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Bulky waste and garden waste services to resume

BDBC has told us that some waste and recycling services are set to resume this week, including bulky waste and garden waste collections services. There will be a staggered approach, with those services requiring the fewest staff brought back online first to ensure the existing waste, recycling and clinical waste services can be maintained for the duration of the pandemic.

Routine waste collections have the biggest impact on staffing and will remain on the current collection schedule until the council is confident the weekly service can be sustained.

Bookings for the council’s bulky waste collection service will go live on Tuesday 26 May, with collections starting the following week. Residents can request a booking online at www.basingstoke.gov.uk/bulkywaste 

Deliveries of bins and glass containers to residents who have requested them will also start from this date.

Following the suspension of the service in March, garden waste customers will see a return to their fortnightly collection service from mid-June. All existing customers will receive a letter advising them of the start date and information regarding the extension of their annual subscription. No new customers can be accepted to the service at this time but this will be reviewed.

BDBC re-opens sports facilities

The outdoor tennis courts at Stratton Park in Basingstoke, the athletics track at Down Grange Sports Complex in Basingstoke and council multi-use games areas and some ball parks in the borough will reopen tomorrow (Thursday 14/5) for people to use for exercise, as long as they follow social distancing guidance.

The outdoor tennis courts at Totally Tennis in War Memorial Park, Basingstoke, will also reopen tomorrow (Thursday 14/5) and these courts can be booked on the Totally Tennis website. The rest of the Totally Tennis indoor facilities will remain closed, this includes changing facilities and toilets. 

The outdoor nine hole par-three golf course at Basingstoke Golf Centre, owned by the council and managed by Serco, will reopen on Saturday morning (16 May) with online booking and social distancing measures in place to ensure safety. The adventure golf and the driving range will remain closed as will the club house, changing facilities and toilets.

For more information about the measures in place at Totally Tennis visit www.totallytennis.co.uk/covid-19

For more information about the Golf Centre visit www.basingstokeleisure.com/basingstoke_golf

For more information about the council’s outdoor sports facilities visit www.basingstoke.gov.uk

May Council meeting

In line with the government’s revised legislation, the council will be holding its Annual Meeting online at 1930 on Monday 18 May 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?

Update on local NHS services

The local NHS has coped with the additional pressures to date and is well-placed to meet any future peaks in demand. This includes more intensive care capacity, more hospital beds and ensuring patients know they can access the right staff and services when they need them.

The NHS is encouraging residents to contact their local GP practice if they need to, anyone needing urgent medical advice should continue to use the NHS 111 online service and if someone has a serious or life-threatening emergency, they should call 999.