Hook Quality of Life Survey – At the time of writing completed questions had started pouring in. We very much appreciate the feedback and support of residents. This work will be an important part of identifying key area for the Neighbourhood Plan to focus on.
Major site planning appeal – Although an appeal had been lodged, the developer of the proposed Hop Garden site submitted a further application which was discussed at the Planning Committee meeting on Wednesday 21st January, after the copy deadline for Focus. The Parish Council’s response can be seen on Hart’s website – 14/03077/MAJOR.
Parish Council Elections – The elections are now only 15 weeks away. All twelve Parish Councillors automatically retire in May at the end of our 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. More important still is that there will be a need for people with a number of skills gained either through experience or a personal interest in the area concerned. These include 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 7th May and the new Council will take office soon after.
Hook Community Awards – In keeping with previous years, we are open to receive nominations for our Community Awards, which are presented at the Hook Annual Village Meeting in April. The awards recognise voluntary works and achievements for the benefit of our Community by individuals or businesses. Please send nominations to the Clerk in writing or e-mail by the end of March.
Parish Council Precept – The Precept (the Hook portion of the Council Tax) for 2015-16 was approved at the January Council meeting. It was agreed that there should be no increase in the precept in real terms, but that the total amount collected should be adjusted for inflation and to compensate for the further reduction in the Council Tax Support grant. The approved precept is £321,400, which with the change to the Tax Base means an increase of £1.04 pa for an average Band D Household. All the money we need to run the services you require us to provide comes from this source and we do not receive any funding from any other level of government.
Dog Fouling on Bassetts Mead - We have become aware that a local commercial dog walking business is regularly using Bassetts Mead and not picking up after the dogs they are responsible for – some are walking up to six dogs at one time. They have been spoken to by both the Hart's dog warden and Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust warden. If they continue to with this antisocial behaviour, we will have no option but to name and shame them. We have also received complaints of fouling in other parts of Hook and patrols are being increased.
Dog faeces may contain various harmful parasites which can cause infection in both pets and humans (especially children). It is extremely important to always pick up after your dog. Hook Parish Council provides free dog bags that are biodegradable, so there is really no excuse for not picking up after your dog.
Hard Ball games on the road - We have had a number of residents complain recently about children playing with hard balls in the street, sometimes causing damage to property or vehicles. Please be a considerate neighbour and encourage your children to play only in suitable places with hard balls, either in large open spaces, or in the multi-purpose court next the Community Centre in Ravenscroft. This is for their own safety and also to minimize the number of cars that are getting damaged.
Hook Quality of Life Survey – In 2004 we undertook a survey, which subsequently informed the Hook Parish Plan. Since then Hook has seen growth and a number of changes. A new Council will be elected in 2015, during another period of development and change.
Early in January a survey questionnaire will be delivered to all households in Hook. This survey will assist the Council in developing its strategy going forward and the Hook Neighbourhood Plan.
This survey questionnaire aims to seek the views of everyone who lives in Hook (all ages included). Please will you take a few minutes to complete and return the form via the designated boxes at Tesco’s, Doctor’s Surgery, Infant and Junior Schools, Post Office, Elizabeth Hall, and the red post box at the back of the Community Centre from 5th January.
All residents are encouraged to respond and additional copies for all members of your household will be available from these return locations and the Parish Council office. The form can also be downloaded from our website at www.hook.gov.uk, completed and returned by e-mail to email@example.com or printed and dropped in the return boxes. An online version can also be completed by following the link to Survey Monkey via our website.
Major site planning appeal – An appeal has been allowed for 13 residential dwellings at Blue Prior Business Park, Redfields Lane, Church Crookham, GU52 0RJ (Application 13/01882/OUT and Appeal Ref: APP/N1730/A/14/221702). The determination of this appeal is of relevance to the Hop Garden appeal to be held in May 2015. The Inspector has found that Hart cannot justify a 5 year land supply, one of the main issues in defence of the Hop Garden proposal. Officers at Hart remain optimistic, at the time of writing, that the appeal can be successfully defended.
Hook Community Centre - The Parish Council is delighted to announce that agreement has been reached with Hook Village Halls Charitable Association (HVHCA) to manage the Community Centre when it is completed. Members of HVHCA and the Parish Council will be collaborating closely on a smooth transition and opening of the new building.
Bus service changes – In December Stagecoach announced a range of service effective from 4th January 2015. Changes that affect Hook are:
Fleet Buzz Route 30 will be replaced by new routes for the No 10 and 13 routes between Basingstoke, Hook and Odiham (see Alton & Basingstoke section). There will no longer be a bus to connect Hook with Fleet and Farnborough.
Timetable information was not available by the Focus copy deadline. These changes may also affect the timings of the Hook Taxi Bus service. Please watch out for further announcements once we have details of the new timetables.
If you have any comments on these service changes please contact Stagecoach South via their website www.stagecoachbus.com or write to their address in Chichester.