Plans to update dog and alcohol controls across the Island are out to consultation today (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
The IW Council’s Environment Officer will be holding a drop-in session for residents with any questions regarding the new legislation at the Town Council’s office at Northwood House between 10am – 11am on Tuesday 3 March 2020.
THE ISLE OF WIGHT FOODBANK NEEDS YOUR HELP. We will share every month their ‘Items Most Urgently Needed’ list. The list for February 2020 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.
More details are available via the website: isleofwight.foodbank.org.uk
RESIDENTS ENCOURAGED TO HAVE THEIR SAY IN ANNUAL HIGHWAY SERVICES SURVEY – Island Roads launches its annual customer survey on Monday 3rd February and is encouraging residents to feedback on the range of services it provides, as part of its work to improve the highway network on the Island. The survey includes 12 short questions covering aspects of its work from road surfacing and maintenance to street cleansing, verge and grass cutting together with our customer services operations. Residents have until Friday 28 February 2020 to complete the survey which can be completed online via the company’s website www.islandroads.com or using paper copies of the survey – available from Island Roads Daish Way offices in Newport, County Hall reception, IW College and libraries across the Island.
PLEASE SHARE YOUR VIEWS ON COUNCIL TAX CONTRIBUTION TO POLICING – Police and Crime Commissioner, Michael Lane, is urging residents to ensure they have their say on the level of contribution they are willing to make towards the cost of local policing. The Government has announced that Police and Crime Commissioner’s will be given the flexibility to set the policing precept at £10 per Band D household per year to help meet the current challenges policing faces. An increase in the policing precept this year will enable Hampshire Constabulary to maintain its current level of police officers and build on this with additional recruitment. Despite the investments being made nationally, without an increase in the policing element of the council tax police officer numbers could still reduce. It is therefore more important than ever that council tax payers share their views. As a result of the public’s support for an increase in policing element of the council tax last year, 210 additional police officers and 65 police investigators were recruited into Hampshire Constabulary and are now working to keep you safer in your local communities.
To have your say on the level of contribution you are willing to make towards the cost of local policing, please complete the following survey: https://www.surveygizmo.eu/s3/90204869/Policing-Budget-2020-21
Light Up A Life Christmas Carol Service – Our annual Carol Service in aid of Mountbatten Isle of Wight was held on Thursday 5th December in Cowes Methodist Church. Mayor of Cowes, 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. 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.
SCAM ALERT – Trading Standards are warning residents to be aware of a scam. With Brexit ever present be aware that scammers will undoubtedly try to take advantage of our concerns. We have been advised that a scam has been identified in Cornwall whereby scammers were posing as the NHS Brexit team and saying that people needed to pay in advance for their prescriptions. Be aware if you receive a call like this it is most definitely a scam – just hang up
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
SCAM ALERT – Residents have reported receiving calls purporting to be from Amazon Prime and they appear to vary slightly.
In most instances the residents who have received these calls don’t have an Amazon account so have realised it as a scam, for anyone with an Amazon account this could be quite worrying. This is definitely a SCAM – do not respond, hang up immediately.
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.
SCAM ALERT – 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.
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: email@example.com. 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.
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 5 March 2020 in the Library, Northwood House, Ward Avenue, Cowes PO31 8AZ at 7.00pm.