Northwood Parish Council

Posted by NPC Admin on Monday, 23rd March 2015, 08:00

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 MARCH 2015 MEETING

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POLICE REPORT
In the absence of PCSO Derek Howard, the clerk read out the report of the Local Safety Neighbourhood (LSN) team advising on matters arising since the last meeting. Particular mention was made of the following:
Crime Update for February – Seven crimes had occurred compared to four in February 2014. Of these, on consulting www.crimereports.com , four appeared to have occurred in Northwood, with the remainder taking place in Gurnard. The crimes related to two theft from motor vehicles, one case of anti-social behaviour and one violence against a person.
The police priority remained the prevention of cyclists riding along Cowes High Street. No cyclists had been stopped by the police when on patrol during the month of February.
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PLANNING
Agricultural storage barn to the rear of 67 Oxford Street, Northwood; demolition of agricultural building, proposed detached dwelling.
After a lengthy discussion, it was decided that the Parish Council expresses its concern that the application could set an unwanted precedent for future backland development in this vicinity. The application site lay outside the development boundary. The concept to demolish an agricultural building to be replaced by a permanent residential dwelling was opposed.
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BIN YOUR SPEED
Councillors discussed taking part in the “Bin Your Speed” initiative currently being promoted by the road safety charity “Isle Drive Safe – Remember Evey”.  Although this was considered to be an excellent idea in trying to reduce the speeds of vehicles, councillors were mindful of the financial pressures that the Parish Council could face in the coming months.  Councillors felt that it might be more effective for a reminder to all motorists to keep within the local speed limits, what ever they may be.
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FUTURE OF THE POST OFFICE
The clerk reported the most recent offer that had been made by the Post Office Ltd to Miss Calver. She had tentatively agreed to run the Pallance Road post office on a restricted hours basis of twelve hours per week, over three mornings, subject to agreement of terms and conditions. This would be reviewed in a year or until a long term solution could be found. The Post Office were due to hold discussions last month to firm up the proposals and draft a contract of employment. Mr Robert Worley, Field Change Advisor had recently been appointed to continue the investigations as to how a Post Office service could be maintained in Northwood and had agreed to attend the April meeting of the Parish Council to advise on progress in this regard.
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COMMUNITY BUS
The current funding will run out at the end of the Summer; a shortfall of £7k per route will have be found. A further source of funding has come to light, though a government scheme. This means that with the withdrawal of less-used routes, the 32 Cowes bus should be safe. Donations, however, will still be needed. A further training day is scheduled.
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BIG TIDY-UP
Rather than organise a “Big Tidy-Up” event, it was proposed that a mention be made in Northwood News to highlight the anti-social behaviour of littering. In addition, all residents should be requested to be aware of detritus left lying around and assist voluntarily in keeping their locality clear.
As judging in the Best Kept Village competition would commence shortly, the clerk was requested to write to the two largest organisations in the village suggesting that they clear the litter around the periphery of their sites.
Cllr Jaggar advised that he would seek volunteers at the next Medham Management Committee meeting to assist him in clearing the area between the cycle track up to the Newport Road.

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