July and August News

Niton and Whitwell Parish Council met on Monday 25th June at Whitwell Village Hall. The Chairman welcomed Mrs Lisa Toyne of Age Friendly Island, who presented a framed copy of the Parish Council’s Charter to Age Friendly Champion, Councillor Ali Logan. Click here for more details.

Hard to imagine on a hot August day, but the Parish Council considered the possibility of providing a salt bin in School Lane, Niton, to provide safe access to Niton School in freezing weather conditions. Further consideration will be given once a quotation has been received from Island Roads and the public liability implications have been investigated.

The Parish Council also met on Monday 23rd July at Niton Library. Several complaints had been received concerning tractors and large trailers moving through and around Whitwell. The matter has now been referred to our local PCSO and the Road Traffic Enforcement Advisor/Traffic Management Officer of the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Constabulary Safer Roads Unit.

Following consultation with Ashknowle Lane residents, work to upgrade the Lane was authorised, subject to final consultation with the Island Bridleways Group and Isle of Wight Council Rights of Way. The Parish Council is indebted to local experts Dr Bruce Denness and Chris Judd, the brains behind the scheme and the reason it is affordable!

The Parish Council again resolved to support a number 6 bus Sunday service and a Boxing Day service over the coming winter, in partnership with Chale and Chillerton and Gatcombe Parish Councils. The Chairman also reported on the excursion to Adgestone Vineyard on 4th July, which was great fun! Unusually, I had been hoping for cooler weather ūüėä but I need not have worried. Grateful thanks to our driver, Mike, and to everyone who came along on the day. I have permission to run an excursion in September, possibly to Carisbrooke Castle, so watch out for the posters.

Dog foulers beware! The forces of law and order are onto you – if you live in Niton or Whitwell, at any rate. The Parish Council has joined a scheme operating in some other parts of the Island which sees Isle of Wight Council Environment Officers, acting on local intelligence, patrolling¬†dog-mess hotspots. They have powers to issue ¬£75¬†on-the-spot fixed penalty notices where owners fail to pick up after their dog. Failure to pay could lead to prosecution and the prospect of a hefty ¬£1,000 fine. Austerity means that only those areas whose town and parish councils chip in to pay¬†the officers’ wage bill get the service. Niton and Whitwell is the latest area to join.

The Chairman said: “Dog fouling is a perennial problem for any town or parish council. We determined to act decisively and expect this new partnership with the Isle of Wight Council to make a real difference. Hopefully, our Parishioners will also do their part by reporting this irresponsible minority of local dog owners.”

At its next meeting (24th September), the Parish Council will be discussing ideas for village events to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War. If you have any suggestions, please speak to a Councillor or me.

Vickie Ford, Parish Clerk