Gurnard News entry – June 2016

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

This was the Annual Meeting of the Parish Council, where Councillor Sean Harrison was re-elected to Chairman, Councillor Mark McNeill was elected as Vice Chair. A full list of new appointments is now on the notice board.

REPORTED CRIMES

PCSO Derek Howard a sent written report. There have been 5 reported crimes in Gurnard during April, this is an increase from last year. Community priorities remain the same.

OPEN SPACES PROJECT

With all the hard work from Gurnard residents and the Green Gym volunteers the site is looking much better.  This is a community space for everyone to use. The gate is now unlocked – please pop in and take a look. If you have any ideas on how to use the space, please contact the clerk. Events to promote the space are being considered such as pond dipping, an apple day and a teddy bears picnic.

GURNARD IN BLOOM

One lady has volunteered to take over the Gurnard in Bloom project – she has lots of ideas. If you would like to get involved, please contact the clerk. She is holding a Table Top sale at the Village Hall on 23 July 2016 to raise funds and promote the project.

VERGES IN WORSLEY ROAD

Following a request from a resident, the state of the verges in Worsley Road which are getting spoiled by cars parking on them was discussed by councilors. Island Roads (who have the responsibility for the verges), have been contacted to try and re-instate their former glory. PLEASE DO NOT PARK ON THE VERGES.

SERVICE CHARGE FOR WESTBROOK LANE

The Parish Council is still not happy with the rationale behind the service charge being levied for the village hall. Before paying out public money, they wish to explore every avenue of this new expense. Free legal advice is being sought, and further clarification on the numbers of village hall users being used to calculate the charge.

COUNCILLOR VACANCY

Following the resignation of Councillor Spencer, a vacancy now exists on the Parish Council. A notice has been placed on the board advising residents of the procedure. If 10 residents do not require an election, a co-option process will follow.

COMMUNITY RESILIENCE FUND

The clerk, Isle of Wight Council and Gurnard Village Hall Association are to work together to complete a grant application for equipment to be stored at the village hall which can be used in the event of any village emergency.

FUTURE PARISH COUNCIL MEETINGS

The next full Parish Council meeting is at 7.00 pm on Thursday 16 June 2016. (Please note this is the third Thursday and not the second as usual).

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.