Plans have been received for the demolition of Pinecroft and Hazelcroft in Station Road and their replacement by twelve two and three bedroom town houses. It would be particularly sad to lose Hazelcroft, which is one of few remaining old houses in the village centre. Apart from this, the proposals are totally out of keeping with the area and include two 11 metre high three-storey blocks of housing reducing the amenity value of the area and impacting particularly on Kew Villa and Gower Crescent. Parking, road access, and the impact on the Station Road street scene are also issues. The Parish Council and numerous residents are opposing the scheme. Objections should be sent at once to Environmental Services, Hart District Council, Harlington Way, Fleet, quoting Land at Pinecroft and Hazelcroft, Station Road, Hook and references 01/01083/FUL and 01/01084/FUL.
Our meeting on 19th September included a very useful session with Douglas Hill from Hampshire Highways. Officers at Hampshire and the Chairmen of the Committees concerned are recommending to Council that traffic signals be installed at the Dorchester Arms junction. The proposed layout includes pedestrian crossings on Hook Common Road and on the A30 by the pub itself. After more detailed design work it proved impossible to design a small roundabout within safety standards and it became clear that the compulsory purchase procedure to acquire the necessary land to build a large roundabout would take much too long. We hope that the lights will be installed in the spring.
The experimental traffic calming layout in Old Reading Road has been chalked on the carriageway and Highways are now waiting for the cones and other temporary equipment to become available from a scheme elsewhere. Highways are also considering changes to the Newnham Road traffic-calming scheme to make it more effective. The “Kill Your Speed” signs in Griffin Way proved very effective for the first few months, but drivers have become accustomed to them so they will now be moved onto the A 30 between the village centre and Griffin Way. Following recent complaints about the speed of traffic in Sheldon’s Lane Highways carried out a survey, which showed that the proportion of drivers exceeding the limit was not sufficient to justify a Police Campaign. However the number and position of the “No Through Road” signs in the area will be checked to ensure that all the correct roads are covered. 50 mph repeater signs are planned for the section between Hook and the Hook Garden Centre on the B3349.
The next meeting of the Parish Council is on Wednesday 17th October 2001 at the Community Hall at 8pm. This is an additional meeting not previously on the timetable.
Antony Hunter – Parish Councillor