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News Bulletin: April 2002

Four new dog bins are being installed in the Hartletts Park area and the Parish Council, in conjunction with Hart Dog Warden Lynn Byfield, is mounting an awareness campaign to encourage dog owners to clean up properly after their pet. Lynn will be visiting schools, preschool groups and clubs during April. Dog excrement is a significant health hazard to children which is one of the key reasons that owners who fail to clean up can be fined up to £1,000. Nose to Tail and the Ark Veterinary surgery have joined in the campaign and will have a supply of woopsie bags to give away. Once the free supplies run out bags can be bought from the pet shop.

The March Parish Council meeting included a session on current highway issues. Installation of traffic lights at the Dorchester Arms junction is now underway and most of the work will be carried out without the need for significant delays to traffic. The new pelican crossings outside the butchers and on Griffin Way South will be installed in late May. At some point during the contract resurfacing work will be carried out in the centre of Hook on two Sundays.

Highways share our view that some changes are needed to the Reading Road traffic calming scheme and it is likely that the pinch point near the A30 will be moved to beyond the entrance to the car park and that the turning onto the B3349 will be made less sharp.

Barratts have been required to produce an assessment to show how traffic would change if they were granted permission for the Foundry site and until they complete the study and submit it to Hart the application is effectively on hold.

Almost two hundred people came to look at the exhibition of the Holt Lane plans and the Parish Council’s comments have now gone to Hart. As previously mentioned outline permission was granted in November 2000 which means that the development will go ahead. We have asked that the design of the junction with the A30 at the top of Holt Lane be reconsidered and believe that a roundabout should be installed. Many residents have expressed concern about the likely increase in rat running through Pantile Drive and we have asked that either suitable measures be taken at once or, at the very least, that a traffic survey be carried out now so that any changes can be properly measured once the first phase of Holt Lane has been developed. We are still pressing for the results of a proper hydrological survey so as to be sure that all the necessary steps are taken to protect the country park along the River Whitewater and the river itself.

The Annual Village Meeting will take place on Tuesday 30th April at the Elizabeth Hall starting at 8pm. This is your opportunity to hear about Parish Council activities and to ask questions so we are hoping for a good turnout.

The next meeting of the Parish Council is on Wednesday 3rd April at the Community Hall at 8pm.

Antony Hunter – Parish Councillor