GURNARD PARISH COUNCIL REPORT FOR THE GURNARD NEWS OCTOBER EDITION
At the September meeting of the Parish Council the main topics discussed were:
PCSO Derek Howard sent written report. There have been 7 reported crimes in Gurnard during August, compared with 4 last year. Councillors raised concerns at the increase in reported crimes in the Gurnard Pines/Cockleton Lane areas which will be raised with the local PSCO. New community priorities have been established.
OPEN SPACES PROJECT
Councillor McKean was very happy to announce that the project is to receive funding via the Bags of Help – Tesco funding. Residents shopping Tesco in the Island will choose from three projects, the top prize is £12,000, the second is £10,000 and the last is £8,000. Please encourage everyone to vote for the project. With funding now secured, disabled access, picnic tables and a water supply will be provided together with a shed and tools for volunteers to use. This working group is to be disbanded and a Friends of Cockleton Meadow will be set up. If you wish to learn more please contact the Parish Clerk.
The new notice board is now in place, which looks much smarter.
CHRISTMAS STORY COMPETITION
The Isle of Wight Society for the Blind is holding a competition for both adults and children. Application forms can be collected from Waterstone’s bookstore in Newport or downloaded from email@example.com. Stories must be between 1500 and 2000 words and must be returned by Thursday 10 November 2016. The cost for under 18’s is £2.00 per story. The Parish Council is happy to sponsor up to 25 students who must live in the parish of Gurnard. Please contact the Parish Clerk for further details.
The Grant Panel met in August and made recommendations for small grants, which were ratified by the Parish Council. From the six applications received, only three received grants as they were Gurnard organisations requesting funds to benefit directly the residents of Gurnard. All Saints Church (to produce the Gurnard News), 1st Gurnard Management Committee (to assist with a new roof) and Gurnard Pre-School (to purchase new soft furnishings) were all given grants. There is a balance of £1,150 in the budget for any future applications.
The public toilet block on The Green is continuing to cost the Parish Council additional funds. The Business Rate demand is being disputed and an appeal being made to the Valuation Office. The Parish Council has declined the freehold of the property at this time but will continue to lease from the IW Council and cover the cleaning and maintenance costs.
Chairman Councillor Harrison will once again lay a wreath at the service at All Saints church on Sunday 13 November on behalf of the Parish Council.
Councillors were disappointed to learn that the service will no longer be offered to residents in Rew Street. IW Council has been asked to advise residents of the Community Bus service and Age UK Optio car service which will bring them into the village or the Age UK home visiting service to ensure that they are not disadvantaged.
FUTURE PARISH COUNCIL MEETINGS
The next full Parish Council meeting is at 7.00 pm on Thursday 11 October 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.