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All the news releases and bulletins about a variety of topics.

Feb 082018
 

Community Christmas

Hook’s 2017 Community Christmas Day lunch was again funded entirely by the kindness and generosity of Hook Fun Run & Road Races, Bell Cornwell, Hook & Odiham Lions Club, Whitewater Pharmacy, William Grant & Sons, Tesco, Rawlings Transport, Taylor Wimpey, Andwell Brewery, Hartletts Café and Hampshire County Council.  Both the jolly band of dedicated volunteers, who gave their time to host the event, and those who attended had a wonderful time. Thank you everyone for your fantastic support!

Hook Neighbourhood Plan Update

The first Draft of the Hook Neighbourhood Plan was published for consultation in January and two public events took place on 18th and 20th.   If you missed the consultations, or wish to review the documents please go to: http://np.hook.gov.uk/consultation-january-2018/.  Please take the time to give us your views at: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/GPB56WW or by using the comment form on the Neighbourhood Plan website.  The closing date for responses is 8th February 2018.  https://www.hart.gov.uk/draft-local-plan

South East Water

The South East Water works have started on Griffin Way South and are expected to take 27 weeks.  There will inevitably be delays and traffic congestion, particularly during peak times.  Whilst South East Water appreciate that these delays are frustrating, please be courteous to other road users and allow extra time for your journey.  Update on how the work is progressing can be found at: https://corporate.southeastwater.co.uk/hook.

Council Precept 2018-19

At the January Parish Council meeting the Parish Precept for 2018–19 was set at £363,400. This means an average Band D household will pay £2.02 per week, equivalent to a pot of tea at a local café.

The Precept covers the running costs of the variety of facilities, land management and services provided by the Parish Council.  A number of new and exciting initiatives and events are planned for the coming year.  We continue to offer free pre-application planning consultations and to work closely on the development of the Hook Neighbourhood Plan.    We support a number of local organisations, events and charities.  Where possible we obtain additional funding to enable enhancements to the facilities in Hook.

Hook Community Award

Do you know anyone whose contribution to their neighbourhood or the wider community should be recognised with the Hook Community Award?  The award is presented each year at the Annual Village Meeting.  The only firm rule for nomination is that the person or organisation must have given service to our community, on an entirely voluntary basis and over a sustained period.  If you have previously nominated someone, who was not the successful nominee that year, please re-nominate those individuals or groups again for them to be in the running this year.   Nominations should be submitted in writing by post to the Parish Council Office or emailed to .  Closing date for nominations is by 27th April 2018.

Great Community Spirit

Our thanks go to Hook Runners for organising and undertaking a litter pick around the centre of Hook.  They collected 25 black bags of rubbish in one hour.  This has made a positive difference to our village and deserves recognition and appreciation. 

Keen eyed residents may also have spotted brightly coloured or themed painted pebbles hidden around the village.  This is part of a growing Facebook community called Hidden Rocks Hook.  Many of our talented young (or young at heart) residents have produced and shared their mini works of art for others to see, photograph and relocate for others to find.  Why not join the fun, contribute your own creation and help brighten the landscape.  See the Hidden Rocks Facebook page for more information on participating.

Dates for your diary
Annual Village Meeting – Hook Community Centre – Wednesday 23rd May 2018

Jan 042018
 

Happy New Year

The Parish Council would like to wish all of our residents a happy new year.  We have lots of exciting new things planned for 2018, so look out for updates in the usual places – Hook Focus, noticeboards, our website and on Facebook.

Bookkeeper/Finance Administrator Vacancy

Over the last 15 months the Parish Council Committees and administration have undergone a Structure Review. A number of changes h have been gradually implemented.  This has created a vacancy for a new member of our team.  We are looking to recruit a part time Bookkeeper/Finance Administrator.  Please contact the Parish Council Office for more information.  Closing Date for applications is 12th January 2018.

Hook Village Show Call for Volunteers

 The provisional date for the 2018 Hook Village Show, is 15th July 2018.  The Flower and Produce Show, in aid of Hook in Bloom, will become a separate event, as this needs to be held in the autumn.  In order to ensure the success of the event, we will need a team of willing volunteers to help with the organisation prior to the event and on the day.  If you are able to help, please email to register your interest.

Hook Community Award

Do you know anyone whose community contribution should be recognised with the Hook Community Award?  The award is presented each year at the Annual Village Meeting.  The only firm rule for nomination is that the person or organisation must have given service to the community, on an entirely voluntary basis and over a sustained period. Previous nominations that did not result in an award will not be carried forward, so please re-nominate those individuals or groups again for them to be in the running this year.  Nominations should be submitted in writing by post to the Parish Council Office or emailed to .  Closing date for nominations is by 27th April 2018.

Hook Neighbourhood Plan Update

The first Draft of the Hook Neighbourhood Plan will be open for public consultation from 15th January.  Two consultation events are being held in January.

  • 18th January 2018 at Elizabeth Hall, Raven Road 18.00 – 21.00
  • 20th January 2018 at Hook Community Centre, Ravenscroft 12.00 – 16.30

Please come along to review and make comment on the plans.

Grit Bins

Hampshire County Council has around 3500 roadside salt bins located across the highway network.  They have been checking and replenishing these in recent weeks.
The bins are filled with a 50:50 mix of salt and grit and this can be freely used by members of the community for de-icing pavements and smaller access roads, and particularly those areas of public highway that are not covered by one of their main salting routes. P lease be aware that it only takes a tablespoon of salt/grit (roughly around 20 grams) to treat one square metre of road or pavement so a full bin can treat a substantial area.   If your local salt bin is less than ¾ full and needs refilling through the winter season, the quickest way to let them know is via the specific link on their web page at:

www.hants.gov.uk/transport/roadmaintenance/severeweather/salting

Recycling of Christmas trees

Between Saturday 6th January and Tuesday 30th January, Hart District Council are again running Free Real Christmas Tree Recycling collection points.  Please take your tree to the local collection point and place it in the cordoned-off area for Hart’s team to remove on a regular basis and recycle during January.   The most local ones to Hook are:

  • Crossways Car Park, Hook (By the doctors)
  • Church Road Car Park, Fleet
  • Household Waste Recycling Centre, Springwell lane, Hartley Wintney
  • Household Waste Recycling Centre, Wade Road, Basingstoke

The District Council have also advised that, if you subscribe to the Green Waste Recycling Service, you can put your tree out with your Green Bin for collection.

For more information go to www.hart.gov.uk/waste-recycling

South East Water

Following the consultation event that South East Water held on 29th November, just a reminder that the works on Griffin Way South will start on 8th January.  Works are expected to take 27 Weeks and it is anticipated there will be delays and traffic congestion, particularly during peak times.  Please allow extra time for your journey.

Fix my street

If residents experience problems in and around Hook with potholes, streetlight faults, fly tipping, footpaths etc. the quickest way to get them fixed is to log on to www.fixmystreet.com.  Three is also a link off the Parish Council website.

All you have to do is enter the post code where the problem is located, or use the map to pinpoint the location, together with a short description of the issue.  This will be forwarded to the correct authority for the specific problem.  Residents say this system is usually extremely efficient and they did receive or could track progress with resolution of the problem.

Dates for your diary

  • Annual Village Meeting – Hook Community Centre – 23rd May 2018
  • Neighbourhood Plan First Draft Consultations –
    • 18th January 2018 at Elizabeth Hall, Raven Road 18.00 – 21.00
    • 20th January 2018 at Hook Community Centre, Ravenscroft 12.00 – 16.30
Dec 142017
 

Bookkeeper/Finance Administrator Vacancy

Over the last 15 months the Parish Council Committees and administration have undergone a Structure Review. A number of changes have been gradually implemented. This has created a vacancy for a new member of our team. We are looking to recruit a part time Bookkeeper/Finance Administrator. Please see below for more information. Closing Date for applications is 12th January 2018.

Bookeeper-Finance Administrator Vacancy

Dec 062017
 

Hook Community Christmas

The Parish Council plans to host a Hook Community Christmas Lunch on Christmas Day again this year. Anyone who will be alone (of any age) on Christmas day can join the party for Christmas dinner, some fun, carol singing and to enjoy the company of others. This event is free for guests thanks to a number of local organisations, volunteers and sponsors who have been extremely generous in providing money, time and goods.

If you are able to volunteer your help on the day or if you will be alone on Christmas Day and would like lunch, please get in contact by e-mail at or call the office on 01256 768687 for more information or to register your interest.

New Councillor – Rob Cowell OBE

The Parish Council is pleased to announce that Rob Cowell OBE has now joined the council. He has recently retired after serving 36 years in the RAF. Rob originates from Hampshire and moved to Hook in 2006, with his wife and two grown up sons. He enjoys tennis, golf and travel and gardening. Rob has a genuine desire to use his administrative and leadership skills in all committee activities, and relishes the opportunity to face the future challenges of Hook’s development.

Parish Council Office Christmas Closure

Please be aware that the Office will close at 12 noon on Friday December 22nd December and will re-open at 9am on Tuesday 2nd January 2018.

Planning News

The last year has seen an unprecedented increase in the number of Hook planning applications, submitted to Hart District Council (HDC). These include several large scale developments such as Owen’s Farm (West of Hook). Hook Parish Council’s Planning and Infrastructure Committee meets twice monthly to discuss such applications. As a statutory consultee, representing the local community’s interests, it continues to feedback local opinions though the submission of planning comments to HDC. A summary of the larger applications received and the Parish Council’s response to them can be found at http://hook.gov.uk/category/development/.  If you do not have access to the internet, please contact the Parish Council for a paper copy.

Wellworth Park Play Area Refurbishment

The official opening was a great success. Over 100 people enjoyed the sunshine when the park was officially opened by Ranil Jayawardena MP, who was accompanied by his young daughter. Wicksteed provided goody bags for every child. The Parish Council have been awarded £1,000 towards the refurbishment from the Tesco ‘Bags of Help’ Scheme. Thank you to all those who voted for the project with, their blue discs in Tesco’s. Thank you also to ‘Petals From Paula’ who donated the ribbons for the opening ceremony. The new play equipment enables greater accessibility, combining modern equipment with classic childhood favourites and provides a wonderful play venue for children of all ages. .

Hook Infrastructure

The Parish council is a key link between the community and other tiers of local government. We have regular dialogue with Hampshire County Council highways and endeavour to keep residents informed of relevant matters.

S E Water will commence installation of an essential new water main, between Griffin Way South and the roundabout on station road, on 8th January. This will be done in sections and will take until July to be completed.   Traffic disruption is unavoidable, as traffic lights will be in operation.

Recycling and Waste

Hart District Council will take one or more of their green crates from the kerbside. If you would like an additional crate, they are free to collect from Hart District Council or the Parish Council office.   Alternately, if you prefer to have a wheeled glass bin they are available from Hart District Council and cost £30. Please remember that wrapping paper, shredded paper, plastic packaging cannot be recycled and will need to go in your black bins. For more information about recycling, go to https://www.hart.gov.uk/waste-recycling or call 01252 622122.

Crime and ASB

There has been a recurrence of break-ins to access cars keys from the house and steal the cars. With Christmas around the corner, make sure you secure your property.

Thieves often gain access by putting a hand or hook through the letter box and removing keys left visible nearby, or lifting the handle to open the door. UPVC doors are particularly vulnerable, where the handle had been lifted to engage the lock rather than locked with the key. Advice from the police is to double lock all doors with the key when leaving home and at night and ensure keys are not visible through the letter box or window.  Free advice can also be obtained from https://www.bluelamptrust.org.uk/Bobby_Scheme

The Parish Councillors and the Office Staff would like to wish all our residents a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Dates for your diary

  • Hook Community Christmas Lunch–25th December 2017, Hook Community Centre 12 – 3pm
Nov 282017
 

The last year has seen an unprecedented increase in the number of Hook planning applications, submitted to Hart District Council (HDC).  These include several large scale developments, such as Owen’s Farm (West of Hook).

Hook Parish Council’s Planning and Infrastructure Committee meets twice monthly to discuss such applications.  As a statutory consultee, representing the local community’s interests, it continues to feedback local opinions though the submission of planning comments to HDC.  A summary of the larger applications received and the Parish Council’s response to them can be found below:

Summary of current Planning & Infrastructure Committee (P&I) workload

The past few months have seen a significant number of larger scale planning applications or pre-application consultations for the P&I Committee to consider and report on. There are also many ad-hoc meetings with potential developers or landowners. The P&I Committee meets twice monthly and the public are welcome to attend meetings. In addition, the Applications for extensions or small developments have been arriving at the rate of between 5 and 10 per month.

David Wilson Homes and Croudace Strategic have permission for 550 dwellings on 38.58ha in NE Hook and are currently satisfying planning conditions to enable them to start construction. Presently, some advance works are taking place that are mainly related to protecting ecological features.

The position with Sainsbury’s is not confirmed. The last update we received, indicated their intent to commence construction once at least 100 dwelling had been built on NE Hook?

Stonegate Homes have submitted an application for a complete re-development of the Bartley House site on Station Road. Considerable consultation has taken place to ensure a satisfactory appearance of this landmark building at the entrance to Hook Village. Hart DC are expected to shortly grant permission for the current proposals.

Wilbur Developments have submitted an application for 700 dwellings at Owen’s Farm (West of Hook). Hook PC have liaised closely with Newnham PC in forming objections to the proposals. Apart from the site itself forming a significant urban extension to the west side of Hook, the most notable objection is that the transport infrastructure proposals for mitigating the impacts of this site are currently inadequate and inaccurate. It is expected that Hart DC will take this application to their Planning Committee in January. There have been significant numbers of objections from the public to the proposal.  You can find the full objection that we sent to Hart here HPC response to West of Hook

Rawlings Haulage propose to relocate from their Village Centre site. Hook PC strongly supported their proposal to move to the existing Business Park at Murrell Green, but that was previously rejected by Hart DC. A number of re-development options have been presented for the existing site. Hart DC has supported a residential use in principle indicating the current McCarthy and Stone proposals would be positively viewed.

There is continuous pressure from a number of developers wishing to convert offices on the Bartley Wood Business Park to residential dwellings by use of Permitted Development Rights. Hart DC have declined Hook PC’s requests to prevent such conversions by serving a Direction that would require developers to follow the full planning process. To date, only the conversion of Providence House has progressed to construction of residential units. There is also pressure to develop the car parking areas of these offices. An appeal against a refusal for planning permission was rejected by the Planning Inspectorate, essentially on the basis that the site would provide a poor quality residential scheme with unsatisfactory parking provision.

Store Property own Stratfield House (the former Taylor Wimpey offices) in Station Road and have applied to convert this building into 1 and 2 bed apartments under Permitted Development Rights. Hook PC support the emerging Neighbourhood Plan’s objective to retain buildings of mixed use (residential and retail/commerce) in the village centre, where possible. However, given the small scale of this proposed development, it may prove financially unviable for the developer to incorporate business use on this site.

Lightwood Properties have presented their proposal for a new stand-alone Garden Community incorporating its own retail offerings at Murrell Green. Hook PC is not supportive of a separate settlement at this location,

  • where there is no public transport; and
  • where a competing retail provision would only be detrimental to the current aspirations in the draft Neighbourhood Plan, which aims to regenerate Hook Village Centre.

Gallagher Estates have put forward their proposals for a new Winchfield Garden Community settlement centred around the mainline railway station and other infrastructure. We are informed that the proposals are on a site controlled by a consortium, so it is deliverable and includes plans for a Secondary School providing a 1,000 pupil capacity. The developer has recently requested an Environmental Impact Assessment Screening Opinion from Hart DC for this development. The outline proposal is supported in principle by Hook PC.

Nov 092017
 

New Parish Councillor

At the closing date, one application had been received for the councillor vacancy on the Parish Council.  The candidate will, therefore, be appointed at the Parish Council Meeting on the 1st November.  A brief resume about the new councillor will be in December’s Focus.

South Western Trains

South Western Railway is proposing major changes to the rail service to Hook at peak times.  Our local MP, Ranil Jayawardena is running a petition to persuade South Western Railways to change their proposal to reduce both the number of peak morning services from Hook to London Waterloo from five to two.  The South Western Railway proposal is currently out for public consultation, which closes on 22nd December 2017.

Please go to (https://www.tellranil.com/campaigns/save-our-train-services) to find out more and support Ranil in his efforts to change these proposed timetable amendments, as we are aware that this will affect a large number of Hook and Winchfield residents who use the train to get to work in London. You can also send your comments directly to South Western Trains by email

Hook Fireworks Show

The annual Hook Schools Parents Association Fire Show and Fireworks will take place on Saturday 4th November.  Hartletts Park car park will be closed from 4pm until the conclusion of the firework display.  Please remove all vehicles from the car park before 4pm.

Hook Community Christmas

The Parish Council plans to host a Hook Community Christmas Lunch on Christmas Day again this year.  Anyone who will be alone on Christmas day can join the party for a free Christmas dinner, some fun, carol singing and to enjoy the company of others.  This event is free for guests thanks to a number of local organisations, volunteers and sponsors who have been extremely generous in providing money, time and goods.

If you are able to volunteer your help on the day or if you will be alone on Christmas Day and would like lunch, please get in contact by e-mail at or call the office on 01256 768687 for more information or to register your interest.

Hook Christmas Cracker

The Hook Christmas Cracker team are busy putting together a programme of entertainment for 2nd December from 5pm.  See http://www.hookchristmascracker.com for information.

Bassetts Mead

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, who manage Bassetts Mead on the Parish Council’s behalf, have been busy pruning trees, shoring up the river beds and pollarding the area.  This is all in a bid to increase the diversity of habitats for wildlife and fish stocks in the river which will hopefully encourage otters to return.  For Information about what the Trust has been doing go to http://hook.gov.uk/about-hook/facilities/bassetts-mead/

Public Transport Survey

The lack public transport in Hart is a major problem for those who do not have access to a car or bus service; or who would prefer not to have to drive to the train station.  It can make it difficult for some to find employment; and for others to attend their hospital appointments, do their shopping or even do every day essential visits to friends etc.  For those with mobility problems it can lead to social isolation.

Transport in Hart is a Group founded to establish whether there are ways of increasing the amount of road based public transport available to the community of Hart District and to see if there are better ways of integrating scheduled bus or train services, with proposals for new and improved Community Transport.  The Group includes the 21 Town/Parish Councils in Hart, the 7 Voluntary Care Groups and the current Community Transport operators.

The Group now needs your help to understand your particular needs, so that options of what may be available can be explored.  Please take a few minutes to complete the survey at:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/HartTransport2017

Hard copies of the survey are available at the Parish Council office.  The survey closes on 30th November 2017

Dates for your diary

  • HSPA Fire Show – Hook Junior and Infant Schools – 4th November from 5pm
  • Hook Christmas Cracker – Saturday 2nd December 2pm – 9pm – Station Road and Crossways Car Park
  • Hook Community Christmas – Monday 25th December 2017, Hook Community Centre 12 noon – 3pm
Nov 092017
 

On Friday 27th October, Local MP and resident Ranil Jayawardena, officially opened the play area. Over over 60 children and their families turned out. Ranil Jayawardena MP said, “It looks fantastic and will be a great facility for local parents and children, as it caters for all ages, from toddlers to teenagers. My congratulations to Hook Parish Council for making this happen!” Wicksteed, who installed the new play area, provided goody bags for children in attendance.Chairman of Hook Parish Council, Cllr. Dr Jane Worlock, said “The Parish Council continues to work closely with the local community to provide leisure facilities for all our residents to enjoy.”

Maintaining the old play area was becoming uneconomic and the Parish Council had been saving for several years to undertake this refurbishment. Additional funding was provided via Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme. The new play equipment enables greater accessibility, combining modern equipment with classic childhood favourites and provides a wonderful play venue for children of all ages.

If you would like any further information on the play areas in Hook, please call the Parish Council on 01256 768687 or email

Oct 112017
 

Our local MP, Ranil Jayawardena is running a petition to persuade South Western Railways to change their proposal to reduce both the number of peak morning services to London Waterloo from five to two and the number of direct routes into London. South West Trains proposal is currently out for public consultation, which closes on 22nd October 2017.

Please click on the link (https://www.tellranil.com/campaigns/save-our-train-services) to find out more and support Ranil in his efforts to change these proposed timetable amendments, as we are aware that this will affect a large number of Hook and Winchfield residents who use the train to get to work in London. You can also send your comments directly to South Western Trains by email

Oct 112017
 

Hook Village Show

The Hook Village Show took place on the 10th September and was well attended despite the weather.  The Parish Council stand was popular with children, who were busy entering the Vegetable and Treasure Hunt competitions. The winner of a Smart Phone (donated by a local resident) for the Vegetable Hunt was Daniel Parsons and Ollie Turner won a bag of gold (£10 in coins) for the Treasure Hunt    Our thanks go out to all those who braved the elements to help with the multitude of tasks on the day.

Wellworth Park Play Area Refurbishment

At the time of writing, work on replacing the play area is due to start at the end of September.   The contractor hopes to complete the work by the 23rd October. The play area will be closed during the refurbishment work. The reopening date will be announced in October, but may be subject to change, depending on the weather conditions. We will publish updates via our notice boards and Facebook page. Below is the updated graphic image of what the new park will look like.

Skate Park and Graffiti

As you may be aware, on the evening of Monday 4th September, the skate park ramps were heavily sprayed with graffiti. The Parish Council routinely paints the ramp surfaces with a special ‘grippy’ paint to improve safety. The areas of the ramps covered in graffiti were slippery and our Independent Play Inspector advised that the sudden change of ride surface, from grip to slip, part way across the ramp created an unnecessary hazard. This was also confirmed by several skaters. The Council took steps to rectify the problem and re-open the park as quickly as possible.

The Council has a zero tolerance policy on graffiti in general and endeavours to remove it where possible. The exception to this has been to allow the young people using the skate park to graffiti the upright walls, but not the ramps, provided it is not rude or offensive. This policy has worked well and has been respected by our local youth and skate park users. It is a pity those responsible have caused such inconvenience to the users and expense to the Council. This was not the only area of Hook that fell victim to graffiti and the Police are following up on information about possible perpetrators.

Hook Fireworks Show

The annual Hook Schools Parents Association Fire Show and Fireworks will take place on Saturday 4th November. Hartletts Park car park will be closed from 4pm until the conclusion of the firework display for safety reasons. Please remove all vehicles from the car park before 4pm, when the barrier will be locked.

Hook Community Christmas

Last year the first Hook Community Christmas Lunch was held on Christmas Day. Anyone who alone on Christmas day was able to join the party for a free Christmas dinner, some fun, carol singing and to enjoy the company of others.    A number of local businesses were extremely generous in providing both money and goods. A large team of local people volunteered to help with a host of tasks including decorating the hall, cooking, serving food, transport etc.

The Parish Council plans to host the lunch again in 2017.   We will be in contact with those who attended last year, but if you think you may be alone on 25th December, or you know of someone, who will be then please get in contact with the Parish Council office. There is no age restriction for joining in and transport can be arranged on request. If you will be alone, but could not to the Community Centre, we may be able to arrange for Santa and his helper to deliver a Christmas Dinner, so please do get in contact.

We will be shortly be in touch with those who helped us last year to see if they wish to volunteer again. Until we know the number of guests we do not know how many volunteers are needed. If you are a Hook resident and would like to help beforehand or on the day, please e-mail us at or call the office on 01256 768687 for more information or to register your interest.

Dates for your diary

  • HSPA Fire Show – Hook Schools – 4th November
  • Hook Christmas Cracker – Saturday 2nd December 2pm – 9pm – Station Road and Crossways Car Park
  • Hook Community Christmas – Monday 25th December 2017, Hook Community Centre