At the July meeting of the Parish Council the main topics discussed were:
PCSO Derek Howard was able to attend the July meeting. He advised that the reported crime figures for Gurnard include those for the West of Cowes, as the reporting area mirrors that of Councillor Fuller’s Isle of Wight Council Ward. The clerk was able to use the crime reports website and confirmed that only 9 crimes had occurred in June in Gurnard and not 18 as reported by the Police. Of these crimes, 6 were reported from Gurnard Pines. Derek advised of a letter drop which was taking place asking residents to identify priorities. These will feed into the new PACT (Police And Community Together) meetings. He also advised that a community volunteer is required to co-ordinate any future Speedwatch programmes. Full training will be given.
OPEN SPACES PROJECT
The lease terms have been agreed by both the Parish Council and the IW Council, and the disposal was advertised in the IW County Press for any comments. The lease has now be signed and ownership transferred. Councillor Fuller is leading this project and will welcome any community volunteers.
Councillor McKean has kindly agreed to lead another Village Litter Pick on Saturday 3rd October 2015. Please meet at the Village Hall at 10am. The Parish Council will provide tabards, gloves, sacks and litter pickers. Please support this event.
LORRY ACCESS TO GURNARD PINES
It had been reported to the clerk that large articulated lorries were accessing Gurnard Pines by using Cockleton Lane from Northwood. This road is very narrow and has a 6foot 6inch width restriction. Island Roads provided the correct route via Worsley Road and Solent View Road for larger vehicles. Negotiations have taken place with the owners of the Spar Shop at Gurnard Pines and hopefully this problem has been solved.
Although there is no monthly meeting of the Parish Council, councillors have still met to provide comments on Planning Applications within Gurnard. Further work to reduce the amount of information stored has also taken place over the summer, as Gurnard Parish Council aims to become a “paper light” council.
After requesting a new “keeper of the clock” – Mr. Gordon Day has kindly volunteered. Unfortunately there are a few problems with the clock. Mr. Day has offered to complete the required repairs and paint it free of charge to the Parish Council. This is a very kind gesture and gratefully received.
We have been advised that from Monday 7 September 2015, the Monday service will be stopped but replaced by a Saturday service. Please contact Councillor Chris Ridett for further information.
FUTURE PARISH COUNCIL MEETINGS
The full Parish Council meets next at 7.00 pm on Thursday 10 September 2015 residents are welcome to attend all meetings, which are usually held at Gurnard Village Hall in Worsley Road. 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.