Meetings and Minutes

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All meetings start at 7.30pm






 July 19th 2018

Quarterly Meeting

United Reform Church Hall


 September 10th 2018

Committee Meeting


 October 1st 2018

Committee Meeting


 October 18th 2018


United Reform Church Hall


 November 12th 2018

Committee Meeting


 December 3rd 2018

Committee Meeting

April 2018
The meeting was preceded by a talk given by Mark O'Sullivan on the subject of the Good Neighbour Scheme which is run by Age UK, Isle of Wight.
For further information contact Mark O'Sullivan and his team at 147 High Street, Newport, PO30 1TY, 01983525282,
Gill Kennett and Anne Bamford gave a presentation on the proposed improvements to the Library and the provision of a new Heritage Centre.
Disabled access to the Library would be via disabled parking bays to be created at the rear of the building.
The building is designed to be flexible and a multi-functional space for the community. Costs for the necessary improvements to the existing building are included.
The FPC contribution may be £250,000 as matched funding if the HLF grant is successful.
The FPC contribution will be potentially funded via a Public Works Loan across a period of 20 years, with annual repayments in the region of £15,615.
John Medland was available, during the tea break, to answer any queries about the planned changes to the parking restrictions in the Bay area.

Minutes of the quarterly meeting held on the 12th April 2018.
Apologies from Tony Dalton, John and Barbara Allford, Sheila Spivey, David Lewis, Karen Grainger and James Day.
Matters Arising: The IWC closed the steps up from the bay in January, after the FBRA reported several accidents caused by the slippery surface. They have now agreed to paint them with anti-slip paint which the FBRA will fund at a cost of £341.40. The work should be done in the next few days.
Luke Ellison from the IWC is to check the condition of the railings around the Albion when he makes an inspection around Freshwater Bay, but there is some doubt about who is responsible for their maintenance.
The toilets in Gate Lane will be redecorated later this year now the FPC has taken over the lease from the IWC.
The FPC is installing three water taps as part of their campaign for a plastic free Freshwater. One will be outside the toilets in Gate Lane. An App called Refill tells you where the nearest refill station is.
Chris Storey is making a new notice board which will be on the left side of the Piano. The FBRA are paying for the materials at a cost of £285. There will be room for eight posters.
The NT have filled the hollow under the gate near Dimbola but not the ones around the Tennyson Memorial.
Chairman's Report: The FBRA have funded 5 new litter grabbers for the Surfers' A frame by the shelter, and have received a letter of thanks from Jacqueline Roberts.
David Lewis has agreed to become chair in October.
There has been a request for a sign in the bay to discourage people from feeding the seagulls.

David Ballard has asked if he could have some helpers for A Day at the Bay which will be on Saturday 6th October this year. Secretary's Report: Complaints about dog fouling and plastic bags left at the side of paths were passed on to the dog warden Sam Kinnaird. She came very promptly to check the areas mentioned. They cleared up the mess and put up temporary notices.
Island Roads have been contacted to see if any decision has been made about the replacement of the bus shelter in Gate Lane or the speed activated sign in Bedbury Lane.
The speaker at the next meeting will be Tony Tutton from the NT.
Treasurer's Report: General Account £2108.15, Projects Account £1863.02.
Memberships Secretary's Report: We now have 223 members.
Social Events: 26th April, FBRA visit to Farringford. This is fully booked.
27th May, Open Gardens in aid of the Community and Sports Centre.
4th August, Beach Barbecue- This date is to be confirmed.
6th October, A Day at the Bay.
AOB: A member has suggested bollards should be installed at the bottom of Blackbridge Road to prevent drivers crossing the grass in wet conditions. There was a suggestion that people, other than the wardens, were using the parking space. Various solutions were suggested.
There will be a meeting of the Land Management Committee of the FPC to decide on any future reseeding of the grassed area of the promenade.
The containing wall of the promenade is in a bad condition again. It needs repairing and repainting.
A member has asked that a list of committee members and the dates of the quarterly meetings could be circulated.
We are going to ask if a dog waste bin could be installed somewhere near the bay.
The next quarterly meeting is on the 19th July 2018.
The meeting closed at 9pm.

January 2018
The meeting was preceded by a talk given by Vince Fennell, on the subject of Neighbourhood Watch. For further information please contact Vince Fennell, 23 St Saviours Road, Totland, Isle of Wight, PO39OEZ, tel. 754717.

Gill Kennett updated us on the Parish Council's plans for Freshwater Bay, when they take over the lease of the promenade area.
The Independent Lifeboat will have responsibility for the land around the station. The PC is to take over the care of the benches and will reseed the grass.
Gill would welcome any suggestions for other improvements.
They have not ascertained who is responsible for the upkeep of the railings on the promenade.
There are ongoing discussions about the reinstating of the coach park area and methods of preventing cars parking on the pavement in Afton Road.
There will be a consultation in the Memorial Hall at 6.30pm on the 24th January 2018
Minutes of the quarterly meeting held on the 18th January 2018.

Apologies from Harald Schenk, Mark Orchard, Nick Wilde, Esme and David Ballard.
Matters Arising: The bench, for Blackbridge Road, has been purchased. As soon as the weather improves it will be put in place.
The installing of a seat for the bus shelter near St Agnes church is still under discussion with Island Roads.
The new signs, advising dog owners when and where they can use the beach, have been put on the promenade by the IWC.

Chairman's Report: The proposed parking restrictions have prompted much discussion in the area. The consultation period finished on the 12th January, but any other comments will be welcomed until the end of the month.
There have been three reports of accidents on the flight of steps at the Lifeboat Station end of the promenade. The IWC were informed and a maintenance team were sent to look at them. They have been closed temporarily.
There will be a new notice board, outside The Piano, with room for approx. 8 posters. It will have an oak frame and shatterproof glass doors. We will pay for the materials.
We have received a reply, from the Farringford Estate, about the possibility of a footpath on their land along Bedbury Lane. They have refused our request for several reasons including fears of pets straying near livestock and disruption for their guests.
Paul Mocroft has taken over the writing and distribution of the Newsletter. If anyone has hand deliveries at the moment but would be willing to receive the letter by email, could you let us know your email address please.
100 hundred native daffodil bulbs and some snake's head fritillary bulbs have been planted in the grass along Blackbridge Road.
We have asked the National Trust to fill in the hollows under the seating on Tennyson Down and under the gate on Gate Lane. They have agreed to carry out the work in the near future.

Secretary's Report: Island Roads are unable to increase the number of repeat signs on Bedbury Lane because it is classified as a restricted road, but they have suggested that a vehicle activated 30+ slow down sign could be added to the Safety Assessment Register for consideration by the Authority. They have been informed of the two accidents over the last few weeks and they will be taken into consideration at the assessment.
Island Roads is more than happy for us to fill the two gaps in the hedge in Gate Lane. The hawthorn slips are on order and will be planted as soon as possible.
Sam Kinnaird, the dog warden, is going to patrol the area talking to dog owners as a first attempt to prevent dog fouling in our area. She has also offered to put up signs near the grassed area on the junction of Guyers Road and Victoria Road.
We have many queries and comments about the care and maintenance of the NT land in the area. Tony Tutton has agreed to be our speaker at the July meeting.
Mark O'Sullivan has agreed to speak about the Good Neighbour Scheme at the next quarterly meeting on the 12th April 2018.

Treasurer's Report: General Account, £2170.77. Projects Account, £1863.02.

Membership Secretary's Report: We now have 189 members.

Social Events: 8th February.' Wight We Want' meeting at the Sports Centre, Moa Place.
4pm to 6pm Health Provision.
7pm to 9pm Neighbourhood Plans ( cycle tracks etc.)
14th February. Litter Pick.
27th May Open Gardens. We have not decided on a charity for this year's event. If anyone has any suggestions could you please contact Judith.
Judith is hoping to organise a visit to Farringford, more details to follow.
The Autumn Supper at the Horse and Groom was very successful. Thanks to the FYT bus for the help with transport.
Everybody enjoyed the Carol Service, mince pies and mulled wine. We would like to thank Pam Wedgwood for providing the organ music.

AOB: Concern was expressed about the speed of traffic on single lane roads in the area. Although the IWC is not willing to change the speed limits to 20mph, there is a chance that it could come about if the PC is willing to fund it.
Several large bags of domestic rubbish have been left outside for a few weeks in Coastguard Lane. It would be helpful if rental owners could leave information for their tenants regarding rubbish collections.
If anyone has any ideas for projects in the area could you contact us and we will consider them.

The meeting closed at 9pm.
The next quarterly meeting is on the 19th July.

October 2017
Minutes of the A.G.M held on the 26th October 2017
Retiring Chairman's Summary: Promenade shelter- the CC has asked us to take over responsibility for the maintenance of shelter. We have asked for details.
Afton Road- Island Roads have not painted double yellow lines on the marsh side of the road, or reinstated the coach parking area as requested.
The Albion Hotel- Some maintenance has been carried out, but the condition of the building is still being monitored by the CC.
20mph- The CC is reluctant to enforce a speed limit of 20mph on some roads, money could be a factor.
Grassed area in Freshwater Bay- the PC is having the area reseeded sometime in the next six months. As yet, we have paid nothing towards costs.
Gate Lane toilets- the PC has taken over the maintenance etc. of the building. The structure is to be improved and the interior is to be updated, but the men's urinals are to be retained as they are of architectural interest.
Benches- we have decided to go ahead with a bench seat in the bus shelter near St. Agnes church, and a seat near the bridge in Blackbridge Road. We have obtained the PC's agreement. We still hope to have a bus shelter with seat at the junction of Guyers Road and Victoria Road. Bus shelter in Gate Lane near the Albion- we have contacted Island Roads since the last quarterly meeting, to request a new shelter with a seat to replace the existing one. They have carried out a site inspection and have repaired the fence behind the shelter.
Avenue Road- the work is going well and they hope to finish ahead of schedule.
Apologies from Harald Schenk, Verrall Dunlop, Corinne and Robert Quain, Tony and Jill Matthews, Sheila Spivey, Jacqueline Robertson, Barbara Allford, Geoff Long, Joan Ward, Christine Churchill, Ann Simpson and Esme Ballard.
Election of Officers and Committee Members: One member of the committee is retiring, the Chairman Tim Nicholson. Judith Hunt has agreed to take over as chairman for one year. Karen Grainger and Paul Mocroft were proposed, seconded, and duly elected members of the committee. James Day was re-elected for a further three years.
Chairman's Report: Judith thanked Tim, on behalf of the committee's past and present members, and the members of the FBRA, for all his hard work. He was presented with a gift as a token of our appreciation.
Paul Mocroft is to take over the writing of the Newsletter. Anything members want to be included in forthcoming issues should be sent to Paul at
It was proposed that the subscription should be raised to £5 per person, £10 per household as from the October 2018. A vote was taken and the proposal was duly carried.
Treasurer's Report: General Account, £2311.47. Projects Account, £2213.02.
Secretary's Report: The CC has agreed, after an inspection, that the signs advising dog owners about the use of the beach are inadequate. They are going to make improvements.
The concerns regarding the narrow part of the footpath between Coastguard Lane and Blackbridge Road have been forwarded to the CC with attached photographs. The condition of the path will have to deteriorate before any remedial work will be carried out.
An application for a new bus stop with an integrated seat has been made to Island Roads. Please see Chairman's summary.
Vince Fennell has agreed to speak about Neighbourhood Watch at the next quarterly meeting which will be on the 18th January 2018.
Membership Secretary's Report: We now have 223 members. If anyone wants to pay their subs. by internet banking/direct credit please contact Michael Wareham tel. 759240 or for details.
Social Events: Open Gardens was a great success and we were able to present the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance with a cheque for £1300. The BBQ made a small profit which allowed us to make a donation of £100 to the Independent Lifeboat.
The Autumn Supper at the Horse and Groom is now fully booked.
16th December ; Carol Service at St. Agnes church, 6pm. There will be mulled wine and mince pies.
Sheila Spivey is organising a day trip to the Christmas Market in Bath on Saturday 2nd December. For more information please contact Sheila on 01983756577.
1st December. There will be a Torchlight Parade from Moa Place to Colwell Common organised by Totland PC.
AOB: If anyone wants to report cases of dog fouling could they please contact John Medland who will forward the information to the dog warden. There were requests that there should be better advertising of PC meetings that are open to the public.
Concern was expressed about the number of cyclists who are using the footpaths on Afton Down as bridleways.
There were further comments made about the long grass etc. around the Tennyson Memorial. We have requested that it should be cut but the NT prefer to leave it long. We will ask them to fill the hollows around the seats which fill with water and mud in the winter.
Terry Butchers was thanked for all the work she has done on the Queen Mother's Garden. Many people have commented on the improvements.
There were complaints about the speed of the traffic on Bedbury Lane. Many drivers are exceeding the 30mph speed limit.
Day at the Bay- David Ballard reported that it had been a great success. Next years has already been arranged for the 6th October 2018. He has asked for more volunteers to help on the day and for more cakes. If anyone is interested could they please contact him tel. 07932652886 or It was suggested that some of the land belonging to the Farringford could be used for a footpath to improve the safety of pedestrians on Bedbury Road. There was a request for a new dog waste bin at the junction of Guyers Road and Victoria Road.
The meeting closed at 8.40pm and wine and cheese were then enjoyed. Many thanks to Judith and Sandy.

Minutes of the quarterly meeting held on the 20th July 2017.
The meeting was preceded by a talk given by Pat Knight, who described the work of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance. A cheque was presented to her for the £1300 raised at our Open Gardens Event.
Apologies from Verrall Dunlop, John Medland, Joan Ward, Tom Eggeling, Sheila Spivey, Jo Martin, Esme and David Ballard.
Minutes of the last quarterly meeting were accepted as correct, proposed by John Ward and seconded by Jaqueline Robertson.
Matters Arising: There has been no progress in the PC's negotiations with the CC about the 20mph speed limits or the Gate Lane Toilets. The PC bench committee have met and have approved 3 for the Bay area. They will cost £700 each. There has been no final decision to go ahead as the price was thought to be high. More enquiries are to be made.
Afton Road is to be resurfaced. The work is to be done between 25th July and the 3rd August. The coach parking is to be kept and the road will be painted to clearly mark the area. We would still like double yellow lines on the marsh side of the road and a single yellow line on the other. The idea of bollards is still being pursued to stop parking on the footway and grassed area on the marsh side.
The meeting was in favour of contributing to the cost of any new curtains, at the rear of the stage, in the United Reform Church Hall.
Chairman's Report: The improvement to the grassed area of Freshwater Bay has been unsuccessful, because of the late date of the work, poor topsoil and lack of water. Any remedial work will be considered and carried out in the autumn.
Gill Kennett, from the PC, has approached Hampshire Police about the noise caused by motorcycles on the Military and Afton Roads. The police have suggested we should monitor the situation. The meeting decided that it was for the police to decide if any laws were being broken.
The chairman is still waiting for a quote for replacing the fence behind the bus stop in Gate Lane.
A proposal to raise the annual membership subscription from £3 to £5 is to be considered at the AGM on the 26th October 2017 proposed by John Ward and seconded by Tony Dalton. If agreed it would come into effect in the year 2018/2019.
Treasurer's Report: General Account £2016.47., Projects Account £2213. 02.
Secretary's Report: The District Steward is to make a decision about the replanting of the two short sections of the hedge along Gate Lane. If we do not have that decision by the New Year we will wait until the following autumn to plant.We have requested two seats for bus shelters in the area. A site inspection was carried out on the 17th February 2017, and a request for consideration was forwarded to the IWCC. The committee does not meet frequently, and as a result, the timescale for any decision can be lengthy.
There have been no recent problems with fly tipping of food waste on Simmonds Corner. Island Roads will continue to monitor the situation. The footpath next to St. Agnes church No.46 was very overgrown. The Rights of Way Dept. were notified on a Thursday and the work was carried out on the following Monday. I have contacted them to thank them for their prompt action.
Membership Secretary's Report: We now have 225 members.
Social Events: Open Gardens raised £1300 which has been given to the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance. There were seven gardens open and the weather stayed dry. Many thanks to Judith for organising the event and to all those who helped make it an enjoyable day.
5th August. Beach Party 7pm to 9pm. Please bring your own drinks. Thornes are providing the barbecue and the Village Bakery the rolls. There will be music during the evening.
Judith would like suggestions of a venue for this year's Autumn Supper.
9th August. Litter Pick.
AOB: The Association needs a new chairman as Tim is leaving the committee at the AGM. We also need at least one other new member to bring the number up to nine. If anyone is interested, please contact Felicity Wareham, tel. 759240 email felicity.wareham@btinternet .com
The speed and frequency of traffic on Bay Road is causing problems. It is a private road, but is being used as a short cut by Vans etc. The weight restrictions on the bridge in Blackbridge Road are adding to the difficulties for residents, but the signs to restrict heavy vehicles will remain despite the reinforcement work.
The NT is to be contacted about the overgrown condition of Tott's Plot and the area surrounding the Tennyson Monument.
The kissing gate on the footpath from Coastguard Lane to Blackbridge Road is not going to be replaced. Concern was also expressed about a short length, on the same path, which is being worn away on one side.
There is still a problem with dogs being exercised on the beach. The sign is inadequate, and we will contact the CC to see if it can be improved. Could everybody remove all their out of date posters from the notice boards promptly.
Day at the Bay; 7th October 2017. David Ballard has made a request for help. Please contact them direct if you are interested. Tel. 07932652886 or With the warm weather, open windows, and everybody spending more time outside, could everyone be aware of noise spoiling other people's peace and quiet.
The meeting closed at 9pm.
Reference to the Freshwater Bay Residents' Association in the publicity material for "Day at the Bay" has been made without our prior agreement. We want to make it clear that, as an association, we are in no way involved in the event.