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

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
Sep 142017
 

Hook Village Show

On Sunday 10th September, the Village Show will take place at Hartletts Park from 12–5pm. The day is jam-packed with activities and fun for all the family. Entry is free and highlights include:

Fire Engine – sit in a fire engine, chat to the fire fighters, try on their uniform

  • . Police Car – meet your beat officer and PCSO, sit in a police car, turn on the sirens and lights; crime prevention information available; dressing up kit for children and colouring fun.

Dog Show – Hart District Council’s Dog Warden will be running a dog show. Enter your dog on the day in one or more categories, which include: dog in best condition, best handler under 16 and dog with the waggiest tail.

  • Tug of War Contest – Enter a team of 4 people for the chance to win £100 cash. £5 entry per team. Prior registration required.
  • Fairground – A selection of fairground rides supplied by Walls & Son Pleasure Rides including Bungee Bounce, Mega Slide, Bouncy Castle Play Centre as well as others
  • Show Arena – Lots of exciting events and displays throughput the day
  • The Base – The Base will be holding an event either in The Base or outside (dependent on the weather)
  • Classic Cars – There will be a selection of classic cars on display.
  • Food and Drink – There will be a variety of food and drink stalls available including a Beer Tent, Ice Cream Vans, Sweet Stall and Burger/Sausage stall
  • Tea Room – Tesco are providing a “pop up ” Tea Room in the Community Centre throughout the day

There will also be the Food and Produce show on in the Community Centre between 2pm – 4pm with the prize giving for the winners at 4pm.

Radio Frimley Park are the resident DJ’s for the day and will compere the event.

Event information will be updated on the Parish Council’s Facebook page as attractions are added. The Councillors and staff look forward to seeing you there.

School Parking

As the school are re-opening after the summer, this is just a reminder to be courteous to other drivers using the Hook Community Centre Car Park, as it can get very congested. This car park is primarily for users of Hartletts Park and Hook Community Centre, but the Parish Council permits it to be used for school drop off and pick up. Please do not park in the staff or disabled parking (without a blue badge) or on the yellow lines at any time. The schools can be contacted for more information on parking at Crossways Car Park.

Refurbishment of Wellworth Park Play Area

Following the Parish Council meeting on the 2nd August, Wickstead (Design A) was awarded the contract for refurbishing the play area. A final scheme, based on Design A is being in prepared, ready for work to commence in September. Thank you to everyone who responded to the surveys; your input and comments were greatly appreciated and assisted in the decision making process. Please see next month’s Focus and the Council’s Facebook page for updates on the reopening of the play area.

Council and Committee Meetings

The public are welcome to any meetings of the Council or its Committees. The calendar of meetings and agendas are displayed on the Parish Council notice boards and website. See updates at: http://hook.gov.uk/about-hook-parish-council/council-meetings/

The Agendas are published 7 days before each meeting. at the beginning of the meetings, there is an opportunity for members of the public to speak on matters which affect the Council or Committee, under an item called the Ten Minute Rule. If you wish to attend and speak, please note the following:

–   Any resident of the Parish may ask to speak during the Ten Minute Rule;

–   Only one person can speak on any given topic at any meeting;

–   The normal time allowed will be a total of 10 minutes, but the chairman may vary this depending on number of speakers wishing to address the council;

–   The Councillors undertake to listen to the speaker, and may ask questions for clarification; it does not undertake to answer questions raised during the same session;

–   The more notice given, the more specific any questions are and the more clearly an issue is described, the more likely it is that the Council will be able to provide an answer;

–   Any written materials available can be submitted at least 24 hours before the meeting to the Executive Officer for circulation to Councillors.

Would you like to become a Hook Parish Councillor?

There is a current vacancy for a Parish Councillor. If you have a strong interest in your local community and would like to shape the future of Hook, then this is the role for you.

The time required to carry out the role varies depending on individual interests and Committee involvement. Attending relevant meetings and active participation, as part of a team, is essential. A commitment to attend training, support Council activities and events would also be expected. Meetings and community activities can take place during the day, evening or weekends.

Full Council meets on the first Wednesday of every month.

There are three Committees:

  • Planning & Infrastructure (P&I) – meets every fortnight on a Wednesday evening.
  • Environment & Community (E&C) – meets on the third Wednesday of every month.
  • Finance, Strategy & Resources (FSR) – meets every two months on a Tuesday evening.

To be considered for the vacancy, please write to the Executive Officer with a summary about yourself, including:

  • how long you have lived or worked in Hook
  • your reasons for wishing to become a Councillor
  • previous community involvement or Council experience
  • any other skills you can bring to the Council
  • your interests and recent career history.

The closing date for applications is 15th September. Candidates will be invited to an informal information evening on 28th September to meet Councillors and the Executive Officer. Co-option will take place at the Parish Council meeting on 1st November 2017.

Please contact the Executive Officer, Anne Atkins, for more information or a chat about this rewarding role.

SAVE THE DATE:

Hook Village Show, Hartletts Park – Sunday, 10th September 2017, 12 noon – 5.00pm

Aug 102017
 

There is a vacancy for a Parish Councillor.  Would you like to become a Parish Councillor ?  If you have a strong interest in your local community and would like to help shape the future of Hook and influence what residents’ money is spent on then this is the role for you.

The time required to carry out the role varies depending on individual interests and Committee involvement. Attending relevant meetings and actively responding to emails is essential. A commitment to attend training, support Council activities and events would also be expected. Meetings and community activities can take place during the day, evening or weekends.

Full Council meets monthly on a Wednesday evening.

There are three Committees:

  • Planning & Infrastructure (P&I) meets fortnightly
  • Environment & Community (E&C) meetings monthly
  • Finance, Strategy & Resources (FSR) meeting alternate months

To be considered to join the Council please write to the Executive Officer with a summary about yourself including:

  • how long you have lived or worked in Hook
  • your reasons for wishing to become a councillor
  • previous community involvement or council experience
  • any other skills you can bring to the Council
  • your interests and recent career history.

The closing date for applications is 15th September. Candidates will be invited to an informal information evening on 28th September to meet Councillors and the Executive Officer. Co-option will take place at the Parish Council meeting on 1st November 2017.

Please contact the Executive Officer, Anne Atkins, for more information or a chat about this rewarding role

Jul 042017
 

Annual Village Meeting

The Hook Village Annual Meeting was held on the 24th May, and more than 80 residents attended. A number of local groups displayed their group’s activities and how to get involved.

As a precursor to the evening, the Hart Draft Local Plan was on display and information on how this impacted on Hook. Also on display were concept designs for the refurbishment of the Wellworth Park Play Area.

The Hart Local Plan was the key focus of discussion. And this led to some lively exchanges with the District Councillors, who were there to answer residents’ concerns and questions.

The Neighbourhood Steering Group gave a very informative presentation, about the progress of the of the Neighbourhood Plan. If you would like to join the group, please contact them via their website http://neighbourhoodplan.hook.gov.uk/contact/ or email:

The 2017 Hook Community Award was presented to Hook Christmas Cracker. It was accepted by Bernice Wall, David Grant and Mike Morris. The Christmas Cracker has gained in popularity and become a major community event in Hook. This year the event will take place on the 2nd December. If you would like to become involved please contact:

Councillor Vacancy

In June a Notice of Vacancy was published arising from the resignation of Lee Haddock. Lee was co-opted to the Council in November 2016, but has sadly had to step down due to other commitments. We would like to thank him for his time on the council and wish him well for the future.

At the time of writing, it is not known if Hart will receive the required number of letters calling for a formal ballot. If there are sufficient letter, a notice calling for nominations for candidates will be published in early July.   Otherwise, the Parish Council will need to fill the vacancy by co-option as soon as possible.   In either case, if you are interested in helping to shape the future of your local community and influence how residents’ money is spent, then please contact the Executive Officer to find out more about this rewarding role within our forward thinking team.

If the vacancy is to be filled by co-option, details of deadlines and how to apply will be published in August on our website and noticeboards and also in the September Focus.

Wellworth Park Play Area Refurbishment

Five different designs for the refurbishment of the Wellworth Park Play Area were displayed in the Community Centre foyer during May and June. The consultation has now closed and the comments will be considered by the Environment & Community Committee in order to formulate a final plan, that will go out to tender.

Health and Wellbeing event

The Health and Wellbeing event took place on the 20th May, with over 30 exhibitors several talks and demonstrations. Tesco provided fruit for the Smoothie Bike and savoury snacks in a pop-up refreshment Café. The Base organised activities for children, so adults could attend the talks or browse the exhibition. Over 50 residents and families attend during the course of the day. There was a good response to the free First aid and defibrillator training. Two defibrillators are publicly accessible: one at Grand Parade, by the Mosaic and the other is currently in the Parish Council office, but is due to be installed outside the Community Centre shortly.

Hart Local Plan

Over the past few weeks, Hart District Council (HDC) has been consulting with the community regarding the content of its draft Local Plan. The closing date for responses to this consultation has now passed and HDC are currently digesting the findings. Hart have stated that the publication of a Pre-Submission Document for comments will be made available in the Winter. Hook Parish Council has highlighted several points of objection and the formal response to the consultation can be found on its website at http://hook.gov.uk/hook-parish-councils-formal-response-to-the-harts-draft-local-plan-consultation

Most recently, the Parish Council has been consulted by several developers with interests at Bartley House (Station Road), West of Hook (Owen’s Farm) and Winchfield sites. It is beneficial to all parties if the Parish Council is consulted on any further development in Hook at the earliest possible stage, as this enables the Council to represent the views of the community, whilst endeavouring to secure a favourable outcome where development happens. Planning applications outlining proposals for West of Hook and Winchfield are expected to be submitted to HDC in August and the public are encouraged to comment, via Hart’s website as these applications go live.

Website, Facebook, Social Media and Noticeboards

There are four Parish Council Noticeboards within Hook. These are regularly updated and are located at:

  • Hartletts Park (opposite the Community Centre)
  • Grand Parade Shops (next to Barista Coffee Shop)
  • Wellworth Park (at the entrance from A30)
  • Holt Park (on the main road in opposite Doctors Acre, next to the Bus Stop).

The Parish Council can be contacted via www.hook.gov.uk, phone, post, email, Facebook Messenger, or in person at our offices.