Gurnard News – May

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

POLICE REPORT

PSCO Derek Howard provided a written report and attended the meeting with PSCO Lisa Gray. There was one reported crime in Gurnard during March this year compared with four for the same period last year. The community priorities remain the same. Questions were asked about pavement parking, slipway parking and scams.

There is a particularly nasty scam at the moment where a recorded voice is claiming that the resident owes tax and that the HMRC have a warrant for the person’s arrest. This is a scam that both Trading Standards and the Police are aware. DO NOT engage with the voice – just put the phone down. If you owe tax, HMRC will write to you. For any potential scam post that is received, there is a post box at All Saints church where it can be placed and forwarded to Trading Standards.

GREAT BRITISH SPRING CLEAN

45 volunteers turned up and picked over 40 bags of rubbish. This is an overwhelming response – thank you to all those who volunteered.

PARISH COUNCIL ACCOUNTS

The clerk presented the annual accounts and governance statements which have been internally audited. The external audit will follow next month.

GRANT PAYMENTS

The Parish Council awarded the following grants from the Community Grant budget for 2018/19 to:-

All Saints Coffee and Chat                                               £100.00

All Saints for the production of Gurnard News          £350.00

All Saints – Elephant Club                                              £200.00

Jigsaw (Support for Families in Gurnard)                   £100.00

Gurnard Primary PTA                                                      £250.00

GVHA – Cyber Café                                                          £300.00

GVHA – CAMEO group                                                   £200.00

There is still £500.00 left in the budget for any further applications – please see the Parish Council website for the application form and criteria or contact the clerk.

DEFIBRILLATOR TRAINING    

The Parish Council has now funded 21 places on training in the use of the defibrillator. It was decided to set aside another £300.00 to train more local residents. Hopefully there will be both afternoon and evening sessions during May and June– please contact the clerk to add your name to the list if you would like to attend.

ISLE OF WIGHT DAY

The Parish Council will be carrying out a beach litter pick on the weekend of Isle of Wight Day (22nd or 23rd September) to help keep the coastline of the Isle of Wight clean, volunteers will be required to assist. Councillors have decided not to take part in the Peoples Parade.

FUTURE PARISH COUNCIL MEETINGS

The next full Parish Council meeting will be at 7.00 pm on Wednesday 9 May 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