M3 Junction 6 Black Dam Improvement July closures

Please be aware of the following planned closures: 



Monday 13 July to Thursday 16 July
(10pm to 5.30am each night)

A339 Southbound (from the Eastrop Roundabout to the Black Dam Roundabout)

Friday 17 July to Sunday 19 July
(10pm to 5.30am each night)

A339 Northbound (from the Black Dam Roundabout to the Eastrop Roundabout)

A signed diversion route via the A3010 Churchill Way and A30 Ringway South will be in place.

Please allow additional time for any journey across the Black Dam roundabout while these works take place.

Details of this project are available on the Highways England website:

·         www.highways.gov.uk/m3blackdam 

Please subscribe to the scheme to receive email alerts when the information is updated.

For further information on other planned improvements taking place in Basingstoke, visit:

·         www.basingstoke.gov.uk/go/highwayimprovements and 

·         http://www3.hants.gov.uk/transport.

No Meeting 20th July 2015

As there are no agenda items, the Parish Council meeting that was scheduled for Monday 20 July has been cancelled. The next meeting will be on Monday 21st September 2015.

Black Dam M3 Closure - This weekend

 A reminder that Highways England will be closing the M3 Spur northbound, from junction 6 to the Black Dam roundabout, and reducing the Black Dam roundabout to a single lane this week.  This will allow the construction of a new splitter island at the northern point of the M3 Spur. 

The work will take place from:


 ·         10pm on Friday 26 June until 5.30am on Monday 29 June

 At this time, road users will be advised to use Junctions 7 or 5 as an alternative route into Basingstoke. 

Work is progressing well on-site, with construction of the northbound carriageway through the existing roundabout underway.  However, we currently expect the work to be completed in the autumn, due to delays in the relocation of a gas main and other utilities within the extents of the work site.

Construction of the northbound carriageway through the roundabout has now begun. 

Please allow additional time for any journey across the Black Dam roundabout while these works take place.

Details of this project are available on the Highways England website:


·         www.highways.gov.uk/m3blackdam 


New Councillor Required - Respond by 17/6

There is a vacancy for a Councillor on Rooksdown Parish Council, which is being filled by Co-Option.

The procedure for co-opting a Parish Councillor is that any person interested should confirm in writing to the clerk at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 17 June 2015, with a brief summary about your personal history, interests and why you would like to become a councillor.

You will need to attend the parish meeting on 22 June for the Co-Option process and meet the eligibility criteria.  You will need to be available to attend Parish meetings every fourth Monday (10 meeting’s a year) and have access to a PC with email facility.

Any person(s) who would like to know more about what is involved in being a Parish Councillor is invited to contact Lorraine Jeffs on 07741472622 or 01256 869612

Parish Handyman Required

 Rooksdown Parish Council are looking to employ the services of a Handyman to work on parish upkeep duties for at least 10 hours per week (hours to suit) on an initial 12 month contract basis. See the notice on the council web site for full details.


The Avenue - the last stages of work ...

This week (w/c 25th May) the contractors will be finishing the tactile paving and making changes to some cable ducts for the new street lighting. This will require use of temporary lights and reducing traffic to ‘single file’ in places. The 14 new street light columns and 4 illuminated street signs will be installed by the lighting service contractor GTC, during week commencing 1st June. Once the lights are in place the wearing course (final top layer of tarmac) for the footpaths will be laid w/c 8th June.

The wearing course along the length of the road has been arranged to start following completion of the street lighting and pavements etc. The main section of the road will be completed over two days – Wednesday 17th – Thursday 18th June.

This work will be done in two stages – in keeping with the original Phase 1 (section from Pumphouse Way mini roundabout to Dinwoodie Avenue) and Phase 2 (Dinwoodie Avenue to the maternity block access road). In other words, during these two days the road will again be closed as a through road with appropriate traffic signs as used previously.

The final section of road (the section covered by the previous Phase 3-5) i.e. up to the Lodge building, is potentially the most disruptive and therefore the surfacing contractor will carry out this work on Friday night (19th) from 7pm onwards.