The Annual Village Meeting will take place in the Elizabeth Hall at 8pm on Wednesday 26th April. Feedback on last year’s format was very favourable so the 2006 meeting will run on similar lines. The evening will start with a display of exhibits to walk around and County, District and Parish Councillors will be on hand for an informal chat. There will be no speeches so the time at the formal meeting, which will commence around 8.45, will be spent on answering your questions. We ask that questions be submitted in advance either by email to or by letter to the Parish Council Office at the Community Hall by 14th April so that we can research the answers where necessary and allocate each question to the person best qualified to answer it. Questions that arrive after that date or are not submitted in advance will be covered at the end if time allows.
All homes should have received a mailing from Hart explaining that later in the year they will move to a new system of refuse collection. In week 1 black refuse bins will be collected and in week 2 blue recycling bins will be emptied. Hart’s aim is to encourage recycling. Hart will provide double size blue bins at no extra charge to those who order them by 17th March, either by returning the slip with the mailing, or via the Hart website at www.hart.gov.uk. or by writing to Recycling Bin Offer, Hart District Council, FREEPOST AT148 Fleet, GU51 4BR. Hart Recycling will attend the Annual Village Meeting exhibition to answer questions and provide advice.
As mentioned in February Focus Highways are about to start major work on the A30between Hook Centre and Black Bridge. Work on the footpaths includes changes to discourage motorists from driving over the pavement, particularly near the junction of Memorial Road and the A30. Whilst footpath work takes place traffic will be controlled by lights. Highways hope to time the actual road resurfacing work to take place during the school holidays as the entire section will be closed to through traffic for up to two weeks. Access for those who actually live on the section concerned will be provided.
Over 50 residents took the opportunity to look at the latest plans for redevelopment ofThe Bungalow site on Saturday 28th January. Many also attended the Planning Committee Meeting on 1st February. The fundamental concerns are that the development would destroy the environment fronting London Road by building on existing gardens and put intolerable strain on Birch Grove and surrounding residential roads. If this proposal were to succeed it might set a highly dangerous precedent that could lead to further redevelopment proposals for other parts of the area to the north of London Road.
George Wimpey have applied to change the layout of part of the un-built Phase 2 atHolt Park. Their application would replace many of the larger houses with smaller ones and flats increasing the number of homes in that part of the estate from 35 to 59 dwellings. We have objected to the application on the grounds that the density at Holt Park is already high enough and in the knowledge that traffic and parking problems already exist despite only 110 of the 330 homes approved by the Planning Authority being occupied.
The application for the replacement Church in Elms Road was refused by Hart Planning Committee after a discussion lasting an hour. The Committee recognised that many of the reasons for the previous refusal had been overcome but took the view that the bulk of the proposed building and impact on the street scene were unacceptable. It is likely that the Church will appeal.
The Parish Council and HSPA are organizing a joint event to take place on Saturday 1st July in Hartletts Park and on the School grounds. The Hook Summer Festival will be a fun event for families and the general public.
Antony Hunter – Parish Councillor