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USE OF THE NEWTOWN ROAD RECYCLING CENTRE

We have today (28th July 21) learnt that West Berkshire Council will be introducing a charge to Hampshire residents to use the facilities at the Newtown Road Household Waste and Recycling Centre following Hampshire County Council removal of funding. This directly affects over 4,500 households in the area, and HCC has completely failed to keep their promise to find a long term solution by building a new Hampshire facility. We would urge all residents to register their objections to this high-handed and undemocratic decision which has been taken without consultation and without any transparency, despite Basingstoke & Deane again offering to pay half the cost.

GARDEN WASTE COLLECTIONS

Update from Basingstoke and Deane:

We are pleased to be able to resume the garden waste service from Monday 6 September.  We will be extending garden waste subscription to make up for any missed collections during this period. 

PARISH COUNCIL MEETINGS 

The next parish council meeting is on 8th September 2021 at 7pm at Newtown Village Hall. Members of the public are invited and welcome to attend.  Please email clerk@newtown-pc.org.uk to confirm your attendance. COVID protocols will be adhered to.  The agenda will be published here three days before the meeting.

COMMON MANAGEMENT UPDATE 

A copy of the Common Management Committee update (March 21) can be found here

STAY IN TOUCH

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THE VILLAGE HALL

The parking space for the village hall is limited and inconvenient for the nearby residents. A proposal is being pursued to create a new parking area alongside the access track from the c45, as well as improvements to the track itself, which is in a poor state. Funding for this plan is currently being sought, estimated to be in the region of £11,000.  We are delighted to have received grants from Greenham Trust, Hampshire County Council and The Peter Baker Foundation which will supplement the monies from the Village Hall and the Parish Council and enable us to commence the project in May / June 2021. 

POLICING UPDATES

A copy of the November 2020 Basingstoke Police Newsletter can be found here. A copy of the Autumn Rural Times newsletter from Hampshire Constabulary can be found here.  A copy of the crime prevention bulletin for November 2020 can be found here. 

WEBSITE ACCESSIBILITY

Newtown Parish Council have applied for an exemption from the Website Accessibility Regulations on the grounds of disproportionate burden. 

FLY-TIPPING

Fly tipping incidents are easily reported by using Basingstoke and Deane's "Report fly-tipping" page www.basingstoke.gov.uk/flytipping. If you are reporting fly-tipping please also let the parish council know. Residents are asked to note that not even green or biodegradable waste should be deposited on the common. 

HAMPSHIRE SUPERFAST BROADBAND PROGRAMME 

Hampshire County Council is providing additional funding for residents in rural Hampshire so they can get access to fast, reliable broadband services.  To see if you're eligible, please see here.

 COMMON MANAGEMENT - TREE RESPONSIBILITY

At a meeting with BDBC and HCC it was agreed that one or other of these authorities would be responsible for fallen trees on the common. HCC is undertaking a tree survey to assess the scale of any possible problems in the future. The PC representatives underlined the inability of the PC to hold this responsibility as it is without assets, expertise or budget. If you have any concerns about trees on Newtown Common, please contact the clerk, who will report any issues to HCC. 

COVID-19 

Hampshire County Council is acting as the main co-ordination point for all district community hubs and has now set up a hotline The Coronavirus Hampshire Helpline – Hantshelp4vulnerable - can be contacted on 0333 370 4000. The helpline is available Monday to Friday, from 9am to 5pm (4:30 on Fridays).


Vulnerable residents who need additional support, and do not have support from family or friends, should call the helpline to register for support. The county council will resolve complex cases and will pass on most other enquiries to ourselves as the local community hub to arrange support, such as deliveries of food.

Connect to Support Hampshire is the county’s one-stop-shop online directory of care and support for advice and information such as mental health and wellbeing resources specifically related to Coronavirus (COVID-19) and self-isolation, and where to find support if you’re unable to look after your pets.

The website also provides listings for community groups and services across Hampshire. Get in touch with them to find out what support is available.

The Basingstoke and Deane website also has some advice on latest local information on Coronavirus (COVID-19).