Niton and Whitwell Parish Council met on Monday 26th February at Whitwell Village Hall. The Chairman welcomed representatives of Southern Water and Clancy Docwra, who gave an end of scheme presentation following the replacement of the Whitwell High Street water main. Southern Water thanked the Parish Council and local community for their support and reported that the scheme had largely run to plan and was almost finished. Councillor Dave Stewart thanked Southern Water for its cooperation and for allowing local businesses to carry on as normal.
In his report, Councillor Dave Stewart looked ahead to the Isle of Wight Council’s budget meeting and indicated that funding for libraries was likely to be reduced. It was agreed that funding for Niton library and community hub would be included on the agenda for the March meeting. Any further funding would be in addition to the grant of £3,000 awarded by the Parish Council in January.
The problem of dog waste being left in public areas was again raised. Some of our younger residents are now designing posters to help to advertise the Parish Council’s reward of £100 for evidence leading to the prosecution of an offender.
The Parish Council gave permission for an Easter egg hunt to be held in Niton Recreation Ground on Easter Monday, 2nd April.
Expressions of interest were invited for the maintenance of the Bert Sprake Memorial Garden, located at the junction of Rectory Road and Town End. This small garden comprises a grass verge (maintained by island Roads) together with a planted border of perennial shrubs and plants. The work required is mostly weeding, border maintenance and generally keeping the various plants in good order, including the removal of waste from site. The Parish Council proposes to pay an honorarium of £150 per annum for the work.
A grant of £800 was awarded to Niton Parish Church towards the maintenance of the village Churchyard.
A Niton resident very kindly organised a Parish litter pick on Saturday 24th February. An intrepid band of 5 braved the freezing cold wind to retrieve 7 bags of litter in a couple of hours!!!
My sincere apologies if you have been waiting for news of the next Parish excursion. I haven’t forgotten and am hoping to be able to organise a trip sometime in April.
The Parish Council is in contact with Island Roads regarding the resurfacing of Whitwell High Street after the completion of the Southern Water main replacement scheme. The work 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.
The Optio voluntary car scheme is looking to recruit volunteer drivers to join the 50+ current drivers from across the Island who support elderly, frail and housebound islanders to access services in their community. The service enables members to travel to medical appointments, day centres, shopping and more. To become a volunteer driver or for more information please call 01983 522226.
Vickie Ford, Parish Clerk