Gurnard News article – November edition

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

POLICE REPORT

PSCO’s Howard and Ankers were able to attend the meeting and provide a written report. There were no reported crimes in Gurnard during October compared to nine last year.

AGE FRIENDLY VILLAGE

A report has been drawn up by Age UK to help Gurnard to become an Age Friendly Village. The report lists all the activities for the over 50’s in the vicinity and made some recommendations to improve life for residents. The Parish Council supported the report which will now be published by Age UK.

COCKELTON MEADOW

The Isle of Wight Council carried out their annual inspection of the site with the clerk. IW Council are happy with all the improvements carried out by the Friends of Cockleton Meadow, and they confirmed that it was not necessary to have a sports field. It was suggested that to improve the access to the facility, the Parish Council works with the Friends of Cockleton Meadow and provides funding to gravel a parking area and moving the access gate. This suggestion will be discussed at the next meeting of the Friends of Cockleton Meadow.

BEST KEPT VILLAGE AWARD

Gurnard won the best kept large village award this year which resulted in the presentation of both a certificate and a cheque for £150.00. Councillors voted to “ring fence” this payment and match the amount to show support for the very small but dedicated team from Gurnard in Bloom. Jennie and Ellis wish to purchase further tubs, plants and compost to provide an array of colour for the village. The award is also for cleanliness – judges looked at litter, dog fouling, benches, bus shelters etc. If you see anything in the village which requires work, please contact the clerk. The village could have won the overall prize for best kept village, but lost points for overflowing bins on The Green at one of the judging sessions. Councillors voted to pay for increased bin emptying over the summer season to assist this problem.

COLD CALLING

You will see that inside this edition is a new sticker for your frount door from the Isle of Wight Council Trading Standards. The clerk arranged for further stickers to be printed following residents’ concerns that cold callers were staring to operate within the village again. Please put the sticker in your window or door and if anyone knocks the door, refer them to the sticker and either contact Trading Standards or the clerk.

COUNCILLOR VACANCIES

Following the appointment last month of Councillor Bartrum, there are still two vacancies for councillors to join Gurnard Parish Council. This can be a regarding post making a difference to village life. Please contact the clerk for further details.

FUTURE PARISH COUNCIL MEETINGS

The next full Parish Council meeting will be at 7.00 pm on Wednesday 8 November 2017.  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.