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Monthly Bulletin: March 2019

Owens Farm proposed development update

Apsley House Capital plc is applying to the Secretary of State (SoS) for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) under section 16 of the Commons Act 2006 to deregister a strip of land at the junction of Newnham Road and London Road (A30), which is part of the Village Green (Jubilee Green, Newnham Road – VG Number. 138).  The purpose of this application is to enable the proposals for the development of Owens farm consisting of 700 dwellings (associated facilities) to be progressed.   Under section 38 of the Common Action 2006 Apsley House Capital plc has also applied to the SoS to carry out restricted works on Hook common, which involves a strip of land either side of the junction of Carleton Close and Newnham Road. The proposed works are to widen this road to facilitate access by a proposed new public bus service and footway along Newnham Road.

A copy of the application forms can be inspected at the office of Hook Parish Council, Hook Community Centre, Ravenscroft, Hook, RG27 9NN between 9am and midday Monday-Friday until 14 March 2019 or by appointment.

The planning Inspectorate will decide the application on behalf of the Secretary of State.  Any representations should be sent in writing ON or BEFORE that date to The Planning Inspectorate, Commons Team at 3F Temple Quay House, Temple Quay, Bristol, BS1 6PN or commonlandcasework@pins.gsi.gov.uk.

Your Parish Needs You

The Parish Council Elections are being held on 2nd May 2019.  All twelve Parish Councillors will automatically retire at the end of their four-year term.  A number of existing members have indicated that they will not stand again, so there will be a need for some new members.  We know that Hook if fortunate to have many residents that are passionate about our community and possess a wide range of skills and experience that can contribute to keeping Hook a great place to live and work.  A willingness to work on new ideas is always most welcome!

By being a Councillor is your chance to help make a difference in Hook.  The Local Plan and Neighbourhood Plan will take effect this year paving the way to regenerate the centre of Hook.  We also have many exciting opportunities for new sporting and recreation facilities.

If you want more information on this rewarding role please contact the Executive Officer, Anne Atkins at the Parish Council Office for a chat by the 26th March.

Community Award

Do you know anyone whose contribution to their neighbourhood or the wider community should be recognised with the Hook Community Award?  The award is presented each year at the Annual Village Meeting.  The only firm rule for nomination is that the person or organisation must have given service to our community, on an entirely voluntary basis and over a sustained period.  If you have previously nominated someone, who was not the successful nominee that year, please re-nominate those individuals or groups again for them to be in the running this year.   Nominations should be submitted in writing by post to the Parish Council Office or emailed to clerk@hook.gov.uk  Closing date for nominations is by 29th March 2019.

Hook Live\ Echo Hotel Music Club

At the time of writing the first gig under the Parish Council new live music brand has a sell-out audience on the 16th February.  Please see below for more dates.

Burglaries in Hook

Hook has fallen victim to domestic burglaries more frequently. These have most recently been occurring in the afternoon between 4pm and 6pm.

Police have asked us to remind residents to take sensible precautions as a deterrent:

  • Have indoor lights on timers indoors
  • Lock doors, windows and side gates
  • Lock external doors with a key, even if you are in the house
  • Use outdoor sensor controlled lighting

More information on protecting your property can be found at https://www.police.uk/crime-prevention-advice/burglary/

Also consider, registering your valuables with the national tagging service called ‘Immobilise’ at https://www.immobilise.com. This assists the police in returning any stolen property recovered to its rightful owner.

Dates for your diary 2019

  • Hook Live/Echo Hotel Music Club presents Xander and the Peace Pirates & The Mike Ross Band – Elizabeth Hall on Sunday 10th March, 5pm – 11pm
  • Hook Live/Echo Hotel Music Club presents Jo Harman and her band & Special Guest – Elizabeth Hall on Saturday 20th April, 8pm – 11pm
  • Annual Village Meeting – Hook Community Centre on 1st May, 8pm – 10pm
  • Hook Live/Echo Hotel Music Club presents Erin Costello plus Hollie Rogers – Elizabeth Hall on Saturday 11th May, 8pm – 11pm
  • Hook Live/Echo Hotel Music Club presents Albany Down, Eddy Smith & The 507 – Elizabeth Hall on Saturday 1st June, 7pm – 11pm
  • Hook Village Show (in partnership with Hook and Odiham Lions) – Hartletts Park 7th July