Northwood Parish Council

Posted by Admin on 21 February 2014, 12:34 am

Northwood Parish Council Members



Meetings of the Parish Council are held on the first Tuesday of the month, commencing at 6.30pm.
The meeting of the Planning Committee, if required, is held on the third Tuesday of the month, commencing at 6.30pm.



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with Cllr John Pullen in the Chair.

PCSO Steve Anker presented the report of the Local Safety Neighbourhood (LSN) team.

Particular mention was made of the following:
The current priority of the LSN team was to target any rogue traders in the area.
A Community Speed Watch event had taken place in Pallance Road. The perception of speed was far greater than the actual speed of drivers recorded, who were generally within the speed limit. However, the number of drivers who did slow down when they realised what was going on, was noticed.
There had been no reported crimes in the area during the past month.
The Chairman welcomed Mrs Jill Cowley to the meeting, who provided background information on the proposed scheme to plant Remembrance Orchards, across the Island, to commemorate the sacrifices made in the First World War.

Mrs Cowley advised that a number of parishes had memorials to the fallen. However, she was trying to raise awareness of the families of those who came back, and how they had coped. Also how they had dealt with the physical and mental damage suffered by their menfolk. In an attempt to bring these families back to life, Mrs Cowley was working with local schools and communities, welcoming any anecdotes, history or local knowledge of these people. In Yarmouth and Shalfleet it was planned to create centenary trails around the local addresses of the WW1 individuals identified.
A development Officer from the Heritage Lottery Fund had been assigned to the project and together they were moving towards a full grant application.
However, to be successful, evidence by way of a letter was required, which confirmed ownership of the land by the council/organisation and not just that permission of a landowner had been granted for the planting of the trees. A commitment also had to be made to oversee the trees for a minimum period of 5 years. A further criteria stipulated by the Heritage Lottery Fund was proof that the scheme would lead to a permanent local record, so to increase the understanding of life and times during WW1.
Response from Mr Lee Matthews regarding the remedial works proposed for the Venner Avenue football pitch.
Mr Lee Matthews, the IW Council’s Recreation and Public Spaces Manager, was still unable to confirm whether the IW Council would provide 50% of the costs to provide a sustainable football pitch on the Venner Avenue playpark. The savings his section were required to make would have a major impact on parks and open spaces and he would need to review this impact before committing to any projects. It was Mr Matthews’ intention to attend meetings of all Parish and Town Councils, in the near future, to discuss the situation in further detail. The clerk reported that in a telephone conversation, Mr Matthews had advised her that the costs of maintenance of the Venner Avenue play area was in the region of £3,000 per annum, although no specific details of what this cost related to had been provided.
Northwood in Bloom Working Party
Cllr Pullen advised that the Working Party recommended that the summer planting be purchased from Thompsons garden centre, as they were prepared to offer a substantial discount. An inspection of all the planters and tubs would be undertaken once the weather improved.
Parish Plan Working Party
The Housing Needs survey has been collected from the printers. It was suggested that distribution and collection of the survey should be undertaken in April/May time, when the evenings were lighter.

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