“A tremendous honour” is how Basingstoke and Deane’s new Mayor Cllr Onnalee Cubitt views her forthcoming year in office.
Cllr Cubitt, who represents Basing and Upton Grey ward, was made Mayor last night (Thursday 27 May) at the annual Council meeting held at The Haymarket, owing to COVID restrictions on the number able to fit in the Council Chamber.
Cllr Ken Rhatigan was re-elected as Leader for a four-year term and announced a Cabinet ‘reshuffle’ at the annual Council meeting last night (Thursday 27 May).
First elected as Leader in May 2019, Cllr Rhatigan was reappointed at the meeting of all councillors, held at The Haymarket owing to COVID-19 restrictions. This followed Cllr Rhatigan’s group winning a majority of 33 seats of the 54 on the council in the elections on Thursday 6 May.
Tickets for this year’s event are now on sale with a fantastic line up of 10 film favourites to enjoy in the beautiful surroundings of The Walled Garden at Down Grange from Thursday 8 July to Sunday 11 July.
Priced between £5 and £15 (plus booking fee), tickets are available for Frozen 2, Wonder Woman 1984, Downtown Abbey, Ghostbusters, Bridesmaids, Madagascar, Black Panther, The Incredibles and Back To The Future, as well as a musical extravaganza with The Greatest Showman sing-along!
Members of all four Royal British Legion branches from Basingstoke and Deane raised their standards at a special celebration to mark 100 years of the organisation.
The Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane Cllr Diane Taylor welcomed representatives from Basingstoke and Overton, Old Basing & District, Bramley and District and Tadley & District branches at the war memorial outside the Civic Offices on Saturday 15 May.
People in the borough are being encouraged to keep it clean while out and about taking exercise or enjoying a takeaway drink or bite to eat this spring.
As lockdown restrictions begin to ease over the spring and summer months Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council is urging people to not toss their litter on the floor and to use the bins provided or take your litter home where they are not available.
People of all ages will benefit from revamped play and leisure equipment including new parkour and skate parks and an upgraded pump track.
The popular children’s play area will be replaced, in the same location as present, but with separate spaces for toddlers and juniors to enjoy new equipment, such as climbing equipment, swings and roundabouts.
People on Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council’s housing register will benefit from an improved and more accessible Homebid website from Wednesday 10 March.
The Choice Based Lettings bidding system for social rented homes has been re-launched with more user-friendly features and is now optimised for use on smart phones and tablets. The council-run application process now gives a clear overview of the current Homebid bidding cycle and shows when the next one starts.
As many of you visit the town centre and also live in the borough, we would love to hear your views on what you would like to see to improve the area in future years by taking part in a short online survey.
The survey only takes 10 to 15 minutes and it is your chance to help shape the future of the town centre for years to come.
As part of our climate emergency response, we have replaced two of our fossil fuel powered vehicles with two electric vehicles, which are cheaper to run and better for the environment with zero emissions.
The new EVs follow our decision last year to improve the town centre car parks with an electric charging hub, the first of its kind in Hampshire.
The autumn edition of our resident's newsletter Basingstoke & Deane Today is being delivered this week to homes across the borough. If you live in Basingstoke and Deane and didn't receive a copy by the end of the week, please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Households in the borough will be contacted this week by the council’s Electoral Registration Officer as part of the annual electoral registration canvass. Each year the council is required by law to contact households to confirm the names of residents are correct on the electoral register or update them.
Normally this is through a letter that must be responded to by everyone, even if the information is correct. But changes brought in this year mean that responding to the canvass is easier and quicker, in fact over 60% of the borough’s households will not be required to respond. During August households will be contacted by email or post.
Get on the starting line to join a running course for absolute beginners this spring with support from Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council. The new Couch to 2k group sessions start in Popley on Monday 2 March and those people taking part achieving real results in just 10 weeks.
Around-the-world adventurer James Ketchell will take his audience on a voyage of discovery at a special evening in aid of Basingstoke and Deane Mayor’s Charity Appeal at The Apollo Hotel, Basingstoke, on Friday 13 March at 7pm.
Basingstoke and Deane Mayor Cllr Diane Taylor is inviting members of the public to join her for a tasty three-course Indian buffet at The Restaurant, Basingstoke College of Technology on Thursday 19 March.
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.
‘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.