The level of Planning Applications in Hook reduced over the summer period, so the Planning & Infrastructure Committee was able to delegate responses for minor applications. The Parish Council planning team is currently focusing on responding to the Wilbur Developments appeal against the refusal of their planning application for 700 homes on Owens Farm (West of Hook). A significant number of residents of both Hook and Newnham objected to this application. A meeting is being arranged between Hook PC, Hampshire CC, Hart DC, Newnham PC and local action groups to agree a strategy to object effectively to this appeal. Objections and comments previously made by members of the public will be considered by the Inspectorate. Comments relating specifically to new information or evidence must be submitted directly to the Planning Inspectorate bye-mailing by 11th September 2018.
Hook Neighbourhood Plan
The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group (NPSG) met with a planning consultant from the South Downs National Park on the 9th July to clarify actions and discuss progress with development of the Plan. Notes of meeting are now on the Neighbourhood (NHP) Plan website at http://neighbourhoodplan.hook.gov.uk/
The NHP programme remains as presented at the Annual Village Meeting. The next key stage is the Regulation 14 version of the Plan being finalised in September 2018 to be available for public consultation in early October 2018
Police Beat Surgery
Your local Beat Officers are holding a Police Beat Surgery at Hartletts Cafe, Hook on Tuesday 4th September between 15:00 – 16:00. This is an opportunity for residents to speak with the officers to raise any community concerns and obtain up to date crime prevention advice.
The car park at Hartletts Park is primarily for users of the Park and Community Centre. It is a concession to the school for parents to use it for school drop off and pick up. As it can get very congested during peak times, we would remind drivers to be courteous to other car park users, as the children return to school. School Parking Permits are available for us in Crossways Car Park. Please speak to the Infant School Reception for more information this scheme.
For a third year, the Parish Council will be hosting a Community Christmas Lunch on Christmas Day. Anyone who will be alone on Christmas Day is welcome to join the party and enjoy Christmas dinner, some fun, carol singing and good company. This event is free for guests thanks to the generous donations made by a number of local organisations and sponsors.
If you think you may be alone on 25th December, or you know of someone, who will be, then please get in contact with the Parish Council office. There is no age restriction for joining in and transport can be arranged on request. Over the coming months we will be contacting those who attended or helped us with the arrangements last year.
Become a Councillor
Would you like to become a Parish Councillor? There is currently a vacancy for a Councillor. If you have a strong interest in your local community, would like to help shape the future of Hook and influence what residents’ money is spent on, then this may be the role for you.
The closing date for applications is Friday 21st September 2018
For more information and how to apply, please go to our Website, Facebook page or the News section on our App. Alternatively, please contact the Executive Officer, Anne Atkins, for more information or a chat about this rewarding role.
Hook Village Show
Over 2000 people ventured out to enjoy the sunshine at the Hook Village Show and Craft Fayre, on Sunday 15th July. Local MP, Mr Ranil Jayawardena opened the show.
Numerous acts took place in the central arena and there were lots of stalls and activities for all ages to enjoy, including the very popular Dog Show. The Craft Fayre, held in the Community Centre, was packed with stalls selling unusual or unique, handmade items and accessories.
Hook Parish Council would like to express thanks to the main organisers, Hook and Odiham Lions, whose time and organisational skills made the event such a great success. Without the contribution made by Hook and Odiham Rotary Club, the many volunteers and local business sponsors, the event would not have been possible. It was a credit to Hook to see so many local groups working together and supporting the Hook Village Show. The Parish Council was also very appreciative that all the visitors made such good use of the waste bins and left the entire site clear of litter.
Jane Worlock, Chairman of Hook Parish Council, said “It was fantastic to see so many residents and local groups enjoying themselves, blessed by glorious weather. Surrounded by such a happy, vibrant atmosphere – what better way to spend a summer Sunday afternoon!”
Dates for your diary
- Police Beat Surgery – Hartletts Café – 4th September – 15:00 – 16:00
- Hook Flower and Produce Show – Hook Community Centre – 9th September – 11:00 –16:00
- Music and Paella – Elizabeth Hall – 22nd September – 19.30 – 23.00
- HSPA Fireworks – Hook Junior School – 3rd November 2018
- Community Christmas – Hook Community Centre – 25th December 2018