Northwood Parish Council

Posted by NPC Admin on Saturday, 23rd February 2013, 22:26

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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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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Safer Neighbourhood Report
PCSO Oatley presented the report of the Local Safety Neighbourhood (LSN) team, on events that had taken place since the last meeting. The intervening period had again been fairly quiet, with no reports of damage or public disorder. However, there had been a total of 15 calls to police during the past 30 days, with the following crimes of note: Two instances of domestic assaults dealt with by way of a caution.
One drug-related incident that had come to light when a vehicle had been routinely stopped. The car was subsequently impounded as there had been no insurance in place. Two incidents of Anti-Social Behaviour, when a vehicle had been driven in an incorrect manner in the snow.
PCSO Oatley advised that with the lighter evenings it was usual for reported crime to see an increase. The LSN team were always on the alert and would monitor any incidents on a daily basis. Cllr Pullen expressed his thanks to the LSN team for their prompt response to the neighbourhood incident in Selman Gardens. The resident concerned was very grateful.
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There is a supply of No Cold Calling window stickers, paid for by the Parish Council, if anybody needs one.
Ring 281250 if you are need a Sticker
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Do not forget Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. You do not need to identify yourselves and the calls are not recorded.
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Provision of a Skip
The clerk read from a letter that she had sent to Mr Pimm in respect of his first matter of concern regarding the sweeping of Pallance Lane. Mr Marlton, the Cyclical Maintenance officer at the IW Council had advised that Pallance Lane was classified as rural, and was therefore included within the annual street cleansing schedule. However, following a couple of complaints, it was actually swept three times during the previous year.
With regard to the second matter, the clerk had obtained a quotation for the supply of a skip, which ranged from £94 for a 2 yard to £198 for a 6 yard skip. Councillors expressed their sympathy to the suggestion, particularly for the non-car owner. However, it was unanimously agreed that the provision of skips was not a financially justifiable expense. The IW Council provided well run facilities at Lynbottom and at the recycling unit along the Forest Road for the disposal of any unwanted matter. These were open all year round for use by all Island residents. It was decided that the cost involved providing skips, could not be justified.
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Research into Local Men who Died in WWI
The Council considered an email from Ms.J.Pearce. Ms Pearce was present and addressed the Parish Council on her suggestion for Northwood and Gurnard Parish Councils to consider continuing her research of the 48 local men who died in World War 1. Reference was made to instances where some community groups had decided to document the lives behind the names on local memorial plaques. The findings could then be made public in the centenary year of 2014, in the form of a small booklet or editorial on the village web-site.
The clerk cautioned councillors on their limited powers to fund the proposal. There was no statutory power to cover the production of village history, only the use of Any expenditure had to be commensurate with the benefit to the local community, which in the current financial year limited the amount to £6.80 per person. It would therefore be necessary to pursue the availability of grant funding.
The Chairman advised that he would explore the suggestion with several of his contacts, to ascertain if they would be minded to undertake the proposed research. He would then prepare a report for the March meeting. In the meantime the clerk was requested to contact Gurnard Parish Council to seek their interest on the scheme.
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Northwood in Bloom Working Party
Cllr Pullen advised that he intended to pay a visit to Ryde House Nurseries shortly to ascertain the summer planting available. The planting scheme would be reviewed to ensure only a small contingency remained after filling the tubs. There had been no information as to whether the Wight in Bloom funding was to continue. The clerk to forward to Cllr Pullen the total budget set for planting in 2013/4.
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Parish Plan Working Party
Councillors expressed their gratitude to IW Cllr R Mazillius, Mr P Le Pen and Mr L Measures for their assistance in circulating and collecting the Parish Plan survey. A total of 1029 houses had been delivered to, with a return rate of approximately 50% anticipated. The one area still outstanding should be completed by the coming Friday. The next stage being the collation of the information remained to be resolved. The cost of hiring an external person would be prohibitive. The question was put to the clerk, if she was prepared to undertake the task outside of her normal contacted hours. Cllr Bentley had produced a proforma, which he had used to collate those forms he had collected. The matter will be on the agenda for the March meeting.

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