Councillor Mark McNeill was elected chairman for the meeting as both the chairman and vice chair were working at The Bestival. At the September meeting of the Parish Council the main topics discussed were:
PCSO Derek Howard was able to attend the meeting and brought a written report. There have been 8 reported crimes in Gurnard during August. At the inaugural PACT (Police and communities together) meeting the priorities were established as: – vehicles and cyclists in Cowes High Street, Alcohol related crime in Cowes High Street and Alcohol related crime and disorder by youths on Gurnard Seafrount. He also provided a list of the staff now based at Cowes Police Station.
PLANNING AND LICENCING
This month there were no applications to consider for planning, licensing or Tree Preservation Orders. The Parish Council was advised that the suggestion of Westbrook Close was not acceptable for the access lane to the Oaklands development as a “close” denotes a no through road. The developer (Mr. Parker) has met with the chair and vice chair of the Parish Council and offered a compromise solution of Westbrook Lane for the address of the Village Hall, leading to Oaklands View. Both Island Roads and the IW Council were happy with this compromise and councillors voted to support this suggestion. Island Roads will now contact Royal Mail for the issue of the relevant postcodes.
The Isle of Wight Council advised that the legal agreement with landowners had been signed and that work was starting to re-open the footpath. Councillors were very pleased to hear this great news. Thank you to the Rights of Way team and the landowners for all their work to re-open this essential gateway to Gurnard.
OPEN SPACES PROJECT
An apple harvest was organised and a meeting to decide future plans for the land, now that is leased by the Parish Council.
Mr. Day arranged for the clock to be taken to his business in Farnborough for a complete service, repair and re-paint. He is also arranging a file with all the details of the clock and it’s upkeep for the future. The Parish Council is very grateful to him for arranging all this at no cost to the Parish, including the transport.
NEW BUSINESS IN GURNARD
Mr. Jason Doughty of Doughty Newnham – Chartered Surveyors who will be based at 3 Church Road provided a short presentation to councillors. The team are keen to get involved within the village and will be joining in the litter pick next month. They offer a service for commercial property matters. They invited people to pop into their office for a coffee and say hello. They are also interested in sponsoring the flower tubs by the Village Clock. These planters are looked after by the Gurnard in Bloom team, so their contact details were passed on.
FUTURE PARISH COUNCIL MEETINGS
The full Parish Council meets next at 7.00 pm on Thursday 8 October 2015 residents are welcome to attend all meetings, which are usually held at Gurnard Village Hall in Worsley Road. 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.