Hall car parking

Chilworth Hall’s management committee is keen to see if there is any way to improve the safety of the entrance/exit arrangement to the Hall’s car park. The car park and the driveway leading to it are part of the freehold of the Hall, and so the trustees on the committee are very much aware that they have a responsibility to try to limit the dangers that are becoming ever more apparent as traffic densities on the A27 continue to increase..  Several recent conversations about that have revealed there to be some misunderstandings and incorrect assumptions about the car park itself.  Continue reading

Southampton Car Park Closure

It’s unlikely that many Chilworth residents will park in Southampton’s Grosvenor Square multi-storey late into the evening, but those that do should be aware of this announcement by the City Council. We neither vote for Southampton councillors, nor pay Southampton council taxes but if we did, we would surely have more to say about it. Continue reading

Business Experience Wanted

Solent LEPThere are many experienced business people resident in Chilworth. Most may be unaware of the local LEP’s efforts to transform the economy of the Solent region. In aid of those efforts, nine additional members are sought to fill vacancies on panels dealing with Business Investment, Employment & Skills and Innovation & Business Support.  If you’re looking for a wider outlet for your business skills and experience, why not review the information contained here, find out more, and apply?

Devolution for the Solent?

solent by satellite consultationBetween now and 18th September, we residents of Chilworth have an opportunity to submit our opinions to a public consultation on a devolution deal for the Solent area, which is being negotiated with the government.  The councils of Southampton, Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight are proposing a new Solent Mayoral Combined Authority with devolved powers to manage an additional £900M over the next thirty years. The new authority would combine and take over some of the roles of the existing three unitary authorities, which would still continue to exist.  Whether we like it or not, this will affect us. Continue reading

Police Survey

Our local neighbourhood police team is keen to hear what’s particularly important to local people. Their online survey is now closed but, until 7th July, late entries are still welcome. If there are any issues, concerns or ideas you would like to raise or bring to their attention then print this form and jot them down. Continue reading

Planning Application

planningThose who don’t read the Daily Echo may have missed this story which concerns a planning application in Heather Hill, off Chilworth Road.  The plans appear to conflict with the Village Design Statement and, not surprisingly, objections have been raised. Events then unfold in a depressingly familiar pattern.   Continue reading

Southampton Sports Centre – again…

Chilworth is part of the borough of Test Valley but many residents, particularly at the Bassett end of the village, find Southampton Sports Centre a valuable amenity for themselves and their children. There has been a lot of controversy in recent years about the boating lake, much of it reported on this site. On Wednesday this week its future is to be debated by the City Council and, after reading what Penny Hastings of “Love The Sports Centre” has to say, you may feel moved to at least make your views known. Continue reading