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News Bulletin: January 2001

Over recent weeks there have been a number of instances of garden rubbish being dumped on amenity land in John Morgan Close and Mitchells Field. Dumping of garden rubbish is a criminal offence under the Environment Protection Act, just like fly tipping and littering. Letters have been sent to all residents in the area concerned asking for their cooperation in spotting and if necessary reporting those responsible. Other areas where similar problems have occurred include Reading Road and Hook Way. Apart from making the village untidy the cost of removing rubbish is being met by all of us as Hook Council tax payers. Please either dispose of rubbish in your wheelybin or at the Springwell Lane tip. Compost bins at prices from £16.95, delivered to your door, can be obtained by ringing Hart District Council on 01252 622122

Hampshire County Council will be holding an exhibition of plans for the Dorchester Arms junction in the smaller hall at Elizabeth Hall on Friday 26th and Saturday 27th January. Timings will be confirmed on Parish Council notice boards but are expected to be during Friday evening and daytime on Saturday. This is an important step for Hook so do please take the opportunity to come along. The Parish Council hope to have someone in attendance at the exhibition so as to help assess public reaction to the plans.

The recent severe weather has caused regular flooding at the junction of Station Road and London Road. When this problem has previously been aired with the Highway department they have explained that it can only be cured by digging up Station Road from the roundabout right back to the Wimpey building. In the past they have felt that flooding was too rare an event to justify the cost but we will now be taking the topic up with them again.

Finally a reminder that the Highways department often do not know if a street light is out of order unless somone rings them to let them know. An answerphone takes messages on 0800 50 60 60. Please leave a messsage including the name of the street concerned and the column number.

The next meeting of the Parish Council is on Wednesday 17th January 2001 at the Community Hall at 8pm.

Antony Hunter – Parish Councillor