At the April meeting of the council, the main topics discussed were:
OPEN SPACES PROJECT
To advance the project a decision was made to employ a local solicitor to check the wording of the lease supplied by IW Council before signing. This is a long term project (125 year lease) so the Parish Council is ensuring that everything is in order before committing public money.
The final budget for the project was agreed, so that the draft can be completed and residents engaged in the next round of public consultation.
Unfortunately, despite reminders, the IW Council have been unable to supply an update for this month. Further reminders will be sent and the item will appear on next month’s agenda.
GURNARD MAY QUEEN
Councillors voted that a presence of the Parish Council will be continued this year. The theme will be the Neighbourhood Plan.
PARKING ON THE VERGES
A resident raised the issue of cars parking on the verges in Worsley Road which is destroying the grass and flowers which make the village look so beautiful. The Parish Council is to contact Island Roads and the Isle of Wight Council to request signage for the verges. Windscreen leaflets will also be considered to remind inconsiderate drivers of the damage they are causing.
BEST KEPT VILLAGE
Gurnard will be entered again for the Best Kept Village which has judging sessions throughout May, June and July. Can all residents please be vigilant in advising the Parish Clerk of any issues in the village in particular dropped litter.
WORSLEY ROAD CLOSURE
The Parish Council has been advised that Worsley Road will be closed from Tuesday 5th May to Friday 29th May 2015 for the installation of mains services to the new Oaklands Development. Pedestrian access to the Village Hall will be maintained during this work.