IWC to support Businesses Over Christmas with Free parking

Free parking deals for the festive season supports safer shopping

Free parking deals for the festive season supports safer shopping: Car parking on the Isle of Wight

A range of free parking offers is coming up this month, starting on Small Business Saturday, 5 December.

Shoppers will get opportunities to park for free in council car parking across the Island as they head back to town-centre shops and traders for COVID-19 safe shopping this festive season.

Most stores and businesses will be open as normal, and despite the unusual trading conditions this year there will be some attractive deals to be had on Isle of Wight quality goods and produce.

As part of the council’s emphasis on safer shopping, free parking won’t be limited to a few days this year, but spread out to allow shoppers to choose less busy times to visit their favourite stores.

On Small Business Saturday, 5 December, there will be free off-street parking in council long-stay car parks across the island between 12pm and 6pm.

With financial support from Newport and Carisbrooke Community Council, there will be 30 minutes of free on-street parking in Newport from Monday 7 December every day until New Year’s Eve.

Off-street parking in council long-stay car parks in all parts of the Island will be free from 3pm until 6pm every day from next Monday 7 December until New Year’s Eve.

And on Christmas Eve, for those last-minute purchases, there will be free off-street parking in every long-stay council car park all day until 6pm.

Councillor Wayne Whittle said: “We’re supporting local business throughout the month because it’s the right thing to do in this pandemic.

“Business owners across the whole Island are working hard to keep everyone safe, and you can expect that as stores reopen, they will have new ways to shop and keep staff and customers socially distant.

“We must not let our guard down: we all need think of our Island community, so please make good choices and shop safely this festive season.”

Councillor Julie Jones-Evans explained: “It’s a great example of the Shaping Newport partnership in action,  supporting the community and emphasising the value of our historic county town as a destination for the whole island.

Newport and Carisbrooke Community Council is happy to subsidise the scheme, to not only encourage people to come to Newport but also as an extra boost for those many traders who have been working so hard to support their customers and keep going through the COVID-19 crisis.”

Isle of Wight Council Budget Consultation 2021/22

Have your say on council spending

Islanders are being invited to give their views on how the Isle of Wight Council should spend its money next year.

The authority has launched its budget consultation — and residents, businesses, the voluntary sector and town and parish councils are being encouraged to have their say on spending and service priorities for 2021/22.

The council expects to spend around £340 million in the next financial year on areas including schools, social care, refuse collection, street cleaning, planning, regeneration and road maintenance.

Council leader, Dave Stewart said: “We’ve managed our budget very robustly over the past few years, and are determined to deliver a robust, workable and forward-looking budget again next year.

“Frontline services have been maintained and improved, with improved efficiencies in many areas.

“Obviously, this year, we have a different challenge with the coronavirus pandemic that remains ongoing, so we have to plan this into our budget analysis for next year too.

“The views of individuals and representatives from all sectors across the Island is hugely valuable to the shaping of our spending and service priorities for the year ahead.

“We welcome views from all contributors as we develop an innovative and workable budget — and one which will allow us to continue to provide sustainable services in the future, within a stable financial environment and help us to keep the Island safe.”

You can give your views online over the next six weeks by visiting: https://www.iow.gov.uk/Council/OtherServices/Financial-Management/Budget-Consultation

Vic’s Stores Update From Ward Cllr Barry

This afternoon, Isle of Wight Councillor Reg Barry, posted the following statement on the Seaview and Nettlestone Community Facebook Page and the Nextdoor App. For those who do not have access to those pages, the statement can be found here:

From Cllr Reg Barry
Re. Vics Stores
Good afternoon,
I have had a meeting with Charles and Linda from Vic’s Stores this morning and I would like to clear up a rumour that is currently doing the rounds.
This rumour is that Charles and Linda would be pleased to have their Business ruined by the Co-op so that they could retire and turn our village shop into their retirement home.
In fact this is quite the opposite of their intentions, as they plan to have one of their sons, Richard, to join them in the family business. They plan to bring him in to the business next year to have one to one training in management for a year to 18 months. Eventually Richard will carry on the Family Business which has served our Community for the past 70 or more years. This already on the cards for February next year.
Of course they have worries over the proposed Co-op taking over the Roadside Inn. Those worries are shared by a considerable number of residents in Nettlestone and Seaview.
The Roadside Inn is registered as an Asset of Community Value and is also a valuable part of our village and community. I am sure, like me, that you would do anything you can to help support Charles and Linda at this time.
Best Regards
Reg Barry BEM
Isle of Wight Councillor for Nettlestone and Seaview

Opportunity for Local Businesses – New Wight Gift Card Launch.

A Press Release from the Isle of Wight Council:

The Isle of Wight Council, in partnership with our sponsor Wightfibre, is launching a new gift card to support local businesses during these difficult times. The ‘Wight Gift Card’ will be available from November so that the cards are available in time for the Christmas season.

There are 150 free places available for the first three years of the programme but businesses will need to register by Midday 26th October. Free places are being allocated to businesses across the island to ensure good geographical coverage of the card. Businesses that are unsuccessful in getting a free place will need to pay just £18 to be part of the scheme for three years.

Only by signing up to the programme will businesses be able to accept Wight Gift Card payments from their customers this Christmas.

Technology for the gift card will be provided by Scottish fintech Miconex through its Town and City Gift Cards scheme, active in over 50 towns and cities around the UK and Ireland.

We have recently contacted businesses in your local area and we would really appreciate your support in encouraging businesses to register onto the scheme and take advantage of this new and exciting opportunity.

 For businesses to be able to accept Wight Gift Card payments this Christmas, they will need to send their business name/s and shop address/es to [email protected].

 See FAQs here -.Wight Gift Card FAQs