Northwood Parish Council

Posted by NPC Admin on Friday, 22nd April 2011, 00:00

NORTHWOOD PARISH COUNCIL

MEMBERS:

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

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

CHAIRMAN OF PLANNING COMMITTEE – COLIN CRAMP
37 Greenways, Northwood PO31 8AN
Email:
colin.cramp@yahoo.co.uk
Tel: 01983 289996

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

JOHN FULLER
380 Newport Road, Northwood PO31 8PP
Email:
jlfnorthwood@gmail.com
Tel: 01983 246597

ROGER MAZILLIUS
21 Oxford Street, Northwood PO31 8PT
Email:
roger.mazillius@iow.gov.uk
Tel: 01983 295556

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

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

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

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.

ALL MEETINGS ARE HELD AT
NORTHWOOD PRIMARY SCHOOL, WYATTS LANE, NORTHWOOD.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC AND THE PRESS ARE VERY WELCOME TO ATTEND.

The comments made in the following articles represent the views of the individual contributors, rather than Northwood parish council.

PARISH COUNCIL ROUND-UP

At the meeting of the Parish Council held on Tuesday 5th April 2011 the following matters were covered:

The Premises Licensing application submitted by V-Dub Island for the weekend of 19th-21st August 2011 had been granted, with some modifications.

Planning applications for 42 Oxford St, PO31 8PT (TCP/30130/A) and 67 Green Lane, PO31 8QG (TCP/30407) had been given conditional permission.

That a donation of £100 in support of the Royal Wedding Celebration being organised at the Scout Hut on 30th April be approved. This should be a very worthwhile event and all are welcome.

It was resolved that C&K Watering be commissioned to undertake the watering of all plants and troughs in the village for a period of 18 weeks, starting in May.  To date, this task has been carried out by a group of volunteers, to whom we owe our heartfelt thanks. However, it was decided that this was not sustainable in the longer term and more formal measures should be put in place.

In response to the recent spate of cold calling activity, it was suggested by Cllr Colin Cramp that a formal approach be made to Mr Andrew Turner MP, with the request that he consider introducing a Private Member’s Bill in Parliament making cold calling a criminal offence.

Cllr J Pullen confirmed that WightLink had agreed to the Wight in Bloom scheme for 2011. On behalf of the Parish Council the Northwood in Bloom working party had submitted a written expression of interest in taking part, and a claim for the allocated floral credits. Cllr Pullen also expressed his pleasure in the decision to contract an outside organisation to manage the watering of the plants and troughs in the village.

SAFER NEIGHBOURHOOD REPORT FOR NORTHWOOD
(John Pullen)

There have been a few incidents in March including theft from a garden and damage to the W.I. Hall.

A plant was stolen from a garden in Oxford Street recently, this was a Hybrid Tea Rose Bush. This follows a similar plant theft from a garden in the same area last year. The police have been informed.

A resident in Fieldway Crescent had a bamboo “spear or arrow” fired at the house, with such force it stuck in the cladding on the property. A silly and potentially dangerous act. The police are aware.

A window in one of the toilets in the W.I. Hall was broken, by what appears to be a stone thrown at it.

There was a spate of thefts from cars in the Cowes, Gurnard and Northwood areas, and PC Mark Thomas has reported the arrest of a person and the recovery of quite a few items. The police are anxious to trace the owners of the property and ask that anybody who has lost items should contact them.

Cowes Police have set up a Local Action Group which meets every two months. The group is made up of Neighbourhood Watch, Businesses, Youth Groups, Schools, and any other interested parties. Matters of concern are brought to the group and 3 priorities are set for action.

I am pleased to report that speeding in Pallance Road has been given priority and the police and council will be looking at this over the next few weeks.

The Parish Council is very concerned about the amount of Cold Calling in the village and we need people to report any incidents, past or present, so that we can seek to stop this annoying problem. Please contact me with any information you may have.

I have a small supply of No Cold Calling window stickers if anybody needs one.

Ring  01983 281250 if you are interested in the black and green recycling bins.

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

THE ISLAND PLAN
(Cllr Pat Bentley)

The Island Plan has now been made available for public viewing on the council’s web site. This is an important document, and one of which we should all be aware. It sets out the council’s policy and strategy in terms of future housing provision and land use. Included in the annexes are maps showing all the areas identified as suitable for the provision of housing, with comments on their suitability.

DO NOT PANIC when you see large areas designated for development.

These are areas that have been identified as suitable for development, they still have to proceed through the planning system in the normal fashion. The planning process is itself currently undergoing substantial change in the form of the Localism Bill, which is being moved through its various Parliamentary stages at the moment. There will no doubt be considerable change by the end of the process, so conclusions will have to wait until the process is complete.

To view the plan, go to the following address:
www.iwight.com/living_here/planning/Planning_Policy/Island_Plan

Should you have problems gaining access, or wish to know more, you can contact me on 01983 248287 or by email at pat.bentleyready@gmail.com

The consultation documents are open from 15th April-27th May 2011.

An interesting fact: The government has set aside £1billion for the New Homes Bonus where the local (in our case, Unitary) Authority would receive funding equivalent to 6 years’ council tax, plus an additional £350 per dwelling for affordable housing. This started on April 1st, and means that an area that accepts 1000 new homes could expect to benefit from around £10million pounds over a 6 year period. However, this should not be taken as foregone; it is simply an indication of the ways in which Government are attempting to encourage new building and infrastructure.

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