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News Bulletin: December 2015

Hart’s Revised Housing Options Paper – a serious threat to Hook?

The Parish Council will be running a face to face consultation in the Community Centre on the evening of Friday 11th December and during the day of Saturday 12th. As well as Parish Councillors, members of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group will be present to explain the significance of the options. By attending you can ensure that you really understand the options and can make the Parish Council aware of your opinions. See the Neighbourhood Plan Website for details.

Planning Committee Meetings – For the foreseeable future the Parish Council Planning Committee Meetings will commence at 7.30 pm rather than 8.00 pm as previously. The Committee meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month and Agendas are published on the preceding Thursday.

Christmas is Coming!

The Parish Council offices will be closed over Christmas and New Year. They will close mid-day Thursday 24th December and re-open on Monday 4th January.

For Christmas refuse collections please go to the Hart District website to find out when your rubbish will be collected –

Don’t forget to lock up your property, including sheds and garages, over Christmas so that burglars are not tempted to break in whilst you are away or help themselves to your lovely presents. Leave a security light on, make sure your doors are properly locked and your presents are out of sight.

Health and Wellbeing

A free (to both exhibitors and visitors) Health and Wellbeing event is planned for Thursday 7th April in Hook Community Centre. Groups or organisations, especially those already using the halls, who are involved with health and wellbeing in Hook are invited to have a stand there. Please email the Parish Clerk to register your interest. It will be on a first come first reserve basis.

There will also be defibrillator and other first aid training available throughout the day.

Hook already has a very good Wellbeing Directory and now moves are afoot to expand the directory and improve access to the information. Hart Voluntary Action will set up a dedicated Hook section on its database and Hook is invited to be the first in Hart to use the new system and pave the way for other towns and villages in the district.


So that the Parish Council can gauge how many free dog poo bags are needed for next year we are carrying out a small survey until the end of the year. Dog poo bags will be available for Hook dog owners from the office between 9am and noon. If you collect them for other people you will need to supply their details too.

A minority of people are not picking up after their dogs, particularly in Bassetts Mead. If you have ever rolled the wheels of a pushchair through the mess just inside the gate or cleaned your child’s shoes off, you will understand. It’s not very pleasant and several mothers have complained.

One dog owner did point out that there are cows in Bassett’s Mead so couldn’t understand the problem. The problem is that humans of all ages can contract toxocariasis from dogs’ poo. Children between the ages of 1 to 4 are particularly susceptible. Due to potential health issues it is vitally important you should clear up after your dogs. There is really no excuse especially as free dog poo bags are available from the PC offices.

Library Services

Hampshire County Council is seeking residents’ views on how Hampshire’s Library Service can be transformed and modernised. The consultation period runs from Monday 2nd November 2015 until Saturday 16th January 2016. More information and the questionnaire can be found at

Sue Hinton
Parish Councillor
PR and Media Portfolio Holder