At the June meeting, Councillors Jacobs and Javaid were welcomed back following surgery and illness.
Councillor Fuller was elected chairman for the meeting as both Councillors Harrison (Chair) and Spencer (Vice Chair) were unavailable to attend. The main topics discussed were:
OPEN SPACES PROJECT
The lease has been subject to various changes as recommended by the solicitor and is now with the IW Council legal department for their comments. A successful small working party met on Monday 8 June to remove the ragwort following access arranged by the Isle of Wight Council. The farmer will now be approached to cut the field for hay. Once the lease is signed and responsibility passes to the Parish Council, the hedges will require cutting.
Minutes of the last meeting of the Steering Group were presented to the Parish Council. Due to the amount of work still to complete, the public consultation due to be held on 11th July may have to be postponed.
The Isle of Wight Council has held another positive meeting with the landowner. The safe part of the footpath (from Thorness Bay towards Gurnard) will be re-opened by the end of July.
Following the meeting of the Grants Panel, the Parish Council approved grants to: Gurnard Primary School PTA, 1st Gurnards Management Committee and All Saints Church for the publication of the Gurnard News. There remains a balance of £200 for any future small grant applications during the year. If you are aware of a worthy local cause, please ask them to complete an application form from the Parish Council website for consideration.
PARKING AT THE VILLAGE HALL
Following the delay in the installation of the mains services, the hard surfaced road has not yet been completed. To ensure the continued use of the parking bays, D. N. Associates have contracted with the Parish Council to carry out this work with minimum disruption to the Village Hall users. The parking bays should be fully operational by the end of the summer.
COOKS BAY ACCESS PROJECT
A Working Group has been established chaired by Councillor Nolan. At the first meeting it was agreed that the name was changed from “steps” to access, and that if required the Parish Council will assist in the gathering of evidence to show previous history of access.
WHEELIE BIN ON THE SEAFROUNT
The Parish Council has recently funded the siting and emptying of a wheelie bin by the Water’s Edge café. It was reported that at the end of May, the bin was overflowing and rubbish was strewn along the frount. Councillors decided that it was necessary to provide this community facility, so agreed to fund an additional empty on a Friday each week until the end of August, ahead of the weekend beach and Green use.
FUTURE PARISH COUNCIL MEETINGS
The full Parish Council meets next at 7.00 pm on Thursday 9 July 2015 residents are welcome to attend all meetings, which are usually held at Gurnard Village Hall in Worsley Road. There is no meeting in August, so the next meeting after that will be Thursday 10 September. 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.