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News Bulletin: January 2014

New Tesco Store Proposed for Hook

Tesco are proposing an expansion of the existing site in Station Road. Consultation was carried out at the store on Tuesday 17th December to shape the future of the new store. The new store will incorporate the site currently occupied by the much valued and well respected Rawlings family. Draft (Indicative plans) includes 31,984 sq ft of sales area and 322 customer parking spaces. Access points and the design of the significant elevations are still under review. Further consultations will be carried out with Hart District Council and the Parish Council in the New Year.

Community Centre Refurbishment

At the time of writing work has commenced on creating the temporary facility for the Hook Village Nursery and the Parish Council. The Base will remain open in its present location. During the week commencing 6th January 2014 the Parish Council office and Village Nursery will be relocated into temporary accommodation at the rear of the Community Centre. Access will be via the rear gate on the footpath adjacent to the houses beside the rear of the building. Provision has been made to enable the Base to continue to operate as normal.

The Parish Council office will be closed to the public during the week of 6th January while we organise ourselves into the temporary cabins and re-establish phone and internet connections. All contact details will remain the same, but an emergency contact number will be on our website and noticeboards during any period of closure. Once settled in our new office we expect to continue to offer a high standard of service, but would ask residents to bear with us during the construction.

As mentioned last month, parking on site will be restricted during the weekdays due to the level of construction vehicles needing to park.

The Parish Council would like to thank The Village Nursery and The Base committee members, staff and parents for their continued support during what will be a challenging time for all of us remaining on site during the construction.

Change of Parish Council Meeting Venue in 2014

Due to the closure of the Community Centre, all meetings of the Parish Council and its Committees will be relocated to Elizabeth Hall from January 2014 until the construction work is completed.

The Calendar of meetings for 2014 and agendas can be found on the Parish Council noticeboards and our website at www.hook.gov.uk.

Taxi Bus Trial

Capital Cars are currently waiting for their Special PSV Operators Licence to be granted to enable them to run the Taxi Bus Service. We expect this licence to be in place at the end of December and we will then be able to apply to the Traffic Commissioners for a start date for the Taxi Bus Service to begin.

We hope to get the go ahead in January before the 100 bus service stops in early February. Timetables will be circulated in advance of the service starting and new bus stops will appear with the Capital Cars Logo.

Community Awards

There are many ‘unsung heroes’ in Hook that deserve recognition for their voluntary efforts and achievements which have been of benefit of our Community. We are keen to receive nominations for our 2014 Community Awards, which will be presented at the Hook Annual Village Meeting in April. The nominations can be for individuals, groups or businesses that have made a sustained voluntary contribution in Hook. Please send nominations to the Clerk in writing or e-mail by the end of March.

SAVE THE DATE – Annual Village Meeting 23rd April 2014.

Anne Atkins – Clerk