Councillor John Hobart
Electoral Division: Carisbrooke
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Isle of Wight
Mobile: 07717 716663
Term of Office
- 05/05/2005 -
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I have been serving on the Isle of Wight Council as Member for Carisbrooke and Gunville since the election in 2009. (re-elected in 2013) During that time I have been involved in a wide range of issues in my ward, working closely with the Newport Parish Council, and serving on a number of committees.
I serve on the steering comittee of the AONB, the Licensing Committee and am Local Authority Governor of Christ the King College, sitting on the SACRE forum. I am also a Friend of Carisbrooke Castle Museum who supply such a wonderful service to Education on the Island.
I am currently a member of the Newport Parish Council Planning Committee, Newport Rivers Group and the Allotments Committee.
I am always available to those living in my ward, and I can be contacted about any issues or concerns that may arise. I am more than happy to meet up and discuss problems in the village and it's surrounding areas.
I grew up in the rural centre of the Isle of Wight and went to primary school at the Convent School in Carisbrooke. (Now the Doctors Surgery!)I then attended school in Cowes before going to boarding school on the mainland.
I studied agriculture for 3 years at the Royal Agricultural College in Cirencester, I gained further experience in Southern Africa before returning to the UK to work.
I currently live in Sandy Lane, Whitecroft, with my wife, Kate, and our two sons. Prior to that we lived in Gurnard where I served as member of the Isle of Wight Council. Before that we lived in Cowes where for a number of years my wife and I ran the family hotel business. Whilst in Cowes I served on the Cowes Town Council from its inception.
We are very happy to have now moved back to central rural Wight, to the area where my family lived and farmed for over a century,and where my brother still lives.
Councillor John Hobart – Carisbrooke Ward
In the past year I have continued my duties as Cabinet Member for Heritage and Environment, represented Carisbrooke and Gunville as ward councillor and have recently stood down from NCCC.
I continue as trustee of Carisbrooke Castle Museum, as a member of the AONB Steering Committee and a trustee of the Maritime Archaeology Trust. I represent my ward and IW Council at LAF, Newport Rivers, RFCC, SCOPAC and IFCA. I am on the Newport Harbour Committee.
I have worked, as yet unsuccessfully, for many years to get a fixed crossing at the bottom of Cedar Hill and alongside that reduced speeds through the village (20mph). I continue to pursue ‘Quiet Lane’ status on the single-track lanes Island wide, but particularly in the Carisbrooke area. I also continue to support wild flower/wildlife verge management across the Island. Progress is slow, but I feel we are now being heard. I aim to respond effectively to personal communication from residents in my ward.
Working with National Archives, I continue to seek a new home for the Island Records Office and some potential sites have been identified. I have also visited a number of possible partners with the aim of securing the future of our accredited Dinosaur Museum.
Work continues with officers and Natural England to establish the Coastal Path and the proposed route is now under review following consultation. We have achieved funding for coastal defences at East Cowes and work has been completed at Monkton Mead. I have supported the development of affordable housing in my ward (now under construction).
Covid 19 has taken up most of our thoughts and our officers have been diverted into other activities in this regard, I must say that they have been doing a great job, but this has slowed progress on other matters in hand.