Gurnard News contribution – April 2016

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

 

REPORTED CRIMES

PCSO Derek Howard a sent written report, although PSCO Lisa Gray attended. There have been 3 reported crimes in Gurnard during March – the same as March last year. Community priorities remain the same. Lisa advised of her work with students at Cowes Enterprise College and was asked about speeding in Cockleton Lane. Unfortunately, the lane is not suitable for a mobile speed unit and there needs to be a space for the police vehicle and for parking cars pulled over for speeding.

CLEAN FOR THE QUEEN

The Parish Council organised a community litter pick on Saturday 5 March at 10am. A big thank you to those community volunteers who came and supported this National event.

OPEN SPACES PROJECT

Following the clearance by the volunteers from the Green Gym, the main priority chosen by the working group is to establish a community growing area.  The soil is very stony, so raised beds are being costed. The Parish Council is requesting a business plan to ensure that the project is sustainable in the long term before releasing any further funds to the project.

If you have any spare time and would like to get involved, please contact the Parish Clerk.

GURNARD IN BLOOM

Parish Councillors were very sad to hear that the only two remaining volunteers who have looked after all the plants in the village have decided to retire. As they have completed such a wonderful task over the last twenty years, their work must continue, therefore new volunteers are being sought.

If you have any spare time and would like to get involved, please contact the Parish Clerk.

STREET FURNTITURE

Councillor Nolan has started a maintenance survey of street furniture within the village. Most of the benches and other furniture is now the responsibility of Island Roads, so they will be asked to upgrade where necessary.

If you see any maintenance issues within the village, please report them to the Parish Clerk who will contact the relevant authority.

FUTURE PARISH COUNCIL MEETINGS

The next full Parish Council meeting is at 7.00 pm on Thursday 14 April 2016.

The Annual Parish Meeting is being held on Thursday 28 April 2016 at 7.30 pm. Councillor Sean Harrison will provide a very interesting talk on the Fire Brigade “Safe and Well” agenda being adopted across the Isle of Wight, and Home Fire Safety.

A review of the year’s activities and the financial situation of the Parish Council will also be presented.

Light refreshments, including cheese and wine, will also be served

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. Sue will generally available in the afternoons, Monday to Friday.