At the December and January meetings of the Parish Council the main topics discussed were:
PCSO Derek Howard sent written reports. There have been 6 reported crimes in Gurnard during November and 5 in December. Community priorities remain the same.
Meetings have re-started following the completion of the Landscape Assessment which will provide valuable evidence on the effect of development on the landscape of Gurnard. The next stage is to investigate various potential development sites and decide their suitability. Once all the evidence has been completed and the policies confirmed, the draft plan should be ready for publication for the Isle of Wight Council and Public Consultation.
OPEN SPACES PROJECT
200 tree samplings have been added to the site, plus the Community Growing Area has been rotivated. On the 24 February, 30 – 40 volunteers from the Green Gym will be clearing brambles and weeds from the site. The only cost to the Parish is £50 expenses. Once cleared, they will be disposing of the brambles and weeds by burning them on site. We apologise in advance for the smoke generated.
Once again the Parish Council has agreed to fund the grass cutting on the green and top up the statutory service of beach cleaning to an acceptable level. From 1st April the Isle of Wight Council will cease funding the provision of public toilets across the Isle of Wight. The Parish Council has completed a visual inspection of the block on The Green and is requesting that the IW Council complete both a structural and drains survey before entering into negotiations. In the short term, councillors have agreed to take on the running costs of facility from the 1st April to ensure that it is kept open for use by residents and visitors.
QUEEN’S 90TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS
In line with many other parts of the country, the Parish Council is organising a “Clean for the Queen” event on Saturday 5 March 2016. This is a community litter pick to improve the environment for residents. All local groups are being invited to get involved, meeting at the Village Hall at 10am.
WHEELIE BIN ON THE SEAFROUNT
The Parish Council has agreed to fund the wheelie bin on the seafrount for a further year. The bin will be emptied on a monthly basis in the winter, weekly in the summer and bi-weekly if required. Please make the clerk aware of any problems with litter within the village.
FUTURE PARISH COUNCIL MEETINGS
The next full Parish Council meetings are at 7.00 pm on Thursday 11 February 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.