Following on from the comprehensive asset review carried out earlier this year, essential maintenance of the Niton Recreation Ground and other Parish Assets is underway. You may have noticed the new bench beside the telephone kiosk in Rectory Road? This was provided by Island Roads under the Highways PFI contract in response to our request for maintenance. Repainting of the Whitwell water hydrants and telephone kiosk / library has been put out to tender and I am hoping the weather will be kind so that the work can happen over the next month or so.
The Recreation Ground Working Party met to discuss the various ideas for developing this lovely area, including a wildflower meadow, trim trail, new skateboard park and toilet facilities. Apart from the wildflower meadow, these will require long-term planning and public consultation but we are very excited about taking the ideas forward 😊
After the various works to upgrade Ashknowle Lane, the Parish Council is keen to put in place signage promoting the bridleway as a safe non-vehicular route between our villages. We are hoping to use wooden posts incorporating the village logos (Saint Catherine’s lighthouse and Whitwell Parish Church) at various points along the way.
The Parish Council’s work to raise the height of the stone gabions adjacent to the Village Green at Castlehaven was completed during August, following on from the Isle of Wight Council’s repairs to the surface of footpath NT46 along the stretch on top of the sea wall. Our contractors, Imphouse Ltd, agreed at very short notice to smooth the step up from the Green to the new surface of the path, greatly improving safety and accessibility.
The latest Parish excursion happened on 15th August when 17 of us visited Arreton Barns. I’m pleased to say, we were blessed with a warm sunny day in a week of cold wet days 😊 A big thank you to Ken of Island Minibus Services – what a star! We will be visiting Dalverton Garden Centre, Lake, on 9th October and Busy Bee Christmas World on 5th December. Please contact me for more details if you would be interested in coming along on either trip.
Sunday 1st September saw the inaugural NitWhit Soapbox Derby in “the Rec”, a truly delightful afternoon. The event was organised by the Parish Council in partnership with SWAY (South Wight Area Youth Partnership). Thanks must go to Andy Dorning of SWAY, Councillor Jon “BG” Boileau Goad, Stan and his team at John O’Conner for preparing the course and to everyone who took part in any way. You may spot at least one familiar face on the finish line 😊
Next year’s event is already being planned – so watch out Red Bull!!!
Vickie Ford, Parish Clerk