Northwood Parish Council

Posted by NPC Admin on Thursday, 24th April 2014, 23:53

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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NORTHWOOD PARISH COUNCIL NEWS

FROM THE APRIL 2014 MEETING

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POLICE REPORT

PCSO Steve Anker presented the report of the Local Safety Neighbourhood (LSN) team on matters arising since the last meeting. Although there was very little to report, particular mention was made that the crime figures covering the period up to 31 March had fallen by five to sixty nine reported crimes, when compared with the total for the previous year. The crimes related to various types, not just one or two specific types of crimes.

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ISLAND ROADS
The clerk advised that unfortunately Mr Malcolm Smith of Island Roads would not be attending the day’s meeting. In order to meet the needs of all Town and Parish Councils in a timely fashion, Island Roads had arranged for an Asset Management workshop on 27 March, to replace the meetings that Mr Smith had been due to attend. However, the email advising of this had been circulated after the clerk had started her annual leave, with the Workshop taking place on the day of her return. This had made it impossible for any information on this to be disseminated in time. Councillors expressed their annoyance at the lack of notice. The original plan had been widely publicised in the Northwood News and Village Talk so that members of the public could attend in order to raise their questions or any concerns they might have had with regard to the Highways PFI project. Cllr Riddet apologised to those members of the public present, inviting them to email the clerk with any queries and she would pass them on to Island Roads to seek their response.
Councillors also suggested that Mr Smith should be requested to attend a future meeting, so that discussion could take place on any highway issues within the parish, as had been originally planned.
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PLANNING
Among the planning applications was: 43 Venner Avenue, demolition of porch and hall; single storey side extension to provide for a porch, kitchen and dining room.
Parish Council raised a number of objections to the application, these being:
The proposed development was not sympathetic to the style of the existing properties.
The detrimental effect on No 41 Venner Avenue, resulting in a serious loss of privacy to the front bedroom, due to the proposed line of the extension being constructed in advance of the existing building frontage.
The proposal removes the ability of No 41 Venner Avenue to gain access to the rear of their property by the side pathway, for the purposes of entering their rear garden and continuing storage of their waste bin and other refuse.
Highway concerns during the proposed build as the premises had no access from the main road and was situated on a blind bend, that had poor visibility and was marked with double yellow lines.
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BIG TIDY UP
Councillors welcomed the interest of the local scout section leaders in assisting with a ‘Big Tidy Up’ event and noted their offer to tidy up some of the local footpaths, which were becoming rather overgrown. However, as it was the statutory responsibility of the Local Authority to undertake this service Cllr Ward volunteered to seek official approval, in the first instance. Ms Jennine Gardiner, the Rights of Way Assistant was suggested as the most appropriate point of contact.
Mention was also made that Mr David Newton, the Green Towns coordinator might be able to furnish the Parish Council with a supply of litter pickers and ‘hi vis’ jackets and gloves for the task.
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It was decided that Cllr Ward make contact with the various organisations, as discussed and report back to the next meeting so that arrangements could be confirmed for the planned ‘Big Tidy Up’ event.

 

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