October News

Niton and Whitwell Parish Council met on Monday 26th September Whitwell Village Hall. Pavement parking at the lower end of Bannock Road, Whitwell, was discussed and I was asked to draw the Isle of Wight Council’s attention to the conversion of privately owned off-road parking spaces for other purposes.

Plans for the restoration of Whitwell Parish Church and the construction of a community toilet in the Churchyard were presented; the Parish Council resolved to support both initiatives and “in principle” to provide a grant of at least £1,000 towards the toilet, subject to certain conditions being met. Please see the draft minutes for further details. A grant of £500 was awarded to Whitwell Village Hall towards the cost of rebuilding the front boundary wall.

Island Roads’ quotation for two additional directional signs to Niton public toilets was accepted. The signs will be erected in Niton village centre and should be a great help to visitors. The Parish Council also resolved to work towards acquiring the freehold of the toilets from the Isle of Wight Council. At present, the Parish Council operates the toilets on a long term lease but an asset transfer should soon be on offer, the only cost being the legal fees incurred in the process.

I’m sure you’ll agree that the Recreation Ground is looking much better after the recent maintenance work. A new aerial runway cable for the zipwire is on its way and may even have been installed by the time you read this “Connections”. The “Daisy” toddler swing should be reappearing shortly and there are plans for the refurbishment of the skateboard half pipe, subject to external grant funding being made available.

I would like to gauge support for a Parish Christmas excursion to Busy Bee Christmas World and/or Tesco, Ryde, early in December. If you need a break from shopping, there’s the option of a festive lunch at Busy Bee’s “Olive Tree” restaurant. I will be producing flyers for you to express your interest; these will be available at local shops and facilities. There will be a charge for the trip, but the Parish Council has promised to consider a subsidy. If you would be interested, do please let me know as soon as possible.

If you use the footpaths behind Whitwell Garage, you may have missed the rather dilapidated stiles. The Parish Council is working in association with the Isle of Wight Ramblers to provide new gates, which will greatly improve access to the footpaths for those who cannot easily negotiate stiles. Further details on our Voluntary Groups page.

I’m delighted to tell you that the Parish Council’s nomination of the White Lion Public House, Niton, as an Asset of Community Value (ACV) has been successful. This means that the Community Right to Bid should protect the pub’s future should it be offered for sale within the next 2 years. Full details of the process may be found here.

Vickie Ford, Parish Clerk