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News Bulletin: April 2013

As readers will have seen in the March Focus, the Parish Council carried out a Parking Survey during the weeks of 11th and 18th March. The survey covered 18 roads around the centre of Hook where parking issues, particularly relating to commuters, schools and surgery, have been highlighted. At the same time, the car park on Reading Road (Crossways Manor Car Park) is largely empty. Some of the roads surveyed do not currently have any parking issues. However, looking to the future, it was felt important to include them so we have a comprehensive picture of parking habits within the survey area. This will enable us to monitor any changes over time.

Questionnaires were delivered to households to establish the residents perspective on their local parking issues. Data on parked vehicles was recorded over the two weeks and a different questionnaire placed on windscreens of vehicles parked in the survey area. A further questionnaire was used for vehicles parked in the areas specifically affected by school-related parking.

The results of the survey will provide information which will assist the Parish Council to fully understand the current parking situation in the centre of Hook. This will help us to work with residents and the District Council to look at ways of managing current and future parking needs.

We would like to thank those residents who volunteered to assist with the survey, without whom the depth of this survey would not have been possible.

After a long wait we are pleased to announce that from 14 April Hook will see a new hourly bus service running from Basingstoke via Hook, Odiham, Church Crookham and Fleet to Farnborough. The new No 30 service will be introduced to replace the existing 10 route. From Farnborough a service will run to Frimley Park Hospital. The service will be run jointly between Stagecoach and Fleet Buzz. The type and colour of the buses may vary as a result, but the important thing will be to look out for the No. 30. The timetable of the existing No 100 service from Hook to Camberley will be adjusted to connect with the new 30 service. Timetable leaflets will be available from 1 April from libraries, post offices and online at

The Annual Village Meeting will take place as previously announced at the Elizabeth Hall on 24th April. Entrance will be from 8pm when there will be an opportunity to walk round and chat to a range of local organisations providing activities and support within Hook.

We are pleased that there a some organisations exhibiting for the first time this year. These include the new village agents, Kate Smith and Jan Murray, Hook Players, 7th Bramshill Scouts and Hook Patient Participation Group.

A full list of exhibitors can be seen on the Parish Council Noticeboards and on the Parish Council website. The formal meeting, with answers to your questions, will start round 8.30. Please submit questions by 17th April to or by post or by hand to the Parish Council Office. This will enable any necessary research to be carried out and the most suitable person briefed to have an answer available. This will also help us to concentrate on the topics of greatest concern.

The Parish Council’s Annual Report will be delivered to every household early in April. Watch out for it arriving through your door.

Anne Atkins – Clerk