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News Bulletin: March 2013

Parking in the centre of Hook and areas used for school parking have been of concern for many years. Many residents have commented on the empty spaces in Crossways Car Park whilst nearby residential areas are plagued by on-street parking. In the light of the potential impact of housing growth the Parish Council plans to undertake a detailed survey to help plan future parking provision serving central Hook and the schools. It is proposed to undertake the survey during the weeks beginning 11th and 18th March. To enable this survey we are seeking the support of willing volunteers to distribute parking survey forms and record vehicle parking in the roads and car park. We will need a number of volunteers available for a couple of hours on some or all of the survey days. Survey times are expected to be between 7 am and 7 pm Monday to Friday. Please ring e-mail or call the Parish Council Office if you are able to help.

The Annual Village Meeting will take place as previously announced at the Elizabeth Hall on 24th April. Entrance will be from 8pm when there will be an opportunity to walk round and chat to a number of organisations with which we work during the year. Exhibitors expected to attend include the Patient Participation Group, the Advanced Motorists Group, Hampshire Highways. A full list of exhibitors will be published toward the end of March. The formal meeting, with answers to your questions, will start round 8.30. It helps if questions can be submitted in advance so as to allow us to do any necessary research and to establish if a number of people are concerned on the same issue.

A Pre-Qualification Questionnaire for the Community Centre Refurbishment works was issued in December. Thirteen construction companies have expressed interest in tendering for the project. Tender documents were issued in late February and at the time of writing, it is expected that tenders will have been received and evaluated before the Annual Village Meeting.

Later in the year we anticipate planning applications for housing in NE Hook and Sainsbury. It has been the Parish Council’s practice to consult on major applications. Due to the timescales allowed for responding to planning applications, arranging and publicising such consultations is often at fairly short notice. Whilst the details will be published on our 4 noticeboards around Hook, it may not possible to publish details in Hook Focus. To avoid missing information about important issues such as this we suggest you either:

Following the public consultation in June 2012 regarding proposed improvements to pedestrian and cycle provision, work commenced on 4th February. The work is to upgrade existing footway along the south side of the A30 London Road between the junction of Holt Lane and Geffery’s House to provide shared use pedestrian and cycleway. Further work will be done in the centre of Hook to improve the footway, drop kerbs adjacent to the roundabout and zebra crossing on Station Road. The work is likely to take up to 15 weeks. Details of the works can be viewed in the Parish Council office.

Anne Atkins – Clerk