The Annual Village Meeting was held on 25th April. This year over 170 residents and representatives of local organisations attended. During the meeting a number of questions were raised by residents, along with some suggestions that the Council will consider in the near future. Key areas of concern included the delays in the adoption of Holt Park roads and progress with the proposals for the new housing development on land in N. E. Hook. A further consultation is expected on the revised housing strategy during the summer. Full draft minutes of the meeting are available on our website.
Sue and Paul Hedges were the recipients of the first of the two Community Awards presented. Paul, now a District Commissioner, joined Scouting in 1978 as a leader in Hook, having been involved with the Cub and Scout Groups since 1967. Sue has held a range of leadership roles in Hook Beaver Scouts and Cubs since 1986. They have both supported hundreds of young people in Hook over the years through Scouts, Beavers and Cubs.
The second award was given to Pete Comley, who was instrumental in establishing a Hook Allotment Association, forming a committee, developing a website and fundraising. Over 20 sites were investigated by Pete and an enormous amount of time and effort was involved in finally purchasing the current 5.5 acre site.
The proposals for the refurbishment of Hook Community Centre were displayed. It is expected the final design will be submitted for planning permission in June. The proposed new bus routes and timetables were also on display.
The Council also had a stand at the Elizabeth Hall Fete on the 7th May, with the Community Centre proposals and new bus timetables again on display. The Fete was a huge success, and the BBQ managed to cook and sell nearly all Tesco’s stock of burgers. Events such as this are the heart of the village, and the Council is only too willing to support such events in future.
As announced in the May newsletter, there is a vacancy for a Parish Councillor. Whilst, at the time of writing, a formal announcement is awaited, it is expected that nominations will be open from 7th to 15th June with an election held on 12th July. We would be delighted to hear from anyone interested in helping shape the future of your local community and influence how residents’ money is spent. Time and enthusiasm are the key requirements. Please contact the Clerk, Anne Atkins, for a chat and more information about this rewarding role.
At the May Council meeting, the first of the new municipal year, Martin Whittaker was re-elected as Chairman. Jeff Burke was elected as Vice Chairman. Jeff is also a governor of the Junior School and brings considerable experience to his new post.
As this edition of Focus goes to print the Parish Council expect Stagecoach to have confirmed the start date for the new, much improved, 10 and 100 bus services for Hook. The timetables remain on display at the Elizabeth Hall. If you have ideas about fun ways to increase bus usage, for instance, to see how far you can get on a bus in a day, or groups outings on a bus then please get in touch with the Parish Council Office. Further information will be on noticeboards and bus stops when available.
A Hampshire County Council Consultation on proposed cycling and walking improvements in Hook will be held from 21 May 2012 until 10 June 2012. The proposals will be available to view and make comments on at Hook Parish Council offices or directly to Hampshire County Council online at www.consultations.hants.gov.uk.
The proposed improvements include a shared use cycle and pedestrian path along the southern side of the A30 from Holt Lane to Hartlett’s Park, crossing improvements in the village centre and at Griffin Way/A30 roundabout and an
improved cycle and pedestrian route between Hook Railway Station, Holt Lane and Bartley Wood Business Park. In addition, the consultation will also seek views on the option to develop a cycle route between Hook and Hartley Wintney. We would urge as many residents as possible to give their views on this consultation.
The agent acting for the developers of the proposed new housing at NE Hook will be hosting a public consultation on the scheme. The date and place will be publicised as soon as possible. Residents are encouraged to attend and offer their views.
Anne Atkins – Clerk