RESTRICTIONS TO BE EASED AT HOUSEHOLD WASTE RECYCLING CENTRES FROM MONDAY 25 MAY – Islanders will be able to take more items to the tip for recycling from Monday — but trips must still be essential. As part of the gradual re-opening of the Lynnbottom and Afton Marsh household waste recycling centres (HWRCs), the IW Council is easing restrictions on the types of waste residents can take. Vans, trailers and pickup trucks will also be admitted on site with the appropriate permits while from Tuesday 26 May, the current one-way system on Briddlesford Road will be lifted — but the temporary 30mph speed limit will remain in force. The system has helped to avoid congestion on Briddlesford Road, allowing the one-way restriction to be lifted from next Tuesday.
Natasha Dix, the council’s strategic manager for waste, said: “We continue to urge people to only consider visiting the tip if it is genuinely essential. Booking and making a journey to recycling centres must only be undertaken if your waste or recycling cannot be stored at home safely or disposed of safely by other means, such as your kerbside or bulky waste collection or garden waste subscription. And certainly, do not visit the tip if you have symptoms or are confirmed to have coronavirus (Covid-19).” From Monday, HWRCs will accept all the usual items except general ‘black bag’ waste — nappies, sanitary waste and cigarette butts etc — which people should continue to put out as part of their kerbside collection. In order to maintain effective social distancing measures, to protect staff and visitors, entry to recycling centres is by pre-booked appointment only. To book a slot, visit www.iwight.com/hwrcbooking
SCAM ALERT – Trading Standards are warning Island residents to be really cautious if looking for a new pet at the minute. While we are spending more time at home currently you might decide to take this time to introduce a new four legged friend to the family however please be careful. Scammers are exploiting this opportunity to con us out of thousands of pounds through fake online adverts for pets. Reports of animal scams tripled in April to 524 across the UK and has seen 669 people lose a total of £282,686 after paying for pets they had seen advertised online but never received, and these are just the cases that have been reported to Action Fraud. In some cases, fraudsters are using the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions not only to exploit victims for an initial payment, but to con them out of additional money by asking for the cost of insurance, vaccinations and delivery.
COWES’ VE DAY COMMEMORATIONS MAKE RUSSIAN TELEVISION – Mayor of Cowes, Cllr Lora Peacey Wilcox commemorated the VE Day 75th anniversary during the coronavirus lockdown from her front garden. Russian journalists have created a film of commemorations featuring our Mayor. To view the short footage: https://www.vesti.ru/videos?vid=838476
THE ISLAND MARKS VE DAY 75TH ANNIVERSARY FROM HOME – Community Groups from across the Island have come together, remotely, to put together a film celebrating, and commemorating, the 75th Anniversary of VE Day on Friday May 8th, including contributions from the Island’s Lord Lieutenant, Archdeacon and President of the Island’s Royal British Legion, as well as previously unseen footage of earlier celebrations and local memories. Film available at https://youtu.be/ymO2qzbAnC4
COVID-19 TEST, TRACK AND TRACE PLAN IS NOW LIVE – Isle of Wight residents can now download the new contact tracing app, as part of Government action to test, track and trace to minimise the spread of Covid-19 and move towards safely reducing lockdown measures. Everyone on the Island will receive access to the official NHS COVID-19 contact tracing app from Thursday 7 May. Further details are available on the IW Council’s website: https://www.iow.gov.uk/news/Covid-19-test-track-and-trace-plan Download the app on your mobile device at www.covid19.nhs.uk,
100% BUSINESS RATE RELIEF FOR MANY ISLAND BUSINESSES – Island business ratepayers in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors, are being sent revised bills taking account of the government’s 100 per cent expanded retail discount scheme. It means that most occupied businesses in these sectors will not have to pay any rates for 12 months under the scheme, as part of the government’s package of measures during the coronavirus pandemic. The discount scheme is separate from the grant funding that many businesses will have received, which has been restricted to properties below certain rateable values. Under the discount scheme, the total amount of government-funded relief available for each property for 2020/21 is 100 per cent of their bill, after mandatory reliefs and other discretionary reliefs have been applied. Any businesses with queries about their revised bill are asked to email email@example.com
Details of the full package of government measures can be found on the government’s website at www.businesssupport.gov.uk/ and via the council’s website at www.iow.gov.uk/covid19_businessadvice Any businesses with questions about the government package of measures are asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org
COWES AND NORTHWOOD PLACE PLAN – The IW Council Regeneration Team, Northwood Parish Council, Cowes Town Council and Cowes Business Association are working together to create a Place Plan for the two parishes. We need your help to gather essential information and opinion via an online questionnaire. Arc Consulting have been commissioned to help collate your thoughts, ideas and opinions and to create the place plan. By having your say and leaving your comments, you will be adding to a better understanding of the plan area and the experiences and aspirations of the people who live and work here; the project partnership can then work to find more effective ways for public services, community groups and businesses to collaborate and shape a better future.
On the first page (Reason to Assess box) please could you state whether you are completing the questionnaire as an individual (resident, commuter or visitor) or on behalf of a group, stating which group. There is one questionnaire for Northwood and another for Cowes in order that we can collect locally specific data but do please complete both if you would like to. There are open questions as well as scored responses to give you room to explain or extend your answers in some sections.
The Place Plan project was due to begin in March but the onset of the pandemic and the impact of the control measures and restrictions that followed have of course changed its timetable. But these new challenges perhaps give even more reason to participate in the project, to have your say and to give your time. Your contributions will now support not only the local regeneration effort but will help business and community in the shared work of recovery, after Corona. Thank you for your help!
CORONAVIRUS TEST CENTRE – The Isle of Wight’s permanent coronavirus testing facility is available 6 days a week Monday to Saturday, 9am to 2.30pm. It will be staffed by the nhs.uk. Call 03333 218865 to make an appointment for a test. Please do not turn up and expect to get a test. Staff may not be able to test you and you may have a wasted journey. Please note – testing should be performed within 5 days of symptoms developing as more likely to be effective.
Current eligibility criteria:
✅all essential workers including NHS and social care workers with symptoms
✅anyone over 65 with symptoms
✅anyone with symptoms whose work cannot be done from home (for example, construction workers, shop workers, emergency plumbers and delivery drivers)
✅anyone who has symptoms of coronavirus and lives with any of those identified above.
As well as testing on the Island, a limited number of postal tests are available per day. This is part of a new central government testing initiative. If you would like to request one, please apply online. Isle of Wight NHS Trust
NEW PARTNERSHIP WILL SUPPORT HARD-HIT ISLAND FAMILIES – The IW Council has teamed up with the Getaway Foundation to support hard-hit families struggling in the wake of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. The foundation was set up earlier this year to help families in poverty by providing holidays to help create happy memories. However, since the outbreak of Covid-19, it has provided grants and donations for vital school equipment to enable children to continue their learning from home during the crisis. Working with the council’s children’s services team, the foundation has assisted two special schools on the Island with Samsung tablets, cases and vouchers, and has pledged to support more schools in the days and weeks to come. For more information on the foundation, visit www.thegetawayfoundation.com
IW COUNCIL COMMUNITY ESSENTIAL SHOPPING AND DELIVERY FUND – Charities and voluntary groups leading the fightback against coronavirus (Covid-19) can now access two financial support funds launched by the IW Council. The Third Sector Lifeline (TSL) and the Community Essential Shopping and Delivery (CESD) funds have been set up to get money out to where it’s needed as quickly as possible. The TSL fund offers loans of up to £30,000 to help not-for-profit organisations and community interest companies ‘bridge the gap’ while they wait for government funding through schemes such as furlough.
The fund also offers grant aid to help towards operating costs incurred by charities working on the Covid-19 frontline. Through the new CESD fund, the IW Council aims to support the army of volunteers delivering essential shopping and medical supplies to vulnerable Islanders. This fund of up to £5,000 is being made available to community groups in the form of loans and grants to enable them to support residents by advancing monies to pay for and deliver essential shopping. Residents will be expected to repay the costs of the shopping to the community group. For more information about the funds, including eligibility and how to apply, visit www.iow.gov.uk/covid_19communityfunding
CORONAVIRUS WEBPAGE – The IW Council has a dedicated webpage which will be updated regularly relating to the Coronavirus: https://www.iowcoronavirus.co.uk/
DOGS ON BEACHES UPDATE – The IW Council has agreed to extend the period of time that dog walkers can use beaches to exercise with their dogs, beyond 1 May when the normal restriction comes into force. This decision will help people to follow government guidelines for social distancing when exercising by keeping the beach available for this purpose and reducing the need for people to converge on alternative areas. People are reminded to only ever walk to the beach for this purpose, in line with national guidance, which states that people should stay local, use open spaces near to their home, and not travel unnecessarily. If people can access beaches on foot from their homes then they should ensure they are practicing social distancing measures (keeping 2 metres apart from others outside their household). Unless people are with members of the same household, gatherings of more than two people in public spaces should not take place. People should not sunbathe, picnic or otherwise use the beach for anything other than daily exercise for themselves or their dog.
COWES TOWN COUNCIL OFFICE – The office is currently unmanned following instructions from our Government and the Clerks will be working from home. If you need to contact the Town Council please ring our mobile number: 07502 444883 alternatively, e-mails can be addressed to: email@example.com
HELPLINE NUMBER – A new helpline number is now available to support the Island’s most vulnerable residents affected by the coronavirus (Covid-19) self-isolation measures. People who do not have a local network of friends or family to support them while they are self-isolating or social distancing can call (01983) 823600 (seven days a week, 9am-5pm).
Find out more at https://www.iow.gov.uk/news/New-helpline-to-support-those-at-risk
THE ISLE OF WIGHT FOODBANK NEEDS YOUR HELP. Items most urgently needed are:
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.
More details are available via the website: isleofwight.foodbank.org.uk
CLOSURE OF PUBLIC CONVENIENCES IN COWES – In the interest of public safety we will be closing the town’s public conveniences today (25 March 2020) until further notice.
NORTHWOOD RECREATION GROUND – CLOSURE OF EQUIPMENT – Government instruction is to close all enclosed spaces within Parks, including sports courts, pitches and outdoor gyms to help reinforce social distancing. Please respect the closures. DO NOT USE THE SKATE PARK, MUGA, PLAY EQUIPMENT OR OUTDOOR GYM EQUIPMENT AT NORTHWOOD RECREATION GROUND. The Police will enforce the closures and have the power to issue fines for failure to comply.
SCAM ALERT – It hasn’t taken scammers long to take advantage of the current Covid-19 situation. A number of news scams have been reported. Please visit iwight.com for current scams: https://www.iow.gov.uk/Council/OtherServices/IWASP/Current-Scams
COMMONWEALTH DAY – Held annually on the second Monday in March. We commemorated this year’s event on Monday 9th March at Francki Place, Cowes. The Affirmation was read out by Town Mayor, Councillor Lora Peacey Wilcox, before the raising of the Commonwealth Flag.
PUBLIC SPACES PROTECTION ORDERS CONSULTATION (PSPO) – COMMUNITY DROP-IN SESSION – Plans to update dog and alcohol controls across the Island are out to consultation from Wednesday 19 February. New legislation means the Isle of Wight Council and police officers will be gaining new powers to control antisocial behaviour – such as drinking alcohol in public – and dog fouling. Please take part in the survey to give your views: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/IWPSPO
Light Up A Life Christmas Carol Service – Our annual Carol Service in aid of Mountbatten Isle of Wight was held on Thursday 5th December 2019 in Cowes Methodist Church. Mayor of Cowes, Cllr Lora Peacey Wilcox, presented a cheque on behalf of the people of Cowes to Rebecca McGregor, Managing Director of Mountbatten Isle of Wight.
Remembrance Sunday – A large crowd attended at the War Memorial in Northwood Park on Sunday 10 November 2019. The service was led by Reverend Andrew Poppe in front of the War Memorial. A service of remembrance followed in St Mary’s Church before the Parade marched to Cowes Parade where they saluted the Mayor of Cowes.
FESTIVE LIGHTING SWITCH ON EVENT – Shirley Robertson OBE, double Olympic gold medallist, speaker and broadcaster switched on of the town’s Festive Lighting on Thursday 28th November 2019.
AUTUMN NEWSLETTER – The Town Council’s Autumn 2019 newsletter has been delivered to Cowes’ residences. To view the newsletter, please click here.
BREXIT UPDATE – The IW Council has set up a webpage for residents: https://www.iow.gov.uk/Council/OtherServices/Brexit/Brexit
FREE SUMMER SKATEBOARD SESSIONS AT NORTHWOOD RECREATION GROUND – The Town Council was again delighted to fund summer skateboard sessions at the Skate Park, Northwood Recreation Ground, Park Road, Cowes by John Cattle’s Skate Club on Tuesdays throughout the school summer holidays.
THE BIG LUNCH 2019 – The Town Council was pleased to support The Big Lunch 2019 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.
WATCH HOUSE SHELTER RE-OPENS – The Watch House Shelter, Cowes, has been restored and reopened to the public. The restoration was jointly funded by the Isle of Wight Council and Cowes Town Council, working in partnership with local firm Trevor Jones Contracting who offered to repair and refurbish the site at cost price to save the much-loved landmark. The Town Council are delighted that this historic structure has been restored for the benefit of the residents and visitors to Cowes.
Photo shows Gowan Ruler (Trevor Jones Contracting); Mayor of Cowes, Cllr Lora Peacey Wilcox; and Mark Pitfield (Trevor Jones Contracting).
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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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!
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