The Parish Council has had an extremely busy year this year and although the minutes are always available in the village newsletter and on line it has been felt that an update on key areas and projects (both good and bad!) would be of use for the residents of Iwade to refer to easily. It has been decided to try and provide a quarterly update on what has been happening and aim to try and keep residents more informed.
The Parish Council meets on a monthly basis (second Wednesday of each month) at the Village Hall at 7.30pm and residents are always welcome to attend.
Key information and updates:
- High definition CCTV has been installed in a number of locations around the village which the police have direct access to - this initiative has taken a considerable time to research and be completed but has already been put to great use in preventing crime and anti social behaviour. Please do still call 101 or 999 if an emergency as usual.
- The Parish Council took part in the Queen’s Green Canopy Tree initiative and a Cherry tree was planted in the Woodpecker Play Area - this has been added to the National Register.
- The Pond clearing initiative has been started and the outfalls/headwalls for the pond in Woodpecker Park have been cleared. The next phase will be to start on the pond itself.
- A Plaque for the beacon (located in Woodpecker Park) was finally attached to acknowledge the historic date of the late Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. It is planned for the beacon to be used again next year as part of the D day commemorations.
- After discussions with KCC the Parish Council have been able to have a number of the lampposts fully repainted that are located on Ferry Road. Not all lampposts could be done with the funding available. A number of the lampposts are still in urgent need of painting and the Parish Council are looking at options.
- The Council are busy planning for the turning on of the Chistmas lights in iwade which has become a major activity on the Iwade calendar. There is a large amount of paperwork to still be completed (as expected) but we are hoping the event will be another hugely enjoyable evening for all the residents of Iwade.
- The residents and businesses in the Village centre had been having no response to having the severely damaged walls replaced and major litter problems. The Council have been involved on a regular basis dealing with the owners and Management company and we are pleased to see the work has been completed and we are now working actively to reduce the amount of litter found around the vey busy centre.
- The Highway improvement plan (HIP) has enabled the Parish Council to have Double Yellow Lines added in a number of places around the village after negotiations and applications with KCC with reference to the Highway Improvement Plan. The HIP is a continually reviewed plan by the Parish Council.
- New location signage (Wooden finger post signage) has been installed at the bottom of School Lane and on the land by the flagpole.
- After many complaints about mobile phone reception in the village the Parish Council undertook with the help of a number of providers a 'reception review'. All providers were contacted to see if they would engage in discussions with a view of improving reception. As a result we were pleased that H3G (better known as Three) spoke with us and we are hopeful to see a major investment in the village from them with respect to phone reception in the future. We will of course keep residents informed.
- The Parish Council have begun to compile a list of 'target areas' that have been brought to the Council’s attention. The aim is to try and work on these areas where possible and do what we can and when we can to 'look after’ the village as much as possible.
- The Parish Council are in constant communication with Southern Water with reference to the water leaks in the village. It has been extremely frustrating and annoying for all the residents in the village. On site meetings have been made on a number of occasions and as of today the leak has still not been located. This situation is far from acceptable and we have requested support from our Borough Councillors and other Swale officials to bring this situation to a conclusion as soon as possible.
As you can see a great deal has been going on and we will aim to keep you updated. Remember you are always welcome to any of the meetings to have your say and help us make the village a better place for everyone to enjoy. Help us look after Iwade !
Iwade Parish Council