THE GAZETTE calls upon Councillors to put the public ahead of profit and save the Camrose.

Next Wednesday night, after years in the making, the planning application to build 85 news homes on the Camrose football ground will be voted on.

Planning officer Sue Tarvit, of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, has recommended councillors approve the plans, submitted by Basron Developers.

However, the decision lies with the twelve publicly-elected councillors who sit on the development control committee

The Gazette publicly calls upon these councillors to vote NO to building on the Camrose. We say councillors must uphold the conditions previously argued by Sport England and listen to the thousands of residents who are fiercely against these proposals.

You can read the full story in this week’s paper. Also:

  • An ambulance driver accidentally released their handbrake, causing a crash on Wateridge Road in Oakridge.
  • An isolated pensioner from Alton created a poster in a desperate attempt to make friends.
  • Basingstoke residents expressed their frustration at being unable to access coronavirus tests this week, as the government have come under pressure for a national shortage.
  • Staff at Sainsbury’s in Basingstoke claimed they were told to keep quiet and threatened with disciplinary action if they discussed a coronavirus case in the store.
  • MP Maria Miller is meeting with police to discuss concerns over the Asian community being targeted for gold, following an attack on a mother in her own home.
  • A chief medical officer has said that Basingstoke hospital is unlikely to be re-built using government funds, because there is no space for it to expand.
  • A victim of child abuse has hit out at Hampshire Police after he claims he was accused of making up accusations against Michael Geoffrey Smith, who was convicted of sexually abusing two other boys in the 1980s at a court hearing in Guildford earlier this month.
  • Neighbours of a house in Chineham feel the family has been unfairly singled out over a fence which slightly encroaches onto council land.
  • Also in this week's paper: All the latest from North Hampshire's Magistrates' Courts.
  • Two pages of your letters to the editor.
  • Pictures: Saturday night in Basingstoke ahead of ‘rule of six’ restrictions
  • Two pages of news from our communities.
  • An eight-page Macmillan Coffee Morning special.
  • Two pages of business news.
  • Two pages of entertainment news.
  • Four pages of sports news.
  • And much more!

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