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News Bulletin: April 2003

A reminder that nomination forms to stand for the Parish Council must be returned to Hart District Council in Fleet no late than 12 noon on Tuesday 1st April. Nomination forms for one of Hook and Rotherwick’s three District Council seats close at the same time as Andrew Henderson’s term is expiring. So it’s not quite too late to stand!

By the time Focus is on sale the refurbishment of the Ravenscroft play area will be complete, and the opening ceremony will have been carried out by Hart District Council Chairman and Hook and Rotherwick District Councillor Jonathan Glen. The old play area was tired and out of date. The Parish Council Amenities Committee considered proposals from four companies and the final choice was made following consultation with parents, schools, pre schools and the parents of children with special needs. The new play area is one of the first of its kind in the UK and Hook is the first Parish Council to install this inclusive play equipment, which is designed to be bold, colourful, safe and robust.

As mentioned in last month’s Focus drawings for a permanent traffic calming scheme in Reading Road and for changes to the Newnham Road scheme will be on show in the Community Centre in Ravenscroft between 6 pm and 7 pm on Thursday 3rd April. Representatives of Hampshire Highways and Parish Councillors will be on hand.

Hart District Council very recently announced that they intend to close all public conveniences in the District at the end of March as a cost saving measure. The one in Hook costs £8,000 a year, or £22 a day, to clean and maintain. Hart has suggested that the Parish might want to take the facility over which would simply mean that the work and the cost would be transferred from the District to the Village. The cost would be a significant addition to the Parish precept, but we are currently attempting, with little success so far, to establish how many people actually use the conveniences and how many of them live in Hook

Hampshire Paths Partnership has drawn up plans for surface improvements, including a boardwalk for footpath 22 in Shirlen’s Copse. They will provide the expertise and materials. Half a dozen volunteers have undertaken to help with the work on Saturday 3rd May but a few more are needed. If you are able to get involved please ring Anne Atkins on 768687.

Demolition work at The Old Foundry has been completed and Barratt will shortly start to build. The Parish has a key contact at Barratt and will keep residents informed as much as possible through Hook Focus.

Antony Hunter – Parish Councillor