New trees, benches and paths could all be included as part of improvements being made to Winklebury Playing Fields. Thanks to a funding boost of £27,500 from the Government for open spaces and parks, the council is proposing to create a new space to visit on the fields and is asking residents to give their views on what could be included.
The latest issue of our residents’ publication Basingstoke & Deane Today is being distributed to residents. This autumn edition gives an update on some of the things happening in the borough and information on services the council provides.
We're starting an exciting project to replace the popular skate park at War Memorial Park and provide better facilities for BMX bike riders and fans of parkour and free-running – and wants to hear residents’ views on what should be included. The project will provide better facilities in the park, behind Totally Tennis, for skaters, BMX bike riders and fans of parkour and free-running.
Sporty users of two popular borough facilities are to benefit from new energy-efficient lighting. The outdoor tennis courts at War Memorial Park and the games area in the Fieldgate Centre, Kingsclere, will receive upgraded LED lighting systems. This will mean big savings on electricity bills, better quality lighting and lower energy consumption.
Residents can now cut down on their paperwork and manage their council tax account and benefit claims online at a touch of a button. We've introduced a new 'self-service' area of the website where residents can log in to view their accounts and update their information from their smartphone, tablet or computer.
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and Hampshire County Council have adopted a new transport strategy for Basingstoke. The Basingstoke Transport Strategy, which supports the developments in the Basingstoke and Deane Local Plan to 2029 and considers longer-term improvements needed beyond that time, was adopted at Council on Thursday 18 July.
Two of the borough’s parks have retained their position among the very best green spaces in the UK. Eastrop Park has been awarded Green Flag status for the 20th year running by the scheme while War Memorial Park has received the same award for the 12th year in a row. The Green Flag Awards are nationally recognised as a sign of quality, indicating that the parks have the highest possible environmental standards, are beautifully maintained, clean and safe, and have excellent facilities for visitors.
Lyle Berends, 29, of The Topiary, Lychpit was convicted at Basingstoke Magistrates Court on Thursday 11 July following a successful prosecution by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council. This was the first of two successful prosecutions: Wayne Rolfe, 53, of Widmore Road, Basingstoke, was ordered to pay £613 after being caught dumping household waste consisting of soil, turf and a plastic bag in a privately controlled Basingstoke car park.
New collection days for residents’ rubbish, recycling and garden waste in Basingstoke and Deane and Hart are underway. Working with Serco, Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and Hart District Council have changed waste, recycling and garden waste collections to reduce the distances bin trucks are travelling, revise the routes to incorporate new homes in the area and simplify collections for some residents so their glass and recycling is collected on the same day.
Local residents are being asked to help shape the redevelopment of the Basingstoke golf course site where approximately 1,000 new homes will be built. A consultation on the Basingstoke Golf Course Brief Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) is now open until Monday 5 August. It gives local people the chance to put forward their views on what is needed, including the type and size of homes, community facilities, transport, access, environmental quality, design and layout, before a decision is taken on the final document, due to be adopted in October 2019.
Budding artists from the borough enjoyed the opportunity to work alongside with professionals as part of this year’s Basingstoke Festival. Schools across the borough welcomed the chance, offered by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, to have an artist in residence for a day.
A new deputy chief executive with extensive experience in managing major infrastructure projects is set to join Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council to guide key initiatives to ensure the area continues to be a great place to live and work.
Celebrate the borough’s parks and green spaces with a fantastic week of events to mark Love Parks Week. Lots of activities will take place until Sunday 21 July 2019 offering people of all ages the chance to play, explore, exercise and relax. Most of the programme is completely free of charge and includes bat walks, pond dipping, toddler walks, build a boat, parkrun, health walks, tennis taster sessions and cycle rides.
Festivalgoers of all ages enjoyed quality music, food, outdoor theatre and arts at the family-friendly B LOVE event on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 July. Local bands shone alongside national names and 370 community performers were stars of B AWESOME.
The council’s approach to protecting and enhancing the natural environment of the borough has been recognised at a national awards ceremony. The annual Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) Awards took place recently in London and the council was one of only three councils shortlisted for the Planning Authority of the Year Award.
Changing rooms at Basingstoke Rugby Football Club in Pack Lane will be transformed with a Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council Local Infrastructure Fund grant of £147,900. None of the current changing rooms comply with current RFU standards and the communal shower room is inappropriate for the increasing mixed gender demand brought about by the huge increase in interest in girls/ladies rugby at the club.
Local residents are invited to join the Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane Cllr Diane Taylor at a community-spirited Civic Sunday service on Sunday 14 July. Dr Andy Taylor, the Mayor's Chaplain, will take the service which will feature music from the Sounds of Hope choir and soloist Chris Greenhalgh. Phil Norris, one of the leaders of Basingstoke Community Churches, will give a short address.
Work has started on a new headquarters for a major Basingstoke employer, thanks to funding from the Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership and support through the borough council’s Invest to Grow Fund. One of the largest international pharmaceutical companies, Eli Lilly and Company, will move into a new 45,000 sq ft headquarters at Basing View from its current campus facility on Priestley Road in Basingstoke.
Environmental champions hit the streets on Clean Air Day to encourage drivers to put the brakes on idling. These clean air campaigners – officers from Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and volunteers from Basingstoke Clean Air Campaign – were based at Alencon Link and outside Fairfields Primary School and Park View Primary School on the national awareness event Clean Air Day.
The eighth successive Basingstoke Festival has plenty of art in unusual places up its sleeve including street dance, flashmobs, street theatre, cinema in the park, ‘80s retro celebrations, live music, local history, B LOVE and visual arts.
Borough Mayor Cllr Diane Taylor marked the golden anniversary of twinning between Basingstoke and Alençon with a special visit to the French market town. A warm welcome was given to the Basingstoke and Deane Mayor and her Consort Dr Andy Taylor when they spent a weekend in the charming twin town, famed for its delicate needlepoint lace.
Stagecoach, Festival Place, students and local councils are joining forces to encourage residents to become part of the solution when it comes to air pollution. Young clean air champions from Basingstoke College of Technology (BCoT) are carrying out a pollution investigation at the Festival Place bus station.
Motorists can plug into a greener way of getting around Basingstoke and Deane thanks to the number of council electric vehicle charging points more than trebling. Five new points have been introduced in Eastlands and Parklands car parks, joining existing charging points in Central car park and Churchill Way car park and bringing the total number to seven.
Anybody interested in supporting vital work to restore the habitat at Wigmore Heath in Tadley is invited to a public meeting on Thursday 20 June. Many people showed interest in the project during a recent public consultation on declaring Wigmore Heath a Local Nature Reserve and the meeting, at Tadley Community Centre at 7pm, will give them the opportunity to show their support.
A Hampshire war veteran who won gold at the inaugural Invictus Games will be supporting Basingstoke’s annual flag-raising ceremony to mark Armed Forces Day next month. Former Royal Engineer Gavin Watson, aged 35, was discharged from duty due to medical circumstances – but won gold for Team UK in the Archery event at the Games held in London in 2014.
We have recently commenced work on an update to the Local Plan for the borough. As part of evidence gathering to inform the annual update of the SHELAA, we are undertaking a ‘call for sites’ for developers, landowners or other interested parties to let us know about sites that could be suitable for residential, employment or other development.
Basingstoke is proving once more that it’s punching above its weight when it comes to the digital sector, being named as among the top UK locations for investment in growing technology companies. The town has been named as the fourth best place for such investment, behind only London, Cambridge and Abingdon, with total deals worth £425 million between 2015 and 2018.
Drivers of taxis and private hire vehicles across the borough are being encouraged to go the extra mile when it comes to going green. A range of eco-friendly initiatives by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council are helping to drive change with the aim of reducing pollution and improving air quality.
Two people in Basingstoke and Deane who have made a real difference to the lives of many in the community have been recognised by the past year’s Mayor with a special award. At the Mayor making ceremony on Thursday 9 May, outgoing Mayor Cllr Seán Keating presented individual community awards to Mrs Olya Elliot and Mr Phelim O’Hagan.
Basingstoke and Deane’s new Mayor Cllr Diane Taylor and her Consort, Andy Taylor moved to the borough over 40 years ago as a young couple climbing the career ladder. But after four years living in Kempshott and 37 years in Oakley, any plans to move on have been ditched – they decided early on that Basingstoke was a great place to live, work and raise their family and they’ve stayed put. Cllr Taylor, who represents the Oakley and North Waltham ward, loves everything about living in the town.
It’s shaping up to be a summer of superb entertainment for residents. The 2019 Basingstoke Festival will run from Friday 21 June to Sunday 7 July and almost 1,300 tickets have already been sold for its hugely popular Pictures in the Park programme. The screening of Bohemian Rhapsody is sold out but you can still grab a ticket to see Moulin Rouge! on Wednesday 3 July or Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again on Friday 5 July in War Memorial Park on a big screen under the stars when the light fades after 9pm each evening.
Those who persistently cause issues in the town centre will be prosecuted – that’s the message from Safer North Hampshire, Hampshire Constabulary, Basingstoke Together and Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, who are working together to take action on anti-social behaviour and to tackle the most persistent offenders.
Basingstoke and Deane has been recognised as a great place to do business, being named as one of the top office locations outside London, and the fourth best in the South East. The league table of workplace winners, published in Property Week, puts the borough ahead of locations such as of Guildford, Wokingham and Winchester.
The town’s historic heart will get a spring clean this month following a funding boost from the government. Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council has been awarded £30,000 as part of the government’s High Streets Community Clean Up Fund. Working in partnership with Basingstoke Together Business Improvement District, Basingstoke’s Big Spring Clean will see the Top of the Town area deep cleaned between Monday 8 April and Thursday 18 April. This will include chewing gum removal, jet-washing and general cleaning of paving areas, alleyways and floral planters in the area. Businesses can show their support by giving their shopfronts a spring clean including washing down their windows and adding planters.
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and Hampshire County Council have been granted a final injunction from the High Court banning the setting up of unauthorised encampments in a large section of the borough. Basingstoke and Deane has become the first borough in the county and one of a small number nationally to be granted the final injunction for a period of five years. It prevents unauthorised encampments and unauthorised developments being set up or items fly-tipped within a designated area covering the urbanised area of Basingstoke town, as well as the outlying areas of Bramley, Silchester, Tadley Common and a small parcel of land at Stratfield Turgis.
Borough and parish elections will take place on Thursday 2 May. Important information on the nomination process and key election dates including deadlines for registering to vote and requesting postal or proxy votes can be found at https://www.basingstoke.gov.uk/borough-pc-elections-2019
New planning guidelines to protect the heritage of our towns, villages, countryside and local heritage sites such as Highclere Castle, The Vyne and Silchester Roman Town have been agreed. Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council’s Cabinet recommended the adoption of the Heritage Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) at a recent meeting. The extensive and diverse historic environment has a positive impact on the character of the borough and enriches the lives of residents and visitors. Protecting and maintaining the area’s heritage is important and the new guidance ensures that it is protected and, where possible, enhanced.
Take a step towards a healthier future by joining a new health walk in Beggarwood. All are invited to join in and get out and about in the borough for the free 60 to 90 minute stroll at medium pace every month starting and finishing at Beggarwood Community Centre. Setting out on Wednesday 3 April at 10.30am, this new walk is one of a series which take place all around the borough.
Dog owners are being asked to Take the Lead when it comes to keeping their pets under control. Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council is launching a campaign reminding residents that it is against the law to let a dog be dangerously out of control anywhere, including in your own home. Your dog is considered dangerously out of control if it injures someone, makes someone worried it might injure them, attacks an animal or if the owner of an animal thinks they could be injured trying to stop such an attack.
Wheelbarrows and wellingtons were out in force when the much-anticipated new allotments were officially opened at Beggarwood Park. Gardeners of all ages joined Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Planning and Infrastructure Cllr Mark Ruffell at the opening ceremony. A further 20 additional plots of land have been cultivated at the existing allotment site in Beggarwood Lane funded by £102,000 from the council’s capital programme in response to demand for allotments in the borough.
A Basingstoke couple have been ordered to pay more than £4,000 after being found guilty of fly-tipping at their former home in Popley. Emma Lipscombe and Ralph Massen were prosecuted by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council after six chairs were spotted dumped in the bushes outside the home in Pitcairn Close, Popley.
You’re invited to dine with the Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane at a charity lunch raising money for three great causes. Cllr Seán Keating will be welcoming guests to the event on Wednesday 27 March at The Restaurant, Basingstoke College of Technology (BCoT), at 12 noon. A delicious three-course meal will be served, all cooked and served by the college’s hospitality and catering students.
Potential apprentices are being encouraged to blaze a career trail as part of National Apprenticeship Week, which runs from Monday 4 March to Friday 8 March. A series of events run by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council in partnership with Basingstoke College of Technology (BCoT), Basingstoke ITEC, Basingstoke Consortium, Queen Mary’s College and The Careers & Enterprise Company are taking place to give people the chance to find out more about opportunities in the borough.
Residents in Hatch Warren and Beggarwood are being encouraged to find out how they can shape their local area by coming along to a drop-in session. The session, taking place between 10am and 12pm on Saturday 9 March at Beggarwood Community Centre, will give residents the opportunity to find out more about what a community-led plan is and how they can get involved. The aim of a community-led plan is to involve residents in identifying the key local issues and priorities that affect them within their community and develop projects and actions to address them.
Experience the magic of the movies in War Memorial Park this summer. Three fantastic film musicals - Moulin Rouge!, Bohemian Rhapsody and Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again - will be broadcast on a big screen under the stars as part of Basingstoke Festival 2019’s Pictures in the Park programme. When the light fades – after 9pm each evening – audiences will be treated to a very special outdoor cinematic experience right in the heart of the town.
Sophisticated data matching technology has been weeding out false claims for council tax discounts to protect public funds and to support the funding of key council services. The National Fraud Initiative (NFI), run by the Cabinet Office to compare computer records within local authorities, helps identify those who are wrongly claiming single person discount on their council tax as part of its work in preventing and detecting fraud. Last year Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council again stepped up efforts to identify fraudulent discounts using this intelligent data matching. This resulted in £65,422.64 being identified during a 2017/18 exercise as being fraudulently claimed from the council by 152 people claiming to live alone.
More government funding has been announced to help ensure that the right infrastructure is in place for Manydown and other new homes to be built in the west of Basingstoke in the future. An additional £695,000 ‘capacity funding’ was announced on Wednesday 13 February by Housing Minister Kit Malthouse MP, bringing Government funding for work on more detailed planning for Manydown to over £2.7 million.
An online guide which aims to make visits to shops, restaurants, beauty spots and other venues stress-free for disabled people has been updated with the help of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council. National disability organisation AccessAble, previously know as DisabledGo, works to provide detailed accurate information to allow somebody to work out if a venue is going to be accessible to them. The guides cover venues such as shops, cinemas, theatres, railway stations, hotels, universities and hospitals.
People looking to get on or move up the property ladder can find information and advice at a free Help to Buy event we're organising in association with Help to Buy South on Tuesday 21 February. Drop in to the council offices in London Road any time from 3pm to 8pm for help and advice on low cost homes to buy and schemes available, including the Government's Help to Buy and shared ownership schemes. https://www.basingstoke.gov.uk/helptobuy
The Holocaust and other acts of genocide will be remembered in Basingstoke at a wreath-laying ceremony to mark UK Holocaust Memorial Day. The Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane Cllr Seán Keating will lead the ceremony on Monday 28 January at 10am at the War Memorial. Alongside Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council Chief Executive Mel Barrett, he will lay a wreath at the memorial on behalf of the borough.
A total of 828 new homes were completed in the borough between 1 April 2017 and 31 March 2018 – the highest annual number built since 2009 – a new monitoring report has revealed. And, since 1 April 2018, a further 1,500 new homes are under construction.
Golden or diamond wedding anniversary couples in the borough are invited to join Basingstoke and Deane’s Mayor for a very special afternoon tea party. Delicate sandwiches, cakes and drinks will be served at the event, to be held on Monday 11 and Tuesday 12 February, for all married couples whose golden or diamond anniversary falls between Thursday 10 May 2018 and Thursday 9 May 2019.
The number of people rough sleeping in Basingstoke and Deane has fallen for a second consecutive year thanks to a joined up approach and the “tremendous effort and energy” of all the agencies, charities and volunteers to tackle homelessness in the borough.
Walkers and runners of all abilities can take a step in the right direction this winter on a new way-marked route. The new circular route around Stratton Park gives users an option to walk or run a 1.4km or 1km route around the park, with the route starting at Kempshott Village Hall.
A Faithless DJ set has been announced as the Saturday headliner for the 2019 B LOVE weekend. As the musical force behind the iconic group, Sister Bliss will perform on Saturday night playing Faithless’ top hits. Sister Bliss has become a firm festival favourite, performing sets across the world including Bestival.
Get the new year off to a running start by getting fit in the fresh air. A pair of 10-week programmes aimed at taking you from walking to running comfortably and confidently are now open for people to sign up.
A new Executive Director of Finance and Resources – Sue Cuerden - is set to join the council at a key time when it is investing in the successful future of the borough, as well as focusing on getting good value for residents. Sue was appointed to the post after the retirement of Kevin Jaquest. The role is a key one for the council, which was named as one of the most financially resilient in the country, as the holder of the post is legally responsible for ensuring the council’s financial stability and that money is spent wisely.
New planning guidance has been approved to give extra protection to the green spaces, beautiful countryside and wildlife habitats that make the borough such a great place to live. The Landscape, Biodiversity and Trees Supplementary Planning Document, which was adopted at a meeting of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council on Thursday 13 December, will be used to advise planning applicants and to determine applications, identifying how developments should be designed to protect and enhance the natural environment.
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council has been named as one of the top 20 councils to meet the government’s public sector apprenticeship target in 2017/18. A total of 19 people started apprenticeships at the council during 2017/18 – including seven new apprentices specialising in customer services, housing, parks and streetscene, project management, human resources, democratic services and corporate communications.
It will be game, set and match for two popular Basingstoke tennis centres when much-needed improvements are made with funding support from Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council. New changing room facilities and two electronic shutters will help modernise the John Arlott Pavilion linked to the Basingstoke Indoor Tennis Centre, managed by Totally Tennis in War Memorial Park. Funding has also been allocated for preliminary surveys into providing a major upgrade to tennis court facilities at Stratton Park in Kempshott.
Festive fundraisers hit the high notes to boost three local charities supported by the Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane at his Christmas carol service. The family-friendly seasonal event, held at St Josephs Catholic Church in South Ham on Sunday 9 December, was packed with local people of all ages who were welcomed by the Mayor Cllr Seán Keating and Mayoress Mrs Gwen Keating. More than £1,000 was generously donated to the Mayor’s Charity Appeal 2018/19, which is raising money for three local charities - Basingstoke Mencap, Naomi House & Jacksplace and Basingstoke NeighbourCare.
The festive period can mean extra rubbish that cannot be recycled, so extra black sacks alongside your grey waste bin will be collected for the first collection after Christmas only. There’s no limit on how much you can recycle. There will be changes to collection dates over the festive period. www.basingstoke.gov.uk/bincollections
Festival-goers can look forward to Basingstoke’s biggest weekend of live music, amazing art and family fun in July 2019 with the return of the B LOVE event. Tickets are now on sale for the popular two-day entertainment extravaganza, as the finale to the eighth Basingstoke Festival, and will make a perfect Christmas present for music lovers.
People are being asked to have their say on planning guidance relating to the borough’s historic environment. Protecting and maintaining Basingstoke and Deane’s historic environment is important and the council plays a key role in conserving the borough’s heritage assets, which include conservation areas and listed buildings. A consultation on this draft Heritage Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) is now open for people to give their feedback.
The free hour’s parking in borough council-run car parks in the town centre is set to continue next year, alongside a freeze in daytime short stay parking charges. This month, the council’s Cabinet agreed proposals for fees and charges for paid-for council services from April 2019, as part of a budget consultation.
The Real Change Not Loose Change campaign has raised over £40,000 since 2016 to help keep homeless people off the cold streets of Basingstoke and Deane. This year the Social Inclusion Partnership, which brings together a range of specialist, voluntary, statutory, faith and community groups all working to reduce homelessness in the borough together, is building on the commitment shown by local people, businesses and organisations by launching a year-round initiative to support rough sleepers.
Avoid the unwanted gift of food poisoning this Christmas by following some simple tips to protect you and your loved ones from tummy troubles. Every year, there are around one million cases of food poisoning in Britain, so it’s important to protect your family and friends when handling food at home. You can make sure you’re storing, preparing and cooking food safely by following a few simple rules from the Food Standards Agency.
Major changes to Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, scheduled for next year, are being delayed after an administrative error by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England during the consultation on new wards. The number of councillors was set to reduce from 60 to 54 after redrawing the ward boundaries as part of the commission’s electoral review of the borough. This would have meant all-out council elections in May 2019.
The borough council has received a bronze award as part of the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme, promising to support veterans, including those who have been injured in service, in the period of transition from the armed forces to a new career. The scheme also recognises the contribution an organisation makes to providing flexibility for reservists and support for cadet instructors and partners of those in the military.
The difference made to local people’s lives by over three quarters of a million pounds of funding for local community and voluntary sector organisations from Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council is highlighted in a new booklet. It gives an overview of projects funded by the council’s Community and Voluntary Sector Grant Scheme between April 2015 and March 2018.
Together with Hampshire County Council, we’re asking for views on travel and transport within Basingstoke, including which types of measures should be prioritised to improve movement throughout the town. Over the past decade the two councils, working with key partners, have introduced changes to transport, including significant improvements at key junctions. However, as Basingstoke continues to grow and evolve, further improvements are needed to ensure that the right travel and transport infrastructure is in place. Your feedback will help to inform a new Transport Strategy for Basingstoke.
An hour’s free parking in Basingstoke town centre isn’t just for Christmas, but it will certainly come in handy for picking up some presents. Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council is reminding residents that there are lots of different options to avoid parking queues this Christmas.
This year’s Civic Carol Service will be held at St Joseph's Catholic Church in South Ham on Sunday 9 December at 7pm. The Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane Cllr Seán Keating and Mayoress Mrs Gwen Keating will host the popular seasonal event which will feature musical performances from the Heritage Orchestra, Belles of St Martin’s Choir, Basingstoke Ladies Choir and St Anne’s Catholic Primary School Choir.
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council is urging residents to recycle more and try to waste less during this festive season. There is no limit to how much you can recycle. Any extra recycling can be put in clear sacks which are available from larger supermarkets and homeware stores. Leave clear sacks and large, flattened cardboard boxes next to your recycling bin.
Increasing the range of material that can be recycled and encouraging more people to put all the right things in their green bins is a priority for Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council. But the council has also highlighted the importance of real recycling in a response to a petition to reinstate plastic banks in the borough following their removal.
Borough council crews are out and about sweeping up leaves as the seasonal programme gets under way. Leaves are swept by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council throughout the year. But in autumn and winter, the street cleansing team focuses on collecting the leaf fall across the borough and a leaf clearance schedule comes into force.
People are being asked to help shape how land put forward for housing at the Upper Cufaude Farm site in the parish of Bramley should be developed in the future. A consultation on planning guidance for the Upper Cufaude Farm housing allocation site is now underway.
The latest issue of our residents’ publication Basingstoke & Deane Today is being distributed to residents. This winter edition gives an update on some of the things happening in the borough and information on services the council provides.
Due to popular demand, the Wednesday evening health walk has been extended into a programme of winter wonderland walks. These walks start at 7pm from different locations within the Basingstoke Town area. The last walk is on Wednesday 19 December and leaves the Ridgeway Centre, Buckskin, finishing with mince pies and a hot drink.
Proposals for a council budget that protects front line services while adding only £5 a year to the average council tax bill, have been agreed for consultation. Approved by Cabinet last week, the £121.42 per year proposed as the average borough council part of the council tax for 2019/20 is likely to make it the lowest of the districts in Hampshire, and most of the rest of the country, again.
Have your say on council plans to upgrade three play areas in Brookvale and Kings Furlong. Play areas in Cordale Road, Culver Road and Goodman Close are set to benefit from improvements worth a total of over £236,000. Of this £176,200 has been earmarked for Cordale Road and Culver Road play areas, while Goodman Close play area is set to benefit from improvements worth £60,500.
Acting on concerns highlighted by local communities through reports to the council and community-led plans, community safety patrol officers (CSPOs) are working with communities to raise awareness during a new three-month dog fouling and responsible ownership campaign.
Young care leavers aged between 18 and 25 are to receive help with council tax payments from the council to support them as they set up home on their own or with others. The borough council’s Cabinet agreed last week that from 1 April 2019, young people who have previously been in the care of Hampshire County Council will get a reduction on their council tax bill.
The latest figures for the Sport England Active Lives Survey have just been released and it is good news for the borough. The latest figures, which cover the period between May 2017 and May 2018, show that the adult residents of Basingstoke and Deane have become more active compared to results for the same period from the previous year.
Basingstoke and Deane Mayor Cllr Seán Keating has given two new neighbourhood plans his official seal of approval at a special reception. The Mayor met representatives of the Old Basing and Lychpit, and Kingsclere communities at the event to congratulate them on their dedication in engaging their communities in shaping the future of their areas.
Basingstoke’s War Memorial has been restored to its former glory. The town’s iconic War Memorial, which was unveiled in 1923 and carries the names of local serviceman who died in the First World War, has been carefully repaired and cleaned.
This year’s canvass has had a good response so far, with 65,890 (87.06%) of properties responding to the Household Enquiry Form (HEF). Electoral canvassers are now out and about in the borough knocking on doors to reach those residents who haven’t yet responded, and evening and weekend visits will take place over the next few weeks.
A spooktacular schedule of activities, supported by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, will be on offer in Brighton Hill, Buckskin, Eastrop, Hatch Warren, Kingsclere, Oakridge, Sherfield Park, South Ham and Winklebury from Monday 22 October to Friday 26 October.
The borough’s sporting stars are being invited to apply for sports funding through the Sports Grant Aid scheme funded by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and administered by Basingstoke Sports Council.
A brand new fleet of 44 waste and recycling trucks got on the road this week marking the start of a new joint waste contract for bin collections in Basingstoke and Deane and Hart. The £44 million contract has been awarded to Serco to provide household waste and recycling collections for the next eight years, with an option of extending for a further eight years.
In a bid to protect the borough’s future economic wellbeing, Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council is proposing to remove permitted development rights for the change of use of buildings from commercial to residential at its key business parks at Basing View, Chineham Business Park and Hampshire International Business Park.
Community-focused Inspero has been given the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service for its work empowering young people. The award, known as an MBE for organisations, recognises exceptional service in communities.
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council’s dog warden Laura Yeates has been awarded an RSPCA Gold Stray Dog PawPrints award for the fourth year running in recognition of her tireless work with stray animals.
Borough households will be receiving a form from us asking them to update or confirm that their details are correct on the electoral register, as part of the annual electoral registration canvass. Respond online, via text, by phone or return the form.
Local people needing new homes will benefit from the redevelopment of an empty community building in Winklebury. Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council is set to transfer ownership of Harlech Hall to VIVID, who will refresh the site by building seven much-needed affordable homes.
Thousands of people of all ages soaked up the sunshine and enjoyed a weekend of fantastic music and family entertainment at the new B LOVE two-day festival. Music lovers headed to War Memorial Park on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 July, despite sweltering temperatures hitting over 30 degrees centigrade and competition from England's World Cup quarter final victory and Wimbledon, to watch an awesome line up of local, national and international acts.
Walkers and runners can look forward to getting some exercise this summer on a new way-marked route in Popley. The 1.3km route starts or finishes at either Chineham Park Splash Pad or Popley Community Park and passes through three open spaces with outdoor gym equipment where people can stop off for a fun workout en route.
The summer edition of our residents’ publication Basingstoke & Deane Today is out now. It's full of updates on some of the things happening in the borough and information on services the council provides.
Cllr Clive Sanders was re-elected as the Leader of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council at a meeting on 10 May. Cllr Sanders, who has been Leader since 2012, was elected for a four year term at the Council meeting.
On Thursday 3 May residents in Basingstoke and Deane will go to the polls to elect one third of the borough’s councillors. Those people registered to vote in one of the 20 wards scheduled for a borough election will be entitled to vote to elect a borough councillor to serve in their ward until May 2019. If you have not registered at your current address you must do so by midnight on Tuesday 17 April.
Get ready to share the love of live music this summer with the exciting, entertainment-packed, new-look music festival B LOVE in War Memorial Park on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 July. Bolder, better and with more for all to enjoy, the two-day music festival, formerly known as Basingstoke Live, will bring over 70 live music acts including Sunday Main Stage headliners Reef.
Discover ‘Art in Unusual Places’ at this year’s Basingstoke Festival. The theme for the seventh successive year of the Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council-run event ensures that you’ll uncover a wealth of talent in places you wouldn’t expect, from shops and businesses to libraries and parks across every corner of the borough. Be prepared to expect the unexpected!
A development agreement that will give residents access to world-class leisure facilities on their doorstep in the future has been signed by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and NewRiver REIT Plc.
Urban&Civic, partnered with the Wellcome Trust, has been announced as the private sector development partner who will join Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and Hampshire County Council to deliver their ambitious plans for an exemplar development of new homes on the northern part of Manydown in Basingstoke.
An out-of-this world experience is promised at Basingstoke and Deane Mayor’s spring charity concert.Basingstoke Looks To The Stars will bring sci-fi inspired music, song and dance to the fundraising event at The Anvil, on Saturday 3 March at 7.30pm.
Basingstoke is set to get its own Peace Garden in time to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War. The council’s Local Infrastructure Fund will provide £40,000, to supplement the £23,667 already received for the project from developer contributions and public donations, which will allow work to start.
Residents and businesses are being encouraged to have their say on new planning guidance that will set standards for developments, covering a range of issues from the number of parking spaces they should have to the types and sizes of homes that should be built.
Basingstoke and Deane Mayor Cllr Paul Frankum led the commemorations to mark Holocaust Memorial Day on Saturday 27 January 2018. The service took place at the War Memorial, next to the Civic Offices in Basingstoke.
Notice your neighbourhood - that’s the message from Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council as it launches its annual campaign encouraging residents to take pride in their neighbourhood and report any problems.
A total investment of £400,000 to the Aquadrome’s fitness and leisure facilities means that young swimmers now have somewhere new to paddle and fitness enthusiasts have an enhanced experience with new gym facilities.
Have you opted for a real tree this year? Don’t forget to recycle it after Christmas at one of the drop-off points across the borough between Wednesday 3 January and Sunday 28 January. Find the full list here.
The council will be closed from 4.30pm on Friday 22 December 2017 until 8.30am on Tuesday 2 January 2018. For emergencies during this time, call 01256 844244 to be transferred to the out-of-hours service.
Basingstoke will see the return of its popular hackathon for a second year, demonstrating the town’s local digital talent.
The two-day event, from Friday 24 to Sunday 26 November, will see teams of digital developers, entrepreneurs, hobbyists and students come together to practice their tech skills, working on a project or idea of their choice.
We take the lead in caring for stray dogs and have won the RSPCA Gold Community Animal Welfare Footprint Award for the third year running. The award recognizes the quality of the service provided by Dog Warden Laura Yeates, the Environmental Health team and the Community Safety Patrol Officers in the treatment and welfare of stray dogs.
Those who park badly in the borough are being shown the red light by the council and Hampshire Constabulary. Motorists who block roads prevent emergency vehicles from getting vital access to incidents, while parking on pavements can force those with wheelchairs and pushchairs into the path of traffic.
Council officers and councillors will be getting out and about to meet local people this October during Local Democracy Week. Residents will have the chance to check their electoral registration and find out more about voting in elections at the council’s roadshow which is on tour from Monday 9 October to Friday 13 October.
It’s back! Sugar skulls and Mariachi bands, live DJs and the ghosts of Basingstoke’s past come together for one night only to create a unique spectacle in the centre of town. Dance in the pale moonlight and join the craziest parade you’ll ever see! Get your face painted, create a lantern for the evening parade, try some delicious Mexican food and, new for this year, join our dance flashmob!
From September 2017 qualifying parents of children aged 3 and 4 are entitled to up to 30 hours free childcare. If you are receiving the increased hours then you must report this change of circumstances to the benefits section. Changes in circumstances should be reported online. For more information about whether you are entitled, and how to apply please visit the www.gov.uk website.
Residents in Whitchurch have voted in favour of the borough council using Whitchurch Neighbourhood Plan to help decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area. At a referendum held on Thursday 14 September, 92.71% of people voted yes and 7.29% voted no.
The annual update of the electoral register in Basingstoke and Deane is reaching its final stages. This year’s canvass has had a fantastic response so far, with 65,053 (87.01%) of properties responding to the Household Enquiry Form (HEF). Electoral canvassers are now out & about in the borough knocking on doors to reach those residents who haven’t yet responded
We’re inviting people to leave messages of condolence, sympathy and support for all of those affected by the recent tragic and senseless attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils. The flag is being flown at half-mast at the Civic Offices to show solidarity.
Organised by Basingstoke Together, the town centre's Business Improvement District (BID), on behalf of the council, enjoy a month-long programme of activities and events that celebrate the rich offer, range of goods, services and people that have their origins in Basingstoke.
Between now and Monday 31 July, the planning team at the council is calling for developers and landowners to let them know about sites that could be suitable for development, particularly residential or employment.
Under national policy, the council has to regularly update its evidence base for planning purposes.
The summer edition of our residents' newspaper Basingstoke & Deane Today is being delivered to homes around the borough. The bumper edition features an eight page Basingstoke Festival and Jane Austen 200 special pull out.
Are you a first time buyer or want to move up the property ladder? Drop in to the council’s free Help to Buy event in association with Help to Buy South on Thursday 29 June between 3pm to 8pm to find out about homes and schemes available including the Government’s Help to Buy and Shared Ownership schemes.
Polls will close at 10pm today for the UK Parliamentary General Election. The borough of Basingstoke and Deane is covered by three constituencies, Basingstoke, North East Hampshire and North West Hampshire.
From May our face to face advice is changing to appointment only. Council visitors need to book an appointment over the phone if they need to come in and see an advisor about planning, council tax, housing and housing benefits or licensing.
As part of National Apprenticeship Week which takes place from Monday 6 to Friday 10 March, we're holding a number of events to provide more information on apprenticeship schemes and details of local opportunities.
Are you a first time buyer or want to move up the property ladder? Drop in to the council’s free Help to Buy event in association with Help to Buy South on Monday 20 February between 3pm to 8pm to find out about homes and schemes available including the Government’s Help to Buy and Shared Ownership schemes.
Find out how you can support a campaign for real change to help tackle homelessness and rough sleeping in Basingstoke and Deane and help raise funds to open a centre for homeless people for an additional day.