June News

Niton and Whitwell Parish Council held its Annual Meeting on Monday 20th May at Niton Library, following on from the Annual Parish Meeting. Councillor Tim Addison was elected Chairman for a second year and Councillor Jon Boileau Goad elected Vice Chairman.

Two new members were co-opted onto the Council: Lorraine Sheerin for the Niton Ward and Mike Hughson for the Whitwell Ward. Many of you will know our new members; Lorraine as a mobile hairdresser and enthusiastic fund-raiser for Niton Football Club and Mike as an organiser of Whitfun and as our minibus driver on a couple of Parish excursions. You may also know that Lorraine’s father, Charlie Peach, served as a Niton Parish Councillor for over 30 years. A full list of members with contact details is available on the Parish notice boards and here.

Various appointments to committees, working parties and outside bodies were made; Councillor Sherlie Burridge was re-elected as Chairman of the Planning Committee. Standing Orders and Financial Regulations were reviewed. The Annual Governance Statement and Accounting Statements of the Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR) were approved and signed; these are available on the notice boards and here and have been submitted to the external auditor. The full audit process, internal and external, is a complete annual review of the effectiveness of the Parish Council’s system of internal control.

The outcome of the meeting with Messrs Alex Dabell and Dominic Wray of Blackgang Chine, which Councillor Stewart had attended with the Chairman and Clerk, was briefly outlined. The Chairman said that residents’ concerns regarding the summer firework displays had been raised and that the management team at Blackgang had agreed to a number of clarifications and understood that the displays would be monitored moving forward. Full details of the meeting are available here.

Plans for the NitWhit Soap Box Derby on Sunday 1st September are under way. Drivers must be aged 14 years and under. Councillor Jon Boileau Goad (731811) would love to hear from you if you, or someone you know, would like to enter.

A grant of £200 was awarded towards the cost of Niton Village Day entertainment.

Thursday 23rd May saw 14 of us heading to Freshwater for the latest of our Parish excursions. The weather was very kind and many of us took the opportunity to soak up the sun on the decking at the “End of the Line”. Grateful thanks to Mr Ken Day of Island Minibus Services, Chale, who drove us in his new minibus, and to everyone who came along. I hope to run another excursion in July.

A reminder that, as a local elector, or an interested person, you have certain legal rights in respect to the accounting records of the Parish Council. As an interested person, you can inspect accounting records and related documents. If you are a local government elector for the Parish, you can also ask questions about the accounts and/or make an objection. For the year ended 31st March 2019, the accounting records and a summary of your rights are available for inspection on Parish notice boards and here until 26th July, inclusive.

Vickie Ford, Parish Clerk