Northwood Community Partnership

Posted by NCP Admin on Thursday, 16th February 2006, 00:00

NORTHWOOD PRECEPT AND PARISH COUNCIL UPDATE

In consultation with Councillor Roger Mazillius and the Isle of Wight Council, the Community Partnership has agreed that the Isle of Wight Council sets a precept of £8.36 per household. Of the £8.36, £5.36 will be absorbed into the Isle of Wight Council corporate pot, whilst £3.00per household will be spent in our village on local projects. Unlike the present Community Partnership, the Council will hold the funds and will require the Community to suggest where the funds are diverted.

In negotiating this level of funding, Roger reminds me that this is the lowest unparished precept on the Island and complies with the ‘between £5 and £10’ figure quoted by Roger on the doorstep, whilst collecting signatures.

In order to tap into these funds, we have been advised that we must first set up a shadow Parish Council, which will consist of between 8 and 12 members. The Community Partnership, in the meantime, will continue with a focus on developing community projects such as the Parish Plan and Northwood In Bloom.

As a Public Meeting was called by Roger last month to further the parish council process, our next public meeting scheduled for Friday 3rd March has been cancelled; our next public (committee) meeting is scheduled for 6.00 pm, Monday 27th March at Northwood School. For confirmation, please contact myself or Eileen.

ARE YOU PAYING TOO MUCH FOR YOUR SERVICES?

After what seems to have been the coldest winter in years, and the subsequent increase in fuel bills I’ve been asked again to provide details of uSwitch.com.

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If you require any further information contact uSwitch.com on 0845 601 2856.

WRVS PLEA FOR ASSISTANCE

Have you ever wondered who is there to assist in times of emergency?

Trained WRVSEmergency Service volunteers regularly provide support to the Blue Light Services and those affected by flooding, electricity failure and numerous other incidents. They were at Boscastle and Carlisle during the floods and London following the bombings, and most recently at Hemel Hempstead during the oil terminal fire.

MEN and WOMEN on the Isle of Wight are urgently needed to help provide support in their community. Expenses are reimbursed, and if you wish to join a friendly team and learn what to do please join an informal training day at:

WOOTTON BRIDGE METHODIST CHURCH on TUESDAY 21st MARCH.

To reserve a free place, please ring Joan on 01983 882955 or Penny on 01983 295676.

Paul Fuller, Chairman.

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