Northwood Parish Council

Posted by NPC Admin on Saturday, 26th November 2011, 14:45

NORTHWOOD PARISH COUNCIL

MEMBERS:

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CHAIRMAN – JOHN PULLEN
86 Wyatts Lane, Northwood PO31 8PY
Email: pullenjd@hotmail.co.uk
Tel: 01983 281250

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VICE-CHAIRMAN – PATRICK BENTLEY
95 Noke Common, Newport PO30 5TY
Email: pat.bentleyready@gmail.com
Tel: 01983 248287

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PAUL FULLER
74 Wyatts Lane, Northwood PO31 8QA
Email: paulfuller@onwight.net
Tel: 01983 289595

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RAY MEW
63 Horsebridge Hill, Newport PO30 5TJ
Email: ray.mewvl@gmail.com
Tel: 01983 245234

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CHRIS RIDDET
‘Vert Bois’ 46 Cockleton Lane, Gurnard PO31 8JD
Email: ringwood49er@hotmail.co.uk
Tel: 01983 245033

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DEREK SMITH
85 Venner Avenue, Northwood PO31 8AG
Email: tjoy@globalnet.co.uk
Tel 01983 281522

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JUDITH FERRIS
52 Mill Hill Road, Cowes PO31 7EG
Email: judeferris@sky.com
Tel 01983 291458

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CLERK & RFO TO NORTHWOOD PARISH COUNCIL – BARBARA HERBERT
11 Wyatts Lane, Northwood PO31 8QB
Email: barbara.herbert@sky.com
Tel: 01983 290086

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plus ONE VACANCY

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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.

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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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Planning Application
TCP/30768 land rear of 7 and 9 Pallance Road – Proposed chalet bungalow with detached bungalow; chalet bungalow; formation of access off Selman Gardens. Cllr P Bentley circulated and referred to the notes he had made of concerns raised by local residents, when he had visited the proposed site.   Several local residents were present and addressed the Parish Council, confirming the impact that the development could have on the other dwellings in Selman Gardens, specifically during the construction stage and gave reasons as to why unfettered access was required to their properties at all times.
It was decided that  Parish Council raises strong objections to this application  land rear of 7 and 9 Pallance Road, Northwood citing the following reasons:
Overdevelopment of the site – The area is already very compact, there is very little free space and no provision for overspill parking (Policy D1 (g), (d) (i) and the access to this part of Selman Gardens is via a dangerous blind spot where the road leads in from the original estate. Any extra traffic caused by the two proposed dwellings would exacerbate the problems in an area that is very short of parking and turning space;The nature of the road surface requires that it is kept free of large accumulations of mud, which could seriously impair the roads ability to self drain, and as there are no drains, could cause flooding and other long-term damage. Builders vehicles could cause the deposition of mud and other detritus on the ‘porous’ road surface, which is privately owned by the residents of Selman Gardens, and for which they are financially and legally responsible. Concerns were raised regarding the possible loss of the communal grass areas, for which the local residents are jointly responsible. The proposed plans would cause loss of privacy and visual amenity to existing neighbouring properties. Concern was expressed over the increase in on-road parking the development would cause and possible obstruction to emergency vehicles.  It was essential that local residents maintained unfettered access to their properties.

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Youth Representation
Cllr P. Fuller referred to his report, which set out details of an initiative to involve young people from Cowes Enterprise College in attending meetings of the Parish Council, in an advisory capacity.   Gurnard Parish Council had successfully introduced a Youth Advisor Scheme about three years ago, based on a similar model followed by Ringwood Town Council.  Mr Nigel Mason, the assistant principal of the Enterprise College, had advised that the school would shortly appoint a “Student leader”, to help to take ownership of the selection process of willing candidates to sit on Gurnard Parish Council.  It was suggested that the scheme could also be rolled out to Northwood Parish Council and Cowes Town Council, if their respective councillors agreed to participate. The Council welcomed the idea.

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Village Design Working Party
Cllr P. Bentley circulated his thoughts in a first draft of a proposed ‘plan of action’, to enable the Parish Council to produce a Neighbourhood Plan for Northwood. The draft set out a number of points, which would need to be considered, including a list of groups that would need to be involved in the process.  Councillors were requested to give the report their consideration before the next meeting, so that an informed discussion could take place on the next step forward.

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Football Pitch Working Party
Councillors were referred to the report, which advised of the outcome of conversations with Andrew McIntyre, the IW Council’s Parks Officer.  Unfortunately, due to restricted finances, the IW Council had to refuse to provide the finances for the re-instatement of damage to grass areas, on open spaces.  However, they were prepared, in this instance, due to the health and safety issues, to cover half the cost, providing that the Parish Council were prepared to pay the remainder.  Unfortunately, while the turf established, the goal posts would have to be removed, until the early spring of next year.
Councillors were still minded, that in the long term, for investigations to continue into the feasibility of the provision of an all-weather facility, on the play park.

Although capital finance might be possible to obtain, councillors were fully aware that the costs of any on-going maintenance for such a project, would prove to be more difficult to source.
It was decided that the Parish Council agrees to contribute half the costs for the IW Council to undertake re-instatement of the football pitch area, up to a maximum cost of £465.00.

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NORTHWOOD PARISH COUNCIL
PROPOSED PRECEPT 2012/13

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Anticipated under-spend of £3600 to be carried forward from current financial year.
The Precept for Band D property would rise from the current £12.47 per annum to approx. £15.50 per annum. This year Northwood paid the second lowest Precept overall. If other Parish and Town Councils do not raise theirs at all in the next financial year, then Northwood would still be the fourth lowest overall.
The proposed budget would result in an increase of 19.48% on this years’ Precept.
Any comments on the proposed Precept for 2012/13 should be sent to the Clerk, Mrs Barbara Herbert by 30th December 2011.

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