Amenity Areas and Open Spaces (Councillor Steady)
Objective is now to link up formal open space with green lung areas and making information accessible. This initiative to be underpinned by Environmental/Green Lung Policy.
Had correspondence from local resident and ex Town Councillor, Roy Birnie, concerning the history in connection with Gravel Field. In line with information boards which are in situ at the Bayard Recreation Ground, Lido and the Lozenge, I will be taking up Roy’s offer of looking into the feasibility of an information board and seating area to be sited at Gravel Field, referring to the ‘burying’ of the whale back in the 1960’s.
Further to the Clean Street Initiative mentioned at previous council meeting, I would like the finance committee to look at funding a ‘billy goat’, which is used to sweep up small pieces of litter, i.e. cigarette ends.
Update on Brightlingsea Nature network.
- Meeting with Miss Naomi Andrews project manager for Market Fields Farm. She is keen to be involved with Brightlingsea Nature Network activities.
Have had some follow up emails and she is expecting a meeting to get more information on the idea on 4th September and will contact us afterwards.
- Researched the most common causes of Cygnet death or disappearance and according to the Swan Sanctuary.org
“New born cygnets are mainly lost to crows, herons, magpies, turtles, pike and large perch. Both cygnets and full-grown swans are also the prey of foxes and mink.”
- Reported the washing up on Fieldgate Dock of a Harbour Porpoise Calf to the Natural History Museum cetacean stranding programme and requested to be kept up to date with any findings for the council.
- Councillor Steady negotiated the use of the EWD land behind five ways as a Community Nature Reserve . Next meeting with EWD planned for 27th August.
- Put forward two funding bids for the land, one to the Realising Ambitions Fund with the Essex Community Foundation and also The Postcode Lottery Community Grants Fund.
- Tendring District Council declared a climate emergency.
Footpaths and Allotments (Councillor Steady)
Some of the footpaths have been cut and we are trying to ascertain again the cutting schedule.
Allotments – Since the last inspection we have sent out 6 warning letters to plot holders whose plots were not in a good condition. Our next inspection is due 13th August. One plot was given up and we have 15 people on the waiting list.