A Community Event will take place on Saturday 16th July. The draft Parish Plan will be on display at the Community Centre from 10am to 4pm and Parish Councillors will be on hand to discuss your comments. The plan will also be on the Parish Council web site from 17th July prior to the final version being submitted to Hart in the autumn. Our aim is that the plan will be adopted by Hart as part of the planning guidance process, so protecting our environment and laying down standards to be met by any development, however small. Hampshire Wildlife Trust will also be at the event to explain and discuss their proposals to fence parts of Hook Common. An article by Hampshire Wildlife Trust appears elsewhere in Focus. Neighbourhood Watch will have a stand providing an opportunity for people who live in roads that are not yet covered by the scheme to find out more about this very successful programme. Sentinel Housing Association and Hart Voluntary Action will also be attending.
July will mark the move of our local Police into Dickson House in London Road. An article by Inspector Sarah Jackson appears elsewhere in Focus. A key result of the change is that Police officers will be more visible within the community as they travel in and out of their new base.
It would help if parents would encourage their cycle riding children to park their bikes safely rather than leave them lying on the pavement where they cause a hazard to pedestrians pushchairs and the elderly! Cycle stands are provided outside Trees and in Grand Parade and will soon be installed at the Community Centre and the Skate park.
Hart are about to start a consultation process to help decide on the future organisation of the Refuse Collection service. At present 25% of our rubbish is recycled but central government targets require this figure to rise to 33% next year and eventually to 50%. The aim of the consultation is to gauge public opinion as to how the target can be met. Local Authorities that do not meet the targets will suffer a hefty fine which would inevitably result in an increase in Council Tax.
Hampshire County Council are starting a consultation on a proposal to reduce the speed limit on the B3349 between Hook and Mattingley from 50 mph to 40 mph for safety reasons
Our District Councillors have taken on board the problems that have been created by the new charging structure at Reading Road (Crossways) car park. No decision to amend the tariff has yet been made and any change would require Hart Cabinet approval but we have received a highly sympathetic hearing and are optimistic that changes to the pricing structure will be take place.
Antony Hunter – Parish Councillor