At the November meeting of the Parish Council the main topics discussed were:
PCSO Derek Howard sent a written report. There have been 6 reported crimes in Gurnard during October.
Councillor Sean Harrison (Chairman) advised of his great pleasure in receiving his M.B.E. from the Queen earlier that week. He shared pictures of the wonderful occasion with councillors.
PLANNING AND LICENCING
This month there no applications to consider for planning, or Tree Preservation Orders this month.
AMEY WASTE CONTRACTOR
Councillor Bugden attended a meeting with the IW Council and Amey to talk about the new contract. Although no changes were advised initially, the garden waste green sacks that can be bought at £1.30 each are now collected on a recycling week and residents must telephone 01983 823777 three working days in advance of their normal recycling day to arrange collection from a separate lorry. Large articles can be collected at a cost of £25.00 for up to 4 items. The new black bins issued next year for use from 01/04/16. They will be smaller than the current green bins and no other bags will be allowed, with residents likely to be fined for fly tipping for any other rubbish. The clear plastic bags used for recycling where there is not room for a recycling bin will be chargeable in the future.
Bede Townsend (Chairman of the Steering Group) attended the meeting to provide an update on the plan. Although no meetings have been held recently, the Landscape Assessment has now been completed by a community volunteer at no cost to the Plan or Parish Council. Grateful thanks go to Mr Martin Cobden for the document. This should be the final piece of evidence to enable the plan to be drafted and published for referendum next year. There will be a meeting soon of the Steering Group to finalise the document with the consultants.
NORTHWOOD AND GURNARD WORLD WAR ONE MEMORIAL PROJECT
Councillor McKean advised that the project is nearly complete and a booklet will soon be published. Her thanks go to Nick Clark and Sheila Caws for all their work.
The Parish Council is being asked to fund services that the IW Council will no longer provide. Discussions will take place at the Financial Working Group who will be producing a budget for approval at the December meeting. It was agreed to pay for one more year towards the Environment Officer at a cost of £510.00. Residents are asked to report problems of litter, dog fouling and graffiti to the Parish Clerk for monitoring purposes.
Gurnard is one of only a few Parishes that do not supply a Christmas tree. Approximate costs were obtained but councillors felt that it was too late and expensive for this year, so they will consider this for next year to include possible commercial sponsorship to reduce the cost to residents.
GOOD NEIGHBOUR DELIVERY SERVICE
Age UK wished to remind residents that they can provide a shopping delivery service thorough their volunteers. Please phone 01983 525184 or email email@example.com for further details.
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR
FUTURE PARISH COUNCIL MEETINGS
The next full Parish Council meetings are at 7.00 pm on Thursday 10 December and 14 January 2016. 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. Sue will generally available in the afternoons, Monday to Friday.