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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.

August Allotments Committee Meeting

In line with government legislation for holding council meetings, the council will be holding the first meeting of the Allotments Committee online at 1930 on Tuesday 25 August. 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?

A final chance to have your say on the future of the hospital

The Hampshire Together engagement programme has been set up to encourage everyone to have their say on the modernisation of health and care services in the county.

To give residents across the borough a final chance to contribute to the programme, Hampshire Together will be running virtual sessions today (28 July) and Thursday 6 August. For more information on these events and to book your place, visit www.hampshiretogether.nhs.uk/events.  

Chapel Hill reopened

The temporary road closure put in place by Hampshire County Council in Chapel Hill Road in Basingstoke, to allow more space for social distancing by those walking and cycling, is being removed it was not supported by local people and was not working effectively. It was due to have been removed by the end of last week.

July Council meeting

In line with the government’s revised legislation, the council will be holding its July meeting online at 1930 on Monday 27 July. 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?

Latest guidance on the easing of COVID-19 restrictions

  • Effective from now people are encouraged to use public transport if they need to although they should consider alternatives if available.
  • From 25 July, as previously planned, indoor leisure facilities such as gyms and swimming pools can open.
  • From 1 August, bowling alleys, skating rinks, and personal beauty services can open. Nightclubs and soft play centres must remain closed for now.
  • From 1 August, employers will have the discretion to make decisions about how to get back to work safely – this could mean some people continuing to work from home, for some people this may be coming back into work settings.
  • From 1 August, indoor performances can take place. Wider audience attendance at sports event in stadia will be piloted with the aim to bring back audiences in stadia in October. Weddings of up to 30 people will be permitted from August.
  • From November at the earliest there will be a review on whether to relax social distancing measures and signal a complete return to normal.
  • The Government’s formal shielding programme is due to end on 31 July. Shielding will be stood up again at any point if required.

This guidance was issued by BDBC. Further guidance is expected on each of these different stages. A further Government update is expected on 1 August.