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News Bulletin: January 2015

Hook Quality of Life Survey – In 2004 we undertook a survey, which subsequently informed the Hook Parish Plan. Since then Hook has seen growth and a number of changes. A new Council will be elected in 2015, during another period of development and change.

Early in January a survey questionnaire will be delivered to all households in Hook. This survey will assist the Council in developing its strategy going forward and the Hook Neighbourhood Plan.

This survey questionnaire aims to seek the views of everyone who lives in Hook (all ages included). Please will you take a few minutes to complete and return the form via the designated boxes at Tesco’s, Doctor’s Surgery, Infant and Junior Schools, Post Office, Elizabeth Hall, and the red post box at the back of the Community Centre from 5th January.

All residents are encouraged to respond and additional copies for all members of your household will be available from these return locations and the Parish Council office. The form can also be downloaded from our website at www.hook.gov.uk, completed and returned by e-mail to clerk@hook.gov.uk or printed and dropped in the return boxes. An online version can also be completed by following the link to Survey Monkey via our website.

Major site planning appeal – An appeal has been allowed for 13 residential dwellings at Blue Prior Business Park, Redfields Lane, Church Crookham, GU52 0RJ (Application 13/01882/OUT and Appeal Ref: APP/N1730/A/14/221702). The determination of this appeal is of relevance to the Hop Garden appeal to be held in May 2015. The Inspector has found that Hart cannot justify a 5 year land supply, one of the main issues in defence of the Hop Garden proposal. Officers at Hart remain optimistic, at the time of writing, that the appeal can be successfully defended.

Hook Community Centre – The Parish Council is delighted to announce that agreement has been reached with Hook Village Halls Charitable Association (HVHCA) to manage the Community Centre when it is completed. Members of HVHCA and the Parish Council will be collaborating closely on a smooth transition and opening of the new building.

Bus service changes – In December Stagecoach announced a range of service effective from 4th January 2015. Changes that affect Hook are:

Fleet Buzz Route 30 will be replaced by new routes for the No 10 and 13 routes between Basingstoke, Hook and Odiham (see Alton & Basingstoke section). There will no longer be a bus to connect Hook with Fleet and Farnborough.

Timetable information was not available by the Focus copy deadline. These changes may also affect the timings of the Hook Taxi Bus service. Please watch out for further announcements once we have details of the new timetables.

If you have any comments on these service changes please contact Stagecoach South via their website www.stagecoachbus.com or write to their address in Chichester.

Anne Atkins – Clerk