April News

Niton and Whitwell Parish Council met on Monday 25th April at Whitwell Village Hall. The Chairman welcomed  Heather Rowell, Local Area Coordinator Manager, and Jenny Boulton, Local Area Coordinator, of the Isle of Wight Council Public Health Department to the meeting. Jenny, who was very recently appointed, outlined her role within the community. Local Area Coordination is a long term evidence based approach to supporting people (children and adults) with disabilities, mental health needs and older people and their families to:

·         Stay strong, safe and connected as contributing citizens

·         Support the building of more welcoming, inclusive and supportive communities.

            I was obliged to inform members of the changes to the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 and the effect on the audit process for the Parish Council (please see the minutes for further details). You may already be aware that the Parish Council, as a smaller authority, is subject to both internal and [limited assurance] external audit, each covering governance as well as finances.

            The Chairman of the Planning Committee noted the decision of the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) to grant Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) consent to Perpetuus Tidal Energy Centre Limited against the representations of the Parish Council and many others. The Parish Council will continue to make every effort to learn more about the technical and practical aspects of the project in a transparent manner.

            The Parish Council is continuing to press for the Isle of Wight Council to adopt the drainage scheme to achieve long-term natural stabilisation of Undercliff Drive, as proposed by local expert Dr Bruce Denness.

            For almost three years, the Parish Council has been trying to gain control of the Town End/Allotment Road car park in Niton. Just when it looked as though some progress was about to be made, the matter has been deferred until the Isle of Wight Council has dealt with the very poor structural condition of the garages and the problem of abandoned vehicles before it reconsiders the matter.

            A grant of £1,000 was awarded to Niton Village Hall to purchase new curtains for the stage and windows.

            The Annual Parish Meeting was held on Monday 9th May at the Edward Edwards Library, followed by a Parish Council Planning Committee meeting. Comments were submitted on the planning application for the temporary access and turning points on Undercliff Drive but the Parish Council will revisit the application in the light of the subsequent representation made by Island Roads. If you would like to read the comments on the application on the Isle of Wight Council website, please go to:

https://iwight.com/planning/AppDetails3.aspx?frmId=31080

            I now have the new Parish Council notice board for Niton Village in my hall and I have to say the nuisance of not quite being able to open my front door far enough is definitely outweighed by my joy at the notice board’s arrival. (Other family members have a slightly different opinion!) Hopefully, it will be out of my hall and in use very shortly.

            If all goes according to plan, the Ashknowle Lane all-weather footpath surface project will commence on 15th June. The footpath will be closed for approximately two weeks while the contractor carries out the work. Please do look out for our flyers and notices or on our website for up-to-date information.

Vickie Ford, Parish Clerk