Great British Spring Clean

Join us next Sunday 5th March for the Great British Spring Clean.

Following the success of last years' Clean for The Queen your Alamein Councillors have organised a litter pick from 10:30 am until 12 noon, starting on the open space along Smannell Road and finishing up at the Augusta Park Community Centre.

The Council regularly cleans up litter in this location but as part of the nationwide campaign to tidy up the land, we thought we'd do our bit to make it look even better. Our message to people, of course, is not to drop litter in the first place but we can all do our bit to tidy up our town.

Meet at the layby next to the skate park. Equipment will be provided. All volunteers will receive free coffee and cake afterwards at the Augusta Park Community Centre kindly provided by the Augusta Park Community Association. I look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible.

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12 FEB 2017

Support the Augusta Park to Smannell Gravel Pathway

Plans for an informal gravel pathway linking Augusta Park to Smannell village are under threat following the County Councilwithdrawing support for the project.

The proposal for a safer route for pedestrians walking from Augusta Park to Smannell to access Smannell School and The Oak pub, and for residents of Smannell to access the facilities on Augusta Park was originally planned to be delivered in spring 2016 and then delayed to this year. Unfortunately it no longer has the support of the County Council, who believe it to be too expensive.

Funds had previously been identified from developer contributions, collected from the Augusta Park builders, Taylor Wimpey.

I am extremely frustrated by this turn of events and feel let down over the previous promises made to me. Over the past two years I have been regularly pressing the case within TVBC and the County Council to get on and deliver the scheme, which was formally given the go ahead in autumn 2015. It is not acceptable for the County Council to change its mind at the last minute.

The Parish Council have offered to maintain the gravel pathway once constructed so the County Council will not be liable for ongoing maintenance but from emails I have seen the County are still not happy with the proposal.

It is hugely important to me that this project still goes ahead and I am working with my colleague and County Council candidate in the forthcoming election, Kirsty Locke to continue to press the case for the pathway.

What would really help us in further discussions with Hampshire County Council, and if we need to leverage some money from other organisations, is to show the strength of feeling from the community and your support for the project.

I would therefore be grateful if local residents who want to see the project delivered could sign the petition here.

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27 JAN 2017

Bollard Moved to Enable Easier Enham Way Access

I'm pleased to report that a bollard on the Enham Way has been moved to enable easier access for disabled residents using the pathway. The gap between the bollard is now more convenient for mobility devices but not wide enough for vehicular access.

The pathway linking Enahm Alamein to King Arthurs Way is a key part of the Enham, which gives disabled residents a safe route into the town centre and back.

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