A PETITION has been launched to try to save the recycling centre in Alresford.
The facility on Prospect Road is under threat from cuts at Hampshire County Council, which is attempting to plan ahead for a forecast budget deficit.
Liberal Democrat city council candidate Clare Pinniger said: “We should be recycling more not discouraging it by closing recycling centres.
“If the Alresford tip is closed this will mean less recycling and more car journeys”.
The protest organisers have set up a petition which is calling for the tip to be kept open.
It can be found at winld.org.uk/alresford-tip

A QUIZ night is being organised by Alresford Rotary in March.
The event will be on Friday, March 22 at Itchen Abbas Village Hall.
Tickets are £15 per person and teams can be up to six strong.
There will be a licenced bar, raffle and a hot supper.
More information is available from David Marshall on quizalresfordrotary@gmail.com.

A COUNTRY lane south of Alresford has been shut for roadworks.
Part of Kilmeston Road between Wheely Down Road and Kilmeston Down Lane is closed from January 22 for up to 27 days, although the closure order is in place for six months.
The road will be closed between 7.30am and 5.30pm.
The county council says reasonable steps will be taken to allow access to any adjacent properties.

FLOOD alerts remain in place across the area, despite a period of dry weather.
The Environment Agency issued flood alerts for several villages earlier this month. Nationwide there are now only 49 alerts where flooding is possible and three are near Alresford.
People living in Bramdean and Cheriton, Bishop’s Sutton, the Candovers and Old Alresford are still being warned.
The agency said on Monday, January 30: “Groundwater levels in Bishop’s Sutton are high and relatively stable. Groundwater levels are just below the threshold we would expect a small number of properties to experience cellar flooding. Minor impacts to septic tanks and flooding of roads, such as the B3047, is expected to be ongoing.”
For Bramdean and Cheriton groundwater levels “are high but slowly falling”.
For the Candovers and Old Alresford the agency said last Thursday: “In Preston Candover and Old Alresford, groundwater levels remain very high but have recently peaked and are now slowly falling. We expect a small number of properties in Preston Candover and Old Alresford will be pumping water out of their cellars.”
For the Meon Valley, including West Meon, the Environment Agency said problems are easing: “Groundwater levels in the Meon Valley are high but continue to fall. At Pound Lane in Meonstoke, levels have fallen by 68cm in the last week.”
The problem is caused by the rising groundwater in the chalk aquifer that underlies much of Hampshire.

THE next Alresford Antiques Fair will be on Saturday, February 17 at the community centre on West Street from 9am to 4.30pm.
Admission is free.
There will be around eight stalls offering a variety of items including furniture, silver, glass, jewellery and militaria.
The vendors will also buy.
Other fairs at Alresford Community Centre in 2024 are all on Saturdays: April 20, Saturday May 18, June 15, August 17 and October 26.

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