College students maintain St. James Square flower beds
The Parish Council is very grateful to the Isle of Wight College horticulture students and lecturers for taking their time to maintain and revitalise the flower beds in St. James Square, as they have done similarly in previous years.
The Council takes great pride in helping to keep the town’s public realm areas well-maintained. With the lighter evenings and some warmer weather on the way, too, we hope residents and visitors enjoy the fresh, green ambience of the square.
Green Town disease resistant elms planted
As part of the Green Towns project, Newport PC has been working with Natural Enterprises to plant disease resistant elms around the parish. This is both as landscape restoration and as species conservation as there are loads of elm-specific bugs that need mature trees. One of the target species is the white-letter hairstreak butterfly that lives up in the canopy of elm trees.
The butterfly has brown underwings with white W-shaped streak, an orange edge and small tails. The White-letter Hairstreak has the erratic, spiralling flight typical of Hairstreaks. It is difficult to spot as it flies around the tops of trees, particularly Elms. It occasionally comes down to ground level to nectar on flowers, especially privet and bramble.
The species declined in the 1970s when its food plants were reduced by Dutch Elm disease but it is recovering in a few areas and has been seen recently in Newport thanks to elm tree planting 10 years ago by Island 2000 at Towngate pond!
The species of tree planted this year is Ulmus ‘Ademuz’ which is a remarkably robust and strong-growing elm. The first batch have been planted at Towngate Pond, Downside Recreation Ground and Pan Country Park with more planting due in the autumn once the whips have become more established.
Church Litten Youth Shelter Project
The culmination of a nine year project has been unveiled in Church Litten.
Cllr Jones-Evans officially opened the youth shelter area on behalf of Newport Parish Council with representatives from the Safer Neighbourhoods Team, the Lord Louis Library and the High Sheriff in attendance.
The project, spearheaded by Cllr Julie Jones-Evans, has transformed a redundant piece of grass into a useful area where young people can come together in a safe environment. The bus station area and library outskirts have been the subject of anti social behaviour for many years and the gathering of large groups of youths has seemed intimidating for the general users.
Two youth shelters have been installed with two pieces of exercise equipment alongside them that can recharge smart phones by pedal power. By installing equipment that has the ability to recharge phones it is hoped to encourage healthy behaviour in a fun and interesting way. The equipment has been positioned so any visitor to the area can access it without being involved with the pod seating area and this can allow a greater number of community users of all ages. The shoulder wheel is fully DDA compliant it is hoped to add additional pieces in the future to suit all age groups and abilities.
The community project, funded by Newport Parish Council with grant funding from Awards for All and an additional £4000 from the Police Commissioner Protecting People and Places Fund, has been a lengthy process with ongoing consultation between the potential users, the Library staff and the Police.
Cllr Jones-Evans said ‘I am delighted that this project has been completed. It has been a long road but thanks to the help of a number of agencies, including the Police, we have been able to make this happen. I hope this will be an area young people can come to an enjoy safely for many years to come.’
Design Award 2016
Prior to the Parish Full Council Meeting on 13th March 2017, Chair of the Planning & Licensing Committee Cllr Shirley Smart and Vice-Chair Cllr Tony Coburn were delighted to announce the winners of this year’s Parish Design Awards.
Trevor Jones Contracting and Mr C Chatwin won a Design Award for ‘Land between 41 and 53 Medina Avenue’. This was for three detached state of the art units that have been built with a contemporary feel, in keeping with the area, that has enhanced the character and appearance of the locality.
Spectrum Housing Group (now Sovereign Housing) and Christian Morris won a Design Award for their work at ‘Treeside and land at and rear of Medina Centre (including former nursery) School Lane Barton’. This was for a successful medium density low cost housing scheme, incorporating the conversion of a late Victorian community building, providing new homes in a sustainable location.
Mr G Underwood and Mr Adam Ridett ARID Deisgn won a Heritage Award for their work on ‘Carisbrooke Mill, Castle Street’. This former mill is in a relatively secluded position to the rear of properties in Millers Lane but nevertheless is of important local architectural and historic interest and had been semi-derelict for a considerable period of time. It has been the subject of an extensive refurbishment and enhances the area.
Mr & Mrs R Rice and Mr Harry Wheeler RIBA won a Contemporary Design Award for their work on a detached dwelling, ‘land rear of 16 Castle Street’. This is a backland site and a brave and ambitious project to build a contemporary style detached dwelling in a specially designated area but it has proved to be very successful.
The Planning & Licensing Committee once again look forward to judging the award next year.
Christmas Lights Switch on 2016
We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who came along and made the ‘Christmas Lights Switch On’ event such a huge success! It ended up being a truly magical day that really filled Newport with Christmas spirit! Here are just a few of the photos that were taken on the day…
Spooks & Sparks Night 2016
Wow, what an amazing night Spooks and Sparks 2016 was! We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone that came to the event this year and everyone who helped out on the night, we really appreciate your support, without you we couldn’t put on this event every year! Also, I think we speak for everyone when we say how incredible the fireworks were this year too! It may have been a very cold night but that didn’t ruin anyone’s evening, the magic show from Huxley was out of this world, the face painting by Tracy’s Faces was spooktacular and the fairy den by Chartini was magical! All the children were so excited to see Elsa from Frozen, Rapunzel, Iron Man and Batman at the event walking within the crowds! Overall, we feel that once again the event was a huge success and we cant wait to do it all again next year!
Below is a selection of photographs taken on the night as well as a drone video of the fireworks filmed by Flying Vision LTD.
Great War Memorial at Simeon Green
Newport Carnival 2016
Hundreds of people lined the streets of Newport in the glorious sunshine on Saturday evening for the Newport Carnival. This year’s event was well-supported by the community and spectators and everyone involved had a fantastic time being part of the procession. The Parish Council is delighted to support this long-running community event and we had a number of councillors helping out, including Chair Cllr Lois Prior and Cllr Peter Whiteman on the judging panel. Thank you to Cllr Terry Martin for acting as our official photographer.
Jazz Festival Weekend 2016
We are delighted to be supporting Newport Jazz Weekend again for the fifth year running. Our Chairman Cllr Lois Prior and Cllr Peter Whiteman presented the cheque for £750, our donation goes towards the jazz tuition course. It was great to see the young students in action…
New Sculpture for Parkhurst Forest
In 2015 the Parish Council was approached by local Parkhurst Forest resident, Yvonne Yelland, and asked to contribute towards a project for a wooden sculpture of a signalman near the former Signal Station in the forest.
The Signal Station was originally built in 1796. Chosen at the time because of its positon in relation to other signal stations along the south coast and high point in the forest, the station acted as a warning in the event of French invasion.
This wonderful sculpture was made by local sculptor, Paul Sivell. The Council felt that this was a site of significant local history worthy of remembrance. Parish councillors Hobart, Martin and Perry were delighted to attend the official unveiling today, along with Yvonne Yelland, Paul Sivell and other interest parties involved with the project.
Have a look for it the next time you are out walking the dogs or enjoying a nice stroll through the forest.
Historic Photos of Newport on VJ Day 1945
We are delighted to publish these wonderful colour photos we have come across of the Guildhall and St. James Square, Newport, which were taken on VJ Day in August 1945.
These were taken by Major Michael Klein who was with the US Army stationed at Tortworth, England at a field Hospital. He lived 1900 to 1992 and served in England from February 1944 to December 1945.
Newport Parish Council Design Awards 2015
Prior to the Parish Full Council Meeting on 14 March 2016, Chair of the Planning & Licensing Committee Cllr Shirley Smart and Vice-Chair Cllr Tony Coburn were delighted to announce the winners of this year’s Parish Design Awards.
Winners of the Annual Design Award for their development on St. Nicholas Road were Barnes & Edwards Properties (developers) and Cutterbuck-Edwards (architects). Cllr Smart had the following to say about the development:
“This is a landmark site in a well …established and highly regarded residential area. Nowadays many redevelopment schemes seem to be condemned by experts if they are not contemporary and innovative. This scheme, however, disproves that theory and has proved to be a major success and proves just how comforting a well executed traditional approach can be in the interests of the character and appearance of the area and the hearts and the minds of people who live locally and those who know the locality. This was a unanimous decision of our Planning & Licensing Committee and all concerned are congratulated. Well done.”
Winners of the Special Conservation Award for the Man in the Moon Pub were JD Wetherspoon (developer) and KD Paine & Associates Ltd (architects). Cllr Coburn said the following:
“For a variety of reasons there are few surviving ecclesiastical buildings in prime locations in town centres. Those that do are invariably poorly maintained or have been converted somewhat unsympathetically into many different commercial uses. This case is very different as developer has invested strongly in maintaining the integrity and appearance of the building, both externally and internally, while still being able to provide a state of the art facility for a venue that has become extraordinarily popular with Island residents. All concerned should be congratulated and hopefully accept our Conservation Award for your efforts, which are much appreciated.”
The Planning & Licensing Committee once again look forward to judging the award next year.
Newport Parish Council Challenge Shield
Chair of Newport Parish Council, Cllr Julie Jones-Evans was delighted to officially present Isle of Wight Music, Dance & Drama Festival Chair, Barry Allen, with the new Newport Challenge Shield before Full Council meeting on Monday, 8 February 2016. The new shield replaces the original given by Newport Borough Council in 1924. For further information on Isle of Wight Music, Dance & Drama Festival, please visit their website at www.iwmddf.co.uk.
Christmas Fair 2015
Guildhall re-opens as Visitor Information Centre
The Isle of Wight Visitor Information Centre re-opened to the public on Thursday, 25th June after the official handing over of the keys by Jonathan Bacon, Leader of the Isle of Wight Council to Simon Dabell, Chairman of Visit Isle of Wight in a short ceremony on Wednesday, 24th June. Newport Parish Council Chair Cllr Julie Jones-Evans and Cllr Shirley Smart were also delighted to be invited to the re-opening ceremony.
The Visitor Information Centre will be open six days a week from Monday to Saturday, 10.30am to 3.30pm (subject to change dependant on season and later on special event nights).
Sponsored Flower Beds
Newport Parish Council would like to thank Doris Pinks, Seafood Corner, Dragonfly and Boots for their kind sponsorship of the flower beds around the town which are now looking fantastic. Thank you as well to Care in the Garden for their help planting.
Jazz Festival Weekend Cheque Presentation
Newport PC were delighted to support Newport Jazz Weekend for the fourth year running. Cllr Shirley Smart presented the cheque for £750 to Jim Thorn, event director, at the first gig of the weekend at the Apollo Theatre. Jim said that the donation was instrumental in subsidising the price of the youth ticket and was very grateful for the continued support. Thanks to Ian Mitchell for the photo.
Newport Signage Project
Kevin Smith, Chief Executive of the Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce, accompanied by Steve Smith, Chair of Newport Business Association, present the Isle of Wight Lottery cheque for the Newport Signage Project to Julie Jones-Evans, Chair of Newport Parish Council.
“Sydney” Squirrel at Shide
WightSAR Cheque Presentation
Plaque Unveiling at Shide Milne Memorial
The Opening of Seaclose Park Outdoor Fitness Area
Christmas Fair 2014
Christmas Lights Switch On 2014
Firework Event 2014
The Big Bus Project 2014
Newport Carnival 2014
Planning and Licensing Committee Building Design Award 2013The Dairy, 198 Carisbrooke Road, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 1DL Parish Members were impressed with the way that the whole project was handled and though that the design, standard of workmanship and finished appearance, for what is essentially an outbuilding, was outstanding and especially attractive and complemented the recently converted main building, the former dairy.
Parish Members thought that this extension to a modest cottage in a prestigious location was extraordinarily well executed, enhancing the appearance of the building and the immediate area. They were most impressed by the new stone wall with brick quoins on the prominent flank elevation when viewed from further down the street.
Newport Jazz Weekend Cheque Presentation
Carisbrooke Car Park Petition
Christmas Lights Switch on 2013
Holyrood Street Victorian Christmas Fair
Allotment Produce Show 2013
Bloomin’ Green 2012