The Parish Council is pleased to welcome Mr. Mark Franklin as a new member of Gurnard Parish Council following his co-option at December’s meeting. We still have one more vacancy, if you are interested in becoming a Councillor, we would encourage and welcome your attendance at one of our meetings, currently held remotely, to see what goes on. Please contact the Clerk for further information.
We are progressing with the wishes of Rosie’s family for a picnic table in memorial to her on the concrete plinth at the bottom of the Green, and given the space available and popularity of these tables, the Parish Council have agreed to fund a second table to go alongside it. At January’s meeting Council members perused the wide variety of options currently available made from heavy duty recycled plastic in a variety of colours, and would like to proceed with two accessible tables that provide ‘walk in’ and wheelchair access.
It may not be a well-known fact but not all of Gurnard Green has formal Village Green Status (VGS) due to the fact that there used to be a commercial Putting Green in the middle which meant this part of the Green didn’t meet the criteria for VGS when the rest of the Green was first registered. It has been over 20 years since the Putting Green was in operation and so according to the rules for VGS we should now be able to proceed with an application to register the whole Green, and the Parish Council has agreed to make two separate applications for VGS; one for the old Putting Green area as a whole, and one for the concrete plinth at the bottom of the Green.
At December’s meeting Council members agreed the budget and required precept of £59,590 for 2021-2022. This represents a 1% increase on last year, and subject to the grant issued by the IWC and tax base remaining the same as last year, will equate to a precept of £1.30 per week for band D residents.
It was resolved last year that any remaining balance at the end of this financial year will be ring fenced towards a future upgrade of the playground and we continue to have discussions with the Isle of Wight Council about repairs necessary in the short term, and longer term investment plans.
The next full Parish Council meeting will be held remotely at a new time of 6.30 pm on Wednesday 10th February 2021. There is always an opportunity at the start of the meeting for members of the public to make comments and ask questions. Meeting confirmation and the agenda can be found on the Parish Council notice board on Worsley Road and the Parish Council’s website www.gurnardpc.co.uk If there is anything you feel that the Parish Council could help with, please contact the Clerk to the Parish Council, Mrs. Katie Riley, telephone 07305 013718 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org