Northwood Parish Council

Posted by NPC Admin on Thursday, 26th January 2012, 13:53

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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MEGAN MOORE
108 Pallance Road, Northwood PO31 8LS
Email: megan.moore@googlemail.com
Tel 01983 291250

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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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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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Presentation Highways PFI Project
The Chairman welcomed Cllr E Giles and Mr M Smith, of the IW Council to the meeting.  They provided an explanation, by way of a power point presentation, as to the objectives, background, benefits and what was to be included in the Highways PFI project, which would bring all areas from ‘fence to fence’ up to national standards within the timescale prescribed .  The scheme on the Island was one of three pathway projects created nationally. Funding of some £250million, over a 25 year period, was to be provided by way of a non-repayable grant from the Department of Transport and with contributions from the IW Council.  An explanation was given as to how the PFI would be structured by the formation of a special purpose vehicle specifically to undertake all the works.  Although there had been a cut in the original anticipated budget, by using different types of working patterns and efficiencies could result in no change to project.   It would take 7 years in total to bring the highway network to reach the condition index expected as a nationally required standard. This would be achieved by dividing the island into six districts, with the approved contractor being required to ensure that each area achieved the stepped standard specified at the end of each year.  Three contractors had submitted very detailed tenders for the contract.  A decision was to be made shortly to reduce this to two, with the preferred bidder being announced towards the end of the year. The work would then commence in April 2013.

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Police News
PCSO Oatley presented the report of the Local Safety Neighbourhood (LSN) team on events that had taken place since the last meeting. December had again been a very quiet month, with virtually no crime of any note within Northwood.   However, particular reference was made of the following:
The Christmas period had been very quiet.  However, the New Year had been busy, although no statistics for the Cowes area were available at present
Cllr Mew reported that several residents had approached him, reporting the disappearance of at least four cats in the Oxford Street and neighbouring area.  PCSO Oatley advised that he would make contact with the RSPCA to see if they were aware of the situation and report back his findings to the next meeting.
PCSO Oatley referred to item 10 of the agenda, regarding police grant funding.  It was explained that new priorities were to be agreed by March, for the disbursement of any available funds.  These would be advised to the clerk when known.

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Precept 2012-13
Councillors had before them a proposal for the Precept for 2012-13. One letter of representation from Mr M Webb had been received, suggesting that the cost of watering the planters be cut from the budget.  A further representation from another local resident had been published in the County Press and also on the Village website.  The clerk advised that she had invited this particular resident to either put his concerns in writing or to attend the meeting to state his objections verbally.
Mr Webb, was present and addressed the Parish Council querying the need for so many planters and suggesting that to save money volunteers be sought to undertake any necessary watering.
It was decided that the Precept for 2012/13, as reported in the agenda, be agreed and that a review of all the tubs/planters be undertaken and reported back to a future meeting.

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Letter from the Leader of the Island Council
Consideration was given to the letter received from the IW Council inviting an application from the Parish Council for matched funding of up to £4.061 for a project(s), which would directly or indirectly contribute to the economic well-being of Northwood. It was decided that a Working Party comprising of all members of the Parish Council be established to give consideration as to how the funding could directly or indirectly contribute to the economic well-being of Northwood be utilised.

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John Pullen’s Safer Neighbourhood Report for Northwood
Very pleased to report a quiet Christmas period with little or no crime to report.
I have a  supply of No Cold Calling window stickers, paid for by the Parish Council, if anybody needs one. Ring 01983 281250
Do not forget CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111.  You do not need to identify  yourselves and the calls are not recorded.

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