Niton and Whitwell Parish Council has not met since July so a shorter report from me this month, never-the-less I have been busy over the summer, working on our on-going projects. Sadly, one project, a personal favourite of mine, has suffered a slight blow ☹ The rather battered but highly valued (by us) Community Action minibus is no more! However, Ken of Island Minibuses has come to the rescue to enable us to resume our programme of Parish Excursions.
Work to upgrade Ashknowle Lane between Ventnor Road and Whitwell Cemetery is set to go ahead very shortly. The upgrade will improve vehicular access to the Cemetery but our priority is to preserve the use and nature of the Lane as a public bridleway so that it remains an historic and rural track. Dr Bruce Denness will be keeping residents of the Lane updated on the programme of work. We aim to keep any inconvenience to an absolute minimum but, if you are concerned in any way about access to the Lane, please contact me.
Maintenance work at Niton Recreation Ground will also be starting soon. Our major jobs this year are to lay new safety matting along the length of the zipwire and to renew the fence along the top of the bank above the hard standing, part of which has collapsed. Please do take care if you are using the “Rec” while the work is going on.
Our Fire and Rescue Service is asking for your views on the idea of a new Combined (with Hampshire) Fire Authority. If you would like to take part in the consultation, you can visit the website, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 02380 626 815 for a copy of the response form and information pack. The consultation ends on 26th October.
Finally, I am very happy to report that the Parish Council has received an unqualified audit opinion from the external auditor, PKF Littlejohn LLP. This means that the auditor has no concerns regarding our financial or internal control systems, which is really good news for us all. The Conclusion of Audit notice and the Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR) are on the Parish notice boards may be viewed here.