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

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
Apr 042019
 

You should have received your Polling Card from Hart District Council for the Local Elections (both District Council and Parish Council) that are due to be held on Thursday 2nd May.

The list of the candidates for Parish Council Seats can be found here (Page 2) https://www.hart.gov.uk/sites/default/files/1_Residents/Elections/Hart%20Parish%20Statement%20of%20Persons%20Nominated.pdf

and District Council Seats here (Page 8)

https://www.hart.gov.uk/sites/default/files/1_Residents/Elections/Hart%20District%20Statement%20of%20Persons%20Nominated.pdf

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

The Parish Council ballot paper will list all 15 candidates and you will need to select up to 12. To assist you in selecting the candidates you wish to vote for, they will be producing a shared leaflet which will be delivered to every house, detailing a little bit about each candidate to help you formulate who you may wish to vote for prior to the election. We understand that all the candidates will be present at the Annual Village Meeting on Wednesday 1st May so please do come along to meet and chat to the 9 current Councillors, looking to be re-elected, and the 6 new candidates.

When completing the District Council ballot paper, you will need to select up to 2 of the 6 candidates listed.

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

If you wish to vote by post and amendments/cancellation of existing proxy votes, the deadline that you can register this with Hart District Council is 5pm Monday 15th April.

If you wish to vote by proxy and this is a new application to do so, the deadline that you can register this with Hart District Council is 5pm Wednesday 24th April.

Mar 292019
 

Following consultation on a draft Hook Neighbourhood Plan in November – December 2018 the Parish Council as the ‘qualifying body’ has amended the Plan and now submitted it to Hart District Council.

Hart District Council is now required to carry out further consultation on the Plan. The consultation period is between 1st April and 20th May 2019, and all representations must be made to the District Council as set out below.

Copies of the proposed Hook Neighbourhood Plan and supporting documents (including the representation form/procedures to be followed in responding) are available to view on the Hart District Council’s website at www.hart.gov.uk/hook

Hard copies (including representations forms) are also available for inspection during normal opening hours at:

 

Hart District Council Offices, Harlington Way, Fleet, Hants, GU51 4AE

Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5pm, Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm

 

Hook Parish Council Office, Hook Community Centre, Ravenscroft, Hook, RG27 9NN

Opening hours: Monday – Friday 9:00am – 12:00 pm or by appointment (01256 768687 or 01256 768573)

Please note that representations to the consultation must be made in writing. There are several ways to make your comments:

  • Complete an online form or an electronic representation form (these can be found online at) or set out your comments and email it to:
  • Print a representation form or write a letter and post it to us at: Neighbourhood Planning, Corporate Policy, Hart District Council, Harlington Way, Fleet, GU51 4AE

Any representation may include a request to be notified of the Council’s decision to ‘make’ the Neighbourhood Development Plan (bring it in to legal force).

Following this six week public consultation, the proposed Plan will be submitted for independent examination. Dependent on the outcome of the examination the Plan will then be subject to a local referendum. If successful, the Hook Neighbourhood Plan will be ‘made’ (bought into legal force) and will form part of the Hart Development Plan and be used in the determination of planning applications relating to land in Hook Parish.

All comments must be received by 4pm on Monday 20th May. Representations after this time will not be accepted.

Mar 222019
 

This morning (22nd March 2019), on day 4 of the Inquiry, the developer WITHDREW their Appeal for permission to build 700 homes.

This means the Inquiry Closed!

Well done to all those who worked tirelessly to help build the evidence and present the case. Hook won out in the end.

Mar 212019
 

The 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. We know that Hook is fortunate to have many residents that are passionate about our community and possess a wide range of skills and experience that can contribute to keeping Hook a great place to live and work. A willingness to work on new ideas is always most welcome!

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

If you want more information on this rewarding role please contact the Executive Officer, Anne Atkins at the Parish Council Office for a chat by the 26th March.

Hook Call for candidates 2019

Mar 082019
 

Owens Farm proposed development update

Apsley House Capital plc is applying to the Secretary of State (SoS) for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) under section 16 of the Commons Act 2006 to deregister a strip of land at the junction of Newnham Road and London Road (A30), which is part of the Village Green (Jubilee Green, Newnham Road – VG Number. 138).  The purpose of this application is to enable the proposals for the development of Owens farm consisting of 700 dwellings (associated facilities) to be progressed.   Under section 38 of the Common Action 2006 Apsley House Capital plc has also applied to the SoS to carry out restricted works on Hook common, which involves a strip of land either side of the junction of Carleton Close and Newnham Road. The proposed works are to widen this road to facilitate access by a proposed new public bus service and footway along Newnham Road.

A copy of the application forms can be inspected at the office of Hook Parish Council, Hook Community Centre, Ravenscroft, Hook, RG27 9NN between 9am and midday Monday-Friday until 14 March 2019 or by appointment.

The planning Inspectorate will decide the application on behalf of the Secretary of State.  Any representations should be sent in writing ON or BEFORE that date to The Planning Inspectorate, Commons Team at 3F Temple Quay House, Temple Quay, Bristol, BS1 6PN or .

Your Parish Needs You

The 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.  We know that Hook if fortunate to have many residents that are passionate about our community and possess a wide range of skills and experience that can contribute to keeping Hook a great place to live and work.  A willingness to work on new ideas is always most welcome!

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

If you want more information on this rewarding role please contact the Executive Officer, Anne Atkins at the Parish Council Office for a chat by the 26th March.

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 29th March 2019.

Hook Live\ Echo Hotel Music Club

At the time of writing the first gig under the Parish Council new live music brand has a sell-out audience on the 16th February.  Please see below for more dates.

Burglaries in Hook

Hook has fallen victim to domestic burglaries more frequently. These have most recently been occurring in the afternoon between 4pm and 6pm.

Police have asked us to remind residents to take sensible precautions as a deterrent:

  • Have indoor lights on timers indoors
  • Lock doors, windows and side gates
  • Lock external doors with a key, even if you are in the house
  • Use outdoor sensor controlled lighting

More information on protecting your property can be found at https://www.police.uk/crime-prevention-advice/burglary/

Also consider, registering your valuables with the national tagging service called ‘Immobilise’ at https://www.immobilise.com. This assists the police in returning any stolen property recovered to its rightful owner.

Dates for your diary 2019

  • Hook Live/Echo Hotel Music Club presents Xander and the Peace Pirates & The Mike Ross Band – Elizabeth Hall on Sunday 10th March, 5pm – 11pm
  • Hook Live/Echo Hotel Music Club presents Jo Harman and her band & Special Guest – Elizabeth Hall on Saturday 20th April, 8pm – 11pm
  • Annual Village Meeting – Hook Community Centre on 1st May, 8pm – 10pm
  • Hook Live/Echo Hotel Music Club presents Erin Costello plus Hollie Rogers – Elizabeth Hall on Saturday 11th May, 8pm – 11pm
  • Hook Live/Echo Hotel Music Club presents Albany Down, 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
Feb 142019
 

Apsley House Capital plc is applying to the Secretary of State (SoS) for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) under section 16 of the Commons Act 2006 to deregister a strip of land at the junction of Newnham Road and London Road (A30), which is part of the Village Green (Jubilee Green, Newnham Road – VG Number. 138).  The purpose of this application is to enable the proposals for the development of Owens Farm consisting of 700 dwellings (associated facilities) to be progressed.   Under section 38 of the Common Action 2006 Apsley House Capital plc has also applied to the SoS to carry out restricted works on Hook Common, which involves a strip of land either side of the junction of Carleton Close and Newnham Road. The proposed works are to widen this road to facilitate access by a proposed new public bus service and footway along Newnham Road.

A copy of the application forms can be inspected at the office of Hook Parish Council, Hook Community Centre, Ravenscroft, Hook, RG27 9NN between 9am and midday Monday-Friday until 14 March 2019 or by appointment.

The planning Inspectorate will decide the application on behalf of the Secretary of State.  Any representations should be sent in writing ON or BEFORE that date to The Planning Inspectorate, Commons Team at 3F Temple Quay House, Temple Quay, Bristol, BS1 6PN or .

Feb 062019
 

Community Christmas Lunch

On Christmas day a willing group of volunteers helped host lunch for 24 people who found themselves alone on Christmas Day.    Not only did the guests enjoy a delicious traditional lunch with all the trimmings, they joined in with carols, bingo and a raffle.  Santa made a visit to deliver goody bags for them to take home.

This event was free for guests, due to the generosity of residents and local businesses who either donated time, money or goods. The number of guests has grown over the last few years and we hope to put it on again later this year (Dec 2019).

Precept

At the January Parish Council meeting the Parish Precept for 2019–20 was set at £398,400. This means an average Band D household will pay £2.18 per week, equivalent to – less than a coffee at a local café.

The Precept covers the running costs of the variety of facilities, land management and services provided by the Parish Council.   We continue to offer free pre-application planning consultations and to work closely to finalise the Hook Neighbourhood Plan.    We offer support to numerous local organisations, events and charities.  Where possible we obtain additional funding to enable enhancements to the facilities in Hook.

Community Award

Do you know of 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 29th March 2019.

Become a Councillor\Local Elections

The Parish Council Elections are now 3 months away. All twelve Parish Councillors automatically retire in May 2019.  Some existing members have indicated that they will not stand again, so new members will be needed.  More important still, is that people with experience and skills gained either through experience or a personal interest in the area concerned to stand for election.  These include an understanding of Highways, Community Safety, the Environment, Sports, Marketing and P.R.  A willingness to work on new ideas is always most welcome!

Please contact the Parish Council Office to find out more.  Nomination forms will be available in late March and need to be lodged with Hart on a tight timescale.  Election Day will be on Thursday 2nd May and the new Council will take office soon after.

Owens Farm\West of Hook Appeal

Many residents have been following the Planning application for 700 dwellings at the Owens Farm/West of Hook site.  Despite Hart District Council rejecting the previous two applications, the developers have gone to appeal again.  The date for the appeal is set for 19th March 2019.  We will keep post updates on this latest appeal via the Parish Council’s website, Facebook, App and Focus.

Neighbourhood Plan

Following the Regulation 14 consultation in November/December, all comments have now been collated and the Steering Group is working on a final version to be submitted for the Reg. 15 stage of the process.  It is expected that the Final plan will be submitted to Hart District Council by early February.

Hook Live/Echo Hotel Music Club

Following on from the launch of Hook Live, (the new Parish Council live entertainment brand), the Echo Hotel Music Club team has been busy booking original recording artists to perform in Hook.  There are now 9 events booked to take place at Elizabeth Hall from February through to November.  See page X for details of the events, bands, tickets etc.

We are looking to bring other live entertainment to Hook, but this depends on volunteers to help arrange them e.g. Literary lunches, crafting and possibly cinema.  If you are interested in any of these and would like help to organise these, please contact the Parish Council.

Dates for your diary 2019

  • Hook Live/Echo Hotel Music Club presents Rufus Black & Jade Like The Stone – Elizabeth Hall on Saturday 16th February, 7pm – 11pm
  • Hook Live/Echo Hotel Music Club presents Xander and the Peace Pirates & The Mike Ross Band – Elizabeth Hall on Sunday 10th March, 5pm – 11pm
  • Hook Live/Echo Hotel Music Club presents Jo Harman and her band & Special Guest – Elizabeth Hall on Saturday 20th April, 8pm – 11pm
  • 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