Northwood Parish Council

Posted by Admin on Saturday, 25th March 2017, 18:25

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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NOTES FROM THE MARCH 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 three crimes committed in Northwood, during February, in comparison to the seven crimes that had taken place during the same period in 2016. With reference to the current community priorities, PC Justin Pringle had organised a meeting in February of the PACT, when these were to be reviewed. Unfortunately, as only one member of the public attended the meeting, the determination of the priorities had been deferred to a later date.
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COWES POST OFFICE
The Post Office had announced that the service from its current position on land owned by Cowes Waterfront Trust, would terminate on 25 April. It was planned to relocate to the Southern Co-operative building in Mill Hill Road, with effect from 19 May. Although the new outlet would be open for longer, including all-day on a Sunday, the proposal was considered to be unsatisfactory. The new venue was not in the town centre nor on a Southern Vectis bus route making it difficult to adequately service local needs and the number of tourists who visit the town, particularly during the summer months. Cllr J Nicholson and Andrew Turner MP had both been in correspondence with the Post Office’s regional network manager requesting information on what considerations had been taken into account and the timescales of these, when forming their decision. The clerk had spoken to Ms Calver, the postmistress of the Pallance Road office, earlier in the day. That office currently opened on a part time basis, mornings only, on three days per week. Ms Calver’s contract was due to be terminated on 31 March and astonishingly, presently no approach had been made to her to either extend this or to offer to increase her hours to cover the interim period.
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UTILITY SERVICES
Cllr J Nicholson advised that subsequent to his request for this matter to be included as an agenda item, the two motions he had tabled to Full Council had been accepted by the IW Council. One covered the adoption of a fit-for-purpose Scaffolding Policy to adequately regulate scaffolding erected on the Public Highway. Due to the damage that the Utility Services appeared to be doing to the newly resurfaced roads, the other motion requested was for consideration to be given to implementing more rigorous regulatory and enforcement standards that could be undertaken to minimise and control these instances. Mention was also made of the road closure, during the period 13 March to 7 April, of Newport Road, from its junction with Three Gates Road to its junction with Nodes Road, for planned utility repair works by Southern Water.
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NORTHWOOD IN BLOOM
The clerk advised that the first planter, near to the Four Cross junction was rotten. She had attempted a temporary repair, but it really required a complete overhaul, replacement or removal. It was suggested that quotations be obtained so that consideration can be given as to the way forward, prior to ordering the summer planting.

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