October News

Niton and Whitwell Parish Council met on Monday 25th September at Whitwell Village Hall. The Chairman welcomed representatives of Southern Water, who gave a short presentation on the scheme to replace 900m of water main in Ventnor Road and Whitwell High Street. Southern Water is aiming to complete the work before Christmas. The High Street closure will come into effect after 30th October. Access to businesses will be maintained as far as possible and bus services, including school buses, will not be affected. Southern Water has a dedicated website for the scheme or you can contact the customer service team on 0330 303 0368 quoting PRN 620007 for further information.

The skateboard half pipe in Niton Recreation Ground is again in need of refurbishment. A working party has been established to look into the long term options incorporating a more robust design but, in the meantime, essential maintenance will be carried out as soon as possible on the existing equipment so that it can remain in use.

The final part of last financial year’s audit is now complete with one minor issue arising relating to the assets value. Full details including the audited Annual Return and external auditor’s report are available on our website.

The Parish Council discussed possible action now that the planning application for two dwellings on land adjacent to Buffers, Downside Avenue, Niton, has been approved against its recommendation and in spite of the many serious outstanding planning conditions relating to the original development. The Parish Council wished to record its ongoing concerns and its intention to hold the Isle of Wight Council strictly to account on enforcement with regard to the conditions attached to this latest permission. It has requested that this further comment be posted on the relevant Isle of Wight Council webpage to inform the local community that it does not consider the matter to be resolved.

The Isle of Wight Council report on the application for a modification order for public footpath NT46 at Castlehaven was discussed. The Parish Council conveyed thanks to Mr Darrel Clarke, Rights of Way Manager, for the detailed research and professional manner in which the report had been compiled. Representatives of the Parish Council will be attending the committee meeting at which the report will be discussed. The Parish Council is resolutely opposed to modification of NT46.

After concerns were raised at the Parish Council meeting, Niton Football Club has confirmed that the football field remains open to the public, although entry to the building site is, of course, prohibited. The Football Club is currently arranging to reinstate the goalposts on the field in response to a request sent to the Parish Council Chairman by a young Parishioner.

With the programme of Parish excursions becoming increasingly popular, the Parish Council authorised outings to Arreton Barns Craft Village on 1st November, Busy Bee Christmas World on 6th December and Dick Whittington at Shanklin Theatre on 3rd January. Click here for details of the excursion to Busy Bee Christmas World and here for Dick Whittington.

The Parish Council has received two large bags of daffodil bulbs from the organisers of the Best Kept Village Awards. It is hoped to plant the bulbs on the verge opposite Whitwell Village Hall, pending Island Roads’ permission. The bulbs are a variety called “Golden Trumpets”, very apt for the Awards’ 50th anniversary next year.

Vickie Ford, Parish Clerk