Mayor to lead online remembrance events on behalf of the borough

Residents are being encouraged to remember the service and sacrifice of the Armed Forces and veterans of both world wars and other conflicts from home this November to help in the fight against COVID-19.

Following a rise in the number of national cases and advice from the government on gatherings, the Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane Cllr Diane Taylor will lead tributes on behalf of the borough virtually this year.

Members of the public are encouraged to join the Mayor in remembering those who sacrificed their lives for the freedoms we enjoy today on her social media channels throughout the day on Remembrance Sunday (8 November) and Armistice Day (11 November). The Mayor and the Deputy Lieutenant of Hampshire Lady Louisa Portal MBE will lay a wreath at the war memorial on behalf of the borough in a video on social media and lead a two minute silence on Remembrance Sunday. The High Sheriff of Hampshire, Reverend Sue Colman, will give a short address.

On Armistice Day, the Mayor will be joined by Interim Chief Executive Ian Boll to lay a wreath in a video on social media and hold a two minute silence to mark the exact time that the First World War officially ended.

Individuals and organisations who usually take part in the two services, including representatives from the Armed Forces, police, fire service, cadets, scouts and other local associations, schools and organisations, will be encouraged to lay wreaths separately at the war memorial between Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day, avoiding the time around 11am on each day, in order to maintain social distancing.

The public will also be able to place their own poppy crosses in individual remembrance of relatives or friends during this time, again avoiding the 11am times on both days and observing social distancing and rule of six restrictions. Poppy crosses as well as traditional poppies will be available to purchase from supermarkets across the borough and the Royal British Legion website at

Please encourage people in your ward to join the Mayor in honouring those who fought so bravely by following @BasingMayor on Twitter and @BasingstokeMayor on Facebook on both days.

We will remember them.

Planning Application 20/00953/FUL – Five Year Temporary Access to Redlands off the A33

Sherfield Park Parish Council wish to make residents aware of planning application 20/00953/FUL – Five Year Temporary Access to Redlands off the A33, and the opportunity to comment (deadline 15 May).

Some residents may consider the proposal to be dangerous, allowing access to a large housing development near the brow of single A33 carriageway.

This would be an alternative entrance to the permanent access already approved at the outline planning application stage via an additional spur off the Taylors Farm roundabout.

If you wish to find out more, or comment on the application, details are available via the BDBC planning portal using the aforementioned application number here.

Local Crime Update and Advice

Over the last few days there has been a small rise in crimes committed mainly overnight, which include theft from motor vehicle, burglary and thefts from sheds and alike. While the amount is still fairly low overall, I just wanted to bring this to your attention with a view to working together and providing you with information on what we are doing. All crime must begin with some form of prevention, in order that the location is not desirable by any offender in the first place. Some really simple steps can be taken by you to help prevent or deter any would-be offenders.

Keep any smart keys as far away from the vehicle as possible or in a shield case to prevent the signal being interrupted or used to enter your keyless entry vehicles. Remove any item inside the vehicle or from sight where possible to stop the temptation from thieves. Believe it or not many vehicles that have had items stolen from have been left unlocked overnight, it’s an easy oversight with our busy lives and car sharing – it may be helpful to have an evening routine of checking before you go to bed. Many of the thefts are by opportunist thieves who try door handles while out walking about.

The impression that someone is always home is one of the greatest deterrents, along with again as with vehicles locking all of your doors and removing the keys.

Outbuilding & Sheds
Good quality locks and interior scream alarms can be some really simple fixes.

What are we the police doing.
At present these types of crime have no specific pattern as such and the areas in which they are occurring are also varied. Although this rise is only less than a week old I have asked PC Andy White 25308 to own and monitor.
We are aware that many of you have either called us or commented on social media the fact that you have CCTV from your home systems. I would be most grateful if you could pass any clips to Andy to his email –

Many of these are people walking around at night, some trying door handles with others looking as if they may be up to no good. We would also ask as not to jeopardise any potential future investigations my sending out your own social media clips to the wider public. By doing so can interfere with subsequent identification procedures, target the wrong suspects and generally has a very detrimental effect on any investigation. What you think may be a good idea could actually end up preventing a prosecution. We will do this work only when it is necessary and proportionate in those individual circumstances.

We will target hotspot areas at the times the offences are believed to be taking place based on our analytical studies and other proactive work. Should you happen across any information regarding these matters please email Andy direct, if you wish to report any new crimes or matters please use the normal online reporting, 101 for non-emergencies or 999 in an emergency.

In more rural locations there has been a rise in thefts of quad bike and ATV’s. Please ensure that these are locked and secured out of sight and if you are offered one well below what would be the real value then be suspicious that it may be stolen.

PC Will Butcher from our rural Country Watch Team is leading on this series and he can be emailed here on

We will do our best to keep you updated where we can on any developments, in line with any restrictions we have with ongoing investigations. The reference number for this matter is 4400156999.

Sergeant Trevor Taylor
Basingstoke Neighbourhood Team

Temporary Road Closure


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 along Cufaude Lane, Bramley, from the junction with Sherfield Road to a point 650m in a southerly direction, as directed by traffic signs.  The closure is to allow OpenReach works for new customer connection.

Duration of Order: The order will come into effect on 11 May 2020 for 3 months.

(Notwithstanding the above it is expected the closure will be for 3 days only between the hours of 09:30am to 15:30pm)

Alternative Route:  Sherfield Road, Bramley Road, A33, Thornhill Way, Bowman Road or by this route reversed.

If you have any queries regarding the above please contact Tom Drake on 03700 500 792 or email at on behalf of Aplant Lux. Plans are also available on the website here.

On behalf of Shared Legal Services