Gurnard News entry – May 2016

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

REPORTED CRIMES

PCSO Derek Howard a sent written report. There have been 3 reported crimes in Gurnard during April – reduced from last year. Community priorities remain the same.

NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN

After four years of very hard work, the draft plan is now available for public consultation. Please see the Neighbourhood Plan website and complete the on-line survey or request a hard copy from the Parish Clerk. The consultation ends on Friday 20 May 2016.

OPEN SPACES PROJECT

The volunteers from the Green Gym will be attending the site again on Wednesday 4 May from 10am to 12 noon. They will be having a bonfire – please accept our apologies in advance for any inconvenience this causes to local residents. The Parish Council has agreed to fund the mowing of a path around the edge of the flower meadow to the top of the site, and along the bottom to the orchard to increase accessibility. Gift to Nature will be managing the site on behalf of the volunteers which will help with how to use the site effectively and applying for grants.

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

GURNARD IN BLOOM

One lady has volunteered to take over the Gurnard in Bloom project, a budget will be agreed by the Parish Council next month.

VERGES IN WORSLEY ROAD

Another resident asked about the state of the verges in Worsley Rod which are getting spoiled by cars parking on them. This subject will form an agenda item next month, so if you have any ideas – please attend the meeting or contact the Parish Clerk.

LACK OF A DIRECT BUS TO NEWPORT

Two residents came to ask about bus transport to Newport. Councillor Fuller will take up this issue, but in the meantime, residents can use the Community Bus (32) to the Round House and then pick up the Southern Vectis bus. Councillor Harrison also reminded residents of the “Optio” car service which is available via Age UK.

SERVICE CHARGE FOR WESTBROOK LANE

The Parish Council, WI and GVHA have all agreed to work together to dispute the charge being levied for the maintenance of the lane as the WI, then GHVA have maintained the lane at their own expense for the last 34 years.

SHORE ROAD

The continuing problem with the road surface in Shore Road was discussed by Councillor Fuller at a meeting with Island Roads. The road will be shut for a couple of days to allow a full survey to be completed, concentrating on the position of the underground services. Dependant on the results of this survey, work on the services will start later or the road will be re-surfaced in the autumn.

AMEY WASTE CONTRACT

Councillors discussed the delivery of the black bins which have raised a lot of questions and problems for residents. If the family living at a property is 6 or more, a larger bin can be requested. Anyone with problems using a bin can apply for assisted collections – telephone 01983 82377 to discuss your requirements.

FUTURE PARISH COUNCIL MEETINGS

The next full Parish Council meeting is at 7.00 pm on Thursday 12 May 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.