April News

Niton and Whitwell Parish Council met on Monday 26th March at the Edward Edwards Library, Niton. The Parish Council reviewed its Internal Audit process and considered the effectiveness of its system of internal control.

Council members raised a number of local issues, including the state of repair of the carriageway on Institute Hill, Niton, and the verge along the Blackgang Road, Niton. The Parish Council has brought both matters to the attention of Island Roads. Repairs to the surface of Institute Hill, scheduled prior to the Parish Council’s enquiries, have now been carried out but I have received complaints that there is very little improvement as a result. Full resurfacing of the road is not due until 2020/2021 so we will continue to press for further action.

You may be aware that the old mobile changing rooms have been removed from the Niton football field. The Parish Council is concerned over the lack of temporary changing facilities for the Football Club, despite the Isle of Wight Council Planning Department requirement for these to be in place before any building work on the new houses may commence. Should building commence before temporary facilities are made available, a formal planning enforcement issue will be raised. At present, the Football Club is playing its home matches at Seaclose, Newport, despite the planning measures intended to ensure uninterrupted use of the pitch during development.

A grant of £400 was awarded to Whitwell Parish Church towards the maintenance of the Ashknowle Churchyard; £50 to the Niton WI towards the maintenance of the raised flower beds in Niton village – thank you, Ladies 😊; and further support for the Library and Community Hub considered as a result of withdrawal of Isle of Wight Council funding due to budgetary constraints.

The Parish Council renewed its commitment to “Age Friendly Island” by agreeing to sign up to its own Age Friendly Charter. Once the final form of the Charter is agreed, it will be published on the website.

The problem of some dog owners failing to clear up after their pets persists. So many residents, of all ages, are really fed up with messy pavements and gardens and the Parish Council is exploring all available options to deter offenders! One strategy is to educate irresponsible dog owners and, to help with this, the talented children of Niton Primary School have designed some wonderful posters for us, which will shortly be appearing all over the Parish. It isn’t widely advertised but Island Roads is obliged to remove uncleared dog fouling and will do so if you report the exact location via the website or by phone on 822440.

A reminder that the long awaited and much needed resurfacing of Whitwell High Street will begin on 8th June over 10 daytime shifts, excluding weekends. Island Roads’ Mobile Visitors Centre will be in the car park of the White Horse Inn from 12 – 2 pm on Wednesday 23rd May to give businesses and residents a chance to discuss the works and how they will be affected by them.

Judging for the Best Kept Village Awards commences at the beginning of May. The organisers advise that you can help to improve your village’s chances of winning by picking up litter, clearing up after your dog (!!!) and cutting back any overhanging branches or foliage. You may be interested to know that 2018 is the 50th anniversary of the awards.

Vickie Ford, Parish Clerk