Northwood Parish Council

Posted by NPC Admin on Thursday, 25th August 2011, 22:34

  1. NORTHWOOD PARISH COUNCIL

MEMBERS:

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

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

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

DEREK SMITH

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

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

plus TWO VACANCIES

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.

Local Safer Neighbourhood Team
PC Mark Thomas presented the report of the Local Safety Neighbourhood team on events that had taken place since the last meeting. June had again been a very quiet month, with virtually no crime of any note within Northwood.  However, particular reference was made of the following. Theft of a car in Pallance Road. Two cars had been damaged by all their windows being broken, when they had been left in the Somerton Park and Ride overnight.  One car had several items taken.
Damage to a hedge in Greenways, which although only minor the police were aware of the length of time it took for such damage to recover
Speeding offences along Pallance Road.  Cllr Mazillius appreciated the work undertaken to curb speeding drivers in Pallance Road and requested for Three Gates Road to be targeted in a similar way.  PC Thomas confirmed that plans in place included this area.  However, the Newport Road was the next area scheduled for speed checks.
Age Concern Good Neighbour Scheme
Mr. M O’Sullivan thanked councillors for permitting him to attend the meeting to give a presentation on the Good Neighbour Scheme established by Age Concern IW. The scheme involved local volunteers providing a helping hand to those people in the community over the age of 50 years, who had no family or friends to turn to in times of need.  The scheme, funded through a successful grant application to Lloyds TSB and Comic Relief, had initially been piloted in Ryde and Newport and was now being rolled out island wide.  Details of how the scheme worked and the tasks volunteers could be expected to undertake were outlined.  Each area would preferably require 15 volunteers, who would be advanced CRB checked,  required to provide two character references and undertake a half day induction course.  However, it was noted that the scheme could commence with a fewer number of volunteers, if insufficient persons came forward. The volunteers would all be fully covered under Age Concern’s insurance policy. It was not intended for this to be an emergency service but more a preventative service undertaking tasks, however small, which those who needed help were just unable to do.    Age Concern would initially advertise locally, in the media and leaflet drop a questionnaire to the majority of local households for persons to indicate if they felt they required help or were willing to be trained as a volunteer.
Mr O’Sullivan sought the approval of the Parish Council for the scheme to be established within the Northwood Community.  He also agreed to provide an update on how the scheme was progressing, towards the end of the year.
The Chairman on behalf of councillors thanked Mr O’Sullivan for his very informative presentation.
Play Area
It was noted that the clerk had still no further information regarding the purchase of the additional seat for the play park.  However, due to the timescale since the scheme was completed councillors were minded to set a date for the official opening of the play area for Friday, 16 September at 3.30pm.  An invitation was to be extended to all the pupils at Northwood Primary school, to Play Builder, the contractors for the new play equipment and to Lee Matthews and his team, as they had been extremely helpful in assisting the council to secure the necessary funding.  It was also suggested that the school be invited to nominate a child to cut the ribbon
Football Pitch
Councillors were referred to the report setting out the advice of Mr Andrew McIntyre, the IW Council’s Parks and Gardens officer regarding the condition of the football area at the play park and the implications if remedial action was to be taken over the winter period, to enable the ground to recover.
Mr McIntyre had considered that the proposal of the Parish Council for the installation of an all-weather pitch was a positive idea and suggested that a court design similar to the Pan Multiple Use Games Area (MUGA) should be investigated, which had proved to be popular and hard wearing.  To assist the Parish Council, Mr McIntyre had highlighted a number of matters that he considered should be obtained or researched in the first instance.  The clerk advised that she had made contact with an officer involved in the PAN scheme, who had expressed their willingness to meet with her to give advice on costs, consultations undertaken and grant funding etc. Councillors also suggested that an approach be made to the Co-operative supermarket, as they provided a funding award for a local community project.  Other avenues for possible funding opportunities were also raised, which councillors agreed to investigate.
Safer Neighbourhood Report for Northwood
A few things to report over the Summer. There was the theft of a car from Pallance Road. Two cars have been damaged by having all of their windows broken in Somerton Park and Ride overnight. One car had several items stolen. There has been a walk in burglary in Greenways. A purse was stolen.
PLEASE REMEMBER TO LOCK YOUR DOORS, EVEN DURING THE DAY.
At a Local Action Group Meeting at Love Lane School, one of the priorities identified was Speeding in Pallance Road.
The Island Roads Policing Unit carried out checks at various times of the day.
Police spent 7.5 hours conducting speed checks. As a result 16 DATS ( Driver Awareness Training Courses) were issued. The driver has to pay for the cost of the course. 4 FPN (Fixed Penalty Notices) were issued.
A hedge was damaged in Greenways.
I have a  supply of No Cold Calling window stickers, paid for by the Parish Council, if anybody needs one.
Ring  281250 if you are need a Sticker or the Black and Green recycling bins.
Do not forget Crime stoppers on 0800 555 111.  You do not need to identify yourselves and the calls are not recorded.
John Pullen
AGE CONCERN ISLE OF WIGHT – GOOD NEIGHBOUR SCHEME
Age Concern IW is currently recruiting volunteers in all areas of the Island to help older people who are experiencing a variety of difficult situations where they may need help.
All volunteers are interviewed, undergo a CRB check and provide personal references. Training is also given by Age Concern IW to volunteers who are then matched with clients. Help given may involve weekly support or just an occasional one off task. Volunteers and clients enjoy regular support from Age Concern IW Good Neighbour Scheme staff. Regular coffee mornings and lunches for volunteers and clients are held.
If you would like to become a volunteer or client, or just find out more information about the scheme, complete and return the form printed in the September 2011 edition of Northwood News  to Gwen Glover, Good Neighbour Scheme, Age Concern IW, FREEPOST (SCE8683), Newport PO30 1BR or ring Gwen on 01983 525282.

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