Ryde Town Council

Christmas Greetings from the Town Council

On behalf of the Town Council the Mayor of Ryde, Councillor David Knowles, would like to wish all residents and visitors a Very Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Temporary Closure of Ryde Esplanade Skatepark

After being extremely well used throughout the summer and half term period the Skateboard Park on Ryde Esplanade has been close temporarily to enable some significant maintenance and repair work to be safely carried out to the wooden ramps and jumps. This work will help to make the park more weatherproof during the wintertime. The Town Council asks for patience from the many users, for any inconvenience during this short maintenance period. The Skatepark Users Group is also on the look out for more users to become involved in both the running of the park and to raise funds to improve the facility. If you would be interested in helping out please contact the Council on one of the numbers above and we will but you in touch with the Group.

Ryde Christmas Festival – Garland Making

The Town Council is delighted to again be supporting the Ryde Christmas Festival and Garland Making event at St Thomas Heritage Centre on Saturday 3 December. The event starts at 10.30am and runs until 4pm and there will be music and refreshments available.

Waterside Pool – latest news

The Town Council is also delighted to be supporting the Waterside Community Trust in its plans to take over the running of the Waterside Pool from the Isle of Wight Council on 1 December 2011. Following the Isle of Wight Council’s announcement in December 2010 that the pool was earmarked for closure a group of local residents came together to form the Waterside Community Trust and entered into negotiations with the Council before successfully becoming the preferred bidder to operate the pool. The Town Council has agreed to provide £30,000 of funding towards the running of the pool this year and has indicated its commitment to continue funding the pool over the next few years. New, very competitive membership schemes for users will be introduced, please ask at the pool for more details. The Trust is also in the process of developing a dedicated website for the Waterside at www.rydepool.co.uk. The Town Council urges everyone to support this much needed local facility and be part of its future.

Community Events in December

The Park Community Centre will be holding their annual Free Christmas Dinner for the Community’s elderly on 22nd December 2011. If you have a friend, neighbour or relative who you think might want to come along, please call 611913. This is a popular event which gets booked quickly, there are 40 spaces available, please call soon to avoid disappointment.

Councillors’ Contact Details

Details of how to contact your local town councillors can be found on the Town Council’s website at www.rydetwoncouncil.gov.uk – click on the ‘The Town Council’ section from the homepage. Alternatively please ring or email the Town Council offices and we will be pleased to provide you with this information.

December Town Council meetings and dates for your diary

Full Council    7pm    5 December United Reform Church

Planning Committee

7pm 12 December Lind Street Meeting RoomAll meetings are open to the public; agendas are available to collect from the Town Council offices or to download from the Town Council’s website at www.rydetowncouncil.gov.uk

The Town Council Office is at Town Hall Chambers, 10 Lind Street, Ryde (opposite Ryde Theatre) and is open to the public Monday to Thursday between 9am and 2pm and on a Friday between 9am and 1pm. Enquiries may still be made at any time to the above telephone numbers or email address.

If you have a local community event coming up which you would like to publicise free of charge on this page and/or on the Town Council’s noticeboards please do get in touch using any of the contact details at the top of the page.

Christmas and New Year Opening times

The Town Council offices will close on at 1pm on Friday, 23 December 2011 and will reopen at 9am on Tuesday, 3 January 2012.

Author: Isle of Wight Beacon

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