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Oxford Street to get an £800,000 Makeover

The view down Oxford Street

The view down Oxford Street

Nearby Oxford Street, a popular location for those looking for great bars and restaurants, is to get an £800,000 makeover. Following initial studies carried out by the city council in 2010, the following priorities were determined:

  • To improve the streetscene
  • Provide shared surfaces
  • Improve footways

What this will amount to in practice is the creation of a pedestrian-friendly environment – in an effort to bring about a more alfresco, cosmopolitan café scene with numerous outside tables and chairs. Trees will be planted to soften and improve the overall street scene and existing lamp posts will be removed in favour of wall-hung lighting to reduce overall street clutter.

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Policing the Waterfront – Priorities, Stats and a Warning

Hampshire Constabulary logoPolicing for Ocean Village Marina and our neighbourhood is provided by the Southampton City Waterfront team. City Waterfront is one of three city teams, the others being City Centre and City Polygon, which together make up the larger Central Southampton West Sector.

The current policing priorities for the City Waterfront team are:

  • Reduce criminal damage at Lucia Foster Welch Halls of Residence (Student Accommodation)
  • Reduce anti-social behaviour in Mayflower Park and Queens Park
  • Reduce the number of vagrants and beggars in the High Street, Oxford Street and Ocean Village

These priorities are set at PACT (Police and Community Together) meetings. The next PACT meeting will take place at 7pm on Wednesday 15th June at the Booth Centre on Oxford Street. This is an opportunity for residents, businesses and the police to discuss the problems that affect us all, and how we can work together to make our community a safer place in which to live and work. If you think there should be other priorities then please go along and share your views.

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Chiquito Restaurant is Unwrapped

Chiquitos in October 2010 after the fireWork has begun on getting the Chiquito Restaurant ready for re-opening.

The Chiquito Restaurant in Ocean Village was forced to close after being badly damaged in a fire on 2nd October 2010. The Chiquito website quickly promised that the restaurant would re-open prior to Christmas 2010. However, despite an initial flurry of activity on the site at the time, it did not. Rebuilding work then came to an abrupt stop and the premises have been shrouded in plastic sheeting ever since.

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Uncover the Legacy of the Titanic

The Titanic in Southampton

The Titanic in Southampton

This part of Southampton is rich in history, places to visit and things to see. Aside from the many attractions of Ocean Village Marina and the immediate neighbourhood there’s still so much more to see and do. However unless you know where to walk and what to look at, you may not get the most from your trip. What you really need is a tour guide. While we can’t physically join you we can instead provide you with some self-guided walks, which start out from, and return to Ocean Village Marina. If you’re thinking of visiting Ocean Village then, after enjoying the marina for a while, why not take off on a self-guided walk before returning here for a meal or drink prior to heading home? And if you live or work at Ocean Village then you may well find that there’s still plenty left to discover right under your feet.

In the first of our self-guided walks we focus on the Titanic. Southampton has become synonymous with the Titanic and with good reason. The ill-fated ship set sail from here on 10th April 1912 with 2,223 people on board. Of the 1,517 that lost their lives, more than a third, 549 of them, were from Southampton. 2012 will mark the centenary of that tragic event.

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Developer Presents Concepts for Admiral’s Quay

People At the Admiral's Quay Consultation -2The public consultation on the future of the Admiral’s Quay development started today with a presentation of conceptual ideas at the Mocha Marina Coffee Shop.

When the original Admiral’s Quay project stalled in 2007, prior to phase two commencing, the “temporary” hoardings surrounding the site quickly became a permanent fixture and an Ocean Village eyesore. When Allied Developments purchased the site earlier this year councillor Royston Smith, leader of Southampton City Council, said that “We hope to see them moving in as quickly as possible and are pleased another local developer is keen to bring further economic growth to Southampton”. From what we have seen today it would appear that both the architects (HGP) and the developer are equally keen.

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