News Releases

News Releases

Some news can’t wait for the monthly bulletin and is posted as a News Release, as it happens.

Jul 182019
 

There are several significant planning/development related matters that will be of interest to residents of Hook:

  1. Premier Inn Hotel coming to Hook
  2. New settlement\Shapley Heath Garden Community update
  3. Local Plan update
  4. Holt Farm SANG application

Local action group Hook Action Against Over Development (HAAOD) have issued their latest newsletter giving more information about these topics. If you wish to subscribe to the HAAOD newsletter to be kept abreast with developments, please go to https://hookdevaction.org.uk/subscribe/

A copy of HAAOD latest newsletter can be found here Update from Hook Action Against Overdevelopment – July 2019

The Parish Council Planning and Infrastructure Committee are to consider the Holt Farm SANG application (along with other planning applications) on Wednesday 24th July and will submit representations directly to Hart District Council (HDC).

Please be aware that whilst Hook Parish Council is consulted on planning matters, the Council’s representation is only one voice.  If you wish your views to be taken account of by HDC in the determination of planning applications (whether in support or in opposition), please submit it via their planning portal.

If you have any comments\views regarding the above planning proposals please contact HDC directly on 01252 622 122

Jul 102019
 

Hook Village Show

This popular annual event will take place at Hartletts Park on 7th July from 12 noon – 5 pm.  The event is organised, in partnership with Hook and Odiham Lions.  A Village Show programme, detailing the attractions and timetable of events, was delivered to every household in Hook, last month.  If you wish to enter your four-legged friend in the Dog Show, please make sure you register and pay by 2pm, when judging of the first class starts.

Please be aware that the Community Centre car park will be closed from 9pm on Saturday 6th July until 6:30pm on Sunday 7th.  From 7:30am Sunday until 6:30pm the grassed area and skate park in Hartletts Park will be closed to the public, unless you are attending the show.  There will be a small area of the car park open during the event, for blue badge holders and those visiting the community centre/café.  We look forward to seeing you all there, to enjoy this family friendly event.

Parking

Hook Parish Council (HPC) has received numerous complaints about parking along the A30 end of Sheldons Lane.  Whilst HPC do not have authority over the highway, we work in collaboration with Hampshire Highways (HH) and Hart District Council (HDC) who do have the authority to resolve such issues.

New parking restriction orders are authorised by HDC on a rolling basis.  HDC adds qualifying projects to their work list (in order of impact/safety priority) known as a “Parking Consolidation Order (PCO)”. Raising PCO’s s is a costly, and slow process, with a small budget for such works.  For this reason, PCO’s are only raised when there is sufficient works to justify a collective Order, not for ad hoc schemes.  Having recently implemented a PCO, which included the double yellow lines along Elizabeth Hall access road, it will be some time before a further PCO is authorised.

Whilst HPC has recommended a PCO is put in place, any restrictions on Sheldons Lane are likely to result in displacement of the problem to another residential streets.  HDC will be keen to avoid this outcome when considering measures and options that could be included in a PCO, to resolve residents concerns about parking in that area.

HCC consultation – Balancing the budget

Hampshire County Council have opened a consultation to ask for residents’ views on how to meet their budget shortfall.

Please go to https://www.hants.gov.uk/news/jun05balancingthebudget for more information on this consultation and follow the links to complete the consultation form. The consultation ends at 11:59pm on 17th July 2019.  If you need a paper form, please contact Hampshire County Council on 0300 555 1375

Neighbourhood Plan

At the closing date for the Reg 15 consultation, 16 responses had been received by Hart.  The Examiner has requested clarification on a number of points and replies to both the responses and examiner have been submitted.

Hook App

We are continually adding events, activities, news and information to the App.  If you have a non – commercial event that you would like to advertise, please let us know.

Echo Hotel Music Club/Hook Live

The Echo Hotel Music Club events are growing in popularity.  With only four gigs left for 2019, plans are underway on the 2020 line up.  The next gig is on Saturday 27th July.  For details of the programme of EHMC events and tickets, please see page X or visit their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/echohotelmusichook/

Dates for your diary 2019

  • Hook Village Show (in partnership with Hook and Odiham Lions) – Hartletts Park 7th July
  • Hook Live/Echo Hotel Music Club presents Catfish and Dan Burnett– Elizabeth Hall on Saturday 27th July, 7pm – 11pm
  • Hook Live/Echo Hotel Music Club presents Sari Schorr – Elizabeth Hall on Saturday 28 September, 7:30pm – 11pm
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 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
Jan 012019
 

The Councillors and Staff of the Parish Council would like to wish all of our residents a Happy New Year. We have lots of exciting new things planned for 2019, so look out for updates in the usual places – Hook Focus, noticeboards, our website, the App and on Facebook

Dec 272018
 

Hook Live

You may have completed the events survey delivered to every household by Hook Parish Council (HPC) in the Spring. There will be information in the January Focus about a new initiative, called Hook Live! that resulted from this

The Hook Live! Brand is an umbrella for what we hope will develop into a wide range of live entertainment. The first part of the programme, will be delivered under the name ‘Echo Hotel Music Club’, which has been established to focus on events or gigs by original music artists and bands. You can check this out via the ’Hook Live!’ and ‘Echo Hotel Music Club’ Facebook pages. More information will also follow via the Hook App, Hook Focus magazine, posters and leaflets around the village.

Gigs hosted by the ‘Echo Hotel Music Club’ will be held (mostly) at the Elizabeth Hall. The programme kicks off on Saturday 16 February 2019 at 7pm, with a band much in-demand and a music-festival favourite, the Rufus Black band. They will be supported by an exciting new talent of Jade Danielle Williams. Check out just how good these bands are by reading their biographies, view videos of them performing live and buy event tickets online via the links on the ‘Echo Hotel Music Club’ Facebook page – see below.

Future gigs already confirmed are

– Sunday 10 March 2019:
Xander and the Peace Pirates + Support

– Saturday 20 April 2019:
Jo Harman + guest(s)

– Saturday 28 September 2019:
Sari Schorr

All these bands are recording artists that are in great demand on the live music circuit and fill halls and concert venues all over the country and abroad. So, get your tickets early to avoid disappointment. Not only will you enjoy a rocking night of great music, performed by brilliant musicians, you will also be able to meet the artists themselves afterwards.

For more information and to book tickets via the events section, please go to the following Facebook Pages.

https://www.facebook.com/Hookliveevents

https://www.facebook.com/echohotelmusichook/