September News

Niton and Whitwell Parish Council held a special meeting on Monday 25th August at the Edward Edwards Library, Niton. Detailed proposals for the withdrawal from public use of land at Castlehaven were received and measures to preserve the public amenity of the Village Green were determined.

Essential maintenance work on the play equipment in Niton Recreation Ground is now underway. A big thank you to Whitwell builder, Chris Judd, and the guys at Judd Developments for taking on the job! Some work to lay additional safety matting and replace the zipwire steel cable may take a while to complete so, if you are using the “Rec”, please ensure you don’t play on any equipment temporarily withdrawn from use.

Southern Vectis has asked me to promote use of our number 6 bus route. It’s not commercially viable over the winter and passenger numbers are steadily declining year on year. The Community Bus Partnership is hoping to run additional journeys on the number 6 route but has a shortage of volunteer drivers. If you would be interested in driving a bus, please let Southern Vectis or me know. Additionally, the Parish Council would welcome local volunteer drivers to join the Community Action “Optio” car service. This is a membership scheme for the elderly and frail which operates with volunteer drivers using their own vehicles to take passengers to pre-booked destinations. For more details, contact me or see the Optio web pages

Just a quick reminder of the Age UK “Good Neighbour” scheme operating in the Parish. Volunteers can help with things like outings or shopping, transport to medical appointments, walking your dog and small tasks in the home. If you’d like some help or want to volunteer as a good neighbour, please call Age UK Isle of Wight on 525282.

Vickie Ford, Parish Clerk