The council’s equity loan scheme to help people get on the housing ladder - Basingstoke and Deane Own Home Loan – is now open for applications. Using £580,000 of council money allocated to provide affordable housing, Own Home Loan aims to support young people to buy a home with deposits of up to £30,000 per application. It is available to single people, couples and those with children who are on the housing register, with those who have been on the register for the longest time given priority. Priority will also be given to those applicants under the age of 35. The key difference to other loan schemes and a major local benefit is that it enables people to buy existing homes and not just new build homes. The deadline for applications is Friday 20 March 2020.
A popular indie rock band The Pigeon Detectives has been announced as the headline act to bring down the curtain on this year’s B LOVE Festival. The festival regulars will headline the Main Stage on Sunday.
Those who drop rubbish on the streets will be under Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council’s spotlight as they raise awareness of the impact and consequences of littering. During January and February the council’s community safety patrol officers will be focusing on littering and giving residents advice on how to report it, to help keep the borough’s streets cleaner.
British DJ and producer Shy FX has been announced as the Saturday headline act at this year’s B LOVE Festival. Following collaborations with artists such as Emeli Sande, Dizzee Rascal and Plan B, the jungle and roots reggae DJ will perform a set on Saturday evening.
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 Diane Taylor will lead the ceremony on Monday 27 January 2020 at 10am at the War Memorial, next to the Civic Offices. Members of the public are welcome to attend.
‘Tis the season for family and presents – and plenty of extra household waste. Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council is urging residents to recycle more and try to waste less during this festive season.This year bin collections will be affected over two weeks and, unless adverse weather affects bin rounds, collections should return to normal from Monday 13 January 2020.
As the nights draw in, thoughts turn to trick or treating, fireworks and autumnal family fun. But Halloween and Bonfire Night can come with their own challenges, so council Community Safety Patrol Officers are working to help keep the borough safe. The CSPOs are working with residents, shops and partner organisations as part of their Autumn Nights campaign.
A local charity will continue to provide relationship support for residents in the borough thanks to a significant cash boost. As part of its support for local organisations, the council has awarded £15,000 to counselling service Relate North Hampshire which provides help to couples, families, young people and to businesses and their employees.
Mayors from across Hampshire got to see a snapshot of the great things the borough has to offer during #LoveBasingstoke Day. The Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane Cllr Diane Taylor and her Consort Dr Andy Taylor welcomed dignitaries from other Hampshire authorities to the rolling countryside between Whitchurch and Overton.
Residents have been answering the call to update the electoral register, with well over half already updating their details. More than 65% of households (over 50,000), have provided responses to the council's Electoral Registration Officer as part of the annual electoral registration canvass. Over 60% of these responses have been online, over the phone or by text.
The borough’s sporting stars are being invited to apply for sports funding through the Sports Grant Aid scheme funded by the council, and administered by Basingstoke Sports Council. The funding can be used to help with everything from travelling and coaching expenses to competition entry fees, equipment and clothing requirements.
A plan to protect and enhance an area of outstanding natural beauty that covers nearly one third of the borough’s countryside has been approved by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council. At a meeting on Tuesday 10 September, Cabinet agreed the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Management Plan, which sets out its vision for the next five years and replaces the previous management plan that expires this year.
Urgent action to respond to the changing climate is underway in Basingstoke and Deane following the declaration of a Climate Emergency. Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council has taken the first important steps to tackling the issue head on by agreeing action must be taken to minimise our impact on the environment.
Reuniting lost dogs with owners, finding places for strays and looking after every dog in the council’s care is all in a day’s work for Laura Yeates, who has bagged a gold award for the fifth year. The council's dog warden has been awarded the RSPCA Gold Stray Dog PawPrint Award, acknowledging the quality of the service provided by Laura and those who work with her.
Construction of a new business-class hotel in Basingstoke’s central business district is expected to complete in January. Since October, contractor Willmott Dixon has been working to build the new 153-bedroom hotel, with leisure club, co-working space, restaurant, bar and a coffee shop which is due to be completed by the end of January 2020.
Juice apples, make bread and chutney, go on a wildlife walk, swap your old clothes or take a tour of a local facility – these are just a few of the events planned for Basingstoke Green Week. This is the seventh year of this annual awareness week which highlights environmental issues and initiatives in the borough and comes at a time when councillors voted to back a call to Cabinet to declare a climate change emergency.
Anybody planning to hold a public celebration, a mini festival or small-scale event can now get the go-ahead from Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council more quickly and easier than before. A simple online system has been launched for organisers of events involving less than 500 people to obtain a Temporary Event Notice (TEN) at https://www.basingstoke.gov.uk/tempevent
Young people gave their ideas about what they would like to see in the proposed country park at Manydown at summer holiday workshops. The drop-in sessions were held by two summer youth groups at the Ridgeway Centre in Buckskin and Bishops Green Village Hall as part of very early work planning for the 250-acre park as part of the Manydown development in Basingstoke.
Booking an outdoor sports pitch in the borough will be even easier with the introduction of the new Open Play system on our website. The online service allows customers to book football pitches, rugby pitches, athletics track and field, netball courts, Multi-Use Games Areas (MUGA) and cricket pitches, at various locations within the borough.
More than 300 performers are set to rock The Anvil at this year’s Basingstoke Variety Show. A spectacular evening is promised on Saturday 5 October with a diverse range of acts – from Indian dance and ballet to a drum corps, a Samba band and dancing dogs! The best of the borough’s singers, dancers and musicians will entertain and proceeds from the show will help boost the charity appeal of the Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane, Cllr Diane Taylor.
Households in the borough will start to receive a form this week from Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council’s Electoral Registration Officer asking residents to update or confirm that their details are correct on the electoral register, as part of the annual electoral registration canvass.
Together with our contractor Serco we are making some changes to waste, recycling and garden waste collections in the borough.
From the week beginning Monday 22 July2019, over half of the borough’s households will see a change to the day, recycling week or the time their bin is collected. Most of our garden waste customers will also see a change.
These changes are necessary to ensure the smooth running of the service both now and in the future. They will 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.