May News

Niton and Whitwell Parish Council met on Monday 29th April at Niton Library. The internally audited receipts and payments accounts for 2018/19 were adopted and signed and the Internal Audit Report accepted. I am pleased to say there were no recommendations arising from the internal audit.

The Chairman reported that he would be meeting in May with Councillor Ian Ward, Isle of Wight Council Cabinet Member for Infrastructure and Transport, to discuss the Community Action Road Safety (CARS) group report on its recent survey.

Following my detailed review of Parish assets, I had prepared a list of items requiring maintenance for the Parish Council’s consideration. The list includes the Whitwell telephone kiosk and water hydrants, Parish benches and further work to increase definition of the lettering on Whitwell War Memorial. Some work will be undertaken by Island Roads under the Highways PFI contract, but most is the Parish Council’s responsibility.

The Parish Council was disappointed to have received only one tender for the proposed Trim Trail for the Recreation Ground. As the cost far exceeded the budget, it was decided to purchase wooden picnic benches for the Rec instead. The idea of a Trim Trail will be reconsidered in January 2020, when the budget for 2020/21 is set.

Two tenders for increasing the height of the stone gabions adjacent to Castlehaven Village Green had been received. The Parish Council resolved to accept the tender to increase the height by 0.5 metres using dark grey gabion stone. Hopefully, this work will reduce scouring of the grass on the Village Green.

Plans for the NitWhit Soap Box Derby on Sunday 1st September are under way. Drivers must be aged 14 years and under. Councillor Jon Boileau Goad (731811) would love to hear from you if you, or someone you know, would like to enter.

As a local elector, or an interested person, you have certain legal rights in respect to the accounting records of the Parish Council. As an interested person, you can inspect accounting records and related documents. If you are a local government elector for the Parish, you can also ask questions about the accounts and/or make an objection. For the year ended 31st March 2019, the accounting records will be available for inspection during the period 17th June to 26th July, inclusive. Full details together with a summary of your rights will be published on the notice boards and here from 14th June.

Vickie Ford, Parish Clerk