Latest coronavirus council news on Tuesday 19 May

Mayor to continue for another year
Cllr Diane Taylor is staying on as Basingstoke and Deane’s Mayor for another year, leading the civic life of the borough as everyone pulls together to respond to the challenge of coronavirus.
Councils were granted a number of emergency powers through the Coronavirus Regulations 2020, including being able to delay the Council Annual General Meeting at which the Mayor is officially appointed. Due to the exceptional circumstances, the decision was taken to postpone this meeting until May 2021. This means Cllr Taylor will remain in office as Mayor for another year. As first citizen of the borough, she will continue to represent the people of the borough, chair Council meetings virtually and raise money and awareness for her chosen charities.
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Central car park improvements restart
Improvement works at central car park have resumed, with the car park due to reopen on Friday 22 May.
The works, which started in early March, were halted due to the coronavirus outbreak have been restarted with strict social distancing guidelines in place. Improvements include the creation of parent and child spaces, the relocation of disabled bays and widening of pedestrian walkways. New solar powered card-only machines have been installed to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. You can also pay through the RingGo app which enables you to pay for your parking without any need to queue or to leave your car.
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Play area improvements in Brookvale to start
From Monday 25 May, work is due to start at three play areas, based in Cordale Road, Culver Road and Goodman Close, at a total cost of over £236,000 from the council’s Local Infrastructure Fund. New play equipment for children of all ages and improved landscaping is planned, at Goodman Close and Culver Road first, with Cordale Road to follow, over a period of up to 10 weeks.

All play areas currently remain closed. However the improved play areas will be opened by the council as soon as possible following changes in government guidance.

Brookvale recreation works