Monthly News Bulletins

Monthly News Bulletins

Since April 2000, Hook Parish Council has published Monthly News Bulletins in Hook Focus Magazine. An archive of the Bulletins is available below.

Jul 072016
 

COUNCILLOR VACANCY 

The closing date for receipt of applications was Thursday 9th June 2016. Co-option will take place on Wednesday 3rd August 2016 so by the time Hook Focus goes to press again we shall be able announce our 12th Councillor.

LOCAL PLAN CONSULTATION RESULT

The results of the Hart Local Plan Refined Housing Options 2016 Consultation have been published.  A brief summary is:

  • Winchfield is the preferred option (59%), and strategic urban extensions (SUX) the least favoured (13%). 29% favoured Dispersal.
  • Of the combined approaches:
    • 40% Winchfield + Dispersal
    • 35% of people favoured SUX + Dispersal
    • 21% Winchfield + SUX
    • 4% all three

The full report is at www.hart.gov.uk/local-plan-housing-options-results-2016. According to this, 684 of the 4030 responses from within Hart (17%) were from Hook residents.  As Hook comprises of 9% of Hart’s population, this justifies the effort made by the residents and local organisations in responding to the consultation.

BASSETTS MEAD   

Several improvements are planned for Bassetts Mead, including new gate access way posts and information boards, so do look out for their arrival.

Please also remember, as the school holidays arrive and the weather gets warmer, when you visit Bassetts Mead, or anywhere else in Hook, please clear up after your dogs.  Remember humans of all ages can contract toxocariasis from dogs’ poo and children between the ages of 1 to 4 are particularly susceptible. Free dog poo bags are available, mornings only, from the Parish Council offices.

MORE ROSES IN HOOK

The Cemetery has a new memorial rose bed at the top of the current burial area to cover the drain that runs to the Rectory. It is located on the right hand side as you enter the cemetery from the pedestrian gate. There is now an opportunity for a rose bush to be planted in remembrance of a loved one once permission has been obtained from the Parish Council.

 HOOK IN BLOOM

Children from Hook Junior School have been helping with In Bloom, including assisting volunteers to plant roses in time for the Hook Royal Party in the Elizabeth Hall grounds. As Hook Focus goes to press, and as weather permits, planting will continue in the village centre.  Hook In Bloom volunteers would love to hear from anyone who would like to get involved by emailing:

 HOOK ROYAL PARTY

It was wonderful to see how all the various village organisations worked together to make this a resounding success despite the threatening weather.

MEN’S SHED – WHAT IS THIS?

 We are investigating the possibility of having a men’s shed in Hook. No promises yet but if you are interested in getting involved please email .

A larger version of a typical man’s shed, a place where a man can feel at home and pursue practical interests, the shed would have available tools, etc. for a group of men to share and use. The tools could be used for their own projects, or may be the men would like to work on community projects. But the purpose of the shed would be a place to meet, share skills, learn and chat to other men.

So keep a look out for further information but, in the meantime, if you would like to be involved in helping to move the project forward get in touch with the Parish Council. Better that men help to make the project work rather than the women sort it out for them!

 SAVE THE DATES

  • Look out for free summer holiday activity for children in Hook Community Centre
  • Hook Annual Village Show – Hook Community Centre – Sunday 11th September 2016

 

Jun 062016
 

NEW CHAIRMAN and LEAD COUNCILLORS

 At the Annual Parish Council Meeting on 4th May Dr Jane Worlock was elected Chairman of the Council and Debra Davies became Vice Chairman.   John Orchard is the new Chairman of the Planning Committee.

A review of the Parish Council’s Committee structure is underway.  This is likely to see the combining of certain committees and some new function areas.  In the interim, Lead Councillors have been appointed for matters relating to Amenities, Community Safety, Highways, PR and Media, Transport, Wellbeing and Youth.

COUNCILLOR VACANCY

 In April a Notice of Vacancy was published arising from the resignation of Mark Potterton.  As Hart did not receive the required number of letters calling for a formal ballot, the Parish Council will need to fill the vacancy by co-option as soon as possible.

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 Clerk to find out more about this rewarding role within our forward thinking team.

To apply to be considered to join the council, please write to the Clerk, with a summary about yourself, including:

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

The closing date for receipt of applications is Thursday 9th June 2016.  Applicants will be required to attend the Council meeting on Wednesday 6th July as well as the meeting when the co-option will take place on Wednesday 3rd August 2016.

BASSETTS MEAD VISITOR SURVEY

In the coming months, visitors to Bassetts Mead will see developments to the site. Hook Parish Council, in partnership with Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, has instigated improvements to accessibility and an enhanced the visitor experience.  In line with this, a visitor survey will be carried out in June/July, so Hook Parish Council can better understand the needs and aspirations of visitors to Bassetts Mead.  The results of the survey will be used to guide ongoing improvements to the site, in line with its status as a SANG (Strategic Alternative Natural Greenspace).

HOOK IN BLOOM

Planting has begun at the Community Centre and in the Village Centre. As soon as the grant from Tesco comes through, the work will start in earnest.  Hook In Bloom volunteers will love to hear from you if you would like to get involved the you via their website at https://hookinbloom.org where there is a link to their facebook page.

HOOK ROYAL PARTY

The next event for the whole village is the Hook Royal Party on 12th June.  Although all are welcome, there is limited availability at Elizabeth Hall so reserve your space by logging on to:  www.hookroyalparty.org

ANNUAL VILLAGE MEETING

One of a number of items that will have been reported to attendees at the Annual Village Meeting on 18th May, is the completion of the Community Centre.  As the building was completed late and re-occupied in phases, there are staged 12 month maintenance periods under the contract.  These are coming to an end and the Final Account is under negotiation.   The builder, Construction Partnership Ltd (CPL), has applied for an additional award of £521,000 against the contract.  This is not an unusual scenario with this type of contract.

The Parish Council and its advisers believe that CPL is not entitled to any further monies, above the £1.54m already paid.  This difference of opinion is likely to result in a period of negotiation and possibly legal challenge.

The Parish Council has received professional and legal advice.  This was that the Parish Council should be seen to be reasonable, proactive and to be preparing to pay, if required.

As a precautionary measure, on 4th May the Parish Council resolved to seek approval from Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) for temporary borrowing of up to £500,000, in the event of the loan being required.  If any borrowing becomes necessary, that is likely to impact on the precept for future years, there will be a consultation on how this cost could be met before the budgets are set.

 SAVE THE DATE

  • Hook’s Royal Party – Sunday 12th June 2016
  • Hook Annual Village Show – Hook Community Centre – Sunday 11th September 2016
May 062016
 

PLANNING MATTERS

Providence House, Bartley Way – There will be a public exhibition (pre-application) at Hook Community Centre on Friday 6th May 2016 between 14:00 & 22:00 for the new buildings proposed in the car parks at Providence House, hosted by Bell Cornwell. The car park areas have been sold separately to the main building that already has planning permissions.

ANNUAL VILLAGE MEETING

The Hook Annual Village Meeting (AVM) will be held on Wednesday 18th May at 8.00 pm at Hook Community Centre.

  1. Hart District Council has been invited to provide an update on the Local Plan and housing numbers for Hook.
  2. A progress report will be given on the Hook Neighbourhood Plan

The AVM is a community meeting, not a Parish Council meeting and we always welcome ideas for the kind of presentations or activities residents would like to see at this event. 

HEALTH AND WELLBEING EVENT ON THURSDAY 7TH APRIL

Supported by 35 local organisations, Hook’s first Health and Wellbeing Event on Thursday 7th April was opened by Mr. Ranil Jayawardena MP.   Chairman of Hampshire County Council, Cllr. Jonathan Glen also took time to meet the many organisations and volunteers that serve Hook and the surrounding area.

The community led event, supported by Hook Parish Council and funded by the Big Lottery Fund Grants for All initiative, was held at the new Hook Community Centre and created a networking hub for the day. Positive feedback from exhibitors was that it was great to meet up with so many other organisations in a day, to discover ways of working together, with a chance to publicise to Hook residents what organisations do and to recruit members for the various activities and services they offer.

In addition to the stands in the main hall, training courses saw 26 people learning about life saving CPR and how the village’s defibrillators are accessed and used. Hook has a defibrillator in the village centre with we plan to installed a further one outside Hook Community Centre. Other courses included the Feldenkrais Method of movement and education, Spiritual Wellbeing, Digestive and Health Nutrition, Simple Cancer Prevention by Victoria’s Promise, Aspects of Hearing and an interactive session by Dementia Friends.

GOOD NEWS

The Bell Meadow and Bramshott Drive area of Hook is due to be resurfaced by Hampshire County Council. Not only is it good news for nearby residents, but also for the cyclists who use it as a through route to the business area and Holt Lane plus the children who undertake their cycle proficiency training in the vicinity. The works could take place any time over the next few months and residents should watch out for letters with advice as to when to move their cars.

HOOK IN BLOOM

Now that they know £8,000 is coming from the Tesco’s BagsforHelp initiative, the In Bloom volunteers will be planting for In Bloom. The first phase will be the planting of the Hampshire and other ground cover roses from County Series of roses, which will mainly be in the village centre with perhaps some around the new Community Centre. It is then hoped to move on to new containers at strategic places like the entrances into Hook. Hart District Council are budgeting autumn planting of spring bulbs and wild flowers, so that we can have swathes of colour, and are looking at other areas where they can make a positive impact to the environment.

In April, led by young people in Hook, there were several litter picks and tidy ups. More about these in next month’s Hook Focus. All these activity is in support of Hook in Bloom.

All this activity will take time and for more In Bloom news please see page……

  • Hook Fun Run – moves to Hartletts Park – Sunday 15th May 2016
  • Annual Village Meeting – Hook Community Centre – 18th May 2016
  • Hook’s Royal Party – Sunday 12th June 2016
  • Hook Annual Village Show – Hook Community Centre – Sunday 11th September 2016
Apr 072016
 

HEALTH AND WELLBEING EVENT ON THURSDAY 7TH APRIL

This free event will see more than 30 exhibitors and groups showing what’s available for the community. It opens at noon and closes at 8pm, so there’s plenty of time to pop along and talk to the wide range of organisations who provide activities, training or advice for Hook residents.

Did you know we have a defibrillator in the village centre? We are about to get another one at the Community Centre. There will be free bookable training sessions on the 7th at 2.30pm and 6.00pm for people who would like to learn how to use them. You never know, you might well be walking through the village or strolling in Hartletts Park one day and someone may just need you to save their life!

The Park Gym will be demonstrating how to use Hook’s outside gym, there will be a cycle challenge by the staff of Hart Leisure Centre and you can ride the Smoothie bike to make your own nutritious smoothie.

The In Bloom volunteers, supported by Tesco, will be providing light refreshments in Bartley so take time out to have a coffee or tea with a friend, or pop into Hartletts Café.

BASSETTS MEAD

This area of public open space is located to the east of Holt Park.  HPC works closely with Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, which manages Bassetts Mead on the Council’s behalf.  Last summer, extensive tree works were undertaken to clear several large trees that had fallen across the River Whitewater.  In addition, the car park adjacent to Doctor’s Acre, was extended to improve access for visitors.  Over the coming year, further work is planned to improve the site and the Parish Council would welcome comments from residents and visitors alike concerning this area of natural greenspace.

WARNING

Hampshire County Council Trading Standards would like residents to be alert to unsolicited cold telephone calls whereby the caller claims that you may be in the wrong Council Tax band, and are paying too much.  Furthermore, for a fee, they can look into matters for you.

Any resident wishing to check their Council Tax band is advised that they can do this by calling the Valuation Office Agency on 0300 0501 501 (Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 5pm).  There is no fee for the checking service.

For advice on scams, or to report a matter to Trading Standards, contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 03454 04 05 06.

Further information can be found on the following gov.uk Council Tax Appeal website – www.gov.uk/council-tax-appeals/challenge-your-band.

PLEASE BE CONSIDERATE

and clear up after your dogs and take your litter home. May be it is because we are coming to the end of a long winter but it seems that there is more unwanted mess around. There has been a particular dog problem along the footpath to the school which isn’t at all pleasant. The hedgerows, especially along the stream from the school to Holts Park, also have a lot more litter. Only so many areas can be cleaned by contractors, and volunteer litter squads will soon be out, but it would be more pleasant and helpful if people didn’t drop their litter in the first place. Dog poo bags can be collected free from HPC offices every week day until noon.

WATER MAIN REPLACEMENTS IN STATION ROAD

Please don’t forget these are due to start on 11th April so do plan your visits to this part of the village.

HOOK IN BLOOM

See page….. for the latest In Bloom news.

SAVE THE DATES

  • Health and Wellbeing Event – Hook Community Centre – Thursday 7th April 2016
  • Hook Fun Run – moves to Hartletts Park – Sunday 15th May 2016
  • Annual Village Meeting – Hook Community Centre – 18th May 2016
  • Hook’s Royal Party – Sunday 12th June 2016
  • Hook Annual Village Show – Hook Community Centre – Sunday 11th September 2016
Mar 132016
 

MORE GOOD NEWS

The good news this month is that Hook has been awarded two generous grants – one from Tesco’s #BagsofHelp initiative for the Hook in Bloom village planting scheme, which will take place over the coming months and a Big Lottery Fund grant for Health and Wellbeing.  The BLF money will be used to foster the Five Ways to Wellbeing which are Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning and Give.

This means that it will help with activities such as the Health and Wellbeing Event, various aspects of In Bloom, help put on the Hook Village Show, help with the Taxi Bus, the Wellbeing Directory and go towards providing summer activities for children.

Another bit of good news is that Hook Parish Council has a new website thanks to excellent work by Cllr Jane Bonnin. The website is bright, clean, fresh and easily navigable. One of the reasons for changing is that it will be much easier to manage and update. Well done and thank you Jane.

WATER MAIN REPLACEMENTS IN STATION ROAD

Just as we launch into In Bloom, South East Water announced they will be digging up Station Road! In Bloom is an ongoing project so we will plan around the works.  However, they will cause quite a bit of disruption in the village centre all through the summer until October.

The work will affect the road between railway bridge/Osborn Way to Griffin Way and will be carried out from April until October.  SEW need to put in an entirely new water infrastructure rather than repairing the old. The good news is that there should be no interruption to water supplies.

The road will be closed in three work phases and large lorries will need to go through the village centre.  Businesses reliant on use of large lorries are in direct discussions with the contractors to make it as safe as possible.  Please take care, plan your visits to Hook centre and don’t forget all the businesses that still need your support to carry on as normal during the works.

LOCAL PLAN HOUSING OPTIONS CONSULTATION  

New consultation begins. Please act (or act again) to make sure the views of Hook Residents are heard.

There is no clear indication of the reason that the consultation, run from November to January 2016, on the options to be included in the Local Plan was stopped the day before the consultation closed. The ‘refreshed’ Housing Options Consultation has been reopened, and can be found at: http://www.hart.gov.uk/consultations

The main changes over the previous consultation affect only the ‘Refined Options for Delivering New Homes’ document that now includes all the villages in Hart.

Those who gave an e-mail address on the original response should have received an e-mail from Hart asking you to confirm your previous submission.  If you want your previous response to be re-used you should go to: www.hart.gov.uk/confirmation-of-local-plan-response

If you submitted a paper response a simple ‘re-submission paper’ is available at the Parish Council Office or Trees Newsagent.

If you did not submit a response originally, we encourage you to consider responding this time.  Paper copies of the full form are available at the Parish Council Office or Trees Newsagent.

THANK YOU

Thank you everyone for being so courteous whilst using the Community Centre car park now the school building works are underway and there have been no problems.  One or two minor concerns have been raised on the roads around Church View, where some parents are not parking considerately. So if care could be taken in this area it would be brilliant.

NEW ON LINE SEARCHABLE DIRECTORY

Work is well under way on the new Health and Wellbeing Directory – please make sure your organisation is included.

SAVE THE DATES

  • Annual Village Meeting – Hook Community Centre – 18th May 2016
  • Health and Wellbeing Event – Hook Community Centre – Thursday 7th April 2016
  • Hook Fun Run – moves to Hartletts Park – Sunday 15th May 2016
  • Hook Annual Village Show – Hook Community Centre – Sunday 11th September 2016
Feb 062016
 

GOOD NEWS TIME!

We like good news in Hook and this month we can announce that the Hook Precept (the Parish Council element of the Council Tax) will remain at £321,400 again this year.  In practice, based on a Band D household, this means £1.89 pw which is a slight reduction compared with 2015-2016.

The Precept covers the running costs of the services provided by the Parish Council and management of all its assets – open spaces such as Bassetts Mead, playgrounds, sports pitches, cemeteries, street lighting, trees, public art and Christmas lights.  We continue to offer free pre-application planning consultations, to 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, such as The Base Youth Centre and Hook Christmas Cracker.  Where possible we obtain additional funding to enable enhancements to the facilities in Hook and secure them for the long term.

HART LOCAL PLAN REFINED OPTIONS CONSULTATION

At the time or writing we understand the re-consultation on the local plan will commence at the end of January and will be for a period of 6 weeks.  All previous electronic responders will be contacted and asked if they wish to re-submit, which will be a one click action.  It is not clear how paper responses already submitted will be handled.  We will post new information via our usual channels as it becomes available.

See the Hook Neighbourhood Plan website for an update on our joint response.

HOOK’S NEW WELL BEING EVENT

There are lots of great activities, organisations, charities and clubs operating in Hook, plus new ones that have recently started up since the reopening of Hook Community Centre.  With this in mind, the Parish Council is hosting a free (to both exhibitors and visitors) Health and Wellbeing Event in the community centre on Thursday 7th April from noon until 8.00pm.

The times and date were chosen so that everyone has a chance to come along and talk to exhibitors and for organisations to network.  In addition to stands, there will be training on how and when to use the defibrillator, first aid training and demonstrations.  Refreshments will be available with proceeds going to Hook In Bloom.

NEW ON LINE SEARCHABLE DIRECTORY

Hook already has a very good Wellbeing Directory and now moves are afoot to expand the directory and improve access to the information.  Hart Voluntary Action will set up a dedicated Hook section on its database.  Hook is invited to be the first in Hart to use the new system and pave the way for other towns and villages in the district.  If an organisation you are involved with would like to be included please email: .

HOOK IN BLOOM

Without even trying to recruit, 10 very enthusiastic volunteers have stepped forward to help with Hook In Bloom.  More details on page x and in next month’s Hook Focus. The campaign will be officially launched at the Health and Wellbeing event, but in the meantime, the committee are currently seeking grants and sponsorships, organising the competitions and the Village Show. The three parts of Hook In Bloom are:

  1. A business and community In Bloom competition, in support of 2 below;
  2. To enhance the centre of the village and other identified areas with new planting; and
  3. To hold a Flower and Produce Show as part of the Village Show on 11th September.

So whilst the weather is cold think about your gardens and allotments and plan how your family is going to take part.

COMMUNITY AWARDS

Do you know anyone who should be awarded the Hook Community Award?  The only firm rule is that the 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 have not been carried forward so please re-nominate. Please email nominations to by 31st March 2016.

 

Sue Hinton

Parish Councillor

PR and Media Portfolio Holder

Jan 072016
 

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

Let’s start the New Year on a right note, with some good news. Nine volunteers have joined forces to hopefully cheer up Hook in 2016. No promises yet but they are applying for grants to improve the village centre under the new Hook In Bloom campaign. If you can help with sponsorship please email .

The committee wants to improve the appearance of Hook and have created a wish list of locations for new planting, are launching business and residents’ competitions to support that aim, and holding a Village Show in September. More news later on the Village Show but it will have something for everyone.

RECYCLING CHRISTMAS TREES

Don’t forget to take your real Christmas tree along to Hook Garden Centre in Reading Road until 9th January for recycling.

LOCAL PLAN HOUSING OPTIONS SURVEY

At the time of writing, the Parish Council were advised that a five page explanation of the options in the Local Plan Options Survey had been delivered to every household. Given the barrage of propaganda from the ‘wehearthart’ (Winchfield action group) it is becoming more and more apparent that your response to the consultation is very important.

You can respond on line at www.hart.gov.uk or paper copies are available at the Parish Council offices Ravenscroft and at Trees newsagent.

For any help or advice please contact the Parish Council Office or e-mail

COMMUNITY AWARDS

Do you know anyone who should be awarded the Hook Community Award? The only firm rule is that the 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 have not been carried forward so please re-nominate. Please email nominations to by 31st March 2016.

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Latest scientific evidence has assessed that there are five simple ways of improving wellbeing in everyday life – Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning and Give.

There are so many activities in Hook, and especially the village halls, to support this advice but do we all know exactly what is on offer?

So everyone has an opportunity to find out exactly what is available, a free (to both exhibitors and visitors) Health and Wellbeing event is planned for Thursday 7th April in Hook Community Centre. Groups or organisations, especially those already using the halls who are involved with providing activities for health and wellbeing in the village, are invited to have a stand. Please email the Parish Clerk to register your interest. It will be on a first come first reserve basis.

There will also be defibrillator and other first aid training available throughout the day.

Hook already has a very good Wellbeing Directory and now moves are afoot to expand the directory and improve access to the information. Hart Voluntary Action will set up a dedicated Hook section on its database and Hook is invited to be the first in Hart to use the new system and pave the way for other towns and villages in the district. If an organisation you are involved with would like to be included please email .

COMMUNITY CENTRE CAR PARK

Schools expansion building works are expected to start during January. A new access to the site will be created from the Community Centre Car Park near the skate park. This will mean the loss of 5-7 parking spaces and construction traffic will be moving through the car park. Please be aware that this will mean an increase in congestion in both the car park and along Ravenscroft. Crossways Car park is free before 9 am and permits can be obtained from the infant school reception, for parking during the afternoon school run.

ANTHONY HAWKINS – Parish Councillor 2011-15

We were shocked to receive the sad news that Anthony had passed away suddenly on Thursday 26th November. Anthony did not stand for Council again in May as he moved to start a new life in West Sussex. Our thoughts are with his fiancée Jacqueline and all his family.

NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN UPDATE – Please see the Neighbourhood Plan Website for the latest News

SAVE THE DATES

  • Annual Village Meeting – Hook Community Centre – 18th May 2016
  • Health and Wellbeing Event – Hook Community Centre – Thursday 7th April 2016
  • Hook Fun Run – moves to Hartletts Park – Sunday 15th May 2016
  • Hook Annual Village Show – Hook Community Centre – Sunday 11th September 2016

Sue Hinton
Parish Councillor
PR and Media Portfolio Holder

Dec 012015
 

Hart’s Revised Housing Options Paper – a serious threat to Hook?

The Parish Council will be running a face to face consultation in the Community Centre on the evening of Friday 11th December and during the day of Saturday 12th. As well as Parish Councillors, members of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group will be present to explain the significance of the options. By attending you can ensure that you really understand the options and can make the Parish Council aware of your opinions. See the Neighbourhood Plan Website for details.

Planning Committee Meetings – For the foreseeable future the Parish Council Planning Committee Meetings will commence at 7.30 pm rather than 8.00 pm as previously. The Committee meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month and Agendas are published on the preceding Thursday.

Christmas is Coming!

The Parish Council offices will be closed over Christmas and New Year. They will close mid-day Thursday 24th December and re-open on Monday 4th January.

For Christmas refuse collections please go to the Hart District website to find out when your rubbish will be collected –www.hart.gov.uk/household-waste

Don’t forget to lock up your property, including sheds and garages, over Christmas so that burglars are not tempted to break in whilst you are away or help themselves to your lovely presents. Leave a security light on, make sure your doors are properly locked and your presents are out of sight.

Health and Wellbeing

A free (to both exhibitors and visitors) Health and Wellbeing event is planned for Thursday 7th April in Hook Community Centre. Groups or organisations, especially those already using the halls, who are involved with health and wellbeing in Hook are invited to have a stand there. Please email the Parish Clerk to register your interest. It will be on a first come first reserve basis.

There will also be defibrillator and other first aid training available throughout the day.

Hook already has a very good Wellbeing Directory and now moves are afoot to expand the directory and improve access to the information. Hart Voluntary Action will set up a dedicated Hook section on its database and Hook is invited to be the first in Hart to use the new system and pave the way for other towns and villages in the district.

Dogs

So that the Parish Council can gauge how many free dog poo bags are needed for next year we are carrying out a small survey until the end of the year. Dog poo bags will be available for Hook dog owners from the office between 9am and noon. If you collect them for other people you will need to supply their details too.

A minority of people are not picking up after their dogs, particularly in Bassetts Mead. If you have ever rolled the wheels of a pushchair through the mess just inside the gate or cleaned your child’s shoes off, you will understand. It’s not very pleasant and several mothers have complained.

One dog owner did point out that there are cows in Bassett’s Mead so couldn’t understand the problem. The problem is that humans of all ages can contract toxocariasis from dogs’ poo. Children between the ages of 1 to 4 are particularly susceptible. Due to potential health issues it is vitally important you should clear up after your dogs. There is really no excuse especially as free dog poo bags are available from the PC offices.

Library Services

Hampshire County Council is seeking residents’ views on how Hampshire’s Library Service can be transformed and modernised. The consultation period runs from Monday 2nd November 2015 until Saturday 16th January 2016. More information and the questionnaire can be found at www3.hants.gov.uk/library-strategy

Sue Hinton
Parish Councillor
PR and Media Portfolio Holder

Nov 012015
 

Latest on the Local Plan Timetable

Cabinet at Hart District Council on 1st October 2015 approved a new Local Plan timetable:

  • Consultation on a ‘Refined Housing Options Paper’ Winter 2015
  • Consultation will take place on a Draft Local Plan ‘Preferred Approach’ and Sustainability Appraisal in Summer 2016 for publication in Autumn 2016
  • Submission will be Winter 2016
  • Examination will take place Spring 2017 for adoption Summer 2017

The Consultation on a ‘Refined Housing Options Paper’ Winter 2015 will be an opportunity for residents to comment on the refined proposals. The consultation will be site specific with the option for a new town named as Winchfield. Other sites still in the mix for the Local Plan will also be named. Hart District Cabinet will discuss the detail of the options and how the consultation will take place at an extra Cabinet meeting in November. The Parish Council will publish its response to the consultation on our website.

It is essential that residents respond to the consultation and the Parish Council would appreciate a copy of the response at 

Hook Neighbourhood Plan

– Please see the Neighbourhood Plan Website.

Official Opening of Hook Community Centre

Please see here for the official announcement

Bollards

If you walk around Hartletts Park you will see that the bollards, the car park barrier, benches, bike racks, red bins, map case and teen shelter have all been painted. This work has been undertaken by Probation Teams as community payback and work has been undertaken that otherwise we would have had to wait for money to become available in another year.

Fireworks

The Annual Hook Schools Parents Association Fire Show and Fireworks will take place on Saturday 7th November. Hartletts Park will be closed from 4pm until the conclusion of the firework display for safety reasons, as the Parish Council Car Park in Ravenscroft is the fall-out area. Please remove all vehicles from the car park by 4pm, when the barrier will be locked.

Hitting the Cold Spots

Winter is coming and Hitting the Cold Spots is a Hampshire County Council Adult Services and Public Health Departments initiative, working with the local charity the Environment Centre (tEC), whereby vulnerable members of our society who feel the cold should get in touch by ringing 0800 804 8601 Mon-Fri (9am-5pm), emailing , or find out what’s available on www.hants.gov.uk/cold-spots. Please encourage people with increased vulnerability to the cold that need help and support, older people, children, disabled people or those with long term medical conditions, to get in touch with the friendly support team. All sorts of practical help and benefits can be had, including access to funding where available for boiler repairs and replacement.

Become a Snow Angel – help keep pavement near you ice-free this winter

Help is on hand should older people be affected by snow if it comes. If you would like to become a Snow Angel, helping older or more vulnerable people to access their local services; ensuring neighbours are not left alone or isolated when the weather turns cold; getting ready to clear ice or snow in your local area – please contact Louise Hampton on 07714616610 or email louise.hampton@living streets.org.uk. Free salt tubs and shovels are provided.

Home Library Service

Do you, or someone you know, love reading but can no longer get to the library due to ill health, disability or caring responsibilities?

Help is on hand as DBS cleared volunteers can deliver books or audio books to your home once a month.If you would like more information please contact your local library or ring 0300 555 1387 or go to www.hants.gov.uk/home-library-service to complete an on-line form.A member of the Home Library Service will then ring you to chat about what sort of library items you require and match you to a volunteer.

Sue Hinton
Parish Councillor
PR and Media Portfolio Holder

Oct 012015
 

Bassetts Mead – In Hook we are surrounded by land where wildlife flourishes and we can roam freely, but a little known jewel owned by the Parish Council and managed for us by Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust is Bassetts Mead. Located opposite the Crooked Billet pub it can be accessed from the A30, Doctors Acre and Holt Park. Bordered by trees, the river Whitewater meanders through the land, and at most times of the year you can spot a whole host of wildflowers, birds, butterflies, dragonflies and damselflies.

As Focus goes to press, as long as the weather has been kind, tree surgeons will have removed some damaged and fallen trees so that they don’t block up the Whitewater and contribute to flooding in the area. The main trunks will remain on the bank until we decide what to do with them but chippings and debris will be located in identified sites so that nature can claim them or the chippings can be utilised elsewhere in the village.

One blot on the beautiful landscape, is the fact that some dog walkers do not clear up after their animals. This is unsociable and no one has an excuse to leave dog poo in our parks and on footpaths, especially as poo bags are freely available at the moment from the Parish Council office.

Wellworth Park – an uneven part of the path through the park has been identified as needing to be repaired and this has been earmarked to be done as soon as possible.

Hook Neighbourhood Plan – Please see the Neighbourhood Plan Website for the latest news update on this. If anyone is interested in participating on one of the theme groups please contact the Parish Council office.

Rugby in Hook – at the last Council meeting two representatives from Hook and Odiham RFC briefed councillors on their bid to bring rugby to Hook. Currently using facilities at Lord Wandsworth the club, for senior players 17 and up, has 40 members and 12 games have already been planned. Stuart Oakley, who is in charge of the team, asked the Council to bear them in mind for any land opportunities or places where they might call home. If anyone can help the club please let the Parish Council office know.

Flooding in Hook – Some Hook residents were affected by flooding in late August. To help feed back problems to Hart DC there’s a special flood survey that can be filled in and submitted on line – www.hart.gov.uk/hart-district-council-flooding-survey. Or it can be found by looking on the Hart DC website under Environment/ Weather advice/Flooding.

Hart Planning Review – In September and October residents who have previously submitted or objected for a planning application may be contacted by Hart District Council. This is part of a Development Management service review being undertaken by a consultant. The review will cover:

  • customer focused performance – covering quality and consistency;
  • development control/development management procedures with a view to improving efficiency and effectiveness in dealing with the customer;

He will also be interviewing a random cross-section of Parish Council representatives, planning staff and Councillors from Hart District Council, to obtain a full perspective of how Hart can improve their customer focus.

Shared Ownership Housing – Hart and Rushmoor are holding a joint event to provide information to those interested in benefiting from various government backed home ownership schemes. The event takes place on Thursday 15th October between 2pm – 6pm. It will be held at Rushmoor Borough Council Offices in Farnborough.

Walking With The Wounded is a charity supporting injured war veterans and six injured veterans are walking through the village on 12th October as part of a much longer marathon trek.

Members of the public are most welcome to attend Parish Council meetings to observe the proceedings. Meetings normally take place on the first Wednesday in each month at the Community Centre in Ravenscroft at 8pm. Agendas are posted on our notice boards in Grand Parade, Wellworth Park, Holt Lane and outside the Parish Council office in Ravenscroft. Do come along or ring our Parish Clerk, Anne Atkins on 01256 768687 below to find out more!

Sue Hinton
Parish Councillor
PR and Media Portfolio Holder