Councillor Ian Stephens
Title: Island Independent Network
Party: Alliance Group
Electoral Division: Ryde West
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Flat 11 The Appley
Isle of Wight
Bus. mobile: 07970 009523
Term of Office
- 07/06/2001 -
Annual Report 2020
Councillor Ian Stephens – Ryde West Ward
2019-20 has been a challenging year with even more stringent measures to council services. Ryde has pulled together with voluntary sector and local volunteers to support the vulnerable within the community. My workload has not lessened over the period of lockdown, utilising various means to remain contactable, without newsletters and leaflets, minded of the warning that the virus could survive on paper for some hours. I still checked the district of Ryde West, reporting resident’s concerns.
Throughout the year I have opened the Pellhurst Road gates at Ryde Cemetery, and have formed a rota system with residents, widely appreciated by people of all ages. My partnership with IWC Bereavement Services is invaluable when reporting the concerns which occasionally arise.
I engage with Environmental officers when dealing with fly tipping, rubbish, and dog fouling leading to the continuation of signage courtesy of the Respect Ryde Project, which was set up by Ryde TC Councillor Karen Lucioni.
My regular rounds of the district have enabled me to identify and solve problems with Island Roads, and the vandalised trees to be replaced, along with potholes, and other highway defects.
I continue to work with the Housing Associations who have supported me with solving problems and concerns of individual residents.
The Respect Ryde Project, with beach cleaning, and attention to public realm within Ryde has now extended with litter picks in areas of Binstead Estate, Pell Lane and the recreation ground.
Ryde West have had incidents of people living in tents. Rough sleeping is an area on which I will continue to focus.
The 37 bus continues to serve our district providing residents with transport to and from the town.
I will continue to responsibly challenge both cuts and policies which impact on Ryde West and our Island.