Northwood Parish Council

Posted by NPC Admin on Friday, 20th August 2010, 00:00

NORTHWOOD PARISH COUNCIL

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

Cllr PAUL FULLER JP CC
Vice Chairman:
74 Wyatts Lane, Northwood PO31 8QA
Tel: 01983 289595 ~ Email:
paulfuller@onwight.net

Cllr COLIN CRAMP
Chair of Planning Committee:
37 Greenways, Northwood PO31 8AN
Tel: 01983 289996 ~ Email:
colin.cramp@yahoo.co.uk

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

Cllr KEITH CLATWORTHY:
37 Pallance Road, Northwood PO31 8LW
Tel: 01983 296635 ~ Email:
kclatworthy@googlemail.com

Cllr BRENDA CLEWS-CARTRIGHT:
5 Hogan Road, Newport PO30 5UE
Tel: 0794 663 3362 ~ Email:
paulbrenda@fsmail.net

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

BARBARA HERBERT
Parish Clerk & RFO:
11 Wyatts Lane, Northwood PO31 8QB
Tel: 01983 290086 ~ Email:
barbara.herbert@sky.com

+ ONE VACANCY

NORTHWOOD PARISH COUNCIL REPORTS

The comments made in the following reports depict the views of the individual contributors, rather than the views of Northwood Parish Council.

NORTHWOOD PARISH COUNCIL ROUND-UP

The next full meeting of the Parish Council will be held at 6.30pm, Tuesday 7th September, whilst the Planning meeting (subject to applications) is scheduled for 6.30pm, Tuesday 21st September. Both meetings will be held at Northwood School. For confirmation of the Planning Meeting, please contact Parish Clerk, Barbara Herbert on 01983 290086.

NORTHWOOD PARISH COUNCIL VACANCY

A vacancy has arisen on the Parish Council, following the resignation of Cllr Graham Cotterill.
If ten local government electors for the Parish of Northwood give notice in writing on or before the 27th August to the Returning Officer at County Hall that they wish an election to be held, then a by-election will be called. If said notice is not given the Parish Council can fill the vacancy by co-option.

If you’re interested in making a difference to our community, please contact Barbara Herbert.

BUS SERVICES (Paul Fuller)

From September, the Council will need to spread more thinly its grants for subsidising non-commercial bus services. This follows Southern Vectis advising of their intention to withdraw the frequency of services run commercially for years. This withdrawal will most adversely affect rural communities although it will impact upon existing services elsewhere.

In the Cowes Area it was intended to withdraw Wightbus Service 30 to and from Newport (via Rew Street and Pallance Road) and afternoon services operated on Service 32. The reasons for considering the withdrawal of these, were due to loading figures making it difficult to justify continuation. However, I requested that the service which returns from Cowes to Newport at lunchtime via Rew Street continues. This has been investigated, and I’ve received confirmation that this will now happen. To overcome re-registering, this service continues as Service 32.

I have also received confirmation that the Monday and Friday Dial-a-bus will continue for the time-being.

NOT JUST BRICKS AND MORTAR (Keith Clatworthy)

Like most old villages, Northwood has its fair share of listed properties, but what is a listed property? The definition of a listed building is a building that has been placed on the ‘Statutory List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest’. Any building on that list should be protected from significant change so that it may not be demolished, altered or extended without local planning permission.

In England the properties are split into 3 different categories, known as Grade I, II* & II. Category Grade I listed buildings are ones that are of international significance, an example on the Island is the Church of St Mildred in Whippingham, which was Queen Victoria’s church when she resided at Osborne House, which is itself Grade I listed. In Northwood we even have a Grade I listed building in the form of The Church of St John the Baptist, Chawton Lane, parts of which date back to the 12th century.

Grade II* buildings are classified as, “particularly important buildings of more than special interest” and Grade II are, “buildings that are "nationally important and of special interest”.

Examples of Grade II buildings in Northwood include Wyatts Cottage, 54 Wyatts Lane; Barleyfield Cottage, 36 Wyatts Lane; Pallance Farmhouse, Pallance Lane; Chawton Farmhouse, Chawton Lane; Hope Cottage, off Newport Road and Tarra House (The Old Rectory), off Newport Road.

There are, no doubt, more as you spread out into Cowes and Gurnard, as a suggestion for an evening’s entertainment, why not plan a stroll to include the most significant structures that our village has to offer.

Northwood Parish Council has also formed a Village Design Statement Working Party to safeguard Northwood’s Characteristics. If you wish to know more please contact Cllr Pat Bentley on 01983 248287.

ONE ISLAND ONE MP (Colin Cramp)

So the government wants over 30,000 of us to be part of a mainland parliamentary constituency because of the large electorate on the Isle of Wight. How has this suddenly become an issue? The answer is it hasn’t. The problem has evolved over the last 50 years. In 1960 the population of the IW was about 95,000 and the UK 52.5 million, and for the planned total of 600 MPs the IW was then close to the target 5% differential. One only has to look at all the new housing built on the IW over the last 50 years for a clue to the problem we now face.

Since 1960 the population of the IW has grown at a much faster rate than the UK as a whole. The present population is around 142,000 and the UK 62 million. So while the UK population has increased by 18%, the IW population, primarily due to net migration from the mainland, has jumped by nearly 50%. The relevant numbers are of course the electorate rather than the total population, but as the IW has larger proportion of persons age 18+ than the UK as a whole, the scenario for the IW is even worse.

JUNK MAIL AND NUISANCE CALLS (Paul Fuller)

I’ve been asked to re-publish contact details for the Telephone & Mailing Preference Services.

You can contact the TPS on 0845 070 0707, and the MPS on 0845 703 4599, or by writing to both services who are based at 70 Margaret Street, London. W1W 8SS. Both sites also have websites for registering on-line.

In addition to this, if you are fed up with Royal Mail Junk Mail you can do this through Door-To-Door opt out. To do so, you first need to ask Royal Mail to send you an 'Opt-Out Confirmation Form' by sending an e-mail with your name and full address to optout@royalmail.com . You can also contact the Royal Mail by post to: Freepost RRBT-ZBXB-TTTS, Door-To-Door opt-outs, Royal Mail, Kingsmead House, Oxpens Road, OXFORD. OX1 1RX.

All of this information I obtained via the www.stopjunkmail.org.uk website. This site has advice as well as a ‘Junk Buster’, where on-line you can contact up to five other opt-out services at the same time.

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