Northwood Parish Council

Posted by Admin on Saturday, 20th June 2015, 23:00

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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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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NORTHWOOD PARISH COUNCIL NEWS

FROM THE JUNE 2015 MEETING

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POLICE CHANGES
The Chairman welcomed Sgt Lyth of the local neighbourhood police team.. He explained that from 1st April the Hampshire Constabulary had undergone a significant review of its organisation and structure in order to meet the financial restrictions imposed. Northwood, Gurnard and Cowes would now form part of the Wight Rural West Neighbourhood policing team. This covered a huge area from the Medina in West Cowes, westwards through to Ventnor. The officers and staff would be based over two sites: one in Yarmouth and one also in Cowes. The Cowes neighbourhood police team (NPT) comprised two PCs, with a temporary PC (in post only until the end of September), three PCSOs and one Special Constable. Sgt Lyth confirmed that he was battling to retain the third PC post. He commended the team as being extremely committed, motivated and interested in the work they undertook. All officers had to reapply for their own jobs, proving their dedication to the area and the role they carried out.
Following questions raised by councillors and members of the public present, Sgt Lyth confirmed the intention to move Cowes police station into the Cowes Enterprise College, as the existing building was no longer fit for purpose. It was hoped this would be within the next 18 months.
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PICNIC TABLE
With regard to the idea to place a picnic table on the Venner Avenue play area, Nigel Leppard, the IW Council’s Countryside, Parks & Open Spaces Manager had advised that the only way the IW Council would accept the proposal, was if the Parish Council was to agree to install the benches at an appropriate standard (including bases) at no cost to the IW Council and took on all subsequent maintenance costs in perpetuity, for however long the benches lasted. The IW Council also wanted to agree the proposed location of the benches prior to their installation.
In January, the HMP Isle of Wight had quoted the cost of an extra-large picnic bench to be £720.00.  In accordance with Financial Regulations two further quotations would be obtained. It was decided to set a limit of £1,000.
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NORTHWOOD IN BLOOM
A grant of £200 had once again been approved, provided the summer planting was ordered from the Jubilee Garden centre.  All tubs and planters had been cleared and re-planting should commence soon.  The clerk will instigate the start of having the plants watered on a twice a week basis.
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BUS SERVICES
Following the changes to Service 1, only the double decker bus travels along Nodes Road, turning back outside the old Co-op in Cowes. This has resulted in those passengers having to walk further if they wish to catch the Red Jet. Cllr Fuller had raised this matter with Southern Vectis.
On a Monday two Southern Vectis drivers man the Service 32 route. It has been alleged only one driver would accept donations. As the Parish Council, on behalf of the Cowes Community Bus forum pays the cost of a driver it was suggested that a letter should be sent to Matt Kitchin, of Southern Vectis, requesting those drivers to be instructed to accept all contributions.

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