Sandown Town Council consists of twelve councillors representing two wards Sandown North and Sandown South. Elections are held every four years, the last in May 2017 and members serve for a four year term. All Councillors have to formally accept the position of a Councillor at their first meeting.
The role of Councillor - Councillors have four main areas of responsibility:
- To determine council policy and provide community leadership;
- To monitor and review council performance in delivering services;
- To represent the council externally; and
- To act as advocates for their constituents.
Councillors are not involved in the day to day running of the Town Council business and whilst they do not receive any payments they are not volunteers, but holders of Public Office and have to agree to abide by a Code of Conduct.
How does the Town Council work? - The Town Council works and complies to a legal framework for Local Government.
What does Sandown Town Council do?
Provided a new Community Centre - In April 2018, the Town Council were finally handed the keys of the replacement Broadway Centre, a purpose built facility fit for the 21st century and the first new community centre to be built on the Island by a Town Council, for many years.
When the old centre was finally demolished, stone from this previous school building was retained and has been re -used to provide the base of the new centre, joining the old with the new.
It has been a huge and very lengthy undertaking with many ups and downs on the way, but since opening, the building’s popularity for hire has rapidly increased and it is now well used by many community groups from the town.
Promotes Tourism and Regeneration - In 2017 the Town Council signed a lease with Heritage Attractions Ltd at Sandham Gardens allowing the start of the regeneration of part of this area as a major tourist attraction. .
Provides Grant Support - The Council provides financial support for the annual skateboard competitions and events held during the summer holidays, which are always very popular with our youth and also gives grants to local organisations and support local events. These include the carnival and November 5th fireworks.
Sandown Green Towns also receives funding and support to continue their work in the town.
Provides Recreation and Play areas - We provide playgrounds for both younger and older children, a MUGA hard surface football and basketball court and the very popular skatepark at Sandham Gardens and support the maintenance of the IW Council owned Los Altos park.
Promotes Tourism on the Beach - During the summer the Town Council funds the lifeguards and beach litter clearance.
Provides Public Toilets - Following the transfer of discretionary services from the Isle of Wight Council, the Town Council took over the freehold of three sets of toilets at Yaverland, Eastern Gardens and St Johns Road. In the short term these facilities are being freshened up, with longer term plans for refurbishment and replacement under consideration.
Provides Decorative Lighting and Christmas Tree - The Town Council provides decorative lighting along the Esplanade and the Christmas Tree in the town.
PLANNING - As a Town Council we are a statutory consultee in the Planning Process under the Town & Country Planning Act 1990 schedule 1 para 8 and make recommendations on planning applications. The Isle of Wight Council are the Local Planning Authority who makes the decisions on planning applications.
Planning Enforcement: - The Town Council does not have any authority over planning enforcement issues as these are the responsibility of Isle of Wight Council.
After being granted planning permission an owner of a property has 3 years to start the work and no enforcement action can be implemented by the IW Council Planning Dept until the 3 year period has expired. Under current law, there is no time limit to conclude the work.