Alverstoke Ward & Leader of the Council
Mark Hook is currently the Leader of the Conservative Group and has been Leader of the Council since 2009. He first served as a Councillor in 1983 for eight years as a Leesland ward councillor. He was re-elected to serve in 1998 and again in 2004 up until now for the Alverstoke Ward and he now has a total of 26 years’ experience, making him one of the longest serving Councillors in Gosport. He is Chairman of Gosport Borough Football Club, and takes a keen interest in all sporting activities in the Borough.
As a local businessman trading in Gosport for the last 26 years, Mark can often be seen in the High Street selling his range of furniture, carpets and greeting cards. As the leader of the council, Mark has overseen many improvements to Gosport. These include the new leisure centre, new ferry pontoon, improvements to the High Street with many new businesses investing in Gosport, Splash Park in Stokes Bay, Rowner’s massive regeneration to become Alver Village and the enterprise zone at Daedalus to name just some over the past few years.
Mark's expertise in financial matters is a great asset to the Council, as is his grasp of the day to day running of local community affairs during these difficult times. Delivering on the promises made is key to developing the trust in local politics and Mark's aim is to restore that trust between the electorate and local politicians.
Mark has the vision for the future of Gosport and the determination to see things through. It is important to tackle employment opportunities. We have seen a decrease of 64% in unemployment figures over the last 5 years. It is vital to deliver jobs on the enterprise zone, on delivering more industrial units such as those on Fareham Road and Tidebank in Lee on Solent to create more jobs in Gosport to reduce the amount of workers who need to out commute daily on the A32. We need to continue what we have started, in using land for job creation.
Having already delivered Gosport Leisure Centre we will look to improve on existing sites. There are plans to renovate the Falkland gardens and develop the bus station site bringing in new boutique retail, restaurants and cafes for the public to enjoy the magnificent harbour views. In the Alver Valley there will be a new garden centre, the first of its kind in Gosport, along with improved play areas, a bigger and better BMX track with a learner track alongside and additional parking. Within the Country Park there will be pathways for people to enjoy strolling through the countryside enjoying the variety of wildlife, flora and fauna that the park will have to offer.
We will look to continue improving on efficiencies, reducing beaurocracy and driving down costs. We will look to work in partnership with other local authorities and to share services where we believe savings can be achieved but not to the detriment of the service provided.