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News Bulletin: June 2015

Parish Council Election – The new Council held its first meeting on Wednesday 13th May at Hook Community Centre. Iain Chalmers was re-elected Chairman of the Council, with Fergus Kirkham as Vice Chairman. Debra Davies remains as Chair of Planning.

Until the council members are back up to full strength, the Amenity Committee will not be formed. Amenity matters will be discussed at full Council and Gordon Winter will continue to hold the portfolio for this in the interim.

Vacant Seats – As mentioned in May, four vacancies remain on the Council following the elections. The Council will fill these vacancies by co-option, so there is no formal public ballot. If you are interested in helping to shape the future of your local community and influence how residents’ money is spent, then please contact the Clerk to find out more about this rewarding role within our forward thinking team.

To apply to be considered to join the council, please write to the Clerk, with a summary about yourself, including:

  • how long you have lived or worked in Hook
  • reasons for wishing to be a councillor
  • previous community involvement/council experience
  • any other skills you can bring to the Council
  • your interests and recent career history

Hook Neighbourhood Plan – Please see Neighbourhood Plan Website for the latest progress update.

Hop Garden Appeal – The appeal opened on 12th May. Representations for Hook included those made by the Parish Council, Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group and local residents. The appeal was adjourned on 14th, with no clear indication of the likely outcome and will reconvene on 9th and 10th June.

Landata House – Planning permission was granted for 50 dwellings on this site in 2011. The site now belongs to Taylor Wimpey and pre-applications discussions are underway for a variation to change the permission to 70 flats on the site.

Transport – A proposal to extend Hook’s regular scheduled bus transport route to cover north, west and east Hook and link with the Community Centre, Hook centre and station, is being considered. The service links with the scheduled bus and train services as far as possible.

  • NO BOOKING (scheduled service)
  • NO COST WITH a Concessionary Pass
  • WITHOUT concessionary pass, currently £1.20 per trip.

The service is operated by Capital Cars on behalf of Hook Parish Council. The vehicle used is an 8-seater passenger Taxi, with room for shopping, instead of a larger bus.

If this would help YOU or SOMEONE YOU KNOW, to get out and about, please speak to us on 01256 768687 or email:- . PLEASE TELL YOUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBOURS. We encourage and welcome all feedback.

Anne Atkins – Clerk