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News Bulletin: November 2009

The Election for the vacant seat on the Parish Council took place on Thursday 15th October. There were two candidates and the votes cast were Gordon Winter 455, and David Hilton-Gee 232. Gordon Winter was therefore elected and is due to take his seat at the next Parish Council meeting on Wednesday 4th November.

The HSPA Fire Show and Firework Spectacular will take place on Saturday 7th November and Hartletts Park will be closed for safety reasons from noon on that day f or 24 hours. Cars must be removed from the Parish Council car park outside the Community Centre by 4pm as it is also part of the fall out zone.

The Outdoor Gym was formally opened, in bright autumn sunshine, on Monday 12th October by Dr Andrew Fernando who was a member of the working group which specified the equipment. Around twenty-five people of all ages attended including members of the Neighbourhood Centre’s weekly “Healthy Walk” group, representatives of Hart Leisure Centre and our local Police. We are delighted that since the equipment has been installed it has had regular use from all age groups. A suggestion has been made that we should consider installing similar equipment at the other end of Hook near the Varndell Road play area (subject to funding) and comments to the Parish Council on the idea are most welcome.

It may be up to five years before failed street lights report themselves as out of order and until that happens it really does help if residents report a light that does not work or remains on during the day. Faults can be reported to 0800 50 60 60 by leaving a message stating that the fault is in Hook along with the road name and column number. Arrangements for lights in Holt Park are different as the lights are still the property of Taylor Wimpey. Please advise Holt Park lighting faults to the Parish Council Office.

Remedial work needed to roads and sewers in the first phase of Holt Park has now been agreed between the County Council and Taylor Wimpey and contractors are expected to establish a temporary base on Parish Council land off Doctor’s Acre in the near future. Once the works are completed the County Council will take on responsibility for ongoing maintenance of roads, sewers and street lights from Holt Lane to the Sedges roundabout at the end of Great Marlow. Similar work on the rest of Holt Park which lies beyond the central Sedges Roundabout remains in the future.

A Parish Council led working party has been set up to make recommendations on work to be done at the Community Centre. HVHCA, who manage the building on our behalf, are part of the group and others may be invited to join to help with specific topics. Given that the original building was opened some twenty years ago major work to cover long term repairs and cater for current requirements is needed. The Parish Council owns the building and will approve and finance necessary work. At this stage we have already replaced the entrance lobby and are in the process of renewing the windows at The Base. Ideas for internal improvements are most welcome and in the meantime we are arranging energy, acoustic and asbestos surveys to help inform the way forward.

Antony Hunter – Parish Councillor