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.

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

Sep 012015
 

New Parish Councillors – On 5th August the Council co-opted five new Councillors – Sue Hinton, Barry Myall, John Orchard, Mark Potterton and Angela Yates. Please see the Contacts Page for information about the new Council members.

Hook Neighbourhood Plan – Please see the Neighbourhood Plan Website for the latest progress update. The next stage of public consultation is for the Steering Group to form Theme Groups to help maximize the opportunity to speak with residents and local business on five key issues for Hook. Please contact the Parish Council office if you are able to attend the meeting or if you are able to help with this phase of the Plan process.

Crossways Car Park – At the Hart DC Cabinet meeting on 6th August Hart Cabinet Members considered the sale of Crossways Manor Car Park and the adjoining former Public Conveniences. Expressions of interest have been received in the past for buy part of the Car park and the former Public Conveniences, but there were no offers currently for either facility.

Although some Cabinet Members supported positive marketing of these sites, as they are a Hart DC asset, Hook Parish Council made representations to keep the Car Park as an essential facility for Hook, the surgery and school and to encourage a vibrant retail patronage, particularly in the light of proposed expansion of Hook.

Hart Cabinet Members resolved against the sale of the car park, but will investigate whether there was any interest in purchasing the former Public Conveniences.

Local Plan – The Parish Council have been informed that the creation of a plan giving a detailed view of activities and schedule for the HDC Local Plan has been delayed. Unfortunately, weight of other work, for example the Hop Garden Road appeal and the Rushmoor Local Plan consultation has taken precedence. The Local Plan Steering Group (LPSG) hoped that the plan would be available at the next LPSG meeting in August, but it seems the plan might not be available until September. In the meantime there is no detailed information about the order and schedule of activities and an explanation of exactly how they fit together.

An important aspect to Hook is confirmation of the District allocation strategy and the apportionment of numbers to settlements and Parishes. The exact process and timing is not clear at this time.

Tree stripped in Wellworth Park – This well established tree was wantonly stripped of all its bark sometime shortly before the 7th August. This lovely tree will now die. This was a deliberate act of vandalism, so if you have any information which may assist in identifying the culprit(s) please contact the Parish Council office or the police. If you are the person(s) responsible for this callous act please consider the consequences of your actions and refrain from other similar activities. By stripping the bark completely from the entire circumference of the tree trunk, called either girdling or ring barking, the tree can no longer take up water from its roots and will die.

CAB – The Parish Council has been liaising with Citizens Advice Hart District to install a Self Help Information Kiosks at the Parish Council reception in Hook Community Centre. This is a two year CAB project called Hart Access to Advice, involving a series or kiosks in and around Hart providing links to a number of vetted websites relating to the problems people face in their everyday lives. The kiosk provides an up to date directory of local community services related to health, social care, transport, education, sports and leisure.

Anne Atkins – Clerk

Jul 012015
 

Councillor Gordon Winter – As we went to press with this newsletter we received the shocking and sad news that Gordon had passed away suddenly on Tuesday 16th June. Our thoughts are with Jenny and all his family. A full appreciation of Gordon will be published in the next issue of Focus.

Parish Council Vacant Seats – At the time of writing, eight applications had been received for the four vacant seats. Applications will be accepted until the end of June. All applicants will be expected to attend the Parish Council meeting on 1st July and the meeting on 5th August, at which the Council will vote to select the new Councillors. Details of how to apply and Agendas for the meetings can be found on our website, noticeboards or from the Parish Council office.

Hook Neighbourhood Plan – Please see the Neighbourhood Plan Website for the latest progress update.

2015 Annual Village Meeting – A well attending meeting took place at Hook Community Centre on 27th May. Residents heard very informative presentations from:

  • County Councillor Glen, who gave an update on the priorities of the County Council.
  • Daniel Hawes, Hart District Council’s Planning Policy Manager, reported on the current situation with the development of the Local Plan.
  • Hook Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group representatives presented the results of the surveys completed by residents, businesses and employees in Hook, the Vision and Objectives of the Plan and invited people to join one of five Theme Groups which will look at specific areas highlighted in the Vision. See the Neighbourhood Plan Website for more information.
  • Chief Inspector Matthew Reeves explained planned changes to the structure and delivery of policing services.

The minutes and copies of the presentations will be available on the Parish Council website in July.

Hampshire County Council (HCC) Spending Consultation – HCC is anticipating a shortfall in funding of around £98 million by April 2017. Between Tuesday 26 May and Monday 6 July 2015 it is undertaking a consultation, asking residents for their views on:

  1. Setting Council Tax levels
  2. Use of its reserves
  3. Making changes to the way some services are delivered.

The reviews includes options relating to Adult Services – care and support services for older people and people with disabilities, reshaping the care market, the way longer-term residential based care is provided and charging for adult social care.

To take part visit www.hants.gov.uk/spendingreviewsurvey or via hard copies from Hampshire libraries or by calling 0300 555 1375.

Hop Garden Appeal – The Appeal hearing concluded on Wednesday 10th June. The Planning Inspectorate website states that the Appeal Decision will be issued on or before 22nd July.

Local Plan – Rushmoor Borough Council has published a draft local plan, this sets out how Aldershot, Farnborough and North Camp could be developed up to 2032. The Plan contains its estimate of how much housing it can deliver over the next 15 years. Rushmoor think that its constraints mean that it will fall short by 1,600 homes. Under Government rules Hart would pick up this shortfall. The six-week public consultation runs from Monday 8 June to Monday 20 July. Hart District Council, the Parish Council and Hook Development Action Group are keen to encourage residents to write to Rushmoor objecting to the fact that it has not demonstrated that it has maximised its potential to meet its housing needs. An electronic response form can be found at: www.rushmoor.gov.uk/newlocalplan . The Parish Council will be considering a response to the Rushmoor Local Plan consultation at the meeting to be held on 1st July 2015, the response will be published on the Parish Council website.

RAF Odiham Families Day – We have been informed that this annual event will be held on 23rd July. As a result there will be significant upsurge in aircraft activity, which may be of particular interest to those with horses.

Lost items are often handed into the Parish Council office. Most recently house keys were found in Hartletts Park. Please contact the Parish Council office to check if any lost items have been handed in.

Anne Atkins – Clerk

Jun 012015
 

Parish Council Election – The new Council held its first meeting on Wednesday 13th May at Hook Community Centre. Iain Chalmers was re-elected Chairman of the Council, with Fergus Kirkham as Vice Chairman. Debra Davies remains as Chair of Planning.

Until the council members are back up to full strength, the Amenity Committee will not be formed. Amenity matters will be discussed at full Council and Gordon Winter will continue to hold the portfolio for this in the interim.

Vacant Seats – As mentioned in May, four vacancies remain on the Council following the elections. The Council will fill these vacancies by co-option, so there is no formal public ballot. 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

Hook Neighbourhood Plan – Please see Neighbourhood Plan Website for the latest progress update.

Hop Garden Appeal – The appeal opened on 12th May. Representations for Hook included those made by the Parish Council, Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group and local residents. The appeal was adjourned on 14th, with no clear indication of the likely outcome and will reconvene on 9th and 10th June.

Landata House – Planning permission was granted for 50 dwellings on this site in 2011. The site now belongs to Taylor Wimpey and pre-applications discussions are underway for a variation to change the permission to 70 flats on the site.

Transport – A proposal to extend Hook’s regular scheduled bus transport route to cover north, west and east Hook and link with the Community Centre, Hook centre and station, is being considered. The service links with the scheduled bus and train services as far as possible.

  • NO BOOKING (scheduled service)
  • NO COST WITH a Concessionary Pass
  • WITHOUT concessionary pass, currently £1.20 per trip.

The service is operated by Capital Cars on behalf of Hook Parish Council. The vehicle used is an 8-seater passenger Taxi, with room for shopping, instead of a larger bus.

If this would help YOU or SOMEONE YOU KNOW, to get out and about, please speak to us on 01256 768687 or email:- PLEASE TELL YOUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBOURS. We encourage and welcome all feedback.

Anne Atkins – Clerk