Seen the Southampton Sports Centre Boating Lake recently? It’s been something of a cause celebre this summer, and the story is still running. To find out more, and perhaps offer your support if you’re so minded, visit the Facebook page of the Friends of Southampton Sports Centre. It’s a not unusual story of high-handed officialdom, acting without proper consultation or authority. Southampton City Council has wisely refused planning permission for the already partially implemented change, and there’s a chance that the boating lake and its surroundings may be returned to an attractive state that they’ve not seen for some years. Such a happy ending won’t come about without concerted effort on the part of local residents, so look out for any opportunity to support our neighbours in Bassett who seem to be making most of the running.