Newtown toasts Queen with street parties

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George Street

Despite gloomy skies residents in Newtown have celebrated the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with street parties today.

The predicted rain held off to allow residents in Newtown Road, George Street and Northlands Road to sit down together for a barbeque ‘big lunch’ while children played football and skipped in the traffic free streets.

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Street art in Northlands Road

The terrace houses, part of the town’s exclusive renaissance quarter,  were decorated with bunting and tables set up in the middle of the road.

Children had a sandpit improvised for them in Northlands Road and a bouncy castle was inflated in George Street.

Eastleigh police also sent one their vans round for children to explore – which proved almost as popular as the ice cream van.

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Residents in Northlands Road ended the day’s festivities by setting off fireworks.

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  4 comments for “Newtown toasts Queen with street parties

  1. June 4, 2012 at 2:34 am

    “Exclusive renaissance quarter…?”, Lol.
    I get the joke.

    Should we also describe the Civic Offices as an impressive masterpiece of late 20th Century architectural design, a bold statement about the aspirations of our local elected representatives…?

    • Stephen Slominski
      June 4, 2012 at 11:40 am

      Tongue in cheek but not entirely a joke Ray.
      Have to say I’m surprised Estate Agents haven’t cottoned on to it yet cos when they do they will stick an extra couple of £k onto valuations!
      I first heard the term ‘Eastleigh Town Renaissance Quarter’ at the Russell House Public Inquiry last month but it seems to have been in use for some time in planning circles – planning policies 53.BE and 54.BE refer to it.
      as in:
      “The council will permit people intensive development in the Eastleigh Town Renaissance Quarter
      “Buildings should be predominantly three storeys and residential densities of at least 50 dwellings per hectare”
      Bear in mind that in 2001 the average UK housing density was 25 dwellings per hectare and the Labour government target (since abandoned by the coalition along with other housing targets) was 30 dwellings per Hectare.
      Is living in the Renaissance Quarter exclusive?
      Well for a start none of our councillors live here, secondly there is a 3 bed terrace in George Street (pictured above) currently on the market with an asking price in excess of a quarter of a million pounds and many asking over £200k.
      These are unaffordable prices that exclude the average FTB for houses that, ironically, were built as ‘affordable homes’ in the Edwardian era.
      Yesterday’s affordable home is today’s mansion because the size of accommodation and garden exceed what is currently being built today.
      A Press release from the Royal Institute of British Architects claims that modern homes are being built with so little spare space there is no room to store the hoover or even food – one couple claiming they have to use the boot of their car as a larder.
      These are the kind of shit-boxes that are being planned for our green spaces.

      • June 4, 2012 at 3:50 pm

        And what the planners also seem to have ignored, is that if people are living on top of each other in “shit boxes”, with no space around them, not even to store the Hoover, social problems will occur…

        Our planners are planning a disaster…

        • mm
          Eastleigh Xpress
          June 4, 2012 at 4:37 pm

          Yes, the government have rules that determine the density of living space for battery hens and laboratory mice but not humans.

          It was discovered that packing loads of lab mice into smaller cages caused them health problems.
          Not only, as you might expect, did disease spread quicker but they had lower levels of cortisone which meant their immune systems were weaker, also they had lower bone density than mice kept in less crowded cages.
          Simply put – overcrowding can make you sick.

          We’ve gone off topic…God Bless the Queen!

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