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News

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

Oct 242020
 

Environment & Community Administrator

This is an exciting opportunity for a Hook resident, or person with in-depth local knowledge, to become actively involved as part of a team in the management of the Council and its Assets.  Reporting to the Executive Officer, the current role will be managing the Council’s facilities such as Parks, Open Spaces and Play Areas.

The Parks and Open Spaces responsibilities include co-ordinating the various contractors and organisations, who undertake work on our behalf, whilst ensuring maintenance and safety meets required standards.

The successful applicant will have experience of managing contracts and a solid administrative background; good organisation and communication skills are essential (written and verbal); be self-motivated and a good team player. Comprehensive expertise in using the full Microsoft Office Suite and the ability to work remotely when required, is a pre-requisite.  Own transport and clean driving license essential.

Salary range pro rata £23,000-£29,000 (37 hour week), depending on experience and qualifications.  This appointment is based at the Parish Council office located at the Community Centre, Ravenscroft. Working hours Monday – Friday (25 hour week), with some evening and occasional weekend duties.   For more detailed information about this role, please contact Executive Officer, Anne Atkins on (01256) 768687.

The closing date for applications is the 19th November 2020.

Oct 162020
 

The iconic hedgehog is experiencing a dramatic decline in numbers in recent years. Help them hibernate safely by building a hedgehog house. It can be something fairly simple (https://youtu.be/VJ_6UahH9Jw) or something a little more technical.

Should you be lucky enough to have one visit and what to help them build up their fat reserves for the winter, leave out tinned dog/cat food (not fish-based) and crushed dog/cat biscuits or specialist hedgehog food. Never feed them milk as it can cause diarrhoea; instead provide plain, fresh water in a shallow bowl.

With Bonfire Night fast approaching please remember to check underneath any bonfires, prior to lighting, to make sure a hedgehog (or any other animals) are not hiding underneath.

Instructions detailing how to make a simple hedgehog house Instructions detailing how to make a deluxe hedgehog house

Oct 152020
 
The Hook in Bloom volunteers will be out tomorrow (Friday 16th October) planting the many bulbs that burst into bloom each spring around the village.
If you would like to help please bring your own gardening equipment, gloves, something to drink and a mask. You shouldn’t be near people but they just want to remind helpers so they take any necessary precautions for their own protection and socially distance.
They are meeting at Grand Parade at 10 am.
Oct 152020
 

Please see below update from the Local Police about how to keep your home safe. Register your valuables with the national tagging service called Immobilise (https://www.immobilise.com/) which assist Police in returning your property back to you should anything be stolen and it is subsequently recovered.

The Neighbourhood Watch website also has a lot of helpful information https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/crime-prevention/crime-prevention-toolkits/burglaries/burglary-prevention-toolkit

If you are vulnerable due to age (over 65), circumstance, disabled, or a victim of household crime then The Bobby Scheme is free and should be able to assist you in securing your home. Go to http://bluelamptrust.org.uk/bobby-scheme-landingpage/ for more information.

Update from Local Police:

Good evening everybody,

We have recently seen a series of Residential Burglaries in the Hart District and I would like to offer some crime prevention advice to reduce the likely hood of residents falling victim to any further incidents.

  • Check your insurance documents for any specific security requirements or upgrades.
  • Ensure side gates are locked to prevent access to the rear of the property.
  • Ensure rear fencing is in good repair.
  • Lock all windows and doors, remembering to double lock UPVC doors (lift handle and turn key)
  • Keep all keys out of reach and sight from the letterbox (remember a device could be used to hook keys through letterbox).
  • All windows should be fitted with key-operated locks. You are able to buy DIY locks for almost every type of window. If you are considering replacing any or all of your windows check they conform to BS7950 Windows of Enhanced Security.
  • Do not leave ladders and garden tools in your garden, lock them away in your shed.
  • Improve natural surveillance at the front of your property i.e. trim high hedges.
  • Consider fitting security lighting and a burglar alarm.
  • Mark your property with postcode and house number and register your property for free with http://orlo.uk/7L9S0
  • Make use of timer switches to make the property appear occupied.
  • Get a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your property.
  • Consider joining or forming a Neighbourhood Watch scheme.
  • Remove valuables from view of ground floor windows.
  • Store any high value items (i.e. jewellery, passports) in a properly secured safe or bank vault.

Report suspicious activity to the police on 101 or online at http://orlo.uk/ctYJz or you can report anonymously via the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

Oct 102020
 

Parish Council Office reopens

The Parish Council Office reopened in early September. Our public opening hours are 9am – 12noon. Social distancing measures are in place in the Community Centre.  Masks are required to be used when entering the building.  Some staff are continuing to work from home to ensure social distancing within the office, therefore please phone the office before coming to the Community Centre, to ensure the relevant member of staff will be available.

Biodegradable dog waste bags will continue to be available free of charge from the collection points set up during COVID.  They are also available from our office during opening hours.  Please call the office 01256 768 687 to find your nearest collection point.

Hook App

If you have been trying to download our App, we have been made aware that Google have temporarily removed the App from the Google Play Store due to a change to their security protocols.  Many of the websites of local groups and organisations do not have the appreciate licence to meet Googles security standards.  We are in the process of identifying and removing the affected web links and anticipate the App being available again shortly.

As COVID is having a massive impact on local activities and events this is a REMINDER that if you are planning to hold an activity/event (even virtually), please let us know so we can put it in the diary section on the App.

Parish Council and Committee Meetings

As per government guidelines all meetings of the council and its committees have been conducted on line via the Teams platform since June.  We will be continuing virtual meetings until government guidelines change.  Members of the public are able to attend online and the links to meetings are published on the agenda during the week before the meeting.  Our agendas can be found at https://hook.gov.uk/about-hook-parish-council/council-meetings/agendas

Housing Survey

Hook Parish Council has been approached by the housing promoter, Falcon Communities, at a very early stage with the proposal to build a small number of discounted market affordable dwellings in the Parish. Before this concept scheme can be developed further, Falcon Communities, in conjunction with Hampshire Homes Hub, are required to evidence a need for this particular type of housing in Hook. A Housing Needs Survey must, therefore, be undertaken to establish the need for the proposed scheme. Hook Parish Council cannot form a view about the concept scheme until it can be shown that Hook residents need it.

Any proposed scheme should complement the existing housing offer in the Village. Hook Parish Council is, therefore, supportive of the need for the Housing Needs Survey at this stage. This does not automatically indicate support for the design of any specific scheme, which will be subject to formal consideration through the normal planning application process. Should a scheme be formalised by a full planning application, the Local Planning Authority will seek comments from Hook residents through public consultation accordingly.

The link to complete the survey is https://bit.ly/2QT1bSR . Paper copies of the survey are available from the Parish Council Office.

Planning Update

Those of you that have been following the planning application 20/01486/FUL Fairfields, Newnham Road,Hook, Hampshire, RG27 9NG may be interested to hear that it has been refused.  For more information for reasons behind the refusal please go to https://publicaccess.hart.gov.uk/online-applications/ and submit the planning application number.  Click on Documents tab and click on the documents labelled “decision” and “report” dated 16th September.

Flower and Produce Show/Hook in Bloom

Congratulations to Hook in Bloom (HIB) for hosting a successful and free event, the Hook Flower and Produce Show on Sunday 13th September.  Not only was there stiff competition in the fruit, vegetable and flower categories, the art, crafts, baking, children’s and photography categories had lots of entries too.  The Parish Council work in conjunction with HIB and Hart District Council (HDC) to create hanging baskets, wildflower beds and other displays of flowers around the village throughout the year.  The money they raised from the tea room, tombola and plant and produce sale raised valuable money to enable the group to continue this work.  If you would like to get involved with HIB, please go to https://hookinbloom.org/.

 Annual Village Meeting

Had this event taken place in September, attendees would have heard presentations from guest speakers.  In the absence of this, the speakers were invited to submit an article to Focus that reflected the contact of their presentation.  In the September edition of Focus, Mark Hazell, on behalf of Hook & Odiham Lions provided an insight into their valuable community work and projects.  This month, Chief Inspector John Halfacre, Hart & Rushmoor District Commander from Hampshire Constabulary has provided an update on local policing.

Oct 062020
 

Whitewater Health will be delivering the flu vaccines to eligible patients in “out of the surgery” settings. The locations will be confirmed by letter to patients and are the Victoria Halls in Hartley Wintney and Hook Bowls Club. Each patient will be allocated/offered 2 dates, one at each venue.

The letter which will be sent to patients will have a bar code system, which will allow for the patient’s record to be updated after the clinic has finished. This will enable a constant flow of patients while maintaining social distancing and infection control. It is essential that patients bring their letter and form with bar code to their appointment.

The confirmed dates for the Victoria Halls Hartley Wintney are:
10th, 31st October and 14th November

The confirmed dates for Hook Bowls Club are:
17th, 24th October and 7th, 21st and 28th November

If you haven’t already done so, please can you register your mobile number with the practice to assist in communications, forms for this are available at the surgeries and are likely to be available at the flu clinics.

For more information about who is eligible and the importance of having the vaccine, please go to https://tinyurl.com/y6rb6a84

Sep 292020
 

HELP KEEP OUR COMMUNITY SAFE

Please observe signage in our play areas including:
• Maximum numbers in each play area
• Social Distancing
• Hygiene
• Return later if busy

FOLLOW THE RULES – KEEP OUR PLAY AREAS OPEN


Poster detailing how to keep safe when using the play areas when they are re-opened

Sep 262020
 

We have been informed that there are two sets of overnights carriageway resurfacing works happening between 20:00 – 05:30 hrs. The roads concerned will be closed to vehicular traffic starting on Monday 28th September and lasting up to 3 nights. The roads will be open during the day.

The first one (HR725) starts on Monday 28th September on the B3349 by the Junction with Hook Road.

The second one (HR724) starts on Tuesday 29th September on the Junction between B3011 Reading Road, Heckfield, and Holdshott Farm.

Map of Roadworks on B3011 Reading Road, Heckfield (HR7724)
Map of Roadworks on B3349 Reading Road, Heckfield (HR7725)