Parish Council

What does the Parish Council Do?

The Isle of Wight Council is a unitary authority (since 1995) and the Island is fully parished with 33 P&TCs serving an electorate of approximately 112,000. The Isle of Wight Council has, since 2005 had a commitment to support and develop P&TCs. To develop channels of communication to build relationships and trust across the tiers of local government. The Isle of Wight Council involve P & TCs as much as possible in local issues and in the decisions affecting their communities.

The Havenstreet and Ashey Parish Council is funded by the annual Precept (the amount collected from ratepayers as a component of the Council Tax). The amount for 2021/22 is £12000

The Parish Council consists of a Chairman, Vice-Chairman and four other Councillors.  The Chairman and Vice-Chair are elected annually and the Councillors on a four yearly term.

A Parish Clerk is provided for 30 hours a month. Richard Priest can be contacted about Parish Council matters, via email: or by telephone on 867450. In addition, one of the Councillors usually attends the monthly market at Havenstreet Community Centre between 10am and 12 midday on the last Saturday of every month (subject to Covid 19 guidance):

The Council welcomes comments, questions and feedback about it’s business, including:

Roads,Signage, traffic markings, potholes, hedges to be cut back at road junctions, new traffic schemes and road closures.

Reports to the Council regarding problems with footpaths and bridleways.

Comments to Planning regarding applications for planning permissions

Maintains benches and notice boards in Parish

Provides notice boards for Ashey and Havenstreet

Attends the monthly market at Havenstreet Community Centre where issues concerning the Parish can be raised and information provided on a wide range of issues.

Link with the Police on any issues affecting the area.

Provides Parish Newsletter to keep residents updated on local issues

Supplies a Community Christmas Tree

Provides communication with any issues concerning the area such as events including The Bestival and Havenstreet Steam Railway

Keeps the Parish updated on matters from the Isle of Wight Council and reports the Parish views back regarding Transport issues, Forward Planning etc

Recreation Ground “ though maintained by the Isle of Wight Council, the Parish Council has provided additional play equipment, and maintains the seating for the use of the residents.

Opinion surveys in order to establish the needs and requirements of the residents.

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