AMPORT WAY PLAY AREA UPDATE

BDBC have now updated the Parish Council that there is a requirement for the additional LEAP (Local Equipped Area for Play) in the northwest corner of Sherfield Park and that Croudace have confirmed they will be submitting an application for the play area and will begin the process.

However, in light of residents comments and petition, Croudace will be looking to arrange a community involvement exercise so that all residents are engaged and informed and can comment before the application is submitted. As part of the planning application process, BDBC will carry out the normal consultation process too.

Any further details will be shared as soon as we receive them.

Covid-19 (Coronavirus) update and advice from BDBC

With the release of the government’s Coronavirus: action plan- A guide to what you can expect across the UK in addition to the increasing number of cases within the UK, BDBC are working closely with agencies across the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Local Resilience Forum area, including Hampshire County Council and health partners to keep a close watch on the development of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak – with processes in place to respond if, and when required.

BDBC are focussing on precautionary planning well ahead by working through business continuity plans to protect key council services in the event of high levels of staff absence.

The council has set up a webpage at www.basingstoke.gov.uk/coronavirus to give easy access to the latest national and local advice and information. This directs to Government’s webpages, at www.gov.uk/coronavirus.

The advice remains to focus on good respiratory and hand hygiene and specifically:

  • Wash your hands more often and for at least 20 seconds. NHS hand washing technique advice can be found here
  • Use soap and water or a hand sanitiser when you: get home or into work; blow your nose, sneeze or cough; and eat or handle food.
  • Hand sanitiser should be used only when you don’t have access to soap and water – as soap and water remains the best method to maintain hand hygiene.
  • Hands should be dried thoroughly after washing.

In the council offices, paper towels are being introduced into hand-washing areas to support good hand hygiene practice.  The IT team is also warning to be aware of an increase in malware and ransomware linked to covid-19 and therefore please don’t click links from unknown sources which may suggest they can provide more information/ advice about the virus.

The message has to be to remain calm and follow the advice from Public Health England. At this stage there is no requirement to restrict gathering or social activities in any specific age ranges. To reduce pressure on the NHS, it is important that people with mild symptoms stay at home and follow the same treatment as ‘ordinary’ ‘flu or colds.

Sherfield Park Parish Council Elections Briefing 2020

The Returning Officer at BDBC will be holding a Candidates’ and Clerks’ briefing for the Parish Council elections, details of which are listed below.

5:30pm, Tuesday 17 March 2020 – The Council Chamber, Civic Offices, London Road, Basingstoke RG21 4AH
This session will cover the nomination period, the role of candidates, the campaign and expenses. It will also cover access to the electoral register and the security of data.

It is important that interested candidates attend the session.

Please contact the Electoral Services Team by Friday 13 March 2020 – electoral.services@basingstoke.gov.uk or call 01256 845467 to confirm your attendance.

The 2020 election web page is now live on the BDBC website. The webpage contains important information for candidates and it will be updated frequently over the next few months as more information becomes available and notices are published. The website also contains a copy of the nomination pack. This also includes information around the timetable, spending and the nomination process. The nomination pack can be collected from the Clerk at the Parish Office or the BDBC Elections 2020 page.

Toads on Roads

Toads are starting to move to their breeding ponds, but unfortunately for some there are busy roads to cross in their journey. This little chap was lucky as it was a fairly quiet stretch when he was found crossing tonight. Others won’t be so lucky. Toad numbers in the UK have dropped by as much as 68% over the last thirty years and need a helping hand to cross our busier and busier roads.

The Hampshire & Isle of Wight Amphibian and Reptile Group are coordinating volunteers at these crossings, usually between 6pm and 8.30pm every night when weather conditions are favourable to toads – roughly 8c+ and damp.

In this area there are two crossings near Basingstoke and a couple of crossings near Hook. The Basingstoke crossings are at Cufaude Lane and Wildmoor Lane, so if anyone in the Sherfield Park/Sherfield on Loddon area would like to help please contact pete.west.hiwarg@gmail.com or visit their Facebook group for updates: https://www.facebook.com/groups/455730808110700/

Every person helping makes a huge difference.

#HIWARG #ToadsOnRoads

Help shape Hampshire’s library service for the future

The way people use library services is changing. Hampshire Library Service continues to evolve in response.

As well as responding to changing needs, the library service is looking to make savings of £1.76 million. All areas of work across the County Council are being looked at to find savings needed to bridge the current funding gap faced by local authorities across the country, as demands for council services grow.

No decisions will be made on any of these proposals, until people have had the opportunity to give their views. Feedback received will inform decisions to be made by the Executive Member for Recreation and Heritage in summer 2020.

Please submit your views here.

THE BASINGSTOKE AND DEANE BOROUGH COUNCIL (TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE) (Bramley Level Crossing) ORDER 2020

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, proposes to make 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 over the Bramley Level Crossing, as directed by traffic signs. The closure is to allow the level crossing to be removed to facilitate routine maintenance.

Duration of Order: The order will come into effect on 16 February 2020 for 3 months. (Notwithstanding the above it is expected the closure will be for 2 nights only during this period)

Alternative Route: The Street, Silchester Road, Boars Bridge, Bramley Road, Aldermaston Road, West End, Aldermaston Road, A339 Ringway North, Reading Road, A33, Bramley Road, Sherfield Road or by this route reversed.

If you have any queries regarding the above please contact Kelly Wilcox on 03700 500 792 or email networkrailtraffic@aplant.com. Plans are also available on the website at https://www.basingstoke.gov.uk/ttro

Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (SHELAA)

The primary purpose of the SHELAA which local planning authorities are required to prepare is to:

  • identify sites with the potential for housing or employment
  • assess how many homes or floorspace they could provide
  • assess when they could be developed.

It is a technical document and an important evidence source to inform decision making on future housing and employment development, but does not determine whether a site will be allocated. It includes a high level strategic overview assessment of the deliverability/developability of each identified site in terms of its suitability, availability and achievability.

The most recent version of the SHELAA can be viewed here. It was published in December 2019.

Own Home Loan

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council’s equity loan scheme to help people get on the housing ladder – ‘Basingstoke and Deane Own Home Loan’ – launched on Friday 24 January.

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.

People wishing to apply must:

  • Be living or working in Basingstoke and Deane and registered on the council’s housing register
  • Have a household income under £50,000
  • Be the first home that you have bought and your only home
  • Be able to provide a 5% deposit
  • Pass an external financial assessment

The deadline for applications is Friday 20 March 2020. For more information on Basingstoke and Deane Own Home Loan, including frequently asked questions and the application form click here.

Golden and Diamond opportunity for couples – Special Afternoon Tea Celebrations

Monday 10 and Tuesday 11 February 2020 at 3pm – Basingstoke College of Technology

Are you a married couple in the borough who celebrated or will be celebrating your golden or diamond wedding anniversary between Thursday 9 May 2019 and Thursday 19 May 2020?

Golden or diamond wedding anniversary couples are invited to join Basingstoke and Deane’s Mayor for a very special afternoon tea party. Delicate sandwiches, cakes and drinks will be served at the events, to be held on Monday 10 and Tuesday 11 February at Basingstoke College of Technology at 3pm. The Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane Cllr Diane Taylor and her Consort Dr Andy Taylor are looking forward to meeting couples at this special free event and making sure they have a memorable celebration.

Cllr Taylor is asking all eligible couples to get in touch by Friday 31 January 2020 to ensure they receive an invitation.

She said: “Golden and diamond anniversaries are very special milestones and it is an honour and a privilege to celebrate with couples from around the borough. If you, or anyone you know, will be celebrating their golden or diamond anniversary then please let us know so we can make sure they don’t miss out on this event.”

To apply for an invitation, please contact the Mayoral Events Coordinator Zoe McLaren on 01256 845591 or email zoe.mcLaren@basingstoke.gov.uk by 31 January 2020. Providing the following information:

  • Anniversary (Golden/ Diamond)
  • Wedding date (DD/MM/YY)
  • Address (including Post Code)
  • Telephone number
  • Email
  • Special dietary requirements (for example – dairy, nuts, gluten free)
  • Special requirements (for example – wheelchair/walking frame)
  • Vehicle registration (required for onsite parking at BCOT)
  • Photography permission (are you happy for photographer to take photos of you)
  • Contact permission (consent to contact yourself re the event)

Holocaust Memorial Day – Monday 27th January 2020

Holocaust Memorial Day 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and also marks the 25th anniversary of the Genocide in Bosnia.

The Mayor, Cllr Diane Taylor, accompanied by the Deputy Chief Executive, Ian Boll, will be laying a wreath, at the War Memorial on Monday 27 January 2020 to acknowledge Holocaust Memorial Day on behalf of Basingstoke and Deane borough.

At 10am, a bugler will sound to mark the observance of one minute’s silence. The Mayor’s Chaplain will then say a few words. The service will finish at approximately 10.15am.

The theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2020 is ‘Stand Together’, for all to stand together with others in our communities to stop division and the spread of identity-based hostility in our society.

For further information click here.