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News Bulletin: November 2004

As a result of many complaints we discussed with Highways at our October meeting the increasing clutter of commercial advertising material attached to “street furniture”, such as road signs, railings and telegraph poles and the display of freestanding advertising boards. All advertising material attached to “street furniture” should be licensed, which means that almost all the ever increasing advertisements that appear are illegal! Highways clear these away from time to time.

A more serious practical problem is free standing boards on pavements outside shops which are often a hazard to pedestrians, the elderly and to pushchairs and these boards are a particular cause of complaint. Boards can also obstruct the visibility of those entering or leaving parking spaces. The local Highways supervisor has visited a number of shops that regularly place boards on Highway property such as London Road to ask them for their cooperation. In extreme cases Highways do have the right to permanently remove boards if they are obstructing the pavement.

A number of residents have commented on the very poor condition of the road alongside Fairholme Parade next to the Dragon Inn. However this road and the car park behind the shops are privately owned by the shops and are not a public highway. Although maintenance is entirely the responsibility of the owners of the shops it follows that no one else has the right to use or park on those areas.

Both as part of our policy of openness as regards information and to comply with new legislation we are increasing the amount of information we publish on our website. The same information can be viewed at the Parish Office at the Community Centre in Ravenscroft between 9am and 12 noon Monday to Friday. Councillors’ attendances at Parish Council and Committee meetings between May and October 2004 are now posted on the web. These attendance records will be updated every six months. We have also posted our publication scheme as required by law.

Pedestrian entrances to Hartletts Park will be closed from midday on Saturday 6th November until midday on Sunday 7th November which coincides with the schools fireworks display on 6th November. Hartletts Park is the firework fallout area. The car park at the Community Centre will be closed at 4pm so please remove cars by that time! Marshals will escort pedestrians from the Community Centre to the schools prior to the fireworks.

A tribute to John Morris who collapsed and died suddenly on 2nd October appears elsewhere in Focus. John was a former Head of Hook Primary and Junior Schools as well as being a Parish Councillor. Many thanks to all those who contributed ideas for the article. John has to be at the top of the list of those in Hook who worked extremely hard for the Community in the 1980s at a time of substantial change and threat of further development. The sympathy of us all is with Sue and all of John’s family. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday 13th November at St John’s at 2.30 pm.

As a result of the resignation of Michael Clark there is a vacancy for a Parish Councillor. If you would like to talk about standing for the vacant seat please give one of us a ring or talk to Anne Atkins or Christine Randall on the office numbers shown below.

Antony Hunter – Parish Councillor