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Improvements to play, skate and cycling facilities get under way at War Memorial Park

Announcement from BDBC:

“Major improvement work to facilities at Basingstoke’s War Memorial Park is getting under way this week.

People of all ages will benefit from revamped play and leisure equipment including new parkour and skate parks and an upgraded pump track. The popular children’s play area will be replaced, in the same location as present, but with separate spaces for toddlers and juniors to enjoy new equipment, such as climbing equipment, swings and roundabouts. A new, concrete skate park will be built for skateboarders to replace the well-used one. In addition, the Green Flag awarded park will have outdoor gym equipment and a brand new parkour park. The existing BMX track will be replaced with a pump track for use by bike and scooter riders and skateboarders. New seating and bins will also be provided at the enhanced facilities.”

This might take some off the pressure of the Rooksdown skate park in the future. See BDBC website for more details.

February Council meeting

In line with government legislation for holding council meetings, the council will be holding its next meeting online at 1930 on Monday 22 February. We’ll be using Microsoft Teams: just click on this link to join. See the detailed instructions for full information.

Download the agenda and supporting papers here.

As it can be difficult to organise online meetings for lots of people, it would help to know how many members of the public might be joining. If you intend to join, please could you email the Clerk beforehand?

HR Committee meeting

In line with government legislation for holding council meetings, the council will be holding an online meeting of the HR Committee at 1930 on Friday 19 February. We’ll be using Microsoft Teams: just click on this link to join. See the detailed instructions for full information.

Download the agenda here.

As it can be difficult to organise online meetings for lots of people, it would help to know how many members of the public might be joining. If you intend to join, please could you email the Clerk beforehand?

The best of Basingstoke

An exciting new website showcasing the best of Basingstoke and Deane and providing information for residents, visitors and businesses has been launched.

The new Love Basingstoke website – www.lovebasingstoke.co.uk – provides a one-stop-shop with lots information and advice for residents, visitors and those looking to move to the area, including the very best of local heritage and stunning views, culture and events, attractions, food and drink, places to stay and much more.

M3 closure weekend of 19 February

Highways England have announced:

“We will now be closing the M3 northbound carriageway between the exit and entry slip roads at junction 6, from 9pm Friday 19 February 2021 through to 6am Monday 22 February 2021. In addition, lane 3 of the M3 southbound carriageway will be closed during the same period, as part of the safe working area for our crews.

“During the closure, traffic will be diverted off the M3 via the exit slip road, across the roundabout to re-join the M3 via the entry slip road. Any residents or visitors for Basingstoke (from the A303 eastbound or M3 northbound) are recommended to use junction 7 during the closure.”

Rooksdown Needs Councillors

There is a vacancy for a councillor on Rooksdown Parish Council.

Parish councils are the lowest tier of local government and allow residents a direct say in what happens in their local community.  This is especially important where the community is changing as fast as Rooksdown.  If you would like to help shape our community why not contact me – or any councillor for a chat?

If you’re interested would be really useful if you could come to the online Parish Council meeting on 22 February 2021.  Contact me for details, or check the post below on or after 16 February. We’ll be making a decision at the meeting on 22 March.

Parish Council meetings take place for about 2 hours on the 4th Monday of each month (except August and December) – online during the pandemic. You’ll also need access to email to fulfil the role effectively.

Martin Whittaker, Clerk to Rooksdown Parish Council07928 129122 –