• The washing of the Hard area has been a fantastic success and has created possibly 200% more launching space. Apart from looking better it is much better for all, especially from a health & safety point of view.
  • Following last months Council meeting and specific questions relating to the Hard area, The Mayor held a public meeting (March 30) to listen to points from residents. Most Councillors attended as did 60/80 residents. Some points were taken away by our solicitor and I believe that his report has been received and read by all.
  • At the meeting it was mentioned that a regular meeting of the Harbour Commissioners was due to be held on the following Wednesday (April 1) and that a report would be given to them. At the public meeting there was one employee of the HC and a commissioner. They both reported back I understand. I attended meetings at the Harbour office on March 31 and April 1 in an effort to lobby for some alternative options within the laws allowed. The harbour Commissioners meeting is closed but they subsequently issued a letter to Brightlingsea Council on April 2. It contained some points including an agreement to try and run the hard at a greater loss to them, but with amended launching fees for residents and visitors alike. I recommended a meeting of councillors to discuss the letter and revised amounts be held after the Easter break but sadly this was not taken up by all fellow councillors.
  • Regatta Committee meeting April 13. Regatta dates of July 4 & 5 2015 being advertised. Good response so far from businesses that want to have a stall. Committee trying to ensure that no stalls from firms that duplicate anything on offer from local firms (Beer/burgers/ice cream etc.) A good opportunity for local firms to promote themselves. (see regeneration news) A meeting was held on April 16 and I will report back at the Town meeting. The Committee request that they have the use of the Lower Park Field to offer parking to many expected visitors. Decision needed.