Northwood Parish Council and Northwood Community Partnership

Posted by NPC Admin on Wednesday, 20th August 2008, 00:00

NORTHWOOD PARISH COUNCIL
Chairman: Cllr John Pullen, 86 Wyatts Lane, Northwood. Tel: 01983 281250
Vice-Chairman: Cllr Paul Fuller, 74 Wyatts Lane, Northwood. Tel: 01983 289595
Chairman (Planning): Cllr Peter Brooker, 28 Uplands Road, Northwood. Tel: 01983 296958
Cllr Colin Cramp, 37 Greenways, Northwood. Tel: 01983 289996
Cllr Marie Ely, 14 Wyatts Lane, Northwood. Tel: 01983 299673
Cllr Roger Mazillius CC, 21 Oxford Street, Northwood. Tel: 01983 295556
Cllr Colin Palmerton, 40 Greenways, Northwood. Tel: 01983 282242
Cllr Eileen Turner-Palmerton, 40 Greenways, Northwood. Tel: 01983 282242
Parish Clerk & RFO: Barbara Herbert, 11 Wyatts Lane, Northwood. Tel: 01983 290086
Email: barbara.herbert@sky.com

NORTHWOOD COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP
Chairman: Ron Willis
, 3 Uplands Road, Northwood. Tel: 01983 200452
Vice-Chairman: Derek Toms, 83 Wyatts Lane, Northwood. Tel: 01983 294607
Secretary: Penny Elford, 12 Green Lane, Medham. Tel: 01983 289945
Email: tpelford@btinternet.com

THE NORTHWOOD REPORT

The views expressed are those of the contributors, and are not necessarily those of Northwood Parish Council or Northwood Community Partnership.

REPORT FROM ISLE OF WIGHT COUNCILLOR
(Councillor Roger Mazillius Tel: 01983 295556)

Proposed Southern Vectis Withdrawal of Bus Services 27 & 28.

I have been working with Gurnard I.W. Councillor John Hobart and Council Officers to provide alternative services via Wightbus. I am now very pleased to confirm that from 1st September the I.W. Council will run 40-minute Wightbus services 32 and 30 replacing the Southern Vectis services 27 & 28. Full details will be available by the time you read this.

(Timetables link added by Alan Welfoot: Timetables for Routes 30 and 32 )

Allotments.

Northwood Community Partnership has been keen to find a suitable site and had the names of several local residents willing to work an allotment. There is now a statutory duty for the new Parish Council to see if a suitable site can be found if sufficient local residents make a written request for an allotment. At present about six requests have been made to Parish Clerk, Barbara Herbert at 11 Wyatts Lane and more requests are welcomed.

Now here comes the good news! The new owner of New House Farm (a little after Chawton Lane but on the other side of Newport Road) is willing to make part of her land with running water available for allotments. Whilst there will be several hurdles to jump before any allotments can be up and running, this is very much a step in the right direction and I will do all I can to facilitate a successful outcome to allotment provision. Please watch this space!

Postal Scams.

In addition to my warning on email banking scams, fraudulent claims are now arriving ever more frequently though our letter boxes. These contain news that you have won or are in line to win extremely large sums of money e.g. competitions that you have never entered. They can at first sight be extremely plausible but they are all fraudulent. If you so much as send an enquiry back, and certainly if you send money, you will be inundated with similar postal scams – up to 100 A DAY are not unknown. So please throw these bogus criminal letters away. If you have any doubts please contact me or Trading Standards at 01983 823370.

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH REPORT
(John Pullen, Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator Tel: 01983 281250)

There have been three burglaries or attempted burglaries in the village over the last few weeks. Police are still investigating these. There has also been some vehicle vandalism and one person had their car targeted twice in a short period of time.

On the 20th July, with Colin Palmerton & Eileen Turner-Palmerton I attended the Northwood Gurnard N/watch coordinators meeting at Cowes Police Station. The report from PC Mark Thomas, despite incidents referred to above, show Northwood has had no serious crime problems during the summer so far.

Across the Island, the police are warning everybody to take care with handbags, cameras, etc, especially in shop changing rooms and cafes. Please do not leave personal items unattended. Also, incidents of walk-in burglaries have increased.

PCSO Steve Oatley will shortly be providing coordinators with Smart Water. This is a process where items of value can be marked with a unique DNA-style forensic code. These codes are stored on a secure database together with the owners’ details, making them uniquely identifiable. This is a deterrent to potential thieves as the Smart Water cannot be easily removed. Talks are taking place with Safer Neighbourhood Teams to see if this can be widely distributed at a reasonable cost to anybody in a neighbourhood watch scheme.

I will be meeting with Julie Woodhouse, Senior Trading Standards Officer, soon to discuss how Neighbourhood Watch and Trading Standards can work more effectively together. I will publish any relevant conclusions from the meeting in future editions.

We still have a small stock of electric timers and low energy light bulbs available. These are provided free of charge by the Safer Neighbourhoods Police team as an Anti Burglar Initiative, to elderly or vulnerable people. The electric timers are very easy to install…! All that is required is for you to plug an electric lamp into the timer, and it switches on at a given time each evening. If you have any problems using your timer, or indeed require black recycling bins or green organic waste bins please give me a call. I can deliver to your house!

The numbers to ring for the police are:

08450454545 – to speak to a police officer or staff member or report a crime.

999 for emergencies.

101 – to report vandalism and graffiti; noise nuisance; threatening and abusive behaviour; abandoned vehicles; dumping and fly tipping; drunk and rowdy groups; broken street lighting.

Drug-related anti-social behaviour.

Do not forget Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. You do not need to identify yourselves and the calls are not recorded.

ISLAND PLAN CORE STRATEGY CONSULTATION
(Cllr Peter Brooker, NPC Planning Chairman, Tel: 01983 296958)

The Island Plan is the name given to the Island's emerging Local Development Framework (LDF). The LDF replaces the 'old' hierarchy of medium-term and long-term plans after changes in planning legislation in 2004. The LDF is not a single plan but a package of separate documents produced at separate times. The Local Development Scheme (LDS) sets out which documents will comprise the Island Plan, the subject matter of each, and the timetable for their production.

One of the documents within the Island’s LDF package is the Core Strategy. This sets out the long-term (to 2026) 'spatial' vision, objectives and strategy for the Island; it provides a framework for delivering local development and key issues for development control; and it contains broad locations within which development will be expected to be delivered. It does not make specific land allocations.

The evolving Core Strategy document is now available for a second phase of consultation as the Island Plan Core Strategy Options Report. This document, and much supporting documentation, can be accessed online at:

http://iow-consult.limehouse.co.uk/portal/planning

The document is also available in all libraries, at Customer Services in County Hall and in Reception at the Seaclose planning offices. A series of 'surgeries' will also be held at the Seaclose offices between August 15th and September 22nd to promote understanding and involvement.

Northwood Parish Council has requested a paper copy of the report, but this may be on limited local availability as members will be circulating it amongst themselves before formulating the Parish Council's response.

Consultation on the Options Report closes on September 22nd.

Responses may be made on-line (the preferred way), by using an electronic comments form or by post. Alternatively, the Parish Council would, of course, be pleased to receive comments from residents for collation and onward transmission. Comments should be sent to our Clerk, Barbara Herbert.

This is yet another chance to make your comments on the future of your Island. Please think seriously about doing so!

NORTHWOOD COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP REPORT (Paul Fuller Tel: 01983 289595)

New officers were elected onto the Committee, following potential conflicting interests with those members who are also Northwood Parish Councillors. This we are hopeful will be resolved soon!

At the Annual General Meeting of the Community Partnership, Ron Willis was elected Chairman of the Partnership for the coming year, Derek Toms was elected Vice-Chairman, Penny Elford was elected Secretary and Eileen Turner-Palmerton was elected Treasurer.

Outgoing Chairman, Colin Palmerton paid tribute to the Partnership and thanked members for their ongoing support. Colin, Eileen as the partnership’s long-standing Secretary; and outgoing Treasurer, Anne Jonas were thanked for their hard work and commitment over the last few years.

FUTURE MEETINGS:
All meetings are held in Northwood School Hall. Please enter school via playground to south. Members of the Public are welcome to attend.

NORTHWOOD PARISH COUNCIL: Tuesday 2nd September at 7.00pm.

NORTHWOOD COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP: Tuesday 23rd September at 6.00pm.

NORTHWOOD PARISH COUNCIL (Planning Committee): Tuesday 23rd September at 8.00pm. (To be confirmed – Contact Barbara Herbert for Information).

NORTHWOOD PARISH COUNCIL REPORT
(Cllr Paul Fuller, Parish Council Vice-Chairman, Tel: 01983 289595)

Cllr John Pullen was elected as Chairman of Northwood Parish Council, for the remaining year.

The Parish Council resolved to establish a Working Party to investigate Affordable Housing options for Northwood. Cllr Colin Cramp ‘volunteered’ to lead with support from Cllrs Brooker & Ely.

The meeting to discuss concerns with the local bus services between local residents, parish councillors and service operators failed to happen due to Southern Vectis deregistering Services 27 & 28 after August.

I represented views of the Parish Council at a recent IWC Planning Meeting to determine the Hillis Gate Stables Application for change of use. Supporting residents, views strongly put by Councillor Mazillius and Prof. Dennis Russell from the Campaign To Protect Rural England, the Planning Committee overturned the recommendation for approval tabled by Planning Officers. Many thanks to all those involved!
It was resolved to invite Councillor David Pugh, Leader of the Isle of Wight Council to a future meeting of the Parish Council. The community would be advised of the date when agreed.

Whilst five priorities for the Parish Plan have been established, specific roles and responsibilities for all Parish Councillors should be agreed at our September Meeting.

At our July meeting your newest parish councillor, Marie Ely was co-opted on to the Council. It was a huge shame that all the candidates could not have been co-opted, as all three were brilliant and would make excellent Councillors. Thank you for your expressions of interest!

In line with June’s Northwood News here is Marie’s profile:

8. Councillor Marie Ely of 14 Wyatts Lane, Tel: 01983 299673
    Email: the.elys@onwight.net

I came to live on the Island 16 years ago and became a resident of Northwood in 2000.

Married to Jon I have two children, Rosie and Jack, both who attended Northwood Primary School. During their time there I served as a Parent Governor, some of that time as Chairperson.

Currently I’m a member of the ‘Friends of Solent’ committee and the Cowes High School ‘Parent Focus Group’.

I enjoy a variety of physical activities, one of which is Netball and I was a founder member of ‘Mad Cowes Netball Club’, a thriving club that currently has members from the age of 9 years upwards.

Although originally from a sailing background, I have changed direction and am now a partner in a small business trading in garden retail and design.

I take a great interest in Island issues that impact on our village and our youth and community such as the schools reorganisation, housing and sustainability and feel it is important for all residents, young and old, to feel proud and part of the community.

As a councillor I would like to see all communities working together, helping to enhance our village and improve the lives of its residents.

I look forward to being part of a Parish Council that is proactive, effective and recognised for the positive difference that it makes.

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