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News Bulletin: November 2006

Hart has been unable to provide a uniformed Dog Warden service for eighteen months because the Dog Warden has been, and still is, on sick leave. A new Dog Warden has been recruited and will shortly be making visible patrols of those parts of Parish Council land where dog fouling has been a problem.

A permanent and lit cycle path, funded by George Wimpey, from Holt Park to the station has now been designed and is scheduled for installation in Spring 2007. The plans for the cycleway are on display in the Parish Council Office in Ravenscroft from 9am to 12noon on Weekdays.

Hart’s new system of Alternate Bin Collection of Black Bins one week and Blue Bins the second week is scheduled to start with Black Bins, in most of Hook, on Monday 30th October followed by Blue Bins on Monday 6th November. Anyone who has ordered a large Blue Bin but still not received it should email . All homes should now have a glass collection crate ready for the start of Glass Collection on Monday 4th December. It is uncertain if houses in the original glass trial will suffer a gap in collection. We hope that Hart will update residents regularly through their web site at as it has been difficult to reach the depot by telephone in recent weeks.

Plans for a footpath along Newnham Road have received funding approval along with white lining to encourage traffic to slow down. At present there are no contracts let for the work and therefore no timescale but both we and Highways are pleased with collective progress.

Visitors to Hartletts Park will have noticed contractors installing the long awaitedmulticourt floodlighting. The underground ducting for the cables was installed when the multicourt was built but parts of it have suffered damage in the interim which has caused delays. We are now waiting for the contactor to return and install the actual floodlights.

The Public Inquiry into Hart’s refusal of Planning Permission to develop the site of The Bungalow in London Road has been postponed, initially for three months. The reason for the delay is the continuing uncertainty over the impact of the European Law restricting development within set distances of Special Protection Areas. The inquiry that has been deferred is the one into the application involving access to the site via Birch Grove.

Antony Hunter – Parish Councillor