Basingstoke and Deane Update: Wednesday 27th May

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Wednesday 27 May 2020 – 6.55pm 

Reassuring patrols continue across the borough 

Last week our community safety patrol officers dealt with 71 incidents, including fly-tipping, inconsiderate/antisocial behaviour and welfare checks. 

The team has seen an increase in fly-tipping across the borough and they continue work closely with the Environmental Health team to ensure waste is removed as quickly as possible. 

Following the changes to lockdown measures, the team has seen an increase in the number of incidents of inconsiderate/antisocial behaviour and are encouraging these individuals to be considerate to others when out. The team is also continuing to support the police by engaging, explaining and encouraging individuals who are not complying with the current restrictions. 

If you are aware of any particular issues in your wards which will help the team, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Central car park now open following improvements 

Central car park in Basingstoke is now open, following the completion of improvement work on Friday 22 May. The works were paused following the COVID-19 outbreak and resumed on Monday 18 May with social distancing measures in place. 

Improvements include the creation of parent and child spaces, the relocation of disabled bays closer to the centre of town, the introduction of bigger spaces and the widening of pedestrian walkways. A new solar powered card-only machine has also been installed to reduce queues at peak times. 

To avoid the queues and stay safe drivers are encouraged use the RingGo smartphone app to pay for parking via www.myringgo.co.uk/bookparking This allows drivers to pay for parking from the comfort of their car and extend their parking session remotely if needed. 

New ticket machines at The Malls

Existing ticket machines at The Malls in Basingstoke are currently being upgraded, following the start of work yesterday. Set to be completed on Friday 19 June, the improvement works will help to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as they will enable existing ticket machines to accept contactless payments. 

The improvement works will also see the installation of an additional ticket machine opposite the pedestrian exit to the Anvil from the car park at The Malls. 

Stagecoach to increase some Basingstoke bus service levels 

Stagecoach is planning to increase the frequency of some of its local Stagecoach South bus routes from Sunday 31 May. 

These changes are coming in anticipation of a greater number of passengers wishing to use the services following the reopening of retail outlets in June in line with government guidance. 

To keep passengers and staff safe, the services will operate with social distancing measures in place, including carrying 25% of normal passenger capacity, having passengers from different households sit apart and encouraging contactless payment methods. Bus drivers will also be separated from customers by a protective screen and passengers will be encouraged to wear face coverings to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

More information on the changes including the social distancing measures that will be in place and timetables for the local Stagecoach South routes in Basingstoke that will be in effect from Sunday 31 May, are available on the Stagecoach website.  

Mayor’s first virtual public meeting

‘Standing Together as a single community during COVID-19’ was the focus of a speech given by the Mayor during her first virtual public meeting. 

In line with current government guidance, the Mayor and the Deputy Mayor are now available to join virtual meetings and events. 

Mayor Cllr Diane Taylor and Deputy Mayor Cllr Onnalee Cubitt were guests and speakers at an online Ramadan meeting organised and hosted by the Basingstoke branch of the Dialogue Society and the Fellowship Educational Society on Tuesday 19 May.

The meeting, which was shown on YouTube, also featured discussions with local representatives from various faith organisations, including the Bishop of Basingstoke The Right Reverend David Williams and speakers from the Basingstoke Al Birr Mosque, Basingstoke Hindu Society, and Basingstoke Multicultural  Forum, among others. 

Cllr Taylor said: “I was honoured to take part in this celebration of Ramadan with local faith representatives. We enjoyed a lively and thought-provoking meeting where we gave our different perspectives on how life has been affected by the current coronavirus pandemic. But we all agreed on one thing – the importance of supporting everybody in our local communities and standing together to spread positivity and look towards better times.

“It was my first virtual public meeting and I hope to be invited to more community events that are taking place online.”  

Those wanting to invite the Mayor to join a virtual event can go to https://www.basingstoke.gov.uk/mayorattend and complete the online request form.

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