Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council.
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council is one of the largest borough councils in Hampshire. It is named after the largest town (Basingstoke) and the smallest village (Deane).
The borough is over 90% rural covering an area of over 245 square miles of North Hampshire. This includes part of the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty an area in the west of the borough which offers lots of outdoor pursuits including walking and cycling.
Apart from the main area of Basingstoke the rest of the population live in a number of small towns, villages and rural hamlets. These Include Tadley to the north, Kingsclere in the north-west, Whitchurch in the west and Preston Candover in the south-west. All of the towns and villages have their own unique feel and way of life and are worth a visit to really get to know them.
Basingstoke is located south of the M4 corridor, and north of the M3. This makes it very popular for companies who require international connections due to the closeness of Heathrow and Gatwick airports, as well as Southampton and Bournemouth airports to the south. Road transport is well served into London with the M3 and to the south Winchester and Southampton.
The borough is proud of its twinning and promotes strong ties with its twinned towns. It is twinned with three European towns, in France it is twinned with Alencon
. In Belguim it is twinned with Braine-L’Alleud
and in Germany it is twinned with Euskirchen
As well as the borough being twinned a number of Parishes within the borough have set up twinning links with villages in France. East Woodhay is twinned with Anisy, Angurney, Colomby sur Thoan and Villons-les-Bussions. With a population of 2,500 people these villages are roughly the same size as East Woodhay. The four villages are located in the Calvados area of Normandy, Northern France.
Testbourne Parishes are twinned with Neuvic-sur-l’Isle, Dordogne, France. The twinning in Testbourne was started in 1979 as an organisation to promote friendship with French families residing in or around the town of Neuvic-sur-l’Isle in the Dordogne district of France. This grew from successful exchange visits by Testbourne School which resulted in the Mayor of Neuvic contacting Whitchurch Town Council to propose twinning between the two towns. In view of established contacts that already existed through school exchanges, it was decided to involve the whole catchment area of Testbourne School. Twinning documents were formally signed at Neuvic and Whitchurch on the occasion of the first official visits in 1979.
Basingstoke Council have a comprehensive web site, in our opinion it is one of the best council websites in the country. They have a specific section dedicated to facts and figures regarding the council and the borough.
The information provided includes all the latest statistics and the supporting analysis which goes with the information. Much of this information is used by the council to determine future starategy.
North Hampshire, Central Southern England
2001 - 152,000, approximately.
The following pages have an overview of various areas of work from the council, contact information and help. The information has been obtained from the council website.
If you have any questions or need further information we recommend you contact Basingstoke and Deane Council directly by telephoning them on 01256 844844 or by going to the Basingstoke and Deane Counci