Parish Council Report

Niton and Whitwell Parish Council Report

Niton and Whitwell Parish Council met on Monday 26th October at the Edward Edwards Library, Niton. The Chairman welcomed Mr Richard Webb of the South Wight Area Youth Partnership (SWAY), who gave a report on activities over the summer months.

Members received a statement of receipts and payments against budget for the first half of the financial year. These quarterly statements are an audit requirement and a useful tool to enable the Parish Council to keep track of its financial position.

Owing to a lack of available information, the Chairman asked for a special meeting to be convened on Monday 9th November to discuss the Niton Football Club proposed development. The Parish Council is aware that the Isle of Wight Council has a recommendation in place for the application, which is Conditional Permission subject to a “community payback” (S106) agreement. One of the terms of the S106 requires a lease which would secure the continued use of the site by the Football Club, or the wider community for appropriate purposes should the football club cease to exist. The Parish Council, which has been asked to be a party to the lease, has made it clear that it is not be prepared to proceed until it has been made fully aware, in writing, of the terms of the associated S106 agreement and is satisfied that sufficient measures have been taken to safeguard the interests of Niton Football Club and the local community. To this end, it is working with the Football Club and a local solicitor to ensure that every step is taken to prevent the building of 4 houses within the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) without the building of a clubhouse for the Football Club.

Thank you to everyone who has used the Parish Council “NitWhit” bus service. Generally, there has been a very encouraging response to the initiative. Southern Vectis is currently saying that its number 6 route will return to an hourly service with the new summer timetable. With this in mind, the Parish Council will be evaluating the “NitWhit” bus six month trial in January and considering its future. We’d appreciate your feedback, please.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the delayed essential maintenance work due to be carried out on some of the play equipment at Niton Recreation Ground is still to happen. Hopefully, it will happen very soon so, if you are using the ‘Rec’ while the work is going on, please do take extra care. Reluctantly, the Parish Council has taken the decision to remove the dilapidated Daisy swing as its Kompan warranty has expired and the cost of replacement parts is prohibitively high.

I’m delighted to tell you that the Parish Council new website is now under construction at: www.nitonwhitwell.org.uk and the application for a Government grant to cover its development costs has been successful. Great news!

Vickie Ford, Parish Clerk, Tel: 730806, e-mail: