Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council is named after the largest town and the smallest village. The borough covers an area of over 245 square miles in North Hampshire of which over 90% is rural. The rest of the borough is made up of villages and rural hamlets and countryside and includes 47 conservation areas.
Top of Town
Old House Carosell
Signpost In Oakley
Over the past couple of years the council has been working with Destination Basingstoke, the marketing company for the borough, on finding out what people think of the area as a place to live, work and visit and to promote the area as a great place to be. Destination Basingstoke launched its website in January this year and it is packed full of useful and interesting information about the area. Check the site out at www.destinationbasingstoke.co.uk.
There are 16 infant, 16 junior, 26 primary and 11 secondary schools in the borough which are supported by Hampshire County Council.
The town centre attracts a large number of local and regional shoppers. Festival Place with top high-street shops and restaurants and The Malls with the recent additions of Primark and Starbucks.
There is lots to see and do around the borough. The rolling hills and woodlands of the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty cover a section of the western side of the borough, offering lots of opportunities for outdoor pursuits such as walking and cycling.
The borough is twinned with Alencon in France, Braine-L’Alleud in Belgium and Euskirchen in Germany.
The borough council collects a variety of facts and figures about the population of the borough enabling it to ensure services cater for residents’ needs.