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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NOTES FROM THE FEBRUARY 2017 MEETING OF NORTHWOOD PARISH COUNCIL:

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POLICE NEWS
PCSO Derek Howard, a representative of the local Cowes Neighbourhood Police team (NPT) was present and referred to his report, which had been circulated prior to the meeting. This provided particulars of the current Cowes team together with details of the two crimes committed in Northwood, during January, in comparison to the six crimes that had taken place during the same period in 2016.
PCSO Howard confirmed that the Cowes team had moved into their new premises in Cowes Fire station and the arrangement seemed to be working very well.  The current community priorities remained unchanged.  However, the next PACT meeting was due to take place later in the month when these would be reviewed.
A question was raised regarding the effectiveness of the team, as it appeared to be quite stretched, due to the low number of personnel.  PCSO Howard reassured councillors that the team continued to work efficiently and competently.
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W.I. WORKING PARTY
Councillors considered the proposals suggested by the Northwood Women’s Institute (NWI) for an agreement with the Parish Council to lease the NWI hall for a period of 99 years.  Councillors, however, expressed their concern, particularly with regard to item 5.  This expected the Management Committee to take overall responsibility of the running, maintenance, repair and cleaning of the hall, also keeping it in good order and sound condition, including payment of the Utilities and insurance during the lifetime of the lease.  Unfortunately, no financial accounts had been provided setting out the details of the current income and expenditure.  During discussion, councillors were reminded of their earlier decision in December in that no financial implications should fall to the Parish Council.
It was decided that councillors are not satisfied of the need for the Parish Council to enter into a lease agreement for the hall, in addition councillors confirm their decision that no financial costs should be incurred by the Parish Council. It was agreed that the Parish Council should provide a support role only, as part of the Management Committee and that the matter be deferred for consideration by the new Parish Council in May.
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Meeting with ANDREW TURNER M.P.
A brief summary of the meeting between with Andrew Turner MP and representatives of the three parish and town councils. The closure of Lloyds Bank and HSBC would leave only one ATM presence in Cowes, which it was suggested, would not be satisfactory, particularly during the peak tourist period.  Andrew Turner MP agreed to write to the banks and to the Post Office to ascertain their position on the current situation.
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OTHER NEWS
The clerk advised that some of the tubs and planters were beginning to require some remedial work.  Cllrs M Nicholson and Jaggar volunteered to undertake an inspection and weed where necessary.
Cllr Jaggar highlighted the need for an amendable copy of the Parish Plan. Cllr Ward agreed to investigate if it was feasible to download a copy from the website.  If unsuccessful then the purchase of Adobe Acrobat might be necessary. The second picnic table has now been delivered.

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