What we say and do
Records of meetings
The Minutes of Council meetings, and those of its Committees are published on these pages. By convention, only those Minutes that have been presented to the following meeting for agreement and signature by the Chairman will be made available.
If you have a question about the Minutes, please contact the Clerk to the Council in the first instance.
The Minutes for the Council (there are no meetings in August) and Annual Parish Meetings are available online for the years listed below - just click on the link required:
The Parish Council was formed in 1985, after a local government boundary review. The hard-copy Minutes of the Council, from 1989 to 2015, have been lodged with the County Archives. Those from May 2015 onwards remain with the Parish Clerk locally. The Parish Council was preceded by the St Helens Association, that was formed from 1965 to its closure in October 1984, with the setting up of the new Parish Council. The Association's Minutes have also been lodged with the County Archive.
The Minutes of the first Annual Parish Meeting, in 1986, are below, togther with a finance report for the first year of the parish council:
What we do
The Parish Council provides a number of direct services to the community, and acts as custodian to a number of assets held in the 'public name'. It has one part-time employee, The Clerk to the Council.
Our principle asset is the Old Church Green (leased from Isle of Wight Council) at The Duver. The Parish Council has taken on the responsibility for maintenance, repairs and insurance of this space, including the seasonal cutting of the grass by a contractor. Grass cutting and minor repairs to the central village Greens are also provided by this Council, although the Isle of Wight Council acts as ‘custodian’ of this Common Land (and part registered Village Green) on behalf of the community.
We are also custodians for a number of public benches placed around the parish, and particularly around the village Greens, many of which have been placed in memory of loved ones by local families.
On a temporary basis, the Parish Council is managing the public conveniences on the village Green at Station Road and at the Duver beach. Isle of Wight Council own these facilities and are considering closing them. Whilst these decisions are being considered the Parish Council has stepped in to ensure the continuity of the service for the time being.
Although Isle of Wight Council is the Planning Authority, the Parish Council is consulted on each planning application made in the parish. Councillors consider planning applications at their meetings, and inform Isle of Wight Council of their views.
The Council provides a number of dog waste bins around the Parish. A contractor is retained to empty these bins weekly. In the summer season a general waste ‘wheelie’ bin is additionally located at the beach area.
Each meeting considers issues for our community such as the village Greens, traffic issues, or items of maintenance in the 'public realm' that need reporting to appropriate authorities. We can also consider requests for small grants - see our Policy on this, and how to apply, on our 'How (and why) we do it' page.
A budget is managed by the Council, supported by its Clerk, with funds provided through the Council Tax system. Each year the Council decides how much it will need to continue providing services, and to consider whether it should use its powers to expand its range of activities and support for the community. See our How (and why) we do it page to the left for more details.