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.
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.