GURNARD PARISH COUNCIL REPORT FOR THE GURNARD NEWS FEBRUARY EDITION
At the December and January meetings of the Parish Council the main topics discussed were:
There were 3 reported crimes in Gurnard during November compared to 5 last year, and in December the figures were reduced from 4 to 1 this year.
In December, a budget was presented to councillors for the year 2017/18 from the Financial Working Party. It was agreed that a precept of £54,967.00 is raised to support the budget for 2017/18. This will result in a zero increase in precept for residents unless there are changes to the Tax Base and Grant from the Isle of Wight Council.
TRANSPORT FOR THE VILLAGE
Also in December, Councillor Bugden presented a written report of the various problems raised by residents due to the lack of public transport from and to the village. After much discussion, It was decided that the clerk contacts Community Action asking how the Parish Council could assist in the recruitment of volunteer drivers, and that the clerk contacts Amanda Gregory at the IW Council asking how the issue of no taxis being available in the evenings can be resolved. Also that the clerk contacts Southern Vectis to request a Community Bus service for the afternoons including a breakdown of the costs of providing such a service and finally that the clerk contacts the councils in the West Wight to enquire about how they fund the FYTE bus service.
ANNUAL PARISH MEETING
In January, it was decided that this year it will be held on Wednesday 26 April 2017 at 7.30pm in the Village Hall. A new format will be adopted this year in that all this year’s grant recipients will be asked to provide a short presentation to council members and members of the public to explain how their grant benefitted their organisation. Refreshments of Cheese, Wine and Soft Drinks will be available. A Parish Award will also be presented.
Please come and see how the Parish Council has worked on your behalf for the year 2016/17 and bring suggestions for future topics for discussion by councillors.
OPTIO CAR SCHEME
The clerk held a meeting in December with Community Action about the Optio Car Scheme. Amanda Coyle will hold a Coffee morning at the Village Hall on Friday 24 February for all residents of Gurnard to hear how the scheme could assist with their travel arrangements. The Parish Council are supporting the event with hall hire and refreshments costs.
PARISH COUNCIL ELECTIONS
The elections will be held on 5 May 2017 for members of Gurnard Parish Council. There are nine positions available. Councillors attend meetings on a monthly basis to discuss village issues. Nominations forms explaining full eligibility will be available from February from the Parish Clerk. For an informal chat about the role, please contact the clerk or one of the existing councillors.
FUTURE PARISH COUNCIL MEETINGS
The next full Parish Council meeting will be at 7.00 pm on Thursday 9 February 2017. 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: email@example.com.