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Sep 132019
 

Over the last 5 years there have been several consultations on the content of the Hook Neighbourhood Plan.   Following Examination by an independent Inspector, Hart District Council approved the Plan to be taken to Referendum.  This means all registered electors of Hook have the final say in whether the Plan gets adopted and becomes part of Hart’s Planning Policy for Hook.

The document sets out the community’s objectives for the development and use of land in Hook.  It includes a vision of how the Village Centre can be revitalised, adds weight to the protection of our green spaces and moves us towards improved sports and leisure facilities.

The more people who turn out and vote “YES”, the stronger our defence against unwelcome development and ensures the strength of the Plan.

The Plan documents can be found online at www.hart.gov.uk/Hook.  A printed copy of the Plan and Examiner’s Report can be viewed at Hook Community Centre and at Elizabeth Hall.

Please encourage as many of your friends and family, who live in Hook, to vote.  Support your community by sharing the information we publish on our website, Facebook page and Hook App.  If you would like to display a poster in your window (there are a number of versions to choose from), they can be found below.  There is also a copy of our information leaflet.  For more information please contact the Parish Council Office 01256 768687 or contact us via Facebook or email

NP Referendum Information Handout

NP Referendum Poster 4 – Aqua

NP Referendum Poster 3 – Tropics

NP Referendum Poster 1 – Green

Sep 062019
 

Planning Update

Hook Action Against Over Development (HAAOD) have issued their latest newsletter giving an update on planning/development related matters that Hook residents may be interested in:

  • Premier Inn Hotel coming to Hook
  • New settlement\Shapley Heath Garden Community update
  • Local Plan update
  • Holt Farm SANG application

See the Parish Council website http://hook.gov.uk/category/news/development/ or to subscribe to the newsletter, please go to https://hookdevaction.org.uk/subscribe/ . A paper copy is also available from the Parish Council Office.

The Parish Council Planning and Infrastructure (P&I) Committee agenda for 24th July included consideration of the Holt Farm SANG application).  However, due to inaccuracies in the submitted plans the application had been taken off-line from HDC’s planning portal, so is likely to be discussed at one of the September P&I Committee meetings.  Please see our notice boards and website for future P & I agendas.

Please be aware that whilst Hook Parish Council is consulted on planning matters, the Council’s representation is only one voice.  If you wish your views to be taken into account by HDC in their determination of planning applications (whether in support or in opposition), please submit comments directly to Hart via their planning portal, or

Hook Neighbourhood Plan – VOTE YES

The Hook Neighbourhood Plan will be taken to the residents of Hook in a Referendum on 7th October.  Please support this important document for the future of Hook by voting YES and also encourage your friends and neighbours to do so.  See page X for more information on the voting process.

Hook Village Show

Over 2000 people attended the annual Village Show which took place at Hartletts Park on 7th July.  The Dog Show was very popular this year, with over 90 entries!  The Parish Council would like to express their gratitude to Hook and Odiham Lions, who organised the event on behalf of Hook Parish Council.  Thanks also to the other Lions Groups (and their friends) who, worked in conjunction with other local organisations, such as Odiham & Hook Rotary and the local Scouts, to put on another great show.

The feedback we received has been very positive and those that attended had an enjoyable afternoon.  We look forward to seeing everyone again next year

Defibrillators and CPR Training

Did you know that a CPR self- training kit is available to borrow for FREE?  The kit contains an instruction DVD, providing lifesaving information, along with several inflatable “Resuci Annie” dolls to practice on.  Please contact the Parish Council office if you wish to borrow the kit.

In a real emergency, when advised by the Ambulance Service to use one, there are two defibrillators currently available in Hook, with a third to come soon.  These are located:

  • Opposite the Grand Parade shops near the zebra crossing
  • At Hook Community Centre adjacent to the Squash Club entrance

Echo Hotel Music Club/Hook Live

There are only three gigs left in the 2019 Echo Hotel Music Club (EHMC) programme.  Planning is already well underway for 2020 and the calendar is filling up fast.  The next gig is on Saturday 28th September.  For details of the programme of EHMC events and tickets, please see page X or visit their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/echohotelmusichook/ or the EHMC website at www.echohotelmusicclub.co.uk

News and information

Keep up to date with local news and information via our App and Facebook Page.

We are the only council in Hampshire to have an App.  It is FREE and available on Andriod and IOS – search Hook Parish Council App.  It is full of information about events and news happening in and around Hook.

We also publish lots of information and news that may useful to residents via our Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/HookParishCouncil/

Dates for your diary 2019

  • Hook Live/Echo Hotel Music Club presents Sari Schorr and Conner Selby – Elizabeth Hall on Saturday 28 September, 8pm – 11pm
  • Hook Neighbourhood Plan Referendum, Elizabeth Hall, on Monday 7th October between 7am and 10.00 pm
  • Hook Live/Echo Hotel Music Club presents Stevie Nimmo and Brave Rival Elizabeth Hall on Saturday 19th October 8pm – 11pm
  • Hook Live/Echo Hotel Music Club presents The Mentulls Elizabeth Hall on Saturday 2nd November 8pm – 11pm
Jul 182019
 

There are several significant planning/development related matters that will be of interest to residents of Hook:

  1. Premier Inn Hotel coming to Hook
  2. New settlement\Shapley Heath Garden Community update
  3. Local Plan update
  4. Holt Farm SANG application

Local action group Hook Action Against Over Development (HAAOD) have issued their latest newsletter giving more information about these topics. If you wish to subscribe to the HAAOD newsletter to be kept abreast with developments, please go to https://hookdevaction.org.uk/subscribe/

A copy of HAAOD latest newsletter can be found here Update from Hook Action Against Overdevelopment – July 2019

The Parish Council Planning and Infrastructure Committee are to consider the Holt Farm SANG application (along with other planning applications) on Wednesday 24th July and will submit representations directly to Hart District Council (HDC).

Please be aware that whilst Hook Parish Council is consulted on planning matters, the Council’s representation is only one voice.  If you wish your views to be taken account of by HDC in the determination of planning applications (whether in support or in opposition), please submit it via their planning portal.

If you have any comments\views regarding the above planning proposals please contact HDC directly on 01252 622 122

Jul 102019
 

Hook Village Show

This popular annual event will take place at Hartletts Park on 7th July from 12 noon – 5 pm.  The event is organised, in partnership with Hook and Odiham Lions.  A Village Show programme, detailing the attractions and timetable of events, was delivered to every household in Hook, last month.  If you wish to enter your four-legged friend in the Dog Show, please make sure you register and pay by 2pm, when judging of the first class starts.

Please be aware that the Community Centre car park will be closed from 9pm on Saturday 6th July until 6:30pm on Sunday 7th.  From 7:30am Sunday until 6:30pm the grassed area and skate park in Hartletts Park will be closed to the public, unless you are attending the show.  There will be a small area of the car park open during the event, for blue badge holders and those visiting the community centre/café.  We look forward to seeing you all there, to enjoy this family friendly event.

Parking

Hook Parish Council (HPC) has received numerous complaints about parking along the A30 end of Sheldons Lane.  Whilst HPC do not have authority over the highway, we work in collaboration with Hampshire Highways (HH) and Hart District Council (HDC) who do have the authority to resolve such issues.

New parking restriction orders are authorised by HDC on a rolling basis.  HDC adds qualifying projects to their work list (in order of impact/safety priority) known as a “Parking Consolidation Order (PCO)”. Raising PCO’s s is a costly, and slow process, with a small budget for such works.  For this reason, PCO’s are only raised when there is sufficient works to justify a collective Order, not for ad hoc schemes.  Having recently implemented a PCO, which included the double yellow lines along Elizabeth Hall access road, it will be some time before a further PCO is authorised.

Whilst HPC has recommended a PCO is put in place, any restrictions on Sheldons Lane are likely to result in displacement of the problem to another residential streets.  HDC will be keen to avoid this outcome when considering measures and options that could be included in a PCO, to resolve residents concerns about parking in that area.

HCC consultation – Balancing the budget

Hampshire County Council have opened a consultation to ask for residents’ views on how to meet their budget shortfall.

Please go to https://www.hants.gov.uk/news/jun05balancingthebudget for more information on this consultation and follow the links to complete the consultation form. The consultation ends at 11:59pm on 17th July 2019.  If you need a paper form, please contact Hampshire County Council on 0300 555 1375

Neighbourhood Plan

At the closing date for the Reg 15 consultation, 16 responses had been received by Hart.  The Examiner has requested clarification on a number of points and replies to both the responses and examiner have been submitted.

Hook App

We are continually adding events, activities, news and information to the App.  If you have a non – commercial event that you would like to advertise, please let us know.

Echo Hotel Music Club/Hook Live

The Echo Hotel Music Club events are growing in popularity.  With only four gigs left for 2019, plans are underway on the 2020 line up.  The next gig is on Saturday 27th July.  For details of the programme of EHMC events and tickets, please see page X or visit their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/echohotelmusichook/

Dates for your diary 2019

  • Hook Village Show (in partnership with Hook and Odiham Lions) – Hartletts Park 7th July
  • Hook Live/Echo Hotel Music Club presents Catfish and Dan Burnett– Elizabeth Hall on Saturday 27th July, 7pm – 11pm
  • Hook Live/Echo Hotel Music Club presents Sari Schorr – Elizabeth Hall on Saturday 28 September, 7:30pm – 11pm
Jun 102019
 

Annual Village Meeting

Almost 170 people attended this annual community event, which continues to grow each year.   It was great to see so many new faces.  The exhibition was fully booked and the speakers (Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, Connect to Support Hampshire and the Hook Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group) were very informative and well received by the audience.  The public had a chance to chat to the 15 prospective Parish Council Candidates in advance of the elections the following day.

We want to continue to build on the success of this community event and would welcome any feedback or ideas of what you would like to see next year eg more time to browse the exhibition, new speakers or topics you are interested in, comments on the exhibition or suggestions for future exhibitors.  Please contact the Parish Council office via email, phone or post with your thoughts and ideas.

A fond farewell to Jane Bonnin

The Annual Village Meeting provided an opportunity to say a fond farewell to Councillor Jane Bonnin.  Jane joined Hook Parish Council in 1982 and served continuously for 37 years, but decided not to stand for re-election this time.  As a token of appreciation for her exceptional service and commitment to the community of Hook, the Chairman presented Jane with the gavel and block that had been used to open and close all Parish Council meetings throughout her time on the Council.  Since joining the Council Jane has served as Chairman of the Council, and of both the Planning & Staff Committees.  She developed the Council’s website and IT systems.  In addition, she has been involved in a wide range of activities with local organisations and societies.

Jane expressed thanks to everyone for the support she received during her time on the council.  She urged residents to continue to support the Parish Council in the future.  The Parish Council Annual Report included a short reflection on her 37 years as a Councillor.

Hook Community Award

The Chairman presented the 2019 Community Award to Neil Evans, for his work over 18 years supporting The Base Youth Club.   Neil was instrumental in growing teenager attendance at The Base and developing new initiatives.   He worked closely with the Parish Council on improvements to the rear of the Community Centre (basketball area) and the multicourt, fundraising for the Teen Shelter and the skate ramps.  In accepting the Award, Neil expressed thanks for the support of parents as well as, past and present, members of The Base Management team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parish Council Elections

On 2nd May, Paul Kinge, Gill Miller, Jacqui Nabbs, Liz Tomlinson and Ian Warner were elected to the Parish Council, along with seven existing Councillors.  Contact details for all Councillors can be found on our website (incl. information about each Councillor), noticeboards and the Hook Parish Council App.

The new Council held its first meeting on Wednesday 8th May at which Dr Jane Worlock was re-elected Chairman of the Council with Rob Cowell as Vice Chairman.  At the first meeting of the Council, The Chairman took the opportunity to express thanks for the contribution of the previous councillors; Jane Bonnin, Sue Hinton and Angela Yates, who did not stand for re-election, and also to Debra Davies and John Orchard, who were not re-elected but whose expertise we hope to retain.

Hanging Baskets

In partnership with the Hook In Bloom volunteers, the Parish Council is eagerly anticipating the arrival of the beautiful hanging baskets that will start to adorn the village in June.  The display has been expanded this year to include baskets adjacent to the plough and on the A30 in front of St Johns church).  These, along with the wildflower areas and borders planted in the centre, not only create a splash of colour, but also provide food for insects and birds.  If anyone would like to help the Hook In Bloom volunteers maintain these sites, please email:

Painting of Tennis courts and Multi Use Games Area (MUGA)

The surface of the Tennis Courts and MUGA (Multi Use Games Area) were repainted before Easter.  With the warmer weather, Wimbledon and summer holidays approaching these facilities are likely to be in high demand.  The three Tennis Courts and MUGA (marked out for basketball and football) are free to use on a first come, first served basis.

Hook Village Show

This popular Annual Event take place at Hartletts Park. on 7th July from 12-5 pm.   The event is organised, in partnership with Hook and Odiham Lions, who are busy putting everything in place.  The Village Show programme will be delivered to every household in early June.  If you would like a stall or would like to help on the day, please contact Terry Cheeseman at . Please see page X for more information

Echo Hotel Music Club/Hook Live

The Echo Hotel Music Club events have gone from strength to strength since the programme began in February.   The next gig is on 1st June and tickets are selling fast.  For details of the programme of EHMC events and tickets, please see page X or visit their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/echohotelmusichook/

Dates for your diary 2019

  • Hook Live/Echo Hotel Music Club presents Gorilla Riot, Eddy Smith & The 507 – Elizabeth Hall on Saturday 1st June, 7pm – 11pm
  • Hook Village Show (in partnership with Hook and Odiham Lions) – Hartletts Park 7th July
  • Hook Live/Echo Hotel Music Club presents Catfish and Dan Burnett– Elizabeth Hall on Saturday 27th July, 7pm – 11pm
May 102019
 

Annual Village Meeting and Annual Report

During April, the Hook Annual Report was delivered to every household, along with flyers for the Echo Hotel Music Club/Hook Live gigs and the “Hook App”.

The Annual Village meeting will take place on Wednesday 1st May from 8pm at Hook Community Centre.  As in previous years the doors will open at 8pm with a welcome drink and a chance to visit the exhibition.  This year there is also an opportunity to meet and chat to the 15 candidates (9 current councillors and 6 new nominees) for the Parish Council elections being held the following day.

The agenda can be viewed on our Website and Noticeboards. There will be a large number of local groups and organisations displaying information, a number of speakers and presentation of the Community Award.

Parish and District Council Elections

Both District and Parish Council elections will take place on Thursday 2nd May at Elizabeth Hall.  Details of the candidates for both elections can be found on the Hart District Council website and Parish Council noticeboards

At the Polling Station, you will receive two ballot papers. One for the Parish Council Elections and one for the District Council Elections.

We are delighted to have 15 Candidates for the 12 seats on the Parish Council.  The candidates have produced a combined leaflet, which you should have received through the door during April.  Copies will also be available at the Annual Village Meeting.

The Parish Council ballot paper will list all 15 candidates and you will need to select up to 12.  The District Council ballot paper will list 6 candidates and you will need to select up to 2.

If this is your first time voting, the staff at the polling station will be happy to explain what to do.

Hook Village Show

Work is well underway in organising this popular Annual Event held at Hartletts Park. This year it will be held on 7th July.   Once again, the event is being organised on behalf of the Parish Council, in partnership with Hook and Odiham Lions, who are busy putting everything in place.  If you would like a stall, please contact Terry Cheeseman at .

Echo Hotel Music Club/Hook Live

At the time of writing, the much anticipated and talented Jo Harman is scheduled to perform on 20th April.  For an update on the ongoing programme of EHMC events, please see page X

Hook Road Race and Fun Run

The Community Centre Car Park will be CLOSED on Sunday 19th May, for the Annual Hook Fun Run and Road Races, which set off from Hartletts Park at 10.00 am.  Why not come along and join in the fun?

Community Transport

The Parish Council is in discussions with Hartley Wintney Parish Council regarding the provision of Community Transport for Hook.  There are two existing services available to Hook residents.

The door to door shopper service is aimed at helping those with mobility challenges to reach Fleet, Basingstoke and The Meadows and Camberley.

There is also a timetabled service which connects Hook with Hartley Wintney, Yateley, The Meadows and Camberley.  This service is open to all and passengers can use the existing bus stops along the route to request the bus to stop.

There will be a stall at the Annual Village Meeting, or for more information contact 01252 849712 or e-mail .

Owen Farm Appeal

The Inspectors Inquiry for the Owens Farm (West of Hook) Planning Appeal opened on 19th March.  Representations were made by Hook Parish Council, Hook Neighbourhood Plan, individual residents, Hook Action Against Overdevelopment, Whitewater Valley Preservation Society, Newnham Parish Council, Basingstoke & Dean Borough Council and Hart District Council during the first three days of the hearing.  On the morning of day 4, the developer withdrew their appeal.  This was done on condition that they would not be held liable for the other parties’ costs.  This was viewed as a great victory for local democracy.

Following the withdrawal of the appeal, the developer subsequently withdrew their application for deregistration of areas of Common and Village Green along Newnham Road.

Dates for your diary 2019

  • Annual Village Meeting – Hook Community Centre on 1st May, 8pm – 10pm
  • Hook Village Show (in partnership with Hook and Odiham Lions) – Hartletts Park 7th July
  • Hook Live/Echo Hotel Music Club presents Albany Down, Eddy Smith & The 507 – Elizabeth Hall on Saturday 1st June, 7pm – 11pm
  • Hook Live/Echo Hotel Music Club presents Sari Schorr – Elizabeth Hall on Saturday 28 September, 7:30pm – 11pm
May 092019
 

Following the Parish Council Elections the results are as follows:

Name Description Votes received
BHANDERI, Amita 707
BURKE, Jeffrey 1243 Elected
COWELL, Robert John 1218 Elected
DAVIES, Debra Louise 995
KINGE, Paul Desmond 1053 Elected
KIRKHAM, Fergus Alexander 1358 Elected
MILLER, Gillian Ann 1052 Elected
MYALL, Barry Stuart 1096 Elected
NABBS, Beaumont Verdun 1074 Elected
NABBS, Jacqueline 1050 Elected
ORCHARD, John Stuart Chartered Engineer 937
TERREY, Christopher Mark Samuel 1022 Elected
TOMLINSON, Anne Elizabeth 1217 Elected
WARNER, Ian James 1212 Elected
WORLOCK, Jane Ann 1141 Elected

Full details of the ballot

Apr 112019
 

Annual Village Meeting and Annual Report

The Annual Village meeting will be held on Wednesday 1st May from 8pm.  As in previous years the doors will open at 8pm and there will be a chance for you to have a welcome drink and then peruse the exhibition.  This year there is also an opportunity to meet and chat to the candidates for the Parish Council elections due to be held the following day.

The exhibition is filling up fast.  There will be a large number of local groups and organisations to talk to about what they do.  The agenda will be published in early April, so look out for details on the exhibition and who will be speaking at the meeting.

Ahead of the Annual Village Meeting, the Hook Annual Report will be delivered to every household in the village.  Information will also be delivered about the Echo Hotel Music Club/Hook Live gigs and the “Hook App”.

Hook Road Race and Fun Run

The Community Centre Car Park will be CLOSED on Sunday 19th May, for the Annual Hook Fun Run and Road Races, which set off from Hartletts Park at 10.00 am.  Why not come along and join in the fun ?

Owen Farm Proposed Development Appeal

At the time of writing, the Planning Appeal is underway.  Over the two weeks of the hearing the Planning Inspector will be presented with evidence from various parties (including the Parish Council, which strongly objects to the proposed scheme).  We understand the Inspector is due to make her formal recommendations during May or June

Your Parish Needs You

Parish Council Elections are being held on 2nd May 2019.  All twelve Parish Councillors will automatically retire at the end of their four-year term.  A number of existing members have indicated that they will not stand again, so there will be a need for some new members.

The closing date for nominations is the 3rd April, so please contact the Parish Council Office if you want more information about becoming a Councillor.

Becoming a Parish Councillor is a great way to help make a difference in Hook.  The Local Plan and Neighbourhood Plan will take affect this year paving the way to regenerate the centre of Hook.  We also have many exciting opportunities for new sporting and recreation facilities.

Hook Live\ Echo Hotel Music Club (EHMC)

At the time of writing, there have been two gigs.  The support for live music in Hook has been tremendous.  This has prompted a request for Jazz and other types of music event.  If you have a passion or interest in Jazz and other music genres and are willing get involved in bringing it to Hook, please contact the Parish Council Office.

Please see page X for more information on dates and performers.

Neighbourhood Plan.

The Neighbourhood Plan has now been submitted to Hart District Council.  We would like to thank all the residents who took the time to input into this and respond to all the surveys and consultation.  In particular, we would like to thank those on the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group who gave up many weekends and evenings to create and complete the plan.  Please see page X for more information.

Dates for your diary 2019

  • Annual Village Meeting – Hook Community Centre on 1st May, 8pm – 10pm
  • Hook Village Show (in partnership with Hook and Odiham Lions) – Hartletts Park 7th July