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May 232017
 

Below is our Draft response to the Hart Local Plan 2011 – 2032.  Please be aware that this is our Draft response.  Unless we make any changes to this response, it will be submitted to Hart District Council on Thursday 8th June 2017.  Please let us know if you have any comments prior to this date.

Please Note: The Parish Council response to Hart District Council only counts as ONE response.  In order to strengthen Hook residents views, we need as many residents as possible to respond to Hart District Council with their views before the closing date of 5pm 9th June 2017.

Hook Parish Council-Response to Hart draft LP

Below is the document with the questions raised by residents and put to the District Councillors and the responses we received from the District Councillors.

HPC ‘Drop-in’ Q&A re. the HDC Local Plan_JW_21052017

May 182017
 

Due to ongoing discussions with the District Councillors representing Hook, the Parish Council has requested clarification of certain additional points which relate to its draft response to Hart’s Local Plan. Therefore, pursuant to receiving this clarification, we will publish the Parish Council’s draft response on this page on Monday, 22nd May, not on Thursday, 18th May (as previously stated).

May 102017
 
A FREE event on Saturday 20th May at Hook Community Centre from 11am to 5pm:

• Over 30 exhibitors featuring the Police ‘Battle Bus’ with children activities, Sexual Health Team, exercise and other local groups
• FREE First aid and Defibrillator training
• Talks on Meditation, Health and Nutrition, the Princess Trust for Carers, Hampshire Constabulary and more
• Tesco will be hosting a snack area selling drinks and light bites e.g. pizza, sausage rolls, homemade cakes (made by the Hook in Bloom volunteers) with all proceeds from the snack area going to Hook in Bloom
• The Base will be providing entertainment and free fruit kebabs for children (6 yrs +) from 12 noon – 2pm, so parents can attend talks and browse the exhibition without distraction
• There is an opportunity for all to try out our ‘Smoothie Bike’ and create a delicious fruit drink whilst exercising.


The talks and demonstrations have limited capacity and, last year, the First Aid training proved extremely popular. Therefore, please arrive early to secure your place.
Again, we are able to hold this event, thanks to funding from the Big Lottery Fund ‘Awards for All’ grant scheme. Last year’s feedback from both exhibitors and visitors revealed that it was a great village networking opportunity.
Check out the below posters around the village and our Event on Facebook

 

May 102017
 

HOOK’S HEALTH & WELLBEING EVENT

A FREE event on Saturday 20th May at Hook Community Centre from 11am to 5pm:

  • Over 30 exhibitors featuring the Police ‘Battle Bus’ with children activities, Sexual Health Team, exercise and other local groups
  • FREE First aid and Defibrillator training
  • Talks on Meditation, Health and Nutrition, the Princess Trust for Carers, Hampshire Constabulary and more
  • Tesco will be hosting a snack area selling drinks and light bites e.g. pizza, sausage rolls, homemade cakes (made by the Hook in Bloom volunteers) with all proceeds from the snack area going to Hook in Bloom
  • The Base will be providing entertainment and free fruit kebabs for children (6 yrs +) from 12 noon – 2pm, so parents can attend talks and browse the exhibition without distraction
  • There is an opportunity for all to try out our ‘Smoothie Bike’ and create a delicious fruit drink whilst exercising.

The talks and demonstrations have limited capacity and, last year, the First Aid training proved extremely popular. Therefore, please arrive early to secure your place.

Again, we are able to hold this event, thanks to funding from the Big Lottery Fund ‘Awards for All’ grant scheme. Last year’s feedback from both exhibitors and visitors revealed that it was a great village networking opportunity.

Leaflets detailing the timetable for the talks and demonstrations will be coming through your door soon. Details will also be on our website and Facebook page.

ANNUAL VILLAGE MEETING

The Annual Village Meeting is on Wednesday 24th May. Of special interest this year is the Hart Local Plan and concept ideas for replacement of the Wellworth Park play equipment. These will be displayed prior to the main exhibition, when members of the Council will also be available. Timings for the evening are:

    • 7.00 – 8.00 pm            Local Plan and play area display
    • 8.00 – 8.30 pm            Reception and exhibition
    • 8.30 -10.00 pm           Welcome and formal meeting

 

The meeting is not only a great way to meet other residents, whose paths you may not usually cross, but also an opportunity to meet some of the many organisations that provide local services and to have your say in ‘Hook’ matters.

HART LOCAL PLAN

Hart District Council announced that the six week consultation period on the Hart Local Plan will commence on the 26th April; we encourage residents to respond. Hook Parish Council will be holding a public consultation on Sunday 7th May between 11am – 4pm in Hall 3 at Elizabeth Hall. This will provide an opportunity to discuss Hart’s proposals with Parish Councillors, before the Council formulates its response to Hart’s Local Plan consultation. The proposals for Hook can also be viewed at the Annual Village Meeting. Information will remain on display outside the Parish Council Office at Hook Community Centre, until the end of the full consultation period. Please see Hart District Council and Hook Parish Councils’ websites for more information.

HOOK VILLAGE SHOW

The Parish Council is organising the Hartletts Park area of the Hook Village Show on Sunday 10th September. A group of councillors has formed a working party and if any local organisations would like a stand at the show please email Chris Terrey on the special email address he has set up for the purpose – All proceeds from the event will go to Hook in Bloom.

SAVE THE DATES 

  • Hart Local Plan consultation – Sunday 7th May 2017, 11am – 4pm
  • Hook Health & Wellbeing Day – Saturday, 20th May 2017, 11am – 5pm
  • Hook Annual Village Meeting – Wednesday, 24th May 2017, 7pm
  • Hook Village Show – Sunday, 10th September 2017, noon – 5pm

www.facebook.com/HookParishCouncil

@HookPC

May 092017
 

HART LOCAL PLAN CONSULTATIONS MAY 2017

You will have received a leaflet through your door advising you of a consultation event that was held on Tuesday 2nd May 2pm – 8pm. This was an event run by Hart District Council to discuss all aspects of the Hart Local Plan. On Sunday 7th May we (Hook Parish Council) hosted an event at Elizabeth Hall explaining how the Hart Local Plan would affect Hook residents.

There are two further opportunities for you to see what the Hart Local Plan means for Hook residents.

  • The display boards from our event can be view in the foyer of the Hook Community Centre until the end of the consultation on the 9th June.
  • Prior to the Annual Village Meeting 24th May at Hook Community Centre, our staff will be available for you to ask any questions and view the display between 7pm – 8:30pm, when the formal meeting starts. The Hook Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group will be providing an update during the meeting. http://hook.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Annual-Village-Meeting-Agenda-24th-May-2017.pdf

Your response to the current draft Local Plan Consultation is essential if you wish to share your views on the further development of Hook. Previous responses to earlier consultations will not be taken into account.

Once adopted, this Plan will become Planning Policy until 2032. Don’t miss this opportunity to have your say.

Please provide your comments via or by post to Hart District Council, Harlington Way, Fleet, GU51 4AW by

5pm on Friday 9th June 2017

Please copy your comments to Hook Parish Council (). Your comments to Hart will assist your Parish Council in forming its response.

On Thursday 18th May our draft comments to Hart District Council will be published on this page. On Thursday 8th June our final comments will be published on this page and submitted to Hart District Council. Slide 3 of the A3 2017 Local Plan Consultation Info – final document summarises the Parish Councils main concerns we have in regards to the local plan

Below are the links to the information and maps that are on display and were shown on Sunday 7th May and will be shown at the Annual Village Meeting:

A3 2017 Local Plan Consultation What is SANG

A3 2017 Local Plan Consultation Info – final

New Dwellings Being Provided in Hook

Proposed Office Conversions and Brownfield Developments

Below is the link to the exhibition boards Hart District Council are showing at their roadshows.  The pages relevant to Hook are 1, 4, 5, 7, 11, 12.

https://www.hart.gov.uk/sites/default/files/4_The_Council/Policies_and_published_documents/Planning_policy/Exhibition%20Banners%20compressed.pdf

 

 

 

Apr 262017
 

In view of the publication of Hart’s Local Plan, your Parish Council will hold separate consultations specific to any issues that directly affect Hook.

The first of these will be on Sunday 7th May at Elizabeth Hall between 11am – 4pm. The second chance will be on 24th May at the Community Centre between 7pm – 8pm, prior to the Annual Village meeting.

The information will also be displayed outside the Parish Council Reception from the 8th May.

Apr 262017
 

Hart District Council (HDC) have released the Hart Local Plan today. Please go to https://www.hart.gov.uk/draft-local-plan to review.

Hart are holding a consultation on the Local Plan on Tuesday 2nd May 2pm – 8pm at Hook Community Centre. It is a drop-in consultation where you can view the plan and ask the District Council staff questions.

You have until 5pm on Friday 9 June 2017 to submit your comments to HDC.

Apr 122017
 

HOOK’S HEALTH & WELLBEING EVENT

Don’t forget to put Hook’s Health and Wellbeing Day on Saturday 20th May from 11.00am – 5.00pm, in Hook Community Centre in your diary. Hosted by the Parish Council, it is free to both exhibitors and visitors, and already nearly 30 exhibitors have signed up!

We are able hold the event again this year, thanks to the grant from the Big Lottery Fund Awards for All grant schemes.  Last year’s feedback revealed that it was a great village networking opportunity, whether visiting or exhibiting.  The event is a great chance to interact with, and find out about the great activities, organisations, charities and clubs operating in Hook. There are just a few spaces left so if your charity or organisation would like a free table please

In addition to stands, there will be free first aid training, including how and when to use the defibrillator, first aid training and a host of other demonstrations.  Refreshments will be available with proceeds going to Hook in Bloom.  More details in future editions of Hook Focus.

ANNUAL VILLAGE MEETING

The Agenda for the Annual Village Meeting, on 24th May, will be published later in April.  If you are involved with a local organisation and would like the opportunity to exhibit, please contact the Parish Council office as soon as possible.  We are anticipating updates on both the Neighbourhood and Local Plans being a focus of the event.

WELLWORTH PARK

Designs are being prepared by 3-4 play equipment providers for replacement of the Wellworth Park play area.  These will be on display for comment at the Annual Village meeting (see save the dates).  Please come along and give us your views and preferences.

HART LOCAL PLAN

At the time of writing, the date for publication of the Draft Hart District Local Plan is not clear, but we believe it will be during April.  Once published, there will be a six week consultation period.  To enable Parish Councillors to prepare a response, we wish to hear the views of residents.  In anticipation that the Plan will be available during April, we have provisionally arranged a display and consultation on Sunday 7th May in Hall 3 at Elizabeth Hall.  Please check our noticeboards and website for confirmation of this date, in case publication of the draft Local Plan is delayed.

HOOK HOPPA AND LOCAL TRANSPORT

Although Capital Cars has renewed their operator license, usage numbers for the Hook Hoppa no longer justify the level of expense.  We have been in contact with the regular users to assess their needs and the type of service that could be put in place instead of the Hoppa.  If you have a specific need for transport in order to access services or facilities within Hook we would like to hear from you as soon as possible.

A Hart wide transport survey is being planned, in conjunction with other Parish and Town Councils.  Watch out for more information on how to participate.

HOOK VILLAGE SHOW

Following the Parish Council’s decision to become more involved with Hook Village Show, a councillor lead working party has been formed.  The group will help with the organisation of the Hartletts Park area for the show being held on Sunday 10th September.  If any local organisations would like a stand at the show please email Councillor Chris Terrey on the special email address he has set up for the purpose –   All proceeds from the event will go to Hook In Bloom.

HELP SAVE THE HOOK CHRISTMAS CRACKER

This popular community event is entirely run by volunteers and a great deal of effort goes into making the Hook Christmas Cracker such a success.   After a number of years of excellent work, some members of the organising team are standing down.  We offer our thanks and good wishes go to them all.

Without enough people to organise the various aspects of the event, it is at risk of not taking place in December 2017.  To secure the future of the Cracker, a number of people will need to join the remaining team.

The roles needed are: attracting sponsors, advertising/marketing, website and social media management, communications, stall holder bookings, treasurer and booking performers/ entertainment.

If you are interesting in offering your help with any aspect of the organisation, please email:  

KEEP CALM AND CHAT TO A COUNCILLOR

If you would like to have an informal chat with a Parish Councillor, please join us in Hartletts Café on Tuesday 27th April.

HOOK FUN RUN

We are very pleased to see the Hook Fun Run return to Hartletts Park; now the events permanent home.  This year it will be held on Sunday 21st May 2017.  All such community events need volunteer help, none more so than the Fun Run with marshals needed to cover 13 miles of courses plus people to handle baggage, information and safety in Hartletts Park.   If you, or someone you know, is able to spare an hour or two to help please contact the team via http://hookfunrun.com/contact-us/

SAVE THE DATES

Events at hook community centre:

Hook Health & Wellbeing Day – Saturday, 20th May 2017, 11.00am – 5.00pm

  • Hook Annual Village Meeting – Wednesday, 24th May 2017, 7.30pm
  • Hook Village Show – Sunday, 10th September 2017, noon – 5.00pm
Mar 062017
 

HEALTH & WELLBEING EVENT

After the success of last year’s event, the Parish Council will host another Health & Wellbeing Day on Saturday, 20th May between 11.00am – 5.00pm in Hook Community Centre, thanks to a Big Lottery Fund grant. The event is free to both exhibitors and visitors.  Last year’s feedback revealed that the day provided a great village networking opportunity, whether visiting or exhibiting.

The day is a great chance to interact with and find out about the great organisations, activities, charities and clubs operating in Hook. If your charity or organisation would like a free display/demo space please email:

In addition to display stands, there will be training on how and when to use the defibrillator, first aid training and a host of other demonstrations.  Refreshments will be available with proceeds going to Hook in Bloom. More details in future editions of Hook Focus.

Coinciding with our event, Hart have a Wellbeing focused Festival from 7 – 21st May, aimed at helping more people to get more active, more often.    This is a two week programme of discounted or free physical activity sessions across Hart and Rushmoor.  Watch out for publicity about the programme of events.

Keeping with the wellbeing theme, to coincide with National No Smoking Day on 8th March, Hook Parish Council is supporting Hart in introducing a voluntary code of non-smoking in children’s playgrounds and open spaces in Hook.  Signs will put up in all our play areas, politely asking people not to smoke whilst in the play area.  Your support in making this initiative a success is much appreciated.

 HART LOCAL PLAN

Representatives of Hook Parish Council attended Hart District Council’s Cabinet meeting, held on the 9th February 2017, to consider the latest draft of the Local Plan. The target for new homes was agreed and the draft Local Plan based on these allocations was authorised to progress to consultation in accordance with Regulation 18 of the Town and Country Planning Act, scheduled for March 2017. The agreed allocation for consultation can be viewed in the minutes of the Hart Cabinet meeting via:  http://www.hart.gov.uk/February-Meetings.

COUNCILLOR JANE BONNIN

 On 16th February, current and past Councillors joined celebrations to mark the 35th anniversary of Jane Bonnin becoming a Parish Councillor.  Jane moved to Hook in 1976 with her young family.  Since joining the Council Jane has served as Chairman of the Council, Chairman of the Planning & Staff Committees.  She also 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

When asked for comment on reaching this landmark anniversary, Jane said “in 1982, when I first took my seat on Hook Parish Council, Hook was less than a third of the size it is now. We had the old Elizabeth Hall and the King George V Playing Field, but no other facilities. It’s been a great privilege working with successive teams of Parish Councillors and staff to seize opportunities for making improvements and providing new facilities such as the Community Centre and Hartletts Park, as Hook has grown”.

COMMUNITY AWARD NOMINATIONS

Do you know anyone who should be recognised with the Hook Community Award?  Service to the community, for which the award is to be considered, must have been on an entirely voluntary basis, over a sustained period. Previous nominations that did not result in an award will not be carried forward, so please re-nominate. Nominations should be emailed to by 31st March 2017.

ANNUAL VILLAGE MEETING 24th MAY

The format of the AVM, with an exhibition and displays from local organisations followed by formal reports and questions, has not changed for several years.  We would like to hear residents’ views on the format and what other activities, presentations or speakers may be of interest future meetings.

HOOK VILLAGE SHOW 10TH SEPTEMBER

The Parish Council will be more involved with Hook Village Show.  A group of councillors have formed a working party to plan the activities taking place in Hartletts Park. If any organisations would like a stand at the show please email:  All proceeds from the event will support Hook In Bloom.

KEEP CALM AND CHAT TO A COUNCILLOR

If you would like to have an informal chat with a Parish Councillor about anything relating to Hook, please join us in Hartletts Café on the 4th Tuesday of every month in from 6 – 7pm. The next one is on Tuesday 28th March, followed by 27th April 2017.

SAVE THE DATES 

events at hook community centre:

  • Hook Health & Wellbeing Day – Saturday, 20th May 2017, 11.00am – 5.00pm
  • Hook Annual Village Meeting – Wednesday, 24th May 2017, 7.30pm
  • Hook Village Show – Sunday, 10th September 2017, noon – 5.00pm

 

Feb 062017
 

COUNCIL PRECEPT 2017-18

At the January Parish Council meeting the Parish Precept for 2017–18 was set at £330,400 (£321,400 in 2016 -17).  This means a total rise for an average Band D household of £1.07 pence.

The Precept covers the running costs of the services provided by the Parish Council and management of all its land, facilities and services provided.  We continue to offer free pre-application planning consultations.  We continue work closely on the development of the Hook Neighbourhood Plan and emerging Hart Local 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 and secure them for the long term.

NEW COUNCILLOR

Chris Terrey was co-opted to the Council on 4th January.  He moved to Hook in 2015.  Chris has 35 years’ experience in the civil service, particularly in central government, having worked in the Cabinet Office and the Prime Minister’s Office.  He is currently a Director of Hook Village Halls Charitable Association and a member of The Base committee.  He is also assisting in the creation of the Hook Shed club.

Chris said ‘I am keen to serve my local community and have a particular interest in the Third Age and local issues.

NEW OFFICE TEAM MEMBER

Hook Parish Council welcomes Pam Mercer to the Parish Council office. Pam is the new Community Engagement Officer and, in addition to being responsible for the website and all aspects of the Council’s social media strategy, she will be involved with community activities such as the Health & Wellbeing Event, Annual Village Meeting and production of the HPC Annual Report.

RE-ORGANISATION

The new Community Engagement Officer position is as a result of an independent review of Hook Parish Council by HALC (Hampshire Association of Local Councils) to ensure that the Council is well placed to meet the growing needs of the community. Following this review, the committees of the Council and reporting procedures were re-structured. In addition, to meet modern day practice, the role of Parish Clerk has been renamed ‘Executive Officer’.

HOOK HOPPA

Due to circumstances beyond our control, at the end of January, Capital Cars suspended the Hook Hoppa service due to an issue with the Operator License.  Anyone affected by this service suspension should contact the Parish Council office.

COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS

After the resounding success of the 2016 Community Christmas Lunch, the Parish Council will host another in 2017. There’s no need to be alone next Christmas – just make a date in the diary to join us on Monday 25th December. Hook’s 2016 Community Christmas was made possible thanks to the kindness and generosity of Hook Fun Run & Road Races, Trees Newsagents, Bell Cornwell, Hook Lions, Whitewater Pharmacy, William Grant & Sons, Tesco, Rawlings, Taylor Wimpey, Jonathan Glen via his Hampshire County Council Councillors’ Fund and all the dedicated volunteers, who gave their time to make sure all who attended had a wonderful time. Thank you everyone for your fantastic support!

HOOK’S HEALTH & WELLBEING EVENT

After the success of last year’s event, thanks to the Big Lottery Fund grant, another Health & Wellbeing Event will be held in 2017.  This will be hosted by the Parish Council on Saturday, 20th May between 11.00am – 5.00pm and is free to both exhibitors and visitors. This is a great chance to interact with and find all about the great activities, organisations, charities and clubs operating in Hook.

Feedback from last year revealed that it was a great village networking event, whether visiting or exhibiting. In addition to stands, there will be training on how and when to use the defibrillator, first aid training and a host of other demonstrations.  Refreshments will be available with proceeds going to Hook in Bloom. More details will appear in next month’s Hook Focus.

COMMUNITY AWARDS

Do you know anyone who should be recognised with the Hook Community Award? The only firm rule is that service to the community, for which the award is to be considered, must have been 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. Nominations should be emailed to by 31st March 2017.

KEEP CALM AND CHAT TO A COUNCILLOR

If you would like to have an informal chat with a Parish Councillor about anything relating to Hook, please join us in Hartletts Café on the 4th Tuesday of every month in from 6 – 7 pm. The next one is on Tuesday 4th January. Further dates are:

  • 28th February 2017
  • 28th March 2017

SAVE THE DATES

Events at Hook Community Centre:

  • Children’s Animal & Wildlife Fun Day (Free) – Monday 20th February 2017, 11.30am – pm
  • Hook Health & Wellbeing Day – Saturday, 20th May 2017, 11.00am – 5.00pm
  • Hook Annual Village Meeting – Wednesday, 24th May 2017, 7.30pm