Northwood Parish Council

Posted by NPC Admin on Saturday, 24th January 2009, 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

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

NORTHWOOD PARISH COUNCIL REPORT
(Paul Fuller, Tel: 01983 289595; Email: paulfuller@onwight.net)

SPEEDING
A request came forward from the public asking the Parish Council to investigate traffic speeds in Newport Road in the vicinity of the junction of Coronation Avenue. Both the police and the Isle of Wight Council promised to investigate further (see IW Councillor’s Report).

LOWERING THE VOTING AGE to 16?
The Parish Council was asked for its comments regarding lowering the voting age to 16. The Parish Council supports retaining the status quo – which continues to be supported by government. Do you have views, if so let us know!

GRAHAME DEACON, Environment and Neighbourhood Officer
Grahame was guest speaker at the Parish Council’s January meeting.

Grahame now represents Northwood (as well as Gurnard and Cowes) and has a  responsibility for ensuring certain activities are chased up by the Isle of Wight Council and other agencies. Grahame’s role is to support the activities of local parish councils and ward councillors, and also includes the ability to issue Fixed Penalty Notices.

PARISH PRECEPT
Following no objections to the draft precept presented in last month’s Northwood News, the Parish Council resolved to approve the precept as outlined.

The precept for 2009/2010 remains slightly lower than it was for last year. Details are available from last month’s Northwood News or on the village website: www.northwoodvillage.org.uk

POLICE REPORT
The police have asked that parents are vigilant, as teenagers have recently been prone to ‘borrowing’ their mum and dad’s alcohol and drinking it whilst out.

Car tyres in Venner Avenue were slashed before Christmas. If you saw anything please either report it to the police on 0845 045 45 45, John Pullen (Neighbourhood Watch) on 01983 281250 or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

ISLAND PLAN CORE STRATEGY
The next phase of consultation for future development within the Isle of Wight is underway. This consultation relates to the process rather than the specific aspects of the Island Plan; for further information see the website: http://iow.limehouse.co.uk/portal/planning/cs/subcs
The deadline for comments falls at 5pm, 9th February.

ONE MILLION BLOOMS – £2500 GRANT APPROVED
The Parish Council approved plans to enhance the top of Pallance Road and the grass verge adjacent to village sign in Newport Road (entering the village from Newport). Thanks were expressed to Cllr Mazillius for his hard work.

NORTHWOOD RURAL AFFORDABLE HOUSING
(Colin Cramp Tel: 01983 289996; Email: colin.cramp@yahoo.co.uk)

In November 2008 Housing Needs Survey questionnaires were delivered to all households in the Parish of Northwood. 89 were returned completed. This represents a rather disappointing 9%. The report on the survey has now been prepared by Sharon Packer (Rural Housing Enabler based at Isle of Wight Rural Community Council), and will be discussed at the Northwood Parish Council meeting on Tuesday 3rd February at 8pm at Northwood W.I. Hall. Sharon will be attending this meeting, where she will also explain the options of what happens next.

FUTURE MEETINGS OF NORTHWOOD PARISH COUNCIL
All meetings are held in Northwood W.I. Hall, where the public and press are welcome to attend. Prior to each meeting there is an opportunity for attendees to ask questions.

Northwood Parish Council, 8.00pm, Tuesday 3rd February 2009
Northwood Parish Council, Planning Committee, 8.00pm, Tuesday 17th February 2009 (To be confirmed – contact Barbara Herbert on 01983 290086 for details)

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH: Crimestoppers – Ensuring your anonymity
(John Pullen, Tel: 01983 281250; Email: pullenjd@hotmail.co.uk)

I know the guarantee of anonymity that comes with contacting Crimestoppers is vitally important.

It makes it easier for witnesses of crime to come forward, breaking the silence around criminal activity and removing your fear. Anonymity makes the difference.
If you call Crimestoppers –

You will not be required to reveal your name
You will not have to make a Police statement
You will not appear in court
Your call will not be recorded
Your call or online form will not be traced.

Crimestoppers create a report from the information you give them. Their advisors will check that this report contains no information that might identify you, e.g. if the call is about your neighbour, they won't mention this. They don't even make a note of your gender.

Did you know…?

Crimestoppers' promise on anonymity has never been broken. If the identity of one of their callers was made known it would destroy trust in Crimestoppers and no one would contact us. This is another reason why it is so important that they can guarantee your anonymity. To give information anonymously to Crimestoppers, call 0800 555 111 or visit the www.crimestoppers-uk.org website to report a crime anonymously on-line.

ISLE OF WIGHT COUNCILLOR’S REPORT
(Roger Mazillius CC, Tel: 01983 295556; Email: roger.mazillius@iow.gov.uk)

TRAFFIC
Traffic speeds on Newport Road in the vicinity of the Coronation Avenue junction have been monitored and 64,500 vehicle speeds registered over a period of 8 days. This revealed most vehicles travelling at or under the 30mph limit but 5% of vehicles travelling from the Cowes direction were recorded at speeds of 35mph or above.

A further speed assessment is to be made concentrating on this traffic flow which I will report on later. I expect this to provide confirmatory evidence of excessive vehicle speeds in this area to justify the installation of a 30mph speed reactive sign and for additional police monitoring of this busy road.

VILLAGE GREEN
I anticipate reporting on this fully in the next Northwood News with details of the final report by Council Legal Officers and the process of decision by the Council's Licensing and General Purposes Committee.

COUNCIL SERVICES TO OLDER PEOPLE
I am very pleased to report this part of the I.W. Council's services has recently been awarded the highest three star rating for performance and service delivery. If anyone requires any assistance for themselves or a friend or relative please do not hesitate to telephone the Council's Call Centre on 01983 821000 where trained operators will be able to give appropriate advice. This service delivers specific assistance to vulnerable adults for living at home, in registered care or nursing homes, meals on wheels, occupational therapy, assisted shopping, assessment of specific needs etc.

TRADING STANDARDS – WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE DO
(Julie Woodhouse, IWC Trading Standards
Tel: 01983 823370; Email: julie.woodhouse@iow.gov.uk)

The Isle of Wight Council Trading Standards Service has two teams, advice and enforcement. The Fair Trading Team gives advice on shopping problems e.g. faulty goods and services and non-delivery. There is also high quality advice available from Consumer Direct on 08454 040506. We also give information about scams e.g. offers of holidays which never take place.

The Enforcement team carry out inspections/business advice visits and investigate matters which may involve criminal offences in many areas including misleading prices and advertising, safety of consumer goods, the accuracy of weighing and measuring equipment e.g. petrol pumps, scales and optics and the animal welfare of farmed livestock.

The Service is committed to providing consumer education to all Island residents. We do this by:

Talks to W.I.'s, church groups, mother and toddler groups etc.; Displays; Visiting Schools; Articles in the local newspapers and radio; Producing information leaflets.

Northwood No Cold Calling Zone is one of several on the Island that the Trading Standards Service supports. Please don’t forget if you see anyone in your area who appears to be calling at doors let us know. If you haven’t got your sticker up please do so as it is a very visible sign to rogue traders that the area does not entertain doorstep sellers. These Zones will only help to protect the vulnerable if they are supported by the whole Community.

If you are interested in this Service giving a talk to a group you belong to please contact us.

Buy With Confidence is an approved trader scheme run by the Isle of Wight Council Trading Standards Service.

Want a reliable used car? Have your windows fitted by a reputable company?

Let us take the headache out of finding traders you can trust.

The member firms have been approved by the Service and agree to provide a reliable and quality service. We make every effort to ensure that members comply with the law. Any business that has been accepted on the Scheme has been audited by the Service. This means that their business has committed to providing a quality service to their customers.

Need a trader – Look for the ‘Buy With Confidence’ logo or see the website: www.iwbuywithconfidence.info .

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