Member with Special Responsibility for Regeneration & Town Hard. Also a Tendring District Councillor
Mary - my wife had the good sense to be born & raised in Brightlingsea and has always lived in the town, but I have only been here for 40 years. This is where we have worked and raised our family, and frankly we both love the place!
Brightlingsea has so much to offer its residents and visitors, and I am pleased to say that it has given us the opportunity to enjoy this unique and wonderful community. We have both taken full advantage of what the Town has to offer and have been involved over the years in much of the social, fund raising and charity groups and organisations within the Town. These have included formal groups such as Round Table, Rugby club, Football club, The liberty, the Gild of freeman, the Sailing club, Bloomers, Hospice support, open gardens, the business association, Community Reach and many more. It has also allowed my businesses to establish & grow and allowed us to enjoy what we think is the most wonderful part of this area - the water! Surely the most exciting part. Two of the highlights for us were 2003 when we were Deputy & Lady deputy to the Cinque Port" and 2007 when we were "Mayor & Lady Mayoress".
As well as a Brightlingsea Town Councillor, I am also a Tendring district Councillor and I hope that in these positions I can put back a small part of the huge amount that Brightlingsea has allowed me & my family to take out over the last four decades.
Tendring Report from Cllr Goggin
• Full Council meeting July 2. Key issue was attempt to hold debate on reduction of services at birthing unit at Harwich/Clacton. Subsequently discussed at full Cabinet meeting on July 12. Surprisingly few Councillors attended considering passion and votes on night. Resolved to try and fight any attempt to closure.
• July 4 attended meeting with police Commissioner at Clacton. He intends to visit each area twice per year. Surprisingly small attendance from Councillors and public considering press coverage. I have tabled some points and would like to extend them at BTC meeting. See attached notes.
• July 10. Attended members briefing to learn about new planning rules. Could be very important to towns such as Brightlingsea – especially in the High Street. Big change re change of use and conversions of use.
• July 11. Attended Locality Board at Weeley. A disaster. Main speaker from ECC did not show but sent his deputy and a secretary. Not good and message sent back saying so.
• I have circulated the parking strategy from TDC which was a point raised at the last BTC Town meeting. Some points need to be discussed at next BTC meeting. See attached reports.
• Document circulated to discuss reduction of numbers of Councillors. Would be interested in views.
• As always I would be interested to hear from any Councillors or residents with ideas about generating and saving money. The cabinet meet informally every week as well as formally every 3 / 4 weeks and I will be pleased to represent any views which have merit.
• A reminder about the Clacton Air Show. August 22/23. The only air show on the whole of the east coast this year following the cancellation of the Felixstowe and Southend shows. Bumper crowds expected but still a financial risk to TDC. The risk of cost is weighed against the £4 million anticipated value to the whole area. A good variety of planes including the red arrows and as announced last week the Vulcan Bomber. A fantastic sight. And its free! I know that in the past a lot of boats have left Brightlingsea to watch the show from the sea. There is a “mooring zone.