Streetlighting and crime rates

At the last RPC meeting a resident asked the Clerk whether there was any connection between street lights being turned of overnight and increased crime rates - especially people trying car door handles.  We have now received as response from Ryan Long, the PCSO for the area:

"I wouldn’t say it has gone up because of the lights being off, however residents are associating it with this. We had issues with car door handles being tried and vehicles being broken into before the lights were turned off at night. Car door handles and theft from vehicles are occurring because valuables such as laptops and money are being left inside with the car unlocked."

The EU Settlement Scheme

We've been asked to publicise the following on behalf of Basingstoke council:

As part of our Brexit preparations, the council is asking partners, stakeholders and community representatives to help spread the word about the EU Settlement Scheme
The EU Settlement Scheme is run by the Home Office and is intended to ensure that EU citizens who live in the UK can continue to live, work and study here as they do now. EU citizens have until June 2021 to apply – or December 2020 if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
Details of the scheme can be found at www.gov.uk.
Anyone who needs help and support applying to the scheme can either telephone We are Digital on 03333 445675 for an appointment at the Viables Centre in Basingstoke.
Or contact Basingstoke, or Tadley, Citizens Advice on 03444 111 306 or Mobile 0300 3300 650.

Council meeting 28 October

Here are the agenda and papers for the 28 October meeting of Rooksdown Parish Council are now available.  Key items for discussion are:

  • Parish council financial report
  • Bus shelters
  • Preparations for Christmas

As usual, all are welcome - 1930 in the Community Centre Youth Room