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News Bulletin: December 2002

Hook and Rotherwick District Councillor, and Hart District Council Chairman, Jonathan Glen formally opened the new multicourt next to the Community Centre on 31st October. As it was half term week over twenty children, who were spending the morning at “The Base”, were able to attend. Jonathan Glen scored a basketball goal at his first attempt and then took up the challenge of a game of ping pong. The multicourt provides a five-a-side football pitch as well as a basketball court and is already proving very popular. Funding and support for the venture has come from Hart District Council, Hook Community Association, First 4 Sport and “The Base” in addition to the Parish Council.

Work on the A30 outside the Crooked Billet to narrow the carriageway in conjunction with the Holt Park Development is now almost complete and the new footpath and reseeding of the grass verges at the northern end of Holt Lane is nearly finished. Scottish and Southern, who were permitted to work on Sundays, have now completed the task of putting the overhead cables underground across the site. Work on the show houses and information centre is underway and these are expected to open in January. At the same time work is going on to build the permanent entrance to the estate which will now be used by all delivery vehicles, so that the smaller entrance near Holt Way is now only being used for access by cars owned by contractors working on the site. Once the permanent entrance and access road is complete access to the lower end of Holt Lane will be via a new junction on the Holt Park Estate.

The play area in Hartletts Park is one of the most popular in Hook, but much of it is made of wood which has been deteriorating over the last few years and splinters are now all too common. We are in the process of obtaining quotes and drawings from four contractors and consulting parents and children on the various possible ways of refurbishing the area.

Following dismissal of the Planning Appeal on the Pinecroft and Hazelcroft site we understand that Crest Nicholson have decided not to put in a fresh application. We believe that another developer is interested, but any future application will need to take full account of the decision made by the Planning Inspector who considered the Crest Nicholson appeal.

Antony Hunter – Parish Councillor