Northwood Parish Council

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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 contributorsA, rather than Northwood Parish Council

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NORTHWOOD PARISH COUNCIL REPORT – MARCH 2016

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POLICE REPORT
Particular mention was made that eight crimes had been committed during the month of February, compared to five crimes during the same period last year.
Councillors considered that it would be very useful to have further information on each incident, as just being aware of the total number of crimes committed was of little value. The crime reports website was unfortunately no longer updated. The clerk agreed to pass on the request to the Neighbourhood Police team.
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LETTER FROM THE W.I.
Councillors had before them the letter from the Northwood Women’s Institute (W.I.) inviting the Parish Council to consider taking over the complete management of Northwood W.I. hall.  The proposal had been unanimously approved by their members.
However, councillors considered there to be a distinct lack of vital information in the letter to enable a decision to be taken. Clear details were required outlining the proposed respective responsibilities of the Parish Council and any Management Committee. Although it was noted that there should be no financial cost to the Parish Council, fundamentally, no information had been provided on who was expected to undertake the duties outlined, which would give effect to the proposal. In addition, the parish clerk had no spare capacity to take on any additional duties so councillors questioned whether it was being suggested for this to be a paid position or to be undertaken by a volunteer? Councillors, while expressing an interest in working in partnership with the W.I., queried whether one of their own members or someone from the local community should be appointed, under the guidance of a Management Committee to completely manage the W.I. hall.
The representatives of the W.I. were urged to liaise with Gurnard Bay W.I., as they had some experience in establishing a Hall Management Committee. An informal meeting could then be arranged between all parties to discuss the proposal further.
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BIG TIDY UP
Councillors agreed that a Big Tidy Up should be organised, which could increase the marks awarded in the Best Kept Village competition. Cllr J Nicholson agreed to seek the assistance of the local scout troop. In the meantime, the clerk was requested to write to Northwood Garage, Aldi stores and BAE Systems welcoming their assistance in making Northwood a good place to live by keeping their hedges trimmed back and by increasing the frequency of litter picks around their boundaries.
The clerk would check on the condition of the phone box at Four Cross, as this received the lowest score in last year’s competition.
CAN YOU HELP? Do you know a particular road that needs a spring clean? If you do, please email the Clerk: barbara.herbert@sky.com
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MUGA for VENNER AVENUE
The Chairman and the clerk had met with representatives from two companies, Wickstead Leisure Ltd and Jupiter Play, both of whom were competent to install a simple all weather MUGA on the Venner Avenue play park. Details and costings would be provided at the April meeting. Investigations to source available funding opportunities would be the next step.
Cllr Ward volunteered to make inquiries with regard to grant funding at the Isobel Centre, in Newport, as they had installed a very large MUGA.
Councillors were requested to consider any other alternative schemes to utilise the one-off generous sum of money, should the provision of a MUGA be beyond the Parish Council’s funding ability.

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