Northwood Parish Council

Posted by Admin on Thursday, 19th November 2015, 22:41

Northwood Parish Council Members

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MEETINGS

Meetings of the Parish Council are held on the first Tuesday of the month, commencing at 6.30pm.
The meeting of the Planning Committee, if required, is held on the third Tuesday of the month, commencing at 6.30pm.

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N.B. Copies of the associated meeting papers are available upon prior request to the clerk or can be obtained after each meeting.

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ALL MEETINGS ARE HELD AT
NORTHWOOD PRIMARY SCHOOL, WYATTS LANE, NORTHWOOD

unless otherwise stated.

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MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC AND THE PRESS ARE VERY WELCOME TO ATTEND.

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The comments made in the following articles represent the views of the individual contributors, rather than Northwood Parish Council

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NORTHWOOD PARISH COUNCIL REPORT – NOVEMBER 2015

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The Report appearing in the December 2015/January 2016 edition of Northwood News

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COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP

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Cllr Pullen indicated that the attendance of the delegated councillor representatives at meetings of the Community Partnership had not always been very regular.  It had frequently fallen to him to provide an un-prepared report on Parish Council activities.  Councillors considered it to be of value to attend these meetings, particularly as representatives from the Community Partnership assisted with the planting and maintenance of the tubs and planters around the village and provided a valuable resource in the village with their Residents Day events. Generally about 20 residents attended the events. However, it appeared they were running out of momentum due to the lack of financial resources.  In discussion, it was highlighted that disappointingly no application had been submitted to the Parish Council for financial assistance.  The number of active members of the Partnership was also diminishing.
It was decided that Cllr Pullen be appointed as the Parish Council’s representative at future meetings of the Community Partnership and Cllrs Pullen and Fuller liaise with the Community Partnership to investigate how best the Parish Council could support the continuance of the organisation.
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VILLAGE IMPROVEMENTS

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Bench on Venner Play Park
The bench on the playpark, which had been donated many years ago by Roger Mazillius, was in need of urgent repair.  Cllr Pullen advised he had made inquiries and to remove it would cost £30, or £150 to effect its repair.  The IW Council had subsequently suggested that they were looking into the matter and if viable would undertake the repairs, or if not, take it away.  They promised to keep the clerk informed.
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Wooden Posts at the junction of Uplands Road/Nodes Road
The IW Council had advised that in their opinion the posts were installed by a neighbourhood group and as such they were not the responsibility of the IW Council or Island Roads.  As the posts had been in situ for at least 22 years, councillors were unable to confirm this fact.  At least eight of the twenty nine posts could be removed easily, the others were all beginning to rot.  They would take some effort to remove or replace as they were cemented in place.
It was decided that quotations be obtained to  remove the posts and make good where installed and  to replace like for like. Cllrs Nicholson and Fuller to advise the clerk of an appropriate contractor to enable quotations to be presented to the next meeting of the Parish Council.
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Picnic Table
The clerk advised that unfortunately due to the demand from the internal prison market, HMP Isle of Wight were unable to produce a picnic table for the play area, at the current time.  Although it was appreciated that the Parish Council was not in a particular rush, due to the prison’s current workload it would not be possible for them to manufacture and supply the table for between 6 to 9 months.  If, after this time, the Parish Council still required a picnic table from them then a further order should be submitted. Councillors were in agreement that the quality of picnic table that HMP Isle of Wight could provide, merited the wait.
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JOINT MEETING ISLAND ROADS

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A copy of the notes of the joint meeting held last month had been circulated prior to the meeting.  A series of questions had been raised by councillors and sent in advance to Island Roads.  Some of them were answered at the meeting and the remainder would be responded to by email.  Unfortunately, the meeting was not chaired and degenerated into a slight free for all, lacking focus and management.  The main criticism made at the meeting was the perceived lack of communication from Island Roads.  Richard Baker, the District Steward for the Cowes wider area received praise for his assistance with local problems.  Small cluster meetings were viewed as an ideal forum to meet with Island Roads and discuss mutual issues.

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