At the March meeting of the Parish Council the main topics discussed were:
PSCO Derek Howard provided a written report and attended the meeting with PSCO Lisa Gray. There were no reported crimes in Gurnard during February this year compared with ten for the same period last year. The community priorities remain the same.
TOILETS ON THE GREEN
The recent bad weather resulted in five burst pipes in the roof of the toilet block. The block was closed for nearly two weeks whilst emergency repairs took place. To help prevent this happening in the future, the Parish Council has arranged for the pipes to be lagged and install some frost heaters in the lost space where the leaks occurred. Now that the Parish Councils owns the block, a minor refurbishment programme is being considered.
GREAT BRITISH SPRING CLEAN
Unfortunately, the two litter picks were cancelled due to the bad weather as councillors were worried about the safety of the volunteers. Councillors Bugden and Orrey are leading a litter pick on Saturday 7 April 2018 – meet outside the village hall at 10am. Costa Coffee has kindly agreed to sponsor the event supplying litter pickers, bag handles and bags. They will be issuing vouchers for free “drink and cake” to all who take part.
BOLLARDS TO PROTECT USERS OF THE PLAY AREA
Following concerns raised by Councillor Nolan, the Isle of Wight Council has now ordered the bollards which will be installed along the kerbstone to help protect users of the play area from vehicles mounting the kerb and driving down the grass. Due to limited funds, the IWC has requested financial assistance from the Parish Council towards extending the bollard scheme along the whole area. Councillors decided that to ensure that the project is not delayed, that they will consider this option once costs have been received from the Isle of Wight Council.
LITTER ON THE GREEN
For some years, the Parish Council has been funding the rental and empting of a red Biffa bin on the seafrount placed by the Sailing Club/Watersedge cafe. This was due to the increased amount of litter in the area. Over the last four years, the emptying pattern has been increased to cope with the amount of litter in the area. The Environment officer has advised that the system is being abused by commercial rubbish, and suggested that the Parish Council remove it. Councillors decided to keep the bin as it was clearly needed by local residents and visitors and to increase the emptying. The clerk has been given power to increase the emptying pattern should there be a period of good weather outside of the summer season. The clerk is also investigating if a permanent sign could be attached to the railings. The Environment Officer has been asked to monitor the situation.
GURNARD IN BLOOM
Jennie and Ellis has been successful in gaining £100.00 from the High Sherriff’s fund towards a project with Gurnard Primary School. They are waiting for the weather to improve before they start their programme of replacing broken planters, cutting back and weeding the verges, and planting summer bedding to improve the appearance of the village. Any help for them would be appreciated. Please contact the clerk in the first instance.
FUTURE PARISH COUNCIL MEETINGS
The next full Parish Council meeting will be at 7.00 pm on Wednesday 11 April 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: firstname.lastname@example.org