The image above shows two icons of Cowes’ industrial past; the Hammerhead Crane (100 years old in 2012) which serves as a reminder of the great days of J Samuel White’s shipbuilders on the Medina until the 1960s; and the 5th mechanical Floating Bridge, connecting Cowes with East Cowes, a service which celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2009.
Every year Cowes Heritage put on an exhibition; subjects covered in the last few years include: Cowes At War; Schools in Cowes; Businesses in Cowes; Northwood House; Churches in Cowes; Cowes in the 1950s; and J Samuel White’s.
Cowes is served by a complement of 16 Town Councillors representing four wards: Cowes North (5 Councillors); Cowes South (3); Cowes West (3); and Medina (5).
Each ward also has an independently elected Isle of Wight Councillor. Three of the elected IW Councillors – Cllr Paul Fuller, Cllr John Nicholson and Cllr Lora Peacey-Wilcox – also sit on Cowes Town Council (the fourth IW Councillor in Cowes is Cllr Paul Bertie).
Cowes Business Association
Cowes Town Council works with local organisations for the benefit of the residents of Cowes. One of these is the Cowes Business Association. Please contact the CBA for further information:
The Projects Committee is a sub-Committee of Cowes Town Council and is responsible for identifying and managing projects in the town where amenity improvements can be effected.
The Children’s Play Area, the MUGA (Multi-Use Games Area) and the Outdoor Gym in Northwood Recreation Ground (situated in Park Road) are major projects that have been completed within the last 4 years. The refurbishment of the 8 Cowes Town maps was a smaller project which was completed during 2012. The Projects Committee completed works for the Festive Lights for the High Street, repairs and refurbishment of the crane and benches outside of the Harbour Commission office, repairs to the Town Clock, replacement artwork for the Interpretation panels in Northwood Park and drainage for the area around the War Memorial. Projects currently being considered are the installation of a shelter on Cowes Seafront, pedestrianisation and refurbishment of the Cut and extending the Festive Lights. One of the successful projects has been the co-ordination of the defibrillators in the Town which are now available for community use. Posters have been purchased which will be installed throughout the town showing where the nearest unit is for emergency use.
Please contact the Town Clerk if you have a project in Cowes which you would like councillors to consider.