COUNCIL CONSIDER COMMUNITY ASSET FOR EDDINGTON ROAD

Seaview and Nettlestone Parish Council convened an Emergency meeting of the Parish council (23rd February 2021) to consider proposing Eddington Road as an Asset of Community Value, following the Isle of Wight Council identifying the site as potential land for development.

Barry Elliott, Chairman of the Parish Council said ‘We wanted to ensure the views of the residents and the community are heard in this process, and are very concerned about the implications of what is being proposed by the IW Council’.

The Local Residents Association have voiced concerns over the Local Authority’s handling of the process and the Parish Council have been critical of the lack of community engagement.

Cllr Elliott added ‘Although we welcome the March Q & A session with the Leader of the Council, this should have happened earlier and we should have been more involved – the implications of what is being proposed is significant, and could have negative consequences for this and neighbouring areas’.

The Council heard from local residents and the Ward Councillor – Cllr Reg Barry and everyone agreed that the proposed 90-100 units were too many for the community. The members resolved to nominate the Eddington Road site as an Asset of Community Value.

Questions For The Q&A Session With the Leader of the IWC on March 3rd 2021

Members of the Isle of Wight Council (including the Leader of the Isle of Wight Council – Cllr David Stewart) will be taking part in a Q&A session with the members of the Nettlestone and Seaview Parish Council. The Public have been contributing questions to the list and it is now published here: CLICK HERE FOR QUESTIONS – questions are identified as being contributed by a Councillor (CLLR) or Member Of the Public (MOP). Questions 1,2,3,13 and 19 are too long to fit in a spreadsheet cell so can be seen by hovering the mouse over the red triangles that can be seen in column C.

 

Food Banks Set Up By Local Residents

SEAVIEW FOOD BANKS

Residents have just opened two food banks in Seaview.

Orange Tree, Madeira Road, PO34 5BA

Penmorfa, Bluett Avenue, PO34 5HE

There are many Island families who are really struggling, and your donations will make a huge difference.

They currently need:

Rice

Pasta Sauce

Tinned Spaghetti

Tinned Meat, Fish or Vegetarian

Tinned Vegetables

Tinned Fruit

Lentils, Beans and Pulses

Tea or Coffee

Fruit Juice

Biscuits

Rice or Sponge Puddings

Custard

Loo paper, deodorant, shower gel, shaving gel, shampoo, soap, feminine products, toothbrushes/paste, laundry tablets & gel, washing up liquid.

Baby food, wipes and nappies

Face masks and Hand Sanitiser

Petfood

URGENTLY needed:

Sponge Puddings

Toothbrushes

Laundry Tablets

Female Deodorant

Due to the generosity of the public, they currently have plenty of

Long Life Milk, Baked Beans, Tinned Soup, Pasta and Cereals

Sadly, no fresh or frozen food can be accepted due to storage restrictions.

For more information, please contact:

Penny Lakin Mattinson – 07770 925252

Victoria Reddington-Jol – 07956 647199

Extraordinary Parish Council Meeting (Isle of Wight Council Land on Eddington Road) – Online – 23.02.21 @6pm

An extraordinary Parish Council meeting will be held to:

  1.  To consider nominating ‘The Land West of Eddington Road, PO34 5EE – identified as site IPS127 by the Isle of Wight Council in their Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment’ as an Asset of Community Value.
  2. To confirm initial questions for Cllr(s) Stewart & Abraham and IWC officers for the Q&A (March 3rd) regarding the Eddington Road site.

Details to dial in can be found here: Zoom Details

Funding Opportunity of £500 via ‘Magic Little Grants’

Magic Little Grants gives smaller charities and community groups the chance to apply online for a £500 grant to deliver projects across Great Britain.

In 2021, players of People’s Postcode Lottery will continue to support this successful partnership. Applications open from March 1st until October 31st.

With its simple 20-minute application process and an outcome within 6 weeks, the Magic Little Grants fund reduces the work required for grass-roots organisations to access the funding they need to launch or strengthen their services. The following criteria apply:

  • Organisations must either be in their first year of operation or have an annual income under £250,000.
  • Funding can be used to launch new projects, support existing ones, or cover core costs associated with ongoing work.

This year funding can go towards any of the below projects:

  1. Improving mental wellbeing
  2. Enabling community participation in the arts
  3. Preventing or reducing the impact of poverty
  4. Supporting marginalised groups and promoting equality
  5. Improving biodiversity and green spaces
  6. Enabling participation in physical activity
  7. Responding to the climate emergency and promoting sustainability
  8. Increasing community access to outdoor space

If your organisation is carrying out a project within these themes, make sure to get your applications in once the programme launches on 1st March 2021. The application process is short and simple, taking 10 minutes to complete. Each organisation may only apply once in 2021.

As well as receiving a Magic Little Grant, successful organisations that are new to Localgiving will also be given a free annual membership with Localgiving worth £96. This membership gives them access to all of Localgiving’s wider online fundraising services, such as regular fundraising campaigns and training.

Interested in applying?  Visit https://localgiving.org/magic-little-grants/

Funding Opportunity – Isle of Wight Foundation – Grant Call 2021

Local projects that look to tackle Social Exclusion and that support people into employment may be able to benefit from the latest round of funding that has just been announced by the Isle of Wight Foundation: The Isle of Wight Foundation, is pleased to announce that the application process for the next round of grant funding from the Isle of Wight Foundation is now open for voluntary, community and not-for-profit groups in our local area.

The IW Foundation is a charitable trust, funded jointly by the partners in Island Roads, to provide grant funding and volunteering support each year to help projects on the Island to tackle social exclusion and support people into employment.

You may have seen in their recent announcements that they were delighted to award grant funding this year of between £3,000 and £16,000 to a further ten projects put forward by community and charity groups on the Island.

These projects included:-

Ability Dogs 4 Young People

Awarded £14,000 for a new van for an ability dog trainer to assist in transporting Ability Dogs for training.

Bembridge Friendship Circle

Awarded £10,000 towards the cost of a new community bus with disabled access to assist socially isolated members of the community.

Care in the Garden

Awarded £7,500 for a new ride-on mower, trailer and mulcher to create more opportunities for the organisation’s supported workers out in the community.

Chillerton and Gatcombe Community Association

Awarded £3,505 to upgrade Chillerton village hall as a community facility and hub.

The Way Forward Programme

Awarded £4,125.25 for a new fully accessible kitchen at its Newport headquarters for its clients with mobility challenges or visual impairments. The new facilities will help the organisation in its work to encourage the independence and self-worth of its customers.

 

Whippingham Community Association

Awarded £5,000 to upgrade the community hall’s entrance and toilet facilities, making it more accessible to all.

Mountbatten IOW (Earl Mountbatten Hospice)

Awarded £6,700 for 30 laptops to support its Neighbours Remote Support initiative, which provides support to people within their own homes who are isolated or lonely and have a chronic, life-limiting or end of life illness.

WightSAR (Isle of Wight Search & Rescue)

Awarded £8,000 for new search and rescue equipment and training to support its lowland search and rescue services.

Aspire Ryde

Awarded £6,730 for new computer equipment and furniture for a new skills hub, assisting people to earn qualifications that can help them into employment.

Vectis Radio’s 4Ps Training School

Awarded £8,000 to support work helping young people to improve life chances by building their confidence and improve their communication through radio work.

This means that more than £550,000 has now been donated to Island-based good causes since the launch of the IW Foundation.

Now, as it enters its eighth year, the Foundation is once again making up to £80,000 available to support local community projects with, on average, grants of between £3,000 and £16,000.  Grants will be awarded at the end of 2021, with funding commencing at the beginning of 2022.  Successful organisations also receive support from an Island Roads employee, who volunteers their time to help their organisation in the planning and delivery of their project.

Unfortunately, the Foundation is unable to provide funding to statutory bodies so  Town and Parish Councils cannot apply for, or be granted the funds directly; however, we can be involved in nominating or supporting an application from a local group.

They are particularly looking for projects that help people to access employment (e.g. through providing training, qualifications and support or tackling mobility issues which can limit access to employment), or projects which help bring communities together through improving citizenships (e.g. giving people – young or old who are disadvantaged, the encouragement and confidence to play an active role in society).

Whilst they prefer to support capital projects that tend to be larger and make more of a longer-term impact, they are happy to consider other applications e.g. for revenue funding provided the projects meet the grant criteria.  They are also happy to accept applications from groups with existing projects, as long as they can demonstrate that the funding will enable them to extend their services to benefit more people in the community.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on 7 May 2021.

If you would like more information on the Isle of Wight Foundation and details of how groups in our community can apply, please visit www.islandroads.com/iw-foundation. The FAQ section may be particularly useful.

Green Waste Subscriptions 2021 – From the Isle of Wight Council

Green waste subscriptions available

Spring is on its way, gardens will be blooming and it’s time to renew green garden waste subscriptions!

Over half of our customers have already switched to direct debit payments so their subscriptions will automatically renew. Those who pay annually by card should check their email inboxes for details of how to re-subscribe, before 18 March.

Existing customers with direct debit are also asked to check that the bank details they previously supplied are still the same.

The popular green garden waste kerbside collection service collected 1,710 tonnes of garden waste since April 2020.

Councillor Steve Hastings, Cabinet member for recycling, said: “Our kerbside green garden waste service is hugely popular across the Island, with 10,000 customers benefitting – especially during 2020 with many more people getting out in the garden; saving trips to the tip, lower people’s carbon footprints and giving people more time to focus on gardening.

“All of the green waste collected is composted and goes back into gardens across the Island.”

Natasha Dix, the council’s strategic manager for waste and environment, added: “While the service is pretty full, there are a few spaces available, so if you are on the waiting list and would like to sign up I would encourage you to do so as soon as you can.

“You would have received emails from us too. Please do check your junk message folder just in case.”

For more information on the scheme, visit www.iwight.com/greengardenwaste

Q&A with Isle of Wight Leader Cllr David Stewart Re: the Eddington Road Development site – [email protected] 5.30pm

Members of the Isle of Wight Council (including the Leader of the Isle of Wight Council – Cllr David Stewart) will be taking part in a Q&A session with the members of the Nettlestone and Seaview Parish Council. This session will predominantly be focused on the process being followed by the IWC for disposing of the development site in Eddington Road but other questions will be raised – time allowing. This is a fact finding session rather than an official Parish Council meeting but members of the public will be welcome to dial into the session and hear the responses first hand (a recording of the session will be uploaded afterwards should residents want to hear it). Should you have a question that you would like one of the Parish Council members to ask the IWC Leader on your behalf please let one of the Councillors (or the Clerk) know by the 25th February 2021 – contact details in their profiles here: Member’s Profiles

To join the session:

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Island Roads Annual Survey Now Open for 2021

Island Roads launches 2021 customer survey

Island Roads is once again seeking public feedback on the highway services it delivers.

Each year in February, Island Roads undertakes its annual customer survey encouraging residents to feedback on the range of services provided including road and footway resurfacing, winter maintenance, street cleansing, verge and grass cutting and customer services.

The survey, which launches on Monday and comprises 12 questions to cover the main service areas, is part of a range of measures used to review performance and help determine how year-on-year improvements can be made.

Steve Ambrose, Island Roads business manager said: “As an organisation we are committed to delivering our work to the highest standards, not just in terms of our contractual requirements, but also to the satisfaction of the local community.

“We do get a lot of feedback, including plenty of compliments which are always very welcome, but the survey allows us to formally gauge people’s views across wider aspects of our service which then allows us to identify any improvements we may need to make.

“It has been a particularly challenging year because of the Covid pandemic, but as key workers we have continued to provide the services necessary to maintain a safe network. We will therefore be particularly keen to hear how the community feels we have performed over the last 12 months.”

Given the current lockdown, residents are encouraged to respond to the survey online; however, paper copies will be available on request for anyone who does not have access to the online version and would like to take part.

Residents have until 28th February 2021 to complete the survey, which can be completed online via our website https://islandroads.com/customer-survey-2021/  from Monday.  Paper copies can be requested by email to [email protected]

The Island’s Highways PFI is financed in the main through a grant of £477 million awarded by the Department for Transport and delivered in partnership with the Isle of Wight Council.

 

For further information, please contact [email protected] or visit www.islandroads.com

Census 2021 – Advice on participation from the Isle of Wight Council

Households across the Isle of Wight will soon be asked to take part in Census 2021.

The census is a once-in-a-decade survey that gives the Office for National Statistics the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales. It has been carried out every decade since 1801, with the exception of 1941.

It will be the first run predominantly online, with households receiving a letter with a unique access code, allowing them to complete the questionnaire on their computers, phones or tablets.

“A successful census will ensure everyone from local government to charities can put services and funding in the places where they are most needed,” said Iain Bell, deputy national statistician at the Office for National Statistics.

“This could mean things like doctors’ surgeries, schools and new transport routes. That’s why it is so important everyone takes part and we have made it easier for people to do so online on any device, with help and paper questionnaires for those that need them.”

Census day will be on March 21, but households across the country will receive letters with online codes allowing them to take part from early March.

The census will include questions about your sex, age, work, health, education, household size and ethnicity. And, for the first time, there will be a question asking people whether they have served in the armed forces, as well as voluntary questions for those aged 16 and over on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Results will be available within 12 months, although personal records will be locked away for 100 years, kept safe for future generations.

There’s lots of information available if you would like to find out more about the Census in advance at census.gov.uk but, also please feel free to contact Ursula Dowd, census engagement manager, Isle of Wight on 07452 936794 or email [email protected] – You can still fill in a paper copy if required – Contact Ursula or check on the IWC Site HERE