2021 Annual Village Meeting/ All Council Meetings
Sadly, the 2020 Covid legislation, allowing local government meetings to be held virtually, was not extended by the government beyond 7th May, as expected. Guidance from the local government advisory bodies is that meetings can now only be held face to face. The Council felt that there was no practical way to hold the Annual Village Meeting or public meetings of the Council safely, maintaining social distancing requirements for all attendees. Presentations from the planned speakers at the Annual Village Meeting, along with answers to questions submitted have been published on the meetings section of our website.
In view of this unprecedented legal situation, at the time of writing, all meetings of the Council and Committees are CANCELLED until 21st June or earlier, if restrictions allow. We will continue to monitor the situation and update residents via our usual methods (Facebook, App, Noticeboards and Hook Focus).
At the Annual Parish Council Meeting on the 5th May, Jane Worlock decided to step down as Chairman, after 5 years ‘at the helm’, but will continue as a Councillor. Verd Nabbs was elected to take over as Chairman. Verd has been a Parish Councillor for 3 years and has been the lead Councillor for the Echo Hotel Music Club.
Community Safety Working Group (CSWG)
The CSWG is made up of representatives from the local Police, Hart District Council (Community Safety), Hook Parish Council, The Base Youth Club, Hook Village Halls Charitable Association and Code 9 Security. Following on from the survey questionnaire that was delivered to every household in Hook in December, analysis of the results and initial discussion on the next steps is progressing. All those who provided contact details, indicating they wished to be involved further, have been contacted and will be invited to participate in the work of the CSWG or further work in due course.
The Parish Council would like to thank Hook and Odiham Lions, who braved the weather to ensure that every house in Hook received a copy of the Parish Council’s Annual Report. An electronic copy is available on our website https://hook.gov.uk/about-hook-parish-council/council-publications/annual-reports/ . It is also available in an accessible format on request.
As we slowly emerge from Lockdown and the restrictions are eased, many local groups and organisations are restarting their events and activity programmes. Please contact , with details so these can be included in the Events calendar on the Hook App. More details and application form to add your event, can be found at https://hook.gov.uk/app/
Dog Waste Bags
Dog ownership has dramatically increased over the past year and sadly, there has been an increase in dog fouling either not being bagged or bags not properly disposed of. The football pitches on Hartletts Park seem to be having a significant issue. Not only is dog poo unpleasant, particularly if trodden in, it also poses significant health risks to both humans and other dogs. Bagged dog waste can be placed in ANY public bin, not just in the specific dog waste bins.
Our physical office may be shut at present, but there are a number of sites around the village for you to collect free, biodegradable Dog Poo bags from. Call the Parish Council office on 01256 768687 to find out your nearest collection point.