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The villages of Oakley and Deane lie between 100 to 150 metres above sea level in the hollow dry valleys above the source of the River Test, on the chalk with flint, clay-capped folds of downland in mid to north Hampshire.
Periodically, after heavy winter rainfalls, the Test backs up towards Oakley and rises to fill and overflow Spring Pond, spanning the parish boundary immediately south of the B3400.
In 1976 the hamlet of Deane, the smallest in the Borough of Basingstoke and Deane, was partnered with Oakley (the largest) to develop Oakley and Deane Parish Council.
Five miles west of Basingstoke, (Thomas Hardy’s Stoke Barehills), off the main roads but with the London to Exeter and London to Southampton railways cutting through the village, Oakley has developed into a large village community of up to 6,ooo inhabitants. Its popularity as a home for commuters to London and busy towns to the north (Reading ), east (Basingstoke), south (Winchester and Southampton) and to the west (Andover) is undoubted, owing to the excellent road and rail networks surrounding it. Deane’s population meanwhile, has remained at well under 100 and in the 1990’s the hamlet, including Deane House, its park, the Deane Gate pub and neighbouring cottages were designated a Conservation Area.
In September 2007, Basingstoke Conservation Volunteers and pond-side residents worked hard all day to clear the Village pond of excess vegetation in the interests of natural colonisation and the duck-house was removed, refurbished and replaced. The ducks were reduced in number, and feeding discontinued and discouraged. This decision was made on the advice of the local Wildlife and National Trusts on the grounds that undomesticated ducks are quite capable of grazing for themselves and healthier by doing so. The state of the pond is improved too, since waste bread pollutes the pond bed and also encourages rats.
The Rectory Roadpond needs to be cleared of mud. Road run-off regularly silts up this balancing pond. Parish Council has had the surrounding shrubbery pruned and cut back. It is planned to reduce the quantity of mud in the year ahead.
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