Gurnard News article – December edition

GURNARD PARISH COUNCIL REPORT FOR THE GURNARD NEWS DECEMBER EDITION

At the November meeting of the Parish Council the main topics discussed were:

POLICE REPORT

PSCOs Howard was able to attend the meeting and provide a written report. There were five reported crimes in Gurnard during October compared to five last year.

COUNCILLOR VACANCIES

Unfortunately Councillor Bartrum has had to resign for personal reasons, but we are delighted that Mrs. Ginnie Orrey was co-opted onto the council this month. There are still two vacancies for councillors to join Gurnard Parish Council. Please contact the clerk for further details.

GRANTS AWARDED

The Parish Council was pleased to award grants to the following local organisations:-

The Elephant Club                                                                               £100.00

All Saints Church for the production of the Gurnard News                £500.00

Coffee and Chat Club                                                                          £100.00

Gurnard Parent and Toddler Group                                                   £150.00

Unfortunately no grant was awarded to the Citizen’s Advice as their application does not fit the criteria.

There is still a balance of £1150.00 in the budget for causes within the village, so please complete the application form which is available on the website or from the clerk. Please check that your organisation fits the criteria which is detailed on the Grants Policy – also available on the website or from the clerk.

WATER SUPPLY TO THE TAP

Following the installation of a sub-meter for the tap on the Green, the Parish Council has agreed the legal conditions with the Isle of Wight Council and the Freehold transfer document for the toilet block will be signed shortly. A refurbishment of the toilet block will be considered once the Freehold has been established. Please let the clerk know your thoughts on the toilet block.

COCKLETON MEADOW

Following concerns raised by councillors, residents may have noticed that the Fire Pit has been removed from the site until all the safety measures are in place. New signage advising the conditions of use will be installed and then the Fire Pit will be re-instated for use.

GURNARD VILLAGE HALL

As the Parish Council is the leaseholder of the village hall, provision will be made in next year’s budget to provide up to £15,000 for a new heating system for the hall. This is a very important Parish Council asset which needs some major repairs. The Parish Council is very grateful to the Village Hall Association for all their work in keeping the hall to such a good standard for the use of residents.

DOG FOULING

Councillors will be discussing the problem of Dog Fouling and Dogs off Lead at next month’s meeting. Can you please let the clerk know of any problems near your homes? Can we please also ask that any problems are reported to Island Roads who are tasked with cleaning up any dog fouling on the public highways – telephone 01983 822440 or report on-line on their website. The Environment Officer has been invited to the next Parish Council meeting so that concerns can be raised with the Isle of Wight Council.

FUTURE PARISH COUNCIL MEETINGS

The next full Parish Council meetings will be at 7.00 pm on Wednesday 13 December 2017 and Wednesday 10 January 2018.  Residents are welcome to attend all meetings, which are usually held at the Gurnard Village Hall, Westbrook Lane. Please check the Parish notice board and/or the Parish Council’s website for meeting confirmation and the agendas – www.gurnardpc.co.uk.

QUERIES AND QUESTIONS

If you have any queries or questions that you feel that the Parish Council could help with, please contact the Parish Clerk: Mrs. Sue Waters, telephone 07443 656480 or email: gurnardparishcouncil@gmail.com.