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 NORTHWOOD VILLAGE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

MINUTES OF A MEETING OF THE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE HELD AT NORTHWOOD PRIMARY SCHOOL, WYATTS LANE, NORTHWOOD ON TUESDAY 3rd APRIL 2007 AT 6.45PM

PRESENT: P Fuller (Chair), R Mazillius CC, P Brooker, C Cramp, Mrs P Elford, Mrs E Palmerton, C Palmerton and D Miller.

IN ATTENDANCE: Mrs M Yule (Secretary) PC Mark Thomas (for item 153)

APOLOGIES: J Pullen

151. PUBLIC QUESTION TIME

No questions were raised by members of the public.

152. DECLARATIONS OF INTERESTS

P Fuller declared a personal interest, as a Gurnard Parish Councillor, in the Boundary Review and he also told the meeting he had written a personal letter of objection.

153. POLICE REPORT AND SAFER COMMUNITIES REPORT

PC Thomas reported the following incidents:

1 x burglary at commercial premises in Somerton Industrial Park

4 x criminal damage – graffiti

1 x domestic issue

4 x thefts from a motor vehicle – number plates

1 x tampering with a motor vehicle

1 x road traffic accident – non injury

Rowdy and inconsiderate behaviour – Somerton Industrial Park

PC Thomas highlighted the number plate removal as potentially serious incidents, as these plates could be used on cars involved in other crimes. There had been a number of plates stolen across the island, but he was not sure if these were connected to the incidents at Northwood. He also appealed for help with the graffiti problem, as names had been written within the graffiti. If anyone should have further information please get in touch with the police at once.

As Sgt Cocks was unable to attend, PC Thomas reported on the Safer Communities Forum that was held recently in Cowes. He outlined the format of the Forum, this is a multi agency meeting that invites the public to come along and put forward the three biggest issues affecting them. The priorities for Cowes were, anti social behaviour by youths, parking and lack of facilities for youth. PC Thomas reported that he was setting up a Forum for Northwood and hoped to secure a date in May. This would be widely publicised, possibly with a leaflet drop.

154. MINUTES

RESOLVED: That the minutes of the meeting held on 6th March 2007 be taken as read, confirmed and signed as being an accurate record of the proceedings.

155. MATTERS ARISING

None

156. PLANNING ISSUES

The members considered application P/00434/07 Cowes Medical Centre

Change to window vinyls, (revised application).

RESOLVED: That the following comment should be sent: the Committee objected to the revised signage because they felt that it was over intrusive and would affect the visual amenity of the building.

157. CORRESPONDENCE

Members considered the following items of correspondence:

Fishbourne Sailability – Information Flyer

IW Council – Isle of Wight Walking Festival booklet

NALC – Parish and Town Council Leaflet

Footprint Trust – All Change for Climate Change 18th April

RESOLVED: That the information be received and noted.

158. LOCAL COUNCILLOR’S REPORT

Roger Mazillius CC reported on the following:

Bus Stop – Southern Vectis had moved a bus stop on the corner of Uplands Road. It had been confirmed that this was a temporary measure while a new post was erected. Cllr Mazillius would monitor the situation.

Pallance Road – The work was into the fourth week and was progressing well. The residents had already given positive feedback.

Education meeting – Unfortunately the meeting on 2nd April had been poorly attended with only 11 members of the public. The closing date for submissions is 6th April with the proposal discussed at Council on 23rd April. Cllr Mazillius assured the members that this was only the start of the process.

Chair of the IW Council – At the AGM on 18th April, Cllr Mazillius would be proposed as the Chair of the IW Council. A position he would hold for a year.

Parish plan – Letters of thanks had been sent to Mrs Thelma Howland, head teacher of Northwood Primary School, and Mrs Estelle Thomas of the RCC for their help with the plan and the Planning for Real event.

Landslide, Climate Change conference – Cllr Mazillius would be hosting this event as Chair and would report to the group in June.

Homecare for the over 80s – This valuable service was available for majority of the over 80s and the group was asked to encourage any vulnerable elderly to contact Social Services or the Cllr.

A discussion followed regarding the Pallance Road works. It was noted that there had been a substantial increase in traffic through the estate and it was agreed that this should be monitored to see if the estate was used as an avoidance route for the pinch points.

159. FINANCE

The report was discussed. The budget projection showed £18 remaining at the end of the financial year. This had been agreed last month to be donated to Cowes Rotary Club for the St Georges Day celebrations. Mrs Yule confirmed that she had received an email thanking the committee for their donation.

RESOLVED:

(a) That the report be received and noted,

(b) That the following account is paid:

M Yule – Professional services and expenses £102.00

160. LOGO

Councillor Mazillius reported that he had spoken to the design team at the Isle of Wight Council and they were going to produce a logo for consideration based upon the Northwood Village sign. He was hoping to receive this in the next few weeks.

161. BOUNDARY REVIEW

A lengthy discussion took place about the possibility of Northwood being fragmented. It had been identified that Northwood would lose 412 electors if they were merged with Gurnard. This would possibly be Somerton and Medham. Cllr Mazillius assured the members that although there was need to reduce the number of councillors, the IW Council were committed to maintaining identities and keeping established communities together. He told the meeting that he had put out a leaflet to the residents of Somerton and Medham asking if they wished to remain in Northwood and so far the response was unanimously in favour. Cllr Mazillius emphasised that this was a consultation exercise and would not go ahead against public opinion. The parish boundaries would remain the same which would mean the two boundaries would not coincide. The closing date for representations is 13th April.

RESOLVED: that a letter should be sent agreeing to the reduction of Councillors to 40 and to merge with Gurnard. However it was essential that all areas of Northwood were kept together.

162. VILLAGE GREEN APPLICATION

Councillor Mazillius told the members that he hoped to hear something in the next two weeks and would report back at the next meeting.

163. FEEDING SEAGULLS AND OTHER LARGE BIRDS

Mr Cramp referred to his email and also the item in the Northwood News that the Chair had submitted. A discussion followed and it was agreed that the situation should be monitored and the appropriate action taken when necessary. Councillor Mazillius suggested that Mr Cramp contacted the Environmental Officer for this area for advice.

164. PUBLIC FOOTPATH C33

Mrs Elford had nothing further to report from last month and it was agreed to take this item off the agenda until there were any developments.

165. NORTHWOOD COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP

Mr Palmerton reported on a number of items:

Youth facilities –Mrs Yule had attended the last meeting and discussed ideas with the group about how to address the lack of facilities for the youth of the area. This would be developed over the next few months.

PCSO – The PCSO for Northwood, Steve Oatley would be attending the Partnership meetings each month.

No Cold Calling – The signs would be put up in the next week. Everyone had received their packs and a request would be in the Northwood News to emphasise the need for the small door signs to be displayed.

Litter – The Probation service had been contacted to help address this, through the unpaid community work scheme, Mr Palmerton is awaiting their reply.

Village Sign – The cost of a village map was being investigated as there are many different types available. It was hoped to erect the map on the green by the Horseshoe pub.

Welcome pack – Mr Alan Chick was working on the pack for new residents, he was hoping to obtain sponsorship.

Northwood in Bloom – Sponsorship had been obtained for this year and the scheme was under way.

One Million Blooms – Mr Ron Willis and Councillor Mazillius would be working on the design for this project in the near future.

Donated tree – A crab apple tree had been donated and has been planted in Uplands Road behind the big trough.

Date of next meeting – The next meeting would be held on 23rd April at 6pm.

166. PARISH PLAN UPDATE

It was noted that the lead member for the Parish Plan was the Chair, Mr P Fuller and not Mr D Miller as mentioned in the agenda.

Mr Fuller reported that to spread the load, each member had been allocated a particular area. All members should have received a copy of an email detailing this. He also remarked that photos were being collected for inclusion in the plan.

167. SECRETARY’S REPORT

Mrs Yule reported on the following areas:

Transport – Mr Miller had received a hard copy and Mrs Yule a CD copy of the Local Transport Plan 2006 – 2011. Mr Miller had kindly produced the following report:

The Provisional version was considered by the Northwood Community Partnership in the second half of 2005, and feedback was produced, both for the LTP and the related Environmental Assessment. Plans documented for Northwood for 2006/07 were:

A soft copy is available at: http://www.iwight.com/living_here/environment/Transport_strategies/apr/ltp2.asp

 

Clarifications were sought from Iain Thornton, IW Council Highways:

Youth Forum/Council – following the meeting with the Community Partnership, Mrs Yule was looking at ways to encourage young people to form a group. As a first step, there would be a notice in the Northwood News asking for volunteers.

Increase in hours – From the 1st April the provision for secretarial hours would increase to 18 hours per month. However, it was felt that these hours would not be needed immediately and it would be prudent to ‘bank’ the hours for use at a later date.

RESOLVED: that any hours not used (up to the 18 hours per month) by the Secretary could be held for use later in the year.

168. FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS

None

169. DATE OF NEXT MEETING

The date of the next meeting was confirmed as Tuesday 1st May at 6.45pm. This meeting will start with the AGM at 7pm

There being no further business the Chair declared the meeting closed at 8.58pm

Signed…………………………………. Date……………………….

(Chair)

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