Holocaust Memorial Day – Wednesday 27 January 2021

Next week residents across Basingstoke and Deane are being encouraged to remember those who lost their lives during the Holocaust and other acts of genocide. Following the introduction of a new national lockdown, The Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane Cllr Diane Taylor will lead virtual tributes on behalf of the borough on Holocaust Memorial Day.

Members of the public are encouraged to join the Mayor throughout the day from 9am on Wednesday 27 January to remember those who suffered and died in the genocides, and those still living who lost family, friends and loved ones.

Holocaust Memorial Day has been commemorated worldwide since 2000 on the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp, in 1945.

The theme for this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day is ‘Be the light in the darkness’. The theme encourages all to reflect on how, whilst people can be so merciless to fellow human beings, we can instead seek to respect mankind, resist the darkness and light the way with kindness.

A national Holocaust Memorial Day ceremony will take place virtually and is available to view live from 7pm on Wednesday 27 January at www.hmd.org.uk/uk-holocaust-memorial-day-2021-ceremony/

The Mayor, Cllr Taylor, said: “It is disappointing that we will not be able to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day together side by side this year, but we must all stay at home during this time to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect the NHS.

“Holocaust Memorial Day is an opportunity to remember the millions of people who have been murdered or whose lives have been changed beyond recognition during the Holocaust and in subsequent genocides. We must honour those who died and also the survivors and remember the lessons of their experiences.

“Please join me in remembering them by standing still at 10am at home on Holocaust Memorial Day for a two minute silence and do follow @BasingMayor on Twitter and @BasingstokeMayor on Facebook as I, together with the Chaplain and friends, pay tribute to all the victims and survivors.”

THE BASINGSTOKE AND DEANE BOROUGH COUNCIL (TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE) (Bramley Lane and Sherfield Road, Sherfield on Loddon) ORDER 2021

Notice is hereby given that Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council pursuant to arrangements made under Section 101 of the Local Government Act 1972 with Hampshire County Council in exercise of the powers of the said County Council and in exercise of the powers under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (“the Act”), and of all other enabling powers has made the following Order:-

Reason for Order: The Council are satisfied that traffic on the road should be restricted or prohibited because works are being or are proposed to be executed on or near the road.

Effect of Order: All traffic will be prohibited from travelling along Bramley Lane and Sherfield Road, Sherfield on Loddon, Bramley Lane closure – from junction with Sherfield Road 60m north to Bromelia Close.
Sherfield Road closure – from junction with Reading Road to western side of level crossing in Bramley village, as directed by traffic signs. The closure is Hampshire County Council highway improvements and associated utility works

Note: Road closure durations will be minimised. *The closure of Sherfield Road will only be enforced if no alternative can be found to undertake the works safely.

Duration of Order: The order will come into effect on 01 February 2021 for 18 months. (Notwithstanding the above it is expected that the closure will be 7 months).

Alternative Route: Bramley Lane closure (local diversion) via Bramley Lane north, Oliver’s Lane, Minchens Lane, Folly Lane, The St and Sherfield Road.
*Sherfield Road closure – via Sherfield Rd, Reading Road, A33, Ringway North, A340 Aldermaston Road, Bramley Road, Boars Bridge, Silchester Road and The St.

If you have any queries regarding the above please contact James Laver (HCC Client Manager) 0300 555 1375.
Plans are also available on the website at https://www.basingstoke.gov.uk/ttro.

THE BASINGSTOKE AND DEANE BOROUGH COUNCIL (TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE) (Crockford Lane, Chineham) ORDER 2021

Notice is hereby given that Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council pursuant to arrangements made under Section 101 of the Local Government Act 1972 with Hampshire County Council in exercise of the powers of the said County Council and in exercise of the powers under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (“the Act”), and of all other enabling powers has made the following Order:-

Reason for Order: The Council are satisfied that traffic on the road should be restricted or prohibited because works are being or are proposed to be executed on or near the road.

Effect of Order: All traffic will be prohibited from travelling along Crockford Lane, Chineham, approximately 300m – just after the junction of Appian Way, as directed by traffic signs. The closure is to install a new duct between chambers.

Duration of Order: The order will come into effect on 28 January 2021 for 3 months . (Notwithstanding the above it is expected that the closure will be 5 days).

Alternative Route: Hanmore Road, Reading Road, Binfield Rbt, A33 Wallins Close, Crockford Lane and Lime Tree Way and vice versa.

The applicant has confirmed they are erecting additional signage at the Taylors Farm Roundabout to advise there is no access to Chineham business park via that turning. The applicant has advised they intend to start these works on 10/02/2021.

If you have any queries regarding the above please contact Yasmin Churchman /James Pratt – telephone 01954 288 011, email: Ychurchman@johnhenrygroup.co.uk or JPratt@johnhenrygroup.co.uk .             Plans are also available on the website at https://www.basingstoke.gov.uk/ttro

BDBC Temporary Road Closure – Crockford Lane, Chineham

Notice is hereby given that Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council pursuant to arrangements made under Section 101 of the Local Government Act 1972 with Hampshire County Council in exercise of the powers of the said County Council and in exercise of the powers under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (“the Act”), and of all other enabling powers has made the following Order:

Reason for Order: The Council are satisfied that traffic on the road should be restricted or prohibited because works are being or are proposed to be executed on or near the road.

Effect of Order:  All traffic will be prohibited from travelling along Crockford Lane, Chineham, approximately 300m – just after the junction of Appian Way, as directed by traffic signs.  The closure is to install a new duct between chambers.

Duration of Order: The order will come into effect on 28 January 2021 for 3 months. (Notwithstanding the above it is expected that the closure will be 5 days).

Alternative Route:  Hanmore Road, Reading Road, Binfield Rbt, A33 Wallins Close, Crockford Lane and Lime Tree Way and vice versa.

Lockdown guidance and support advice from BDBC

The Prime Minister announced on Monday 4 January 2021 that the country is in national lockdown meaning that everyone should follow the guidance and stay at home.

This means people must not leave, or be outside of their home except where necessary. They may leave the home to:

  • shop for basic necessities, for them or a vulnerable person
  • go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if they cannot reasonably do so from home
  • exercise with their household (or support bubble) or one other person, this should be limited to once per day, and they should not travel outside their local area.
  • meet their support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary, but only if they are legally permitted to form one
  • seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse)
  • attend education or childcare – for those eligible

For more detailed information see the guidance.

Council Leader Cllr Ken Rhatigan has urged residents to support the NHS by staying at home and following the restrictions. 

Support available during national lockdown

Residents with an increased risk of illness (clinically extremely vulnerable) have been advised to begin shielding and will receive a letter shortly explaining what the advice means for them. This group is advised to stay at home at all times, unless for exercise or medical appointments, and not to attend work, even if they are unable to work from home.

We are encouraging residents to use priority slots provided by supermarkets for shopping, prescription delivery services and support from family and friends.

However, residents who do not have this support are being encouraged to register for help by calling the Hampshire Coronavirus Support and Helpline on 0333 370 4000 as a central point. The helpline is open Monday to Thursday from 9am to 5pm, 9am to 4.30pm on Fridays and between 10am and 3pm at weekends. This will be regularly reviewed. Hampshire County Council will then work with BVA and the local hubs to deal with the majority of requests for support.

There are a number of local and national charities continuing to provide support on issues such as mental health, loneliness and domestic abuse. For more information, visit www.basingstoke.gov.uk/support-services-covid19  

Council reception

Our Parklands reception has closed to the public from Tuesday 5 January 2021, following the latest government announcement. Those intending to make an appointment are being advised to call us on 01256 844844 and select option four to speak to one of our customer advisers. There are other ways for residents to contact us – see Get in touch (basingstoke.gov.uk)

Outdoor sports and leisure facilities

In line with the government’s lockdown restrictions we are closing our outdoor gyms, multi-use games areas and ball courts, including Stratton Park Tennis Courts. Down Grange athletics track, skateparks and play areas are currently open and we are monitoring their usage to ensure government guidance is adhered to. Should updated guidance be received or we have concerns about the usages of these facilities we will respond accordingly.

A number of sports facilities including the Aquadrome, Totally Tennis and Tadley Health and Fitness Centre were closed on 26 December owing to Tier 4 restrictions.

Find out our latest service updates here COVID-19 Service updates (basingstoke.gov.uk)

Bin collections

All of our waste and recycling collection services are currently running as normal and crews will continue to work hard to maintain these during lockdown restrictions.

Throughout the pandemic we have been forward planning in case the virus affects staffing levels. We are regularly monitoring these levels along with Serco and will do all we can to maintain our core waste and recycling collection services over the challenging winter months.

Update on financial support for businesses

The council’s Revenues team is working to administer payments for businesses eligible for the financial support packages put in place since the period of national restrictions between 5 November and 2 December 2020.

In addition to the Local Restrictions Support Grant (closed businesses), the Additional Restrictions Grant (National Restrictions and Tier 3) and the Christmas grant for wet-led pubs schemes have now closed. Today, we have paid grants of £1,000 to 29 wet-led pubs and £196,380 to 118 businesses through the Additional Restrictions Grant Scheme. These grants will cover the period between 5 November and 2 December 2020 as well as payment of grants to 82% of eligible closed businesses.

The Local Restrictions Support Grant (open businesses) for the Tier 2 period from 2 December to 25 December 2020 will open for applications and payment at the end of next week along with The Local Restrictions Support Grant (closed businesses) which is available for businesses that are affected by Tier 4 restrictions between 26 December and 8 January 2021. New software allows the Revenues team to quickly identify whether business are eligible for multiple funding streams and allow payments to be actioned quickly and for these two grants will be administered via a one-off payment for the period to the 8 January 2021. Eligible businesses who have already completed an application will receive an email next week with a reference and passcode number and will be asked to confirm their details are still correct. Payments will then be made within three to five working days. If businesses do not receive an email by 15 January 2021, they are asked to email rates@basingstoke.gov.uk.

The Local Restrictions Support Grant (closed businesses) scheme will remain open. This support will continue from 9 January 2021 for every 14-day period while the borough is subject to a national lockdown or Tier 4 restrictions.

Following yesterday’s implementation of a national lockdown, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has today announced further financial support for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses in additional to the above grants as follows:

  • A £4,000 top-up grant for businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or under
  • A £6,000 top-up grant for businesses with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000
  • A £9,000 top-up grant for businesses with a rateable value over £51,000.

A £594 million discretionary fund is also being made available to help businesses not eligible for other support. We are currently awaiting further information on these schemes from the government before they are launched.

For more information on the support available and eligibility criteria, businesses should visit www.basingstoke.gov.uk/local-restrictions-support-grant

 

Christmas hours for the Hampshire Coronavirus Support and Helpline

If you are approached by someone who needs urgent emergency support during the Christmas break, the Hampshire Coronavirus Support and Helpline on 0333 370 4000 will be open to provide advice and help in emergency cases. These are the Christmas period operating hours for the Hampshire Coronavirus Support and Helpline:

  • Christmas Eve – 9am to 5pm
  • Christmas Day – closed
  • Boxing Day – Saturday 26 December – 10am to 3pm
  • Sunday 27 December – 10am to 3pm
  • Bank Holiday Monday 28 December – 10am to 3pm
  • Tuesday 29 December – Thursday 31 December – 9am to 5pm
  • Friday 1 January – closed
  • Saturday 2 January/Sunday 3 January – 10am to 3pm
  • From Monday 4 January usual operating hours Monday to Thursday 9am to 5pm and Friday 9am to 4.30pm

The helpline will resolve complex cases and the community hubs in the borough, coordinated through Basingstoke Voluntary Action (BVA) with support from the borough council, are on standby for any emergency requests for help with getting food or prescriptions for people who are isolating over the Christmas break.

Hampshire Coronavirus Helpline has been working closely with supermarkets to support people who are clinically extremely vulnerable to request a food delivery. If you know of someone who is clinically extremely vulnerable and is experiencing issues in getting a delivery slot, please get them to call the helpline. People who are struggling to pay for food should also contact the helpline. The advice is for people to prepare in advance for Christmas as much as possible.

For those finding it hard to be at home, there is information on our webpage giving contact details for a number of local and national charities continuing to provide support on issues such as mental health, loneliness and domestic abuse.

M3 Junction 6 Basingstoke – Drainage Improvements

A message from Highways England:

We’ll shortly be carrying out improvements to the drainage system along the M3 northbound carriageway in and around junction 6 Basingstoke Interchange. Work will involve installing additional channels and outlets, to prevent future flooding across the M3 carriageway.

To carry this work out safely whilst keeping overall disruption to a minimum, we will have lane closures in place on both the northbound and southbound carriageways overnight (Monday to Friday only) from Monday 11 January to Friday 29 January 2020.

In addition, we will be closing the M3 northbound carriageway between the exit and entry slip roads at junction 6, from 9pm on Friday 22 January through to 6am on Monday 25 January 2021. In addition, lane 3 of the M3 southbound carriageway will be closed during the same period, as part of the safe working area for our crews.

We would like to apologise in advance for any disruption you may experience during this work. If you have any questions, or if you would like to know about our work, please contact us on 0300 123 5000 or email info@highwaysengland.co.uk

Or you can visit our website at https://highwaysengland.co.uk/travel-updates/daily-closure-report/ where you can find a weekly report of all full closures across the network.