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 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.