November News

Niton and Whitwell Parish Council met on Monday 22nd October at the Edward Edwards Library, Niton. The Chairman welcomed five members of the public to the meeting. One member of the public presented their views on the recent work carried out to upgrade the surface of Ashknowle Lane, Whitwell. The Chairman stated the need to consider all feedback, both on the work planned and on that actually carried out, bearing in mind the report submitted by the project supervisors. The drainage arrangements were still to be tested by rainfall and there is an option to carry out further work if it proves to be necessary.

The Chairman also welcomed PCSO Stephen Oatley to the meeting. PCSO Oatley outlined the main areas of his responsibility and answered members’ questions. The Chairman enquired on the progress of the Parish Council’s complaint about large agricultural vehicles travelling through and around Whitwell back in early July. PCSO Oatley said that the Police were speaking to agricultural firms about the need for careful driving.

Disappointment was expressed to Councillor Dave Stewart over the 6-month delay in the Isle of Wight Council Cabinet’s consideration of a feasibility study on Undercliff Drive, which must be carried out prior to any reinstatement work. The Chairman reminded Councillor Stewart of the importance of Undercliff Drive to residents of Niton and Whitwell and urged that it should be a priority for the IWC to reopen this important part of the Island’s road network. Councillor Stewart reaffirmed his commitment to reinstating the road.

Five years on from the last Parish Plan, the Parish Council is considering what kind of community plan would best serve the needs of the Parish going forward into the future. The list of Parish Council priorities was circulated and the Chairman invited the other members to attend an informal review of the list, which is published on the homepage of our website, in preparation for the budget setting process.

Grants of £200 and £100 were awarded to the Niton Lantern Parade and Santa’s Grotto respectively.

24 would-be life savers attended the training session in CPR and use of a defibrillator, provided by the Ambulance Service and kindly arranged for us by our local NHS Community First Responder, Mr Graham Melville. After a very informative talk through, everyone attending took the opportunity to practise both skills on the training dummies. Most trainees, including me, found the instructions given by the defibrillator itself very reassuring. We learnt, much to our relief, that the machine simply won’t administer a shock when the patient’s heart doesn’t need it. Good to know should you find yourself in the role of first-aider 😊

Vickie Ford, Parish Clerk