June News

Niton and Whitwell Annual Parish Meeting was held on Monday 14th May at Niton Library. The Chairman of the Parish Council presented the Annual Report and financial report and our Isle of Wight Council Ward Member, Councillor Dave Stewart presented his annual report. The meeting was followed by a Special Meeting of the Parish Council, which had been called to check our compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) before it came into effect on 25th May.

Niton and Whitwell Parish Council held its Annual Meeting on Monday 21st May at Niton Library. Councillor Tim Addison was elected as Chairman for the coming year, taking over from Councillor Jon Boileau Goad, who was thanked by everyone present for his work as Chairman over the past two years. Councillor Jon Young was elected as Vice Chairman for the coming year.

Various appointments to committees, working parties and outside bodies were made; Councillor Sherlie Burridge was re-elected as Chairman of the Planning Committee. The review of Standing Orders and Financial Regulations was deferred to the June Parish Council meeting to allow sufficient time for in-depth consideration of the proposed changes.

The Internal Auditor’s report was discussed and it was noted that there were no recommendations arising from the audit. The Annual Governance Statement and Accounting Statements of the Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR) were then approved and signed; these are available on the notice boards and our website and will be submitted to the external auditor. The full audit process is a complete annual review of the effectiveness of the Parish Council’s system of internal control.

The Niton Football Club development was discussed. The Parish Council resolved to press the Isle of Wight Council for the £40,000 community benefit to be paid in full and for temporary changing facilities to be provided so that the football pitch may be used continuously during the development of the site.

The Parish Council agreed its own Age Friendly Charter:

“Niton and Whitwell Parish Council commits to ensuring the Parish has an Age Friendly Champion to:
• Ensure all we do for older people is driven by them and our appropriate actions include them
• Maintain our focus on issues including sustainable transport, accessibility of shops/doctors’ surgeries and events, safeguarding against scams and availability of Island information with regard to older people”

Our Age Friendly Champion is Councillor Ali Logan.

Vickie Ford, Parish Clerk