News Releases

News Releases

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

Mar 292018

We are delighted to introduce a new App for Hook. This offers a great opportunity for residents to receive the latest information about local events and activities and to communicate directly with local groups, organisations and businesses using a Tablet or Smart Phone.

We are also proud to lead the way, with the only Council App in Hampshire. Search for ‘Hook Parish Council App’ on the App Store or Google Play.

The App will continue to develop as usage increases, so please tell friends, neighbours and family to download it. The main features are:

Events calendar – This section will be packed with information about various activities and events going on in Hook and include links to more information about the event or to ticket bookings.

Places – This button opens a map of Hook. Click on the place pin to directly access information about, or communicate with, the organisations shown.

Fix My Street – Directly from the main screen you can now report issues from your phone and upload photographs of the problem that you wish to report.

More – Here you will find local organisations along with many other features. Click on Local Organisations, select the organisation and you can call, e-mail, get directions or go to their website directly from the App.

A new “Welcome to Hook” pack will be added, to help new residents settle in and become part of the community. Until this is ready, there is a leaflet showing walks around Hook.

If you belong to a Hook organisation that would like their details included, please complete one or both of the registration forms on our Documents page.

If you are aware of or running any events in Hook, please let us know by completing the event form which can be found on our Documents page and we can then promote it via our App

Mar 292018

The deadline (26/03/2018) for the final Consultation on the Hart Local Plan has now passed.  Hook Parish Council provided a response to the plan, prior to the deadline.  It can be viewed here HPC response to Hart Local Plan Strategy & Sites 2016-2032 Proposed Submission Verison1

In this final consultation, objections will only be considered by the Inspectorate if they make clear that the plan, or part of the plan is inadequate in regards to “legal compliance” and “soundness” of the Local Plan.

This means, in preparing the Local Plan:

  • Has the Council followed the correct procedures?
  • Has the Council complied with the Duty to Cooperate?
  • Does the Plan meet the “tests of soundness” set out below:

Positively prepared – the plan should be prepared based on a strategy which seeks to meet objectively assessed development and infrastructure requirements, including unmet requirements from neighbouring authorities where it is reasonable to do so and consistent with achieving sustainable development;

Justified – the plan should be the most appropriate strategy, when considered against the reasonable alternatives, based on proportionate evidence;

Effective – the plan should be deliverable over its period and based on effective joint working on cross-boundary strategic priorities;

Consistent with national policy – the plan should enable the delivery of sustainable development in accordance with the policies in the National Planning Policy Framework.

The comments made on the Proposed Submission Plan will be sent to the Secretary of State along with the ‘Submission’ Local Plan and all supporting evidence. The Local Plan will then be examined by an independent planning inspector whose role is to assess whether the plan has been prepared in accordance with the Duty to Cooperate, legal and procedural requirements, and whether it is sound. The examination is likely to involve public hearings.

The Inspector may conclude that the Plan is sound (with or without further changes) or that it is unsound. If significant changes are needed to make the plan sound these will be subject to further consultation.

It is anticipated that the Local Plan will be adopted towards the end of 2018.

The latest timetable is set out in the Local Development Scheme, available at

Dec 142017

Bookkeeper/Finance Administrator Vacancy

Over the last 15 months the Parish Council Committees and administration have undergone a Structure Review. A number of changes have been gradually implemented. This has created a vacancy for a new member of our team. We are looking to recruit a part time Bookkeeper/Finance Administrator. Please see below for more information. Closing Date for applications is 12th January 2018.

Bookeeper-Finance Administrator Vacancy

Nov 092017

On Friday 27th October, Local MP and resident Ranil Jayawardena, officially opened the play area. Over over 60 children and their families turned out. Ranil Jayawardena MP said, “It looks fantastic and will be a great facility for local parents and children, as it caters for all ages, from toddlers to teenagers. My congratulations to Hook Parish Council for making this happen!” Wicksteed, who installed the new play area, provided goody bags for children in attendance.Chairman of Hook Parish Council, Cllr. Dr Jane Worlock, said “The Parish Council continues to work closely with the local community to provide leisure facilities for all our residents to enjoy.”

Maintaining the old play area was becoming uneconomic and the Parish Council had been saving for several years to undertake this refurbishment. Additional funding was provided via Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme. The new play equipment enables greater accessibility, combining modern equipment with classic childhood favourites and provides a wonderful play venue for children of all ages.

If you would like any further information on the play areas in Hook, please call the Parish Council on 01256 768687 or email

Oct 112017

Our local MP, Ranil Jayawardena is running a petition to persuade South Western Railways to change their proposal to reduce both the number of peak morning services to London Waterloo from five to two and the number of direct routes into London. South West Trains proposal is currently out for public consultation, which closes on 22nd October 2017.

Please click on the link ( to find out more and support Ranil in his efforts to change these proposed timetable amendments, as we are aware that this will affect a large number of Hook and Winchfield residents who use the train to get to work in London. You can also send your comments directly to South Western Trains by email

Aug 102017

There is a vacancy for a Parish Councillor.  Would you like to become a Parish Councillor ?  If you have a strong interest in your local community and would like to help shape the future of Hook and influence what residents’ money is spent on then this is the role for you.

The time required to carry out the role varies depending on individual interests and Committee involvement. Attending relevant meetings and actively responding to emails is essential. A commitment to attend training, support Council activities and events would also be expected. Meetings and community activities can take place during the day, evening or weekends.

Full Council meets monthly on a Wednesday evening.

There are three Committees:

  • Planning & Infrastructure (P&I) meets fortnightly
  • Environment & Community (E&C) meetings monthly
  • Finance, Strategy & Resources (FSR) meeting alternate months

To be considered to join the Council please write to the Executive Officer with a summary about yourself including:

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

The closing date for applications is 15th September. Candidates will be invited to an informal information evening on 28th September to meet Councillors and the Executive Officer. Co-option will take place at the Parish Council meeting on 1st November 2017.

Please contact the Executive Officer, Anne Atkins, for more information or a chat about this rewarding role

Jul 042017

Hart District Council are looking for an Electoral Records Officer. This role can be done alongside a full time job as it is mainly evenings and weekends. To apply on line, go to or email or telephone 01252 774077. Closing Date is the 14th August

Electoral Records Officer Advert

Jul 042017

South East Water starts it final phase of its work along Reading Road from 21 August 2017.

They will be holding a consultation event for Residents and Businesses to view and discuss the road closures with them between 4.15pm and 6.45pm on Wednesday 5 July 2017 at Heckfield Memorial Hall, Church Lane, Heckfield, RG27 0LG