AT THE ANNUAL MEETING OF THE TOWN COUNCIL ON THURSDAY 9th MAY 2019, COUNCILLOR LORA PEACEY-WILCOX WAS ELECTED TOWN MAYOR AND COUNCILLOR PAUL BERTIE AS DEPUTY MAYOR.
THE ISLE OF WIGHT FOODBANK NEEDS YOUR HELP. We will share every month their ‘Items Most Urgently Needed’ list. The list for May 2019 is:
Please take any donations to the Isle of Wight Foodbank, Love Lane, Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO31 7ET. Their opening times are 10am to 12Noon Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Thank you.
New Co-options to Cowes Medina Ward – Ken Gilpin and John “Jock” Rafferty have been co-opted to the vacancies for the Cowes Medina Ward. We welcome Councillors Gilpin and Rafferty to Cowes Town Council.
SCAM ALERT – Trading Standards are warning businesses to be very wary of scam callers claiming to be a debt collector calling on behalf of the IOW Council collecting for unpaid Business Rates. They told the proprietor that they were outside their business and if they didn’t immediately pay the sum demanded they would enter the premises and collect goods to the value of the debt. They would only accept a bank transfer and intimidated the proprietor into making the payment. Be aware the IOW Council and any other legitimate organisation will NEVER contact you in this way. This is a SCAM. If you receive a call like this and aren’t sure if it is genuine use contact details that you have found legitimately to contact the organisation concerned and check if it is genuine.
For details on all current scams, click here.
SPRING CLEAN AT NORTHWOOD RECREATION GROUND – The Town Council’s Great British Spring Clean event took place on Wednesday 3 April at Northwood Recreation Ground. It was a bright sunny day and the Recreation Ground looked very tidy with freshly cut grass and hedges. We would like to say a big thank you and well done to those who volunteered their time to litter pick the Recreation Ground.
SCAM ALERT – As it’s the end of the tax year please be aware that scammers are trying to cash in by pretending to be the HMRC offering us refunds on our tax bills. The emails contain images similar to that below and look very genuine, however it is very important to remember that the HMRC would NEVER contact you in this way. This is a SCAM and they are trying to get your banking details so that they can take money from your account.
If you receive one of these emails either delete it, report it to Action Fraud or forward it to the HMRC for their information.
To report a scam call – Action Fraud: 0300 123 2040
SPRING NEWSLETTER – The Town Council’s Spring 2019 newsletter has been delivered to Cowes’ residences. To view the newsletter, please click here.
COMMUNITY SAFETY PARTNERSHIP SURVEY 2019 – Island residents are being asked to complete a short survey about their thoughts on local crime priorities for the Island. The online survey has been launched by the Isle of Wight Community Safety Partnership (CSP) and seeks views from everyone living and working on the Island. The survey can be completed at the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CommunitySafety2019
Survey start date: midday Monday 18 March. Survey end date: 5pm on Friday 30 April.
COMMONWEALTH DAY – Held annually on the second Monday in March. We commemorated this year’s event on Monday 11th March at Francki Place, Cowes. The Affirmation was read out by Town Mayor, Councillor Paul Fuller, before the raising of the Commonwealth Flag.
ASIAN HORNETS – There is currently considerable concern about the predatory Asian Hornets arriving from the continent. Please use the Asian Hornet Watch app on your phone to send a picture and a location via GPS in the app straight to the non-native species secretariat and National Bee Unit. If you cannot download the Asian Hornet Watch app, please use this online recording form. As a last resort, please send a picture and email with details of where you saw the Asian hornet with your contact details to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Further details are available here.
SCAM ALERT – Trading Standards are warning residents to be aware of a scam letter purporting to come from the People’s Postcode Lottery. The letter looks very official and tells you that you have won hundreds of thousands of pounds in the Postcode Lottery. Even if you have entered the postcode lottery please be wary as at the end of the letter it requests a “processing fee”. This is a big indicator that this is in fact a SCAM and not genuine.
Two rules to remember
If you are unsure please find your own contact details for the postcode lottery (not those given on the letter) and contact them yourself.
SCAM ALERT – Trading Standards are warning Island residents to be aware of a scam email that has been received by an Island resident. Due to its appearance it looks very genuine with the HMRC logo and a link to a Government looking web site. The email states that you have made an overpayment in your council tax and you are due a refund, it directs you to click on a link where you will be asked to complete a form which requests your bank details and card details. THIS IS A SCAM.
Your Council Tax payment is made to the IW Council and NOT a Government website, the IW Council will never contact you in this way. If you receive this email delete it straight away – DO NOT click on any links and under no circumstances should you give out your bank account or card details in this way.
IW Council finalised Budget Proposals for 2019/20 – Finalised budget proposals for the Isle of Wight will see council tax rise by 2.99 per cent in April while all major services remain protected and the council continues to invest in the Island’s long-term future. The council tax increase means an average band C council taxpayer will see their bill increase by 79p a week or £41.08 a year from April 2019. The council’s net revenue budget in 2019/20 will be £150 million.
IW Council proposal to freeze parking charges – Daytime pay and display parking charges across the Isle of Wight are proposed to be frozen and not increased in the next financial year, pending a review of all fees across the Island. The move also means proposals to charge for on-street parking in Union Street in Ryde and in Crocker Street and Upper St James’ Street in Newport, as well plans to implement all-year round charges on esplanades are now on hold. Instead, money will be raised by an increase of up to ten per cent in parking permits – the first rise in five years – a new overnight charge of £1 from 6pm to 8am and an increase in the charge for tourist permits. The review during 2019/20 will consider charging arrangements to help improve economic development, traffic management, income and fairness. Work will also be undertaken to improve the clarity of charging, tariffs and permits.
SCAM ALERT – Trading Standards are advising users of Face Book to be wary of requests of money from “friends”. Scammers are hacking unused and current Face Book accounts and messaging all of the friends on the account with a believable story asking for money in an emergency. This scam will involve payment through Pay Pal and if you are the victim of one of these scams you WON’T be able to get your money back.
If you receive a request for financial help in this way contact your friend via text or phone to check if this is valid. We would also suggest that you report it online to Action Fraud https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/
Please be wary of unsolicited requests for money or bank details from anyone – they are likely to be scams
SCAM ALERT – Residents are receiving cold calls offering to renew their TV warranties from a number identified as 01903 924518. Some of the residents they are calling have old televisions or no television at all so we would like to remind residents that if they don’t know the number that is calling them not to answer it and any unsolicited or uninvited contact is likely to be a scam so hang up straight away.
Cold weather advice from Southern Water – Click here for advice.
New Co-option to Cowes West Ward – Stephen Reynolds has been co-opted to the vacancy for the Cowes West Ward. We welcome Councillor Reynolds to Cowes Town Council.
Light Up A Life Christmas Carol Service – Our annual Carol Service in aid of the Earl Mountbatten Hospice took place on Thursday 6th December in Cowes Methodist Church, Birmingham Road, Cowes. The evening saw a packed audience who were in fine voice. Mayor of Cowes, Councillor Paul Fuller, presented a donation to Mr Michael Edmunds, Finance Director of the Earl Mountbatten Hospice, on behalf of the Town Council and residents of Cowes.
Festive Lighting Switching On Ceremony – The town’s Festive Lighting Switching On Ceremony took place on Saturday 17th November. The lights run from Birmingham Road, through the High Street and Bath Road to the Parade. This year we were delighted to welcome ‘Queen Victoria’ as our VIP to turn the lights on. We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved in making this event happen, especially our ‘Queen Victoria’ – Susan O’Halloran, Mr Board for providing the beautiful Rolls Royce which transported our VIP through the town, and also to Cowes Carnival for bringing their very festive float into the town, along with Christmas music and Santa’s elves! Thank you everyone!
Remembrance Sunday 2018 – Remembrance Sunday marked the 100th anniversary since the end of the First World War. A large crowd attended at the War Memorial in Northwood Park. 147 members of the public were invited by Reverend Andrew Poppe to be part of the service and place 147 wooden crosses in front of the War Memorial to represent the lives lost from Cowes in the First World War. Thank you to all those who took part. A service of remembrance followed in St Mary’s Church before the Parade marched to Cowes Parade where they saluted the Mayor of Cowes.
Could you save money on your energy bills? – The Footprint Trust provides residents with free home visits, where tailored guidance will be given on how to reduce energy bills, switch supplier and get discounts on water charges, plus help available from other charities and government bodies. Telephone 01983 822282 to book a home visit.
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.
Merchant Navy Day – 3 September 2018
Cowes Town Council was delighted to support Merchant Navy Day on 3 September and flew the Red Ensign at Francki Place, Cowes.
Further details are available here.
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.
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. We managed to shortlist 3 entries and 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.
The 2017 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.
FESTIVE LIGHTING 2017
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 6 June 2019 in the Library, Northwood House, Ward Avenue, Cowes PO31 8AZ at 7.00pm.