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

Apr 262018
 

Ever wondered what happens to your rubbish once it has been collected?

Veolia are opening up several of their waste management facilities for behind the scenes tours. All places must be pre-booked in advance. Children are permitted, however, please check when booking if there are any restrictions on ages and/or accessibility as these are operational sites.

https://www.veolia.co.uk/hampshire/about-us/about-us/corporate-responsibility/wonder-open-days

There are three sites that are holding open days near Hook. These are:

14th May 2018 – Alton Material Recycling Facility
See how recycling collected from across the county is sorted and processed to be made into new products.
To book your place please email or call 0203 5675340

22nd September 2018 – Chineham Energy Recovery Facility
Find out how green electricity from waste is generated. To book your place please email or call 0203 5673855

27th September 2018 -Little Bushy Warren (Near Basingstoke) Composting Facility
From waste to rich organic compost, discover what happens to your garden waste
To book your place please email or call 01256 381895

Apr 262018
 

Hook is lucky enough to have three tennis courts that are open all year round and are FREE to use on a first come, first served basis. These are to the right of Hook Community Centre.

We currently allow the Junior School to use them at certain times. We now, also rent out the far two courts for private tennis coaching. Therefore, you may find there is restricted use from time to time. There will be one court available for the public to use on a first come, first served basis, during the coaching sessions.

The coaching will be happening on:
Tuesday: 9am – 11:30
Wed: 15:45 – 17:15
Thurs:18:00 – 20:00

Apr 142018
 

Launching the Hook Parish Council App – 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 and 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 website at:  http://hook.gov.uk/about-hook-parish-council/council-publications/documents/

Hook Community Award – Nominations for the 2018 Community Award should be submitted using the Application Form on our website, by post to the Parish Council Office or emailed to   Closing date for nominations is by 27th April 2018.

Annual Village Meeting – Wednesday 23rd May from 8.00 pm.   Bookings are now open to local groups and organisation that would like to participate in the exhibition which takes place before the formal meeting.  For information and booking please contact

Tennis Coaching at Hartletts Park – In addition to offering the Junior School exclusive use of the courts for coaching, we have recently agreed to allow a private coaching company to hire the courts for individuals and groups.   When not in use by the school or for coaching, the courts will remain free to use, on a first come first served basis.

Hook Village Show and Craft Fair – Sunday 15th July – If you would like a stall at the event, please email: for stalls in Hartletts Park, or for indoor craft fair bookings email:

Hook Road Race and Fun Run – A reminder that the Community Centre Car Park will be CLOSED on Sunday 20th May, for the Annual Hook Fun Run and Road Races, which set off from Hartletts Park at 10.00 am.  Why not come along and join in the fun.

Cemetery Memorial Testing – Under the Parish Council’s duty of care and upkeep of burial grounds, memorial assessments will be undertaken in the near future in both Hook cemeteries.   In some cases it may be necessary to lay the stones flat; in others, remedial work may be required to ensure safety.  To ensure work is carried out sensitively, if you know of, or have any connection with a grave in either cemetery or have any concerns regarding the memorial works, please contact the Parish Council office as soon as possible.

Dates for your diary

  • Annual Village Meeting – Hook Community Centre – Wednesday 23rd May 2018 8pm
  • Hook Fun Run and Road Races – Hartletts Park – Sunday 20th May 2018
  • Hook Annual Village Show and Craft Fair – Harletts Park & Hook Community Centre -Sunday 15th July 2018 12 noon – 5pm
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 https://www.hart.gov.uk/Emerging-planning-policy-guidance

Mar 082018
 

Hart Local Plan – The Hart Local Plan Strategy and Sites 2016-2032 Proposed Submission Version is out for consultation until 4pm on 26 March 2018.   This stage of consultation is part of the legal process. Your comments will be considered by a Planning Inspector, who will be looking at specific aspects of the Plan.  Please read the guidance note that accompanies the response form before submitting your comments.   All the information, documentation and response form is on the Hart District Council’s website at www.hart.gov.uk/Local-Plan-Publication-2018

Please use the Hart response form and submit it by email to , send a hard copy to Hart District Council, Civic Offices, Harlington Way, Fleet, Hampshire, GU51 4AE.  All documents are available in hard copy at Hart District Council, other local Parish Councils and Library’s within the Hart area.  If you have any questions email to the address above or call 01252 774118.

New Staff member – The Parish Council are pleased to announce the appointment of Serena Dolby to the Parish Council Office.  She will be taking up the role of part time Bookkeeper.  Serena has lived and worked in Hook for a number of years and we are delighted to welcome her to the Team.

Cemetery Memorial Testing – Under the Parish Council’s duty of care and upkeep of burial grounds, memorial assessments will be undertaken in the near future in both Hook cemeteries.   In some cases it may be necessary to lay the stones flat, in others remedial work may be required to ensure safety.  To ensure work is carried out sensitively, if you know of, or have any connection with a grave in either cemetery, or have any concerns regarding the memorial works please contact the Parish Council office as soon as possible.

RAF 100 celebrations in Odiham – Saturday 9th June 2018 – As part of the celebrations for the centenary of the Royal Air Force, a Box Cart Race event is being planned for the morning of Saturday 9th June 2018.

Teams will compete in a luge style box cart event, starting one at a time in a time trial. There will also be a Box Cart competition.   As well as general build and design quality, carts will be judged on 2 additional criteria:

  • The level of RAF theming.
  • The lengths they have gone to, to achieve the RAF theme.

There will also be a 200 table street party after the race and we will publish more information about this in due course.

Hook Parish Council would like to enter at least one cart.  Teams including pilots, crew and design/builders are needed.   If you would like more information or to be part of a team to represent Hook’s close relationship with RAF Odiham over its history, please register your interest at: . ASAP as we don’t have long to plan and build the cart.

Hook Neighbourhood Plan – The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group held two public consultations on the first Draft of the Hook Neighbourhood Plan during January.  See page x for update.

Hook Community Award – Nominations for the 2018 Community Award should be submitted using the Application Form on our website, by post to the Parish Council Office or emailed to .  Closing date for nominations is by 27th April 2018.

Annual Village Meeting – Wednesday 23rd May at 8:30pm – More details of the 2018 Annual Village Meeting will be published in the April issue of Focus, but if your organisation would like to participate in the exhibition which takes place before the formal meeting, please contact .

Hook Village Show – Sunday 15th July – Following on from the success of last years’ show, the event will be held again in Hartletts Park, but on Sunday 15th July 12 noon until 5 pm.   It will be organised in partnership with the Hook and Odiham Lions.  There will also be a Craft Fair in the Community Centre that HVHCA (Hook Village Halls Charitable Association).  If you would like a stall in Hartletts Park please email .   If you would like a stall in the Community Centre, please email

Hook Road Race and Fun Run – A reminder that the Community Centre Car Park will be CLOSED on Sunday 20th May, for the Annual Hook Road Race and Fun Run.  See page x for more information.

Dates for your diary

  • Annual Village Meeting – Hook Community Centre – Wednesday 23rd May 2018 8 pm
  • Hook Fun Run – Hartletts Park – Sunday 20th May 2018
  • Hook Annual Village Show and Craft Fair –Harletts Park and Hook Community Centre -Sunday 15th July 2018 12noon – 5pm
Feb 082018
 

Community Christmas

Hook’s 2017 Community Christmas Day lunch was again funded entirely by the kindness and generosity of Hook Fun Run & Road Races, Bell Cornwell, Hook & Odiham Lions Club, Whitewater Pharmacy, William Grant & Sons, Tesco, Rawlings Transport, Taylor Wimpey, Andwell Brewery, Hartletts Café and Hampshire County Council.  Both the jolly band of dedicated volunteers, who gave their time to host the event, and those who attended had a wonderful time. Thank you everyone for your fantastic support!

Hook Neighbourhood Plan Update

The first Draft of the Hook Neighbourhood Plan was published for consultation in January and two public events took place on 18th and 20th.   If you missed the consultations, or wish to review the documents please go to: http://np.hook.gov.uk/consultation-january-2018/.  Please take the time to give us your views at: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/GPB56WW or by using the comment form on the Neighbourhood Plan website.  The closing date for responses is 8th February 2018.  https://www.hart.gov.uk/draft-local-plan

South East Water

The South East Water works have started on Griffin Way South and are expected to take 27 weeks.  There will inevitably be delays and traffic congestion, particularly during peak times.  Whilst South East Water appreciate that these delays are frustrating, please be courteous to other road users and allow extra time for your journey.  Update on how the work is progressing can be found at: https://corporate.southeastwater.co.uk/hook.

Council Precept 2018-19

At the January Parish Council meeting the Parish Precept for 2018–19 was set at £363,400. This means an average Band D household will pay £2.02 per week, equivalent to a pot of tea at a local café.

The Precept covers the running costs of the variety of facilities, land management and services provided by the Parish Council.  A number of new and exciting initiatives and events are planned for the coming year.  We continue to offer free pre-application planning consultations and to work closely on the development of the Hook Neighbourhood Plan.    We support a number of local organisations, events and charities.  Where possible we obtain additional funding to enable enhancements to the facilities in Hook.

Hook 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 27th April 2018.

Great Community Spirit

Our thanks go to Hook Runners for organising and undertaking a litter pick around the centre of Hook.  They collected 25 black bags of rubbish in one hour.  This has made a positive difference to our village and deserves recognition and appreciation.

Keen eyed residents may also have spotted brightly coloured or themed painted pebbles hidden around the village.  This is part of a growing Facebook community called Hidden Rocks Hook.  Many of our talented young (or young at heart) residents have produced and shared their mini works of art for others to see, photograph and relocate for others to find.  Why not join the fun, contribute your own creation and help brighten the landscape.  See the Hidden Rocks Facebook page for more information on participating.

Dates for your diary
Annual Village Meeting – Hook Community Centre – Wednesday 23rd May 2018