October News

Niton and Whitwell Parish Council met on Monday 24th September at Whitwell Village Hall. The Chairman welcomed Mr Graham Melville, a former Chairman and our local NHS Community First Responder, to the meeting. Graham advised the Parish Council that the Head of NHS Training had offered to run a defibrillator and CPR training course in Whitwell. The Parish Council agreed in principle to fund a course, subject to formal ratification at the October meeting. Since the meeting, Graham has confirmed that the course will be held on Tuesday 13th November from 1:45 – 4 pm at the White Horse Inn, Whitwell. If you would like to book a place, please contact me.

The Chairman also welcomed Mr Andy Dorning of South Wight Area Youth Partnership (SWAY) to the meeting. Andy gave a short presentation on SWAY’s work over the summer, including the residential trip to Wales, and the role of the Family Support Worker. The level of the Parish Council’s financial support for SWAY was briefly discussed.

The Parish Council agreed that Island Minibus Service should be asked to operate the Parish excursion to Carisbrooke Castle in October; and that a Southern Vectis solo bus should be hired for the December excursion to Busy Bee “Christmas World”. The excursion to “Christmas World” will take place on 5th December, cost £5 per head, with the option of Christmas lunch in the Olive Tree Restaurant (additional charge). Please contact me if you are interested in coming along.

From time to time, the Parish Council makes requests for improvements to the road network. From a badger-proof litter bin to re-modelling the junction of Southford Lane and Godshill Road, all requests for changes from any source are ultimately considered by Island Roads and, if the criteria governing the proposed changes (Highways Regulations etc) are met, they join the Isle of Wight Council Network Integrity Register. At present, there are approximately 4,000 requests on the Register. All town and parish councils have been advised that they will shortly be receiving a list of requests relating to their town or parish and will be asked to determine a top 3. We understand that safety will be held paramount and offers of matched funding from the town or parish council will also be considered. Once we have received our list, we will be asking for your help in determining our top 3. More details later.

Vickie Ford, Parish Clerk