Isle of Wight Against Scams Partnership (IWASP)
The IOW Trading Standards Service has joined forces with the Police, Fire and Rescue, Age Friendly Island and Citizens Advice Bureau to form a partnership called IWASP. IWASP is an acronym for Isle of Wight Against Scams Partnership. Under the Charter all of these organisations will work together to better protect people on the Isle of Wight from scams, doorstep crime and fraud and to support victims. IWASP doesn’t intend to stop there though, we hope to increase our partnership providing on-going support and information from a wide range of organisations and agencies. Cowes Town Council has pledged to support the Charter. Further details are available here.
Royal Mail target Scam mail – Royal Mail is committed to protecting its customers from scam mail. Scam mail includes letters that are designed to trick people out of money or other valuables, and can include bogus competitions and fake prize draws. If you are targeted by, or know someone is in receipt of scam mail please contact Royal Mail by:
Further details are available on the Royal Mail website.
Healthwatch Event – Healthwatch Isle of Wight are running a free event, open to all on the 25th of September at the Riverside Centre. It is a Patient Participation Workshop, encouraging people to join their own GP surgery’s PPG. Speaking at this event will be key members of the CCG, NHS Trust and the Health Scrutiny Board. We are hoping for as many people to attend as possible, in order to have a wide variety of ideas and approaches to explore. Further details are available here.
Merchant Navy Day – 3 September 2018
Cowes Town Council is delighted to support Merchant Navy Day on 3 September and flew the Red Ensign at Francki Place, Cowes.
Further details are available here.
Have Your Say
Hampshire Fire and Rescue Authority and the Isle of Wight Council are asking for your views on the proposed creation of a new Combined Fire Authority for Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton. The consultation runs from 6 August – 26 October 2018.
Visit www.hantsfire.gov.uk/consultation for further details.
The Mayor and representatives from Cowes Town Council attended a service to commemorate the start of WW1 at the War Memorial, Northwood Park on Saturday 4 August 2018.
Reverend Poppe delivered the service followed by a Town Council wreath being laid at the War Memorial.
A crowd of well-wishers, including our own Deputy Mayor and Chairman of the Isle of Wight Council, Cllr Lora Peacey-Wilcox, welcomed Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall to Cowes this lunchtime (24 July) to name the latest addition to the Red Jet fleet, “Red Jet 7”. The official naming ceremony took place on Trinity Landing. Pupils from local primary schools welcomed the Duchess of Cornwall to a very warm and sunny Cowes.
Summer Skateboard Sessions – The Skate Park, Northwood Recreation Ground
The Town Council were very pleased to fund summer skateboard sessions at the Skate Park, Northwood Recreation Ground, Park Road, Cowes by John Cattle’s Skate Club on every Wednesday of the school summer holidays. The sessions were open to all ages under 18yrs and all equipment was provided. The Skate Club was very well supported. We hope all those who took part enjoyed the experience and thank you for your support!
Age Friendly Island Charter
Cowes Town Council is working in partnership with Age Friendly Island and commits themselves to ensuring the Town has an Age Friendly Champion. Further details on the Age Friendly Island Charter are available here.
The Town Council was pleased to support The Big Lunch 2018 held at Northwood House and Park on Sunday 3rd June. The lovely weather brought a large number of visitors to the event with their picnic lunches. It was great to see so many people enjoying the entertainment and activities on offer. Councillors and the Clerks were on hand throughout the event to answer any questions from members of the public.
IW COUNCIL TO WITHDRAW MOBILE RECYCLING SERVICE
Due to the lack of use the mobile recycling unit is to be withdrawn from service from 1 May 2018. All of the items previously collected can be recycled at either Lynnbottom Household Waste and Recycling Centre (HWRC), Newport or Afton Marsh HWRC, Freshwater.
• Think before you throw as some items you are disposing of could go to a charity shop or be reused.
• Did you know the council offers a free reuse collection service for white goods and furniture in a good condition? Visit: www.iwight.com/waste
• There is also a paid for bulky waste collection service for unreusable large white goods and furniture.
• Garden waste can be composted at home or the council offers a fortnightly kerbside garden waste service for just £60 per year (£1.15 per week).
GREAT BRITISH SPRING CLEAN – The Town Council’s Great British Spring Clean event took place on Saturday, 17th March at Northwood Recreation Ground. Councillors braved the snowy conditions and collected several bags of litter.
The Town Council was pleased to support Commonwealth Day by flying the Commonwealth Flag at our flagpole in Francki Place, Cowes from 12 – 13 March.
THE CUT MURAL
A very big thank you to students from Cowes Primary and Gurnard Primary Schools who have shared their ideas for brightening up (and updating!) the mural in The Cut.
Because there were so many fantastic suggestions being made, it was very difficult to shortlist the 22 pictures received to the 3 seen below.
Our initial thought is that the Town Council would like to incorporate the very best aspects of all of the pictures into the final design to be worked up with our local artists. This project is currently being considered by our Projects Committee.
GARDEN WASTE SCHEME
The IW Council’s garden waste scheme offers an optional fortnightly scheme allowing householders to subscribe online for a 240-litre wheeled bin or three hessian sacks to be picked up from the kerbside for a total cost of £60 per year. Receiving the fortnightly service is easy. Just go to www.iwight.com/Greengardenwaste to fill in some details and click and pay and the service will come to you on your normal recycling week, although it may be on a different day. The council will accept all garden waste such as leaves, grass cuttings and sticks. Please no logs, rubble or soil. The scheme, in partnership with Amey, is a ‘one-stop shop’ meaning householders do not have to call for collection each time. However, people can still continue to take garden waste directly to Lynnbottom, Newport or Afton Marsh, Freshwater household waste and recycling centres. If you do not have an email address, call the contact centre on (01983) 823777, with your credit or debit card ready. The subscription will run from 1 April to 31 March each year.
This year’s carol service, in aid of the Earl Mountbatten Hospice, took place on Thursday 7th December at Cowes Methodist Church, Birmingham Road. Pictured is Councillor Paul Fuller, Mayor of Cowes Town Council, presenting a donation to Mike Edmonds, Director of Finance for the Earl Mountbatten Hospice, Isle of Wight.
The town’s festive lights were switched on by Mr Alan Titchmarsh MBE VMH DL on Saturday, 18th November, in Cowes High Street. There was a great turnout to see the lights turned on. We would like to say a special thank you to Alan and his wife Alison, and to everyone who attended.
SEVEN DAY ACCESS TO GP SURGERY APPOINTMENTS – For more details, please click here.
The Town Council have extended the static gym equipment sited at Northwood Recreation Ground. Six pieces of mobile gym equipment, which have been selected to give users the opportunity to exercise different parts of the body, have been added to the existing outdoor gym. The gym is already proving to be a very popular addition to this well-used recreational area. We hope members of the public will enjoy using the new equipment.
Former Mayor of Cowes, Mr Geoff Banks, performed the official opening of the Shelter on Saturday 1 July 2017 in front of a small crowd of Councillors, guests and members of the public.
The Isle of Wight Council have set up an email address specifically for residents’ queries/comments on the floating bridge, along with a web page which contains FAQs. Further information will be added to this page when available.
The web page address is: https://www.iwight.com/Council/OtherServices/Cowes-Floating-Bridge/Floating-Bridge-Number-6
The email address is: Floating.Bridge@IOW.gov.uk
Islanders recycled 40 per cent more natural Christmas trees in 2017 compared to 2016. In 2017, 2174 bookings were made to collect trees; which are then sent for composting, compared with 1530 bookings last year. This year’s Christmas stars on the Christmas tree recycling league were Cowes, with residents in the town making 428 bookings. Ryde were second with 309 and Newport third with 284. Each of the towns significantly increased the amount of trees recycled compared to 2016, with Cowes residents almost doubling the amount of bookings made. Well done Cowes!
Newsletter – a quarterly newsletter written by the Mayor is delivered to each household in Cowes, please contact the Town Council office if you do not receive a copy.
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Council meeting – the next Cowes Town Council meeting takes place on Thursday 4 October 2018 in the Library, Northwood House, Ward Avenue, Cowes PO31 8AZ at 7.00pm.