Hoo Parish Council
Welcome to the website for the Parish Council and the civil parish generally. Hoo sits on the Hoo Peninsula, near Rochester in Kent. The civil parish also includes Chattenden which is located to the west of Hoo. St Werburgh (Saint Werburgh) is the name of the parish church, located in the centre of Hoo, named after the Anglo-Saxon princess, Werburgh, who became patron saint of the city of Chester in Cheshire.
The Hoo Peninsula sits between the River Thames and the River Medway and extends approximately around 10 miles from the 'kneck' of the peninsula to the furthest point out to sea, this geography most likely influenced its name 'Hoo' which is the Old English word for 'spur of land'. The word 'Hoo' is pronounced in the same way as the word 'who'. With Chattenden, the word 'Chattenden' is pronounced 'chat-ten-den' which is thought to mean 'Forest Settlement' from the elements ceto and ham dun.
To the north of Hoo is High Halstow. To the south of Hoo is the River Medway and on the other side of this river is St Mary's Island and Gillingham. To the east of Hoo are Upper Stoke, Middle Stoke and Lower Stoke which form Stoke Civil Parish, they are referred to as just 'Stoke' (not to be confused with Stoke-on-Trent). To the west and past Chattenden is Wainscott, Lower Upnor and Upper Upnor, both are referred to as just 'Upnor', they are all part of Frindsbury Extra civil parish. Nearby St Mary Hoo is similarly named. The two civil parishes are completely separate, with the only common factor being that both are on the Hoo Peninsula.
Those not familiar with what Parish/Town Councils are and what they do should click on the 'Our Responsibilities' tab at the top of this page. In general, Parish/Town Councils are the first tier of local government, being closest to residents. Councillors who sit on Parish/Town Councils normally are neighbours within the community who volunteer their time and expertise to improve the quality of life for residents and the services the Parish/Town Council provides. Despite being called 'Parish' Councils, there is no religious connection between Parish Councils and local churches, or the parochial councils of those churches. The civil jurisdiction of Parish Councils (the area that a Parish Council governs or represents as such) normally covers the same or similar jurisdiction as religious parishes (and their churches), therefore the terms 'parish' or 'civil parish' are used. Town Councils are exactly the same as Parish Councils. A Parish Council serving a town is usually called a Town Council, and a Parish Council serving a city is usually called a City Council. These bodies have the same powers, duties and status as a Parish Council.
Hoo Parish Council
Parish Clerk: Mrs Sherrie Babington
Address: 4 Birkhall Close, Walderslade, Chatham, Kent, ME5 7QD
Telephone: 01634 868855
*Please contact Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm and allow 5 working days to respond.
- Hoo, Rochester, Kent