Northwood Parish Council

Posted by NPC Admin on Sunday, 23rd November 2014, 20:15

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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NORTHWOOD PARISH COUNCIL NEWS

FROM THE NOVEMBER 2014 MEETING

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POLICE REPORT
PCSO Derek Howard presented the report.
Crime Update for October – Three crimes had been reported during this month, being the same as in October 2013. The police had stopped two cyclists during the past month. They had all been issued with a verbal warning, together with an educational letter. The police had attended a multi-agency meeting with the aim of deciding the best way to move forward in order to resolve/reduce the problem. There was no further news on the planned relocation of the local police team to Cowes Enterprise College. Staffing – PC Juliet Proctor would remain with the Cowes LSN, until at least the end of January. The application form for a donation towards the purchase of new Speedwatch equipment had been forwarded to the funding coordinator for completion and would be submitted in time for the December meeting.
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BEACH CLEANING CONTRACT
Councillors noted the updated list of decisions taken by parish and town councils in respect of the request for a suggested one-off donation towards the IW Council’s Beach Cleaning contract, for the financial year 2015/16.
In discussion, councillors recognised the importance of the beaches on tourism and the prosperity of the Island, as a whole. However, they were mindful that the parish of Northwood had no beach frontages, although some local residents could well take advantage of the nearby resorts. BAE Systems had also generously provided a one-off donation of £1,000 towards the Parish Council’s contribution to the costs.
It was decided then to make a contribution of £1,426.55 in total towards the cost of the Beach Cleaning contract during the financial year 2015/16.
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COWES FLOATING BRIDGE
Discussion took place on the letter and attachments received from the IW Council, seeking views on the possible introduction of charges for the use of the floating bridge by pedestrians and cyclists. Councillors highlighted that when fares were tried previously it had proved to be unworkable and cost more than the revenue raised. The present system made a net contribution to the budget. Any changes would require additional staffing costs, which could then prove to be unviable.
Reference was made to the joint bid for funding from the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership and that the design of the new bridge could secure a reduction in running costs that might well be sufficient to cover any additional associated costs.
It was decided that the reasons provided by the IW Council were not considered to be sufficient to support the implementation of charges for the use of the floating bridge by pedestrians and cyclists. A better case had been made out to oppose any proposed charge. However, the objectives for a new bridge, as set out, were welcomed.
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NEWS FROM THE CLERK
It had been reported that for whatever reason, some local children had cut all the ties to the new goal nets at Venner Avenue and pulled them out of the clips. The newly seeded grass had taken well, but it was still too early to remove the fencing. With regard to setting up alternative goalpost locations, suitable sockets had still to be sourced to enable any further progress.
Cllr Pullen had started the planned green creosoting of the tubs and planters. Weather permitting he would finish the task by the next meeting. Some tubs also required some remedial work. Cllr M Nicholson offered his assistance at weekends.
Re the gardens in Uplands Road, the clerk had met with the agreed contractor who would shortly make a start to clear and reduce the plants and shrubs in both beds.

 

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