The Avenue/Park Prewett Road - Commencement of Phase 2 Works

Hope and Clay - Taylor Wimpey’s highway contractor for The Avenue works - will commence the Phase 2 works of the Avenue/Park Prewett Road this coming Monday 26th Jan 2015. This means that The Avenue will be closed to all traffic heading east out of Dinwoodie Drive/Basingstoke Hospital. 

Traffic exiting from Dinwoodie Drive must turn left onto The Avenue and exit Limes Park via Rooksdown Avenue onto the A339. Diverted traffic signs will be erected prior to the works commencing, to ensure those leaving take the most direct route. Obviously the A339/Kingsclere Road roundabout is already congested at peak hours in the morning and unfortunately for the Phase 2 work period (next 4-5 weeks) is likely to come under more pressure in the evening as well. If road users can be encouraged to stagger their journeys this may help. 

Fortunately Basingstoke Hospital have advised that for the period of Phase 2 they will be re-directing their staff and visitors using the main car park, to exit via the main entrance. For the period of the Phase 2 works, anyone using the main car park can leave the site either via Dinwoodie Drive (west) or via a new route out under the MRI Block walkway and out via the main entrance (east). This will remove some of the traffic from exiting the site via The Avenue. Paul Bond at the Hospital Trust has confirmed that the temporary exit route has been ‘signed’ and the new route publicised to all staff.

Please also see the Hope and Clay website for more details on Phasing and programme – the link is here: http://www.s278.biz

Morning Traffic Congestion

A number of people have raised concerns regarding the Traffic Congestion in the mornings following the start of works to improve the Aldermaston road and exit on that side of the estate. We have passed on some complaints and received a reply from the Deputy Director of Transport at Hampshire County Council:

To summarise, the main issue is the volume of traffic leaving the Park Prewett estate via the A339 roundabout, now being the only exit. Following a site visit by my engine...er during the day it is evident that the congestion is only an issue in the morning, with little or no traffic being held up during the day.

I will instruct my engineer to liaise with Taylor Wimpey to discuss the morning congestion and determine whether there are any available traffic management solutions that might ease the problem. I will also ask the engineer to keep you updated.

 

Community Safety North Hants - Nov 2014

Useful Information from the Community Safety Team - November 2014 nh.pdf

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Amenities

Facilites in Rooksdown

Doctors Surgery

The Rooksdown Practice

Park Prewett Medical Centre
Park Prewett Road
Rooksdown
Basingstoke
RG24 9RG
Telephone 01256 399710 for an appointment.

Open Mon-Fri 8:30am to 6pm. For out of hours advice, you can call North Hants Urgent Care on 111.

Rooksdown Pharmacy

Park Prewett Medical Centre
Park Prewett Road
Rooksdown
Basingstoke
RG24 9RG
Open Mon 9am to 7pm, Tue-Fri 9am to 6pm, Saturday 9am-12 noon.
Telephone: 01256 320303.

Shops

The Co-Operative Food

Unit 3, Limes Park
Rooksdown RG24 9RD

Open 7am-11pm, 7 days a week.

Tel: 01256 323721

Costa Coffee

Next door to right of Co-Op

Open 7am-6pm weekdays,
9am-6pm weekends. 

Bombshell Hair & Beauty

Unit 4a Limes Park
Park Prewett Road
Basingstoke RG24 9RD

 Tel: 01256 323 000

Hospital Shop & Costa Coffee

Aldermaston Road
Basingstoke
Hampshire
RG24 9NA

Tel: 01256 473202

Barnado's

Unit 4B Greenlands Road
Basingstoke RG24 9RD

Tel: 01256 355660

Elmwood Parade

Over the A339 footbridge, cross the road and turn left and continue down and turn right into Elmwood Way and you will find Elmwood Parade up on the left for some small shops.

Bus Service

The most frequent service into Basingstoke is the No 6 which leaves from Wellington Terrace. This is over the A339 footbridge and the stop for Basingstoke is on the far side of the road.
From the local request stops in Rooksdown Avenue and Park Prewett Road, there is and an infrequent service to Basingstoke via Chineham centre with the No 4/4A. and an 1/2 hourly service to Newbury - "The Link".

 

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What do Parish Councils Do?

The Parish Council is independent of other levels of government i.e. Borough and County, but maintains a close working relationship with both. The powers of Parishes vary depending on how large and how active they are. The council will meet (at least) four times a year, including (at least) one public meeting.

Parish Councils are democratically elected to serve a defined local area. They are also the voice and conduit of 'grass roots' opinion and feeling to higher levels of local government and to other statutory bodies and organisations.

Responsibilities

Communications car and cycle parks - footway lighting - public footpaths, bridleways and right of way-signs (warning signs, place names and so on) - postal and telephone facilities (a Parish Council may act as guarantee to the authorities for any losses to the continued provision of these facilities to a parish) - public transport initiatives (making of grants, fare concession schemes and so on) - traffic calming measures.

Health and well-being public toilets - water and drainage (cleaning of ponds, ditches and drains) - litter management - crime prevention (installation of equipment, establishment of schemes for detection or prevention of crime).

Outdoors allotments - sports and recreation, play areas - roadside verges - open spaces, parks and greens - commons (power to protect) - swimming pools - seats and shelters.

Various buildings provision and maintenance of halls - indoor recreation - public clocks.

Entertainment, the arts and tourism provision of entertainment, maintenance of bands, erection of flagpoles, advertising to encourage visitors - and so on.

Care of the dead provision, or contribution to, burial grounds - maintenance of war memorials

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Byelaws Parish Councils have a general power to make byelaws for the good rule and government of its area.

Education Parish Councils have the right to appoint a governor to each county or voluntary primary school in its area.

Charities Parish Councils may be concerned with 'Parochial charities'; charities 'The benefits of which are ...confined to the inhabitants of the parish".

Parish Councils can also spend additional money (up to £3.50 per elector) on other items and initiatives; for "any purpose which in its opinion is of direct benefit to its area of to the inhabitants'.

Councillors

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Councillors are not paid and have to abide by a local government Code of Conduct and declare their financial interests in the parish.  Councillors must also declare a personal or prejudicial interest in any matter under discussion at a parish council meeting.

Your Parish Councillors: see here.

Rooksdown Borough Councillor: Simon Bound (email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Rooksdown County Councillor: Robert Taylor (email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)