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 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.



Facilites in Rooksdown

Doctors Surgery

The Rooksdown Practice

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


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
RG24 9NA

Tel: 01256 473202


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".


About The Council

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.


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

Planning Parish Councils can choose to comment on local planning applications. The District Council has to take into account these comments (but it not bound by them), and is obliged to inform the Parish Council of the outcome of applications on which it has commented

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'.


The Councillors have an active interest and concern for their local community.  They represent local people and work in partnership with them and others when necessary.  They help facilitate the provision of local services and facilities and take decisions that form the policy of the Council.

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.)

Community Safety North Hants - Nov 2014

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

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Next Meeting

Monday 24 Sept 2018 at 7.30pm - To be held at The Community Centre, Park Prewett Road. Members of the public are welcome to attend. Meeting Agenda are usually published in the week before the meeting.

Previous Meetings

The last full meeting was on 23 July 2018, and minutes of this are awaiting approval. All previous meeting minutes are in the Downloads area.

Issues under discussion include:

  • GDPR issues
  • Pumphouse Way parking controls
  • Manydown traffic access

Council Finance 


The Parish Council’s main income is via the precept (a mandatory demand) issued on Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council.  Under the Council Tax legislation, the precept covers the Parish Council’s needs for the ensuing financial year. This runs from 1st April to the following 31st March for all local authorities.  Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council collects the amount precepted as part of the Council Tax levied on the Council Tax payers in the parish.

At the Full Council meeting held on 22rd January it was resolved that the precept for the Financial year ending 31st March 2019 would be £30,008.

The Precept is paid in 2 installments in April and September

The Budget for 2018/19 set can be found attached the the minutes of the January meeting here


The Parish Council receives the following Annual grants from Basingstoke and Deane 

  • Council Tax Support Scheme £517
  • Litter Grant of £2925
  • Other Grants are available to the Parish Council and applied for a need basis 

Financial Year End 

The unaudited annual accounts for the year are presented At the Annual Parish Assembly, this is the meeting of the electorate and is held annually between 1 March and 1 June,.  The unaudited annual accounts for the year ended 31 March 2018 are available for viewing here. 

The Parish Council must complete an Annual Return, this summarises its activities for the financial year.  The Annual Return incorporates Accounting statements, Annual Governance statements, an Internal Audit report and an External Auditor's certificate and opinion. PKF Littlejohn was appointed as External Auditor to audit the annual return for 5 years from 2017/18. 

The External Auditor will set a date when local electors can ask questions about the accounts and this will be advertised on the notice boards and on the website.  The accounts and other documents will be available for inspection prior to the audit.  The exercise of public rights commences on at a date to be agreed in June  for a period of 30 days to include the first 10 working days of July. 

Additionally, once audit has been completed, the accounts (with any attached notes and the audit opinion) will be displayed on the notice boards and website for 14 days.


Rooksdown Parish Council has a budget for the award of grants. The Council can only award grants using certain legal powers; specific powers allow the Council to provide funding for specific activities or projects which the Council feels will be of benefit to Rooksdown and its residents. e.g. grants to a sport club, for a music festival or towards community celebrations of special events such as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Where no other power is available, the Council may decide to use its power under Section 137 of the Local Government Act 1972, to award a grant where it feels that to do so will benefit some or all of its residents or some or all of the area. Grants to individuals and where residents of Rooksdown would not benefit are not permissible.

Grant applications are considered at Full meetings and, therefore, applications and any supporting documentation should be received by the Clerk at least 5 days before a meeting so it can be included on the agenda.

All applications must be accompanied by appropriate accounts or supporting financial information.  Forms and the supporting information must be sent to the Clerk to the Council.
Electronic submission is the preference to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. although the grant form can be posted to the Parish Clerk at our address below.

The Grant criteria can be down loaded here.
The Grant application form (as a fillable Word document) can be downloaded here.

Dates for your diary

Parish Meetings are generally held on the 4th Monday of the Month (except December & August) and will be held at The Community Centre from 7:30 to 10:00. Should you have any queries that you would like the Parish Council to raise on your behalf, please contact the Rooksdown Parish Clerk, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.