Save South Ham Library

Consultations are now open on the future of our libraries. We stand to lose Chineham and South Ham libraries in Basingstoke.

The Tory led Council admit that this is purely a cost saving measure because they will have a budget shortfall of £80million. This is what they say

“The County Council faces an anticipated budget shortfall of £80 million by April 2021. This is due to national austerity measures, combined with demographic and inflationary pressures. The Library Service’s anticipated contribution to the County Council’s overall savings target is £1.76 million. “

They blame austerity as if it were some sort of natural phenomenon like the weather which is inflicted on them and beyond their control. But the truth is that austerity is a political choice.  It is a policy. It is a Conservative Policy.

Local libraries are important places in the community. They are a hub of activity, and not just for the great work they do providing reading materials and activities that engage young and old in reading and learning. They provide services such as public computers and access to the internet.

Many government services are now only easily accessible using the internet. Whether its renewing your car tax, applying for Universal Credit or searching for jobs a computer and internet access is needed, and often by those not in a position to afford it.

The South Ham library serves the communities of South ham and also nearby areas like Brighton Hill. Many people do not drive or can’t afford the expensive bus journeys into the main town library. Nearly 30% of people in South Ham don’t have access to a car and 22% in parts of Brighton Hill. This proposed cut especially hits our elderly and our children.

Save your local library – even if you don’t use it, your neighbours do.

It’s time to so NO to austerity in being imposed on us in Basingstoke.

Fill out the consultation and say no. Email all the Conservative County Councillor and tell them the people of Basingstoke want their Libraries.

Petition to Save South Ham Library Support your local Labour Councillors efforts

Dumped Shopping Trolleys

Dumped Shopping Trolleys

Trolley dumping is something local councillors do get involved with on a regular basis. As a Brighton Hill Councillor I have had regular conversations with ASDA management over a number of things and trolley dumping is one of those areas.

The store itself is trying really hard to combat this. Its massively expensive for them so they have an interest in it. They recently at huge cost replaced all their trolleys which are fitted with a magnetised wheel lock. As soon as the trolley goes over the curtilage boundary which has technology built into it the wheels lock up making it very difficult for them to be moved.

However the perimeter technology is sometimes vandalised which means some trolleys get past. This is not always kids as you might imagine but thieves who steel Trolleys to sell them for scrap metal value.

Other times people just stubbornly drag the trolley with locked wheels and when it gets too difficult just dump it.

Some people also have still got old “borrowed ” trolleys that they use and park in their garden every week.

The store has agreed with us that if anyone sees a trolley in the immediate area of ASDA, they can phone customer services and someone from the store will fetch it.  Otherwise ASDA belong to the trolleywise scheme and they have a number and a phone app you can use to report a trolley and they come get them.
01926 455378…

Your Labour Councillor team in Brighton Hill have regular walk about -we also work full time so this is often at weekends in the winter as nights draw in. We report what we see but its really helpful if members of the pubic can do this as well.
Cllr Kim Taylor”

Travellers in Asda Car Park

Travellers in Asda Car Park

A small group of travellers that look to be a quiet family unit arrived last night in the Asda/Medical Centre Car Park. As I arrived this morning to check the situation out Council Officials were on site taking the necessary action. Whilst  there is a strict legal procedure to go through, hopefully this will not take too long in view of the blanket injunction we have that shortens the process somewhat.

Whilst it may seem intimidating the group do look peaceful and a lot quieter that some of the local Brighton Hill bikers that seem to be causing a nuisance at the moment. There’s no reason not to carry on using the Centres shops in the normal way.

We will keep you informed with progress as we hear from the Council.

Chopin Road Potholes fixed

Chopin Road Potholes fixed

Pothole Plague

The potholes were very bad at the entrance to the road and no action was being taken by the Hampshire County Council.

Fed up with the continuing saga we used pictures of  rubber ducks swimming in the potholes to shame the Council into action.

Following Pothole Pete’s social media debut, they have been fixed but we need to monitor the quality of the repair.

Your Brighton Hill Councillors, working for you. We don’t just pose by things – we get ’em fixed!

Hampshire County Councils Acknowledgement

Enquiry Reference: 21436820

Enquiry Type: Carriageway Pothole Defect


Thank you for your enquiry.

We will assess your enquiry as soon as possible.

Basingstoke Climate Change Declaration

Basingstoke Climate Change Declaration

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council have declared a Climate Change Emergency.

That makes the 18th July 2019 a special day indeed.

The motion was presented by Basingstoke Labour but had the support of all parties who worked together to produce one motion.

The motion was passed unanimously and there were some great speeches.

This is a very important issue and we will now need to make sure we make sure the Council delivers and help secure the future of our planet.

Listen to the speeches given by our brilliant Labour Councillors, Chloe Ashfield and Andrew McCormick.

Potholes drive us quackers

Potholes drive us quackers

Pothole pandemic just wont go away.

Our Tory Councils in Basingstoke and at County just don’t seem to care about Basingstoke’s environment.

Everything they do is late and slapdash.

Recent repairs to potholes are failing – just like they are failing to look after Basingstoke.

This is just one example in Chopin Road.

You can report potholes direct to Hampshire County Council. Click on the link below.

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