The Parish Council

Hook has been a civil parish, with its own Parish Council, since 1932. The Council has twelve members, who each represent the whole village. The Full Council meets once a month, with Committee meetings held regularly. The calendar of meeting can be found here.  Members of the public are welcome to attend meetings and may address the Council under the “Ten Minute Rule” public speaking session during meetings.  Details of the “Ten Minute Rule” can be found here

Committees

The Parish Council currently has 4 standing Committees. These meet regularly throughout the year. Each Committee has its own remit and focus, as outlined below.

Usually meets twice a month. The Committee is constituted to provide appropriate inputs to the Local Planning Authority on behalf of Hook Parish Council in regard to:

  • considering and responding to all applications for planning permission and planning appeals referred to Hook Parish Council;
  • considering and responding to all matters with regard to the Hart Local Development Plan (LDP);
  • proactively seeking to influence the development strategy of the Local Planning Authority (LPA);
  • proactively seeking the best possible terms for Hook Parish in regard to any developer contributions;
  • monitoring progress and review of the Neighbourhood Plan (NP)

Also, proactively monitoring and seeking improvements to highways infrastructure within Hook Parish through liaison with both the District Council and the County Council and other service providers.

The full terms of reference for the Committee can be found here

Usually meets twice a month. The Committee is constituted to

  1. Manage land and facilities owned by Hook Parish Council (HPC) and advise the Council on all matters relating thereto;
  2. Advise HPC on the management of Community Buildings in Hook;
  3. Advise HPC on matters and activities to improve the Health and Wellbeing of the Community;
  4. Manage the allocation of, and monitor use, of grants and community support;
  5. Liaise with external bodies responsible for highways, rights of way, environment and community safety;
  6. Develop and review the Environment and Climate change policy.

The full terms of reference for the Committee can be found here

Usually meets 5 times in the year. The Committee is constituted to;

  • advise and oversee all aspects of employment of staff on behalf of the Parish Council;
  • advise the Parish Council on budget and investment planning;
  • advise the Parish Council on matters relating to any structure review and its implementation;
  • advise the Parish Council on policies, procedures, corporate aims, objectives and strategy;
  • ensure office equipment and IT systems, software, hardware and procedures are managed effectively;
  • liaise with Hook Village Halls Charitable Association in respect of Tenancy/Licence Agreements and financial reviews.
  • Approve budgets for all contracts relating to the provision of support services for the general operations of the Parish Council
  • Agree budgets for all contracts relating to new or replacement facilities to be provided by the Parish Council

The full terms of reference for the Committee can be found here

Usually meets monthly. The Committee is constituted to;

  • Manage the project to deliver a pavilion building at the site at NE Hook and advise the Council on all matters relating thereto.

The full terms of reference for the Committee can be found here

Many of the communications that the Parish Council receives relate to services provided by other authorities. Report an Issue sets out which authorities are responsible for various services such as highways and transport.

Contact details for the Council Office are here.

Contact details for Councillors are here