Archive for December, 2014
The public are warmly invited to attend the next meeting of the Alton & Surrounding Villages Community Forum on 27th January 2015 to discuss the topic of future education provision in Alton. Please click the link below for further information.
Residents can now download bin collection calendars from the internet as part of a new method of distribution.
As well as downloading their calendar from the website www.working-together.org.uk residents can ring 0300 300 0013 (charged at the local rate) at any time and ask for a calendar to be posted to their address.
After Christmas residents can also put out real Christmas trees for collection with their garden waste sack or bin during January.
New Alton sports centre to be built next door to current facility
Conservative led East Hampshire District Council is set to build a new Alton Sports Centre next to the existing facility.
The proposals, agreed by EHDC’s Cabinet this week, involve constructing an improved, modern sports centre on the current site on Chawton Park Road. The existing centre will remain open until the new centre is in place.
What the new sports centre will offer has not been fully decided but it is planned to include improved facilities and a six lane swimming pool.
A full business case will now be developed and brought for consideration by Cabinet in March 2015. An outline planning application will be submitted, also in March next year.
Cllr Richard Millard, EHDC Deputy Leader, said: “This is a great step forward along the road to providing a new sports centre of the size and quality the people of Alton deserve.
“Building a new centre while continuing to use the current facility means there will be no break in service and also affords us the time to get the new centre right.
“Our job now is to look in detail at what the centre will offer and how we can deliver an enhanced sports centre in the quickest and most cost-effective way.”
East Hampshire District Council has stepped in to pledge support for the staff affected by the proposed closure of the Molson Coors brewery in Alton.
If the proposal were to be confirmed, the brewery would close at the end of May 2015, meaning the loss of more than 100 local jobs.
EHDC’s Economic Development Team has already made contact with the company and other local authorities with a view to the future of the affected staff and of the brewery site.
Cllr Julie Butler, Portfolio Holder for Economy, said: “The announcement of the proposed closure of Molson Coors brewery in Alton is clearly very sad news and we are committed to ensuring that impacted staff receive the support they need to secure alternative employment.
“We will be holding an immediate high level meeting with Molson Coors, Hampshire County Council and other partners to ensure there is a co-ordinated multi-agency response to the proposed closure along with a long term plan for the regeneration of the brewery site.”