Niton and Whitwell Parish Council met on Monday 23rd October at the Edward Edwards Library, Niton. The Chairman welcomed Mrs Rose Ashton, who gave an update on the scope and progress of the Whitwell Parish Church community café and toilet project.
Essential maintenance will shortly be carried out on the very popular skateboard half pipe in Niton Recreation Ground. Unfortunately, due to the further deterioration of the riding surface, it has been necessary to take the equipment out of use until the repairs have been completed. A working party is looking into the long-term options for the skate park and would welcome innovative ideas to include additional features and a more robust design.
A grant of £100 was awarded towards the cost of “Santa’s Grotto” at the Niton Christmas Day event on 9th December.
The Parish Council discussed ideas for the Commemoration of the centenary of the end of World War I on 11th November 2018. It is proposed to organise a bonfire/burning brazier to join the chain of beacons across the nation; the beacons will symbolise the light of hope that emerged from the darkness of war. I have contacted several local organisations to ask if they would wish to participate in any way. If you are a member of a local organisation and you would also like to participate, please do contact me.
The most recent of our Parish excursions took place (thanks to Mike) on 1st November. One week before the trip to Arreton Barns, every seat on the minibus was booked except the driver’s! We are deeply indebted to Mike who, in true heroic style, stepped in at the last moment and saved the day. The trip to Busy Bee Christmas World on 6th December is now fully booked but I still have two tickets available for the Pantomime “Dick Whittington” matinee performance at Shanklin Theatre on 3rd January. Please let me know if you would like to come along.
As there is no scheduled meeting during December, the next full Parish Council meeting will be held on Monday 22nd January 2018 in the Edward Edwards Library, Niton. It is a very important meeting in the Parish Council’s year as the budget and Parish Precept for 2018/19 will be set. So, if you want to tell us which local services and facilities you feel are most important, this is the time. The agenda for the meeting will be available from Wednesday 17th on Parish notice boards, at the library and on the website.
All Parish Council meetings are open meetings, which you are welcome to attend.
Finally, warmest Christmas greetings and very best wishes for the New Year from the Parish Councillors and from me.
Vickie Ford, Parish Clerk