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Local Government Boundary Commission

You are invited to comment on Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council’s draft recommendations for new ward boundaries across the borough.

They are proposing that the current ward Overton, Laverstoke & Steventon is changed to Overton and Whitchurch, and that Steventon village becomes part of a new ward Oakley and the Candovers along with Deane, North Waltham, Dummer and other villages.

The main link to their website:

There are other useful links at the bottom of the page including the
Draft Recommendations Report
see Points 38 and 56


Notification of Highways England Roadworks: M3 Junction 8 (Popham, Hampshire) – Bridge Support Refurbishment

 I am writing to advise that Kier Highways Ltd, on behalf of Highways England, will be undertaking a scheme to replace the bearings and supports beneath the bridge which carries the M3 over the A303 westbound slip road (at junction 8).  Work will also involve replacing the expansion joints on the bridge, refurbishing the bank seats beneath the bridge, resurfacing and upgrading sections of existing safety barrier.

 The scheme is scheduled to start in January 2017 and is expected to take approximately seven months to complete*.

 Work will take place during both day and night time hours depending on the phase of the scheme.

 In order to carry out the work as efficiently and safely as possible, the following traffic management restrictions will be in place:

 ·         24/7 narrow lane running with a 50mph speed limit on the A303 westbound slip road

·         Overnight closures of the A303 westbound slip road closure, with a diversion down to Winchester then north on the A34

·         Overnight closures of the M3 north and southbound carriageways between junctions 7 (Basingstoke) and 9 (Winchester), with a diversion via the A34 and A303

 All closures will be in place overnight, between 9pm and 6am, Monday to Friday only.

 Confirmed dates for all closures will be displayed on signs at the junction.

 We would like to apologise in advance for any disturbance caused during the works.  If you have any questions or if you’d like you know about the work please contact Highways England’s customer control centre:

 ·         Phone: 0300 123 5000

·         Email:

·         Web:

·         Local Twitter: @HighwaysSEAST

·         Post: Highways England, Bridge House, Walnut Tree Close, Guildford, GU1 4LZ

 *Please be aware that these works have been carefully programmed but are subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances

 Yours faithfully

Kathryn Blofield

Communications Coordinator
Kier Highways Ltd,

Manydown Development Brief SPD

The Local Planning Authority has prepared a Draft Development Brief to guide future development on the strategic housing allocation at Manydown in western Basingstoke.

The Development Brief will have the status of a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) and, when finalised, will be a material consideration in the determination of planning applications across the Manydown allocation.

The council is seeking views on the draft document from Thursday 1 September to Thursday 13 October 2016.

 The draft can be viewed here:


It has been proposed that a defibrillator be obtained for the village. The suggestion is that it be kept in the telephone box as a central location.

The Parish Council is looking into potential costs and funding sources but it would be likely that the village would need to fundraise for at least part of the purchase, set-up and running costs. £2,000 is the cost of an entry-level machine via St John’s Ambulance. We would also need to do some work to the telephone box to install the defibrillator and it would need to be checked or serviced regularly. There could also be the cost of the electrical supply.

The Parish Council would like to gather feedback, so could we ask you to please email us and let us know what you think.




Ashe Park Garden Opening

Ashe Park Garden Open Days

Ashe Park garden, entrance on the B3400 (RG25 3AF), will be open again to the public for 4 afternoons this spring and summer.  The garden is opening either under the National Garden Scheme or the British Red Cross with all proceeds, including admission, to charity:  Monday 2nd May, Thursday 9th June, Wednesday 29th June and Sunday 3rd July, Garden Open 2 – 6 pm.  Admission £5, children free, dogs on leads welcome, wheelchair access, plants for sale and teas.

Inspectors Report into the Basingstoke and Deane Local Plan 2011 – 2029

(copied from an email)

As you may be aware, Mr Mike Fox was appointed by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to carry out an independent examination of the Basingstoke and Deane Local Plan 2011 to 2029.  The examination hearing sessions commenced in October 2015 and concluded in November.

Having carefully considered the views of those who responded to consultations on the draft Local Plan, and taking into account the advice in national guidance, the Inspector has concluded that the plan is ‘sound’, subject to a number of ‘main modifications’.

An electronic copy of the Inspector’s Report, covering letter and schedule of main modifications can be viewed on the Borough Council’s website at: A letter from the borough council is also attached. A hard copy of the Inspector’s Report is available at Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council Offices between the hours of 8:30am and 5:00pm on Mondays to Thursdays and 8:30am and 4.30pm on Fridays and all local libraries.

It is proposed that the Borough Council will seek adoption of the Basingstoke and Deane Local Plan 2011 to 2029 at the meeting of Full Council on 26 May 2016.  At this point, it will form the development plan for the Borough, and will guide development in the period up to 2029 and provide a framework for Neighbourhood Plans.  Upon adoption, this will supersede the Adopted Local Plan 1996 – 2011 and I will write to you again once the plan has been adopted.

I would like to thank you for your interest in the preparation of the Local Plan to date, and for the time taken to submit comments on drafts of the plan in recent years.

If you have any queries about the Local Plan and the process for adoption, please contact the Planning Policy Team by telephoning 01256 845450 or 01256 845536 or by emailing the team at:

Kind regards

Planning Policy Team


Sport Relief

Martha and Millie’s cake sale for Sport Relief raised an amazing £168 on Sunday morning. Thank you, everyone who took time out to support them, we hope you enjoyed your cakes!


Steventon Parish Council Resignations 26th February 2016

Dear Parishioners,

I am writing to inform you that three of our five Steventon Parish Councillors have resigned. John Hamilton-Smith has been a Councillor for 25 years, in later years as Chairman. Jeff Dodgson has been a Councillor for 20 years, in later years as Treasurer. Anita Bown has been a Councillor for 16 years and in later years has recorded the minutes for the Parish Council Meetings.

This is a total of 61 years service to the village! Their wealth of knowledge and hard work is greatly appreciated and will be sorely missed.

After the forthcoming Steventon Annual Parish Meeting on the 25th April 2016 the two remaining Councillors will be Mike Everton-Browne and myself, Rosina Forde.

Consequently there are three vacancies on the Steventon Parish Council. I will first describe what is involved in being a Steventon Parish Councillor and then I will explain the official process for filling the vacancies.

As Steventon is such a small, quiet village the work of the Steventon Parish Council (SPC) is not onerous. The SPC aims to meet every two months during the evening for one and a half hours. Meeting topics revolve around planning applications, “highways and rights of way” issues such as footpaths, potholes, road signage, trees and hedges, and general village appearance. It is responsible for the bus stop and public seats. The SPC has also been consulted on external issues that can affect Steventon such as the Electoral Review for North Hampshire and Consultations on the Local Plan.

During the last nine months the SPC has met seven times. There were seven planning applications to review, and new laws to discuss that have come into affect about how parish councils should operate. In the future, under the new laws, Steventon Parish Council will operate in a more open and transparent way by publishing meeting agendas and minutes and other important information on the Steventon Village website. The website has been created by and is managed by Tim Sennitt.

A Parish Council is an essential part of the structure of local democracy and has a vital role in acting on behalf of the community it represents. It gives views on behalf of the community on issues that affect the parish. It can undertake projects and schemes that benefit local residents. It alerts relevant authorities to problems that arise or work that needs to be undertaken, and it helps the other tiers of local government to keep in touch with their local communities.

After the 25th April Mike Everton-Browne and I together will not constitute a lawful quorum to conduct parish council business; this requires a minimum of three parish councillors. However, to manage the workload we do need five parish councillors.

The official process for filling the vacancies is as follows:-

The three vacancies must first be advertised on the Parish Notice Board using a form provided by Basingstoke District Borough Council (BDBC). See the three vacancy forms at the end of this letter.

The form requests that electors notify the BDBC within 14 working days if they wish to have an election to fill the vacancies. If the BDBC do not receive such a request from 10 electors within the timeframe then the vacancies may instead be filled by Parish Council co-option. The BDBC will inform me if this is the case.

Parish Council co-option means that we can ourselves advertise and approach individuals to offer themselves for co-option. There is a simple process to be followed that I can describe when needed.

If the route of an election is chosen and there are too few candidates to fill the vacancies, we are then not allowed to fill the remaining vacancies by co-option!
For this reason and because it would be a simpler process I personally prefer the co-option route, but feel free to write to the BDBC requesting an election if you prefer that.

So please, if you do not want to lose your Parish Council then do consider how we can move forward. Would you prefer an election or co-option? Would you like to put yourself forward as a Parish Councillor? Can you persuade a neighbour to put himself or herself forward? If we work hard together we might have three new Parish Councillors ready to take up their positions by the time of the Steventon Annual Parish meeting on the 25th April!

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you are interested in becoming a Parish Councillor, or if you have any questions or other comments.


Rosina Forde
Steventon Parish Council

Tel: 01256 397251