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October council meeting

In line with government legislation for holding council meetings, the council will be holding the next meeting of the Allotments Committee online at 1930 on Monday 12 October. 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?

It’s Grant Time!

Rooksdown Parish Council has the power to grant money to community organisations. Over recent years grants have been awarded to the football club, Hi-5 runners, Victim Support, Rooksdown Community Association, Home-Start, the Scouts…

The council will be reviewing grant applications at its meeting on 26 October. If you would like to apply, please let us have a completed application form by Monday 18 October. If you can’t make it by then, we’ll be considering applications again in May 2021.

October Allotments Committee Meeting

In line with government legislation for holding council meetings, the council will be holding the next meeting of the Allotments Committee online at 1930 on Monday 12 October. 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?

Funding for new hospital confirmed

From BDBC:

“On Friday evening, the government announced that the Hampshire Together programme will receive funding for a new hospital to serve residents across north and mid Hampshire as part of the government’s Health Infrastructure Plan.

Hampshire Together: Modernising our Hospitals and Health Services programme is one of 40 projects across the country which will be fully funded to provide new hospitals by 2030.

The announcement says that the funding will deliver a new hospital in Basingstoke and a major refurbishment of the Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester and Hampshire Together has confirmed that the location of a new facility and the services provided there will not be decided ahead of formal public consultation which is expected to take place in early 2021.

We have been working closely with partners in the Hampshire Together programme to identify the current and future healthcare needs of our residents and shape services which will allow them to access the most appropriate services at the best time and will continue to do so.

As junction 7 of the M3 is our preferred location for a new hospital and, with a number of new developments under way or proposed, we are developing a strategic vision for land to the north of M3 junction 7 to ensure the appropriate infrastructure is in place. The draft vision will be discussed by councillors on the Economic, Planning and Housing committee on 5 November.

To read the government’s announcement, visit https://www.gov.uk/government/news/pm-confirms-37-billion-for-40-hospitals-in-biggest-hospital-building-programme-in-a-generation and the Hampshire Together response can be viewed at https://www.hampshiretogether.nhs.uk/news/prime-minister-confirms-funding-hampshire-together-programme

Download the NHS COVID-19 app today

The new NHS COVID-19 app, now available to download for free in England and Wales, is the fastest way to see if you’re at risk from coronavirus. The faster you know, the quicker you can alert and protect your loved ones and community.

The free NHS COVID-19 app is a vital part of the NHS Test and Trace service in England, and the NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect service.

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…or see the NHS COVID-10 app support site for more information

HR Committee September

In line with the government’s revised legislation, the council will be holding the September meeting of the HR committee online at 1930 on Wednesday 30 September. 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?

September Council Meeting

In line with the government’s revised legislation, the council will be holding its September meeting online at 1930 on Monday 28 September. 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?

Consultation on keeping of bees on allotments

At the August Allotment Committee meeting it was agreed that there should be a consultation on whether beekeeping should be allowed on the allotments. We’ve drafted some Beekeeping Rules, taken from those already used by BDBC. If this concerns you, please could you read through these and let us know – by email to :

  • Whether or not you think beekeeping should be allowed
  • Reasons for your opinion
  • Whether the draft Rules require any changes.

Please could you let us have any feedback by the 10 September? You will also have an opportunity to discuss this with committee members at a drop in session on 1000-1200 on 5 and 6 September – contact for details.