BAYARD REC DEVELOPMENT

The application for a grant for storage facilities to replace current cricket and football storage on Bayard Recreation Ground was successful. The Big Society Fund has given a grant 0f £5744 towards the cost of storage replacement and this has now been actioned by the Grounds Manager. There will have to be some modification to plans to accommodate new regulations, but it is anticipated that the facility will be in place early in 2016.

BAYARD REC ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR ISSUES

There has been an increase in persistent anti-social behaviour by an identifiable group of young people on the recreation ground. This has been addressed as far as possible by the Grounds Manager but without police back up there is little that can be done to stop it. There was a serious break in at the Cricket Club and the rec was closed for a day on 7th August to facilitate a clear up/investigation. Matters are on- going and it is hoped that some prosecutions will be brought in the near future.

HURST GREEN MUSIC FESTIVAL

The 15th Annual Music Festival was one of the best ever with big crowds and great weather all weekend. The council played an important role in providing manpower and equipment to help the event run smoothly. Due to the high attendances there were some issues with parking which the organisers will seek to address for next year. The location of the festival was the subject of some debate on the Facebook site ‘Spotted Brightlingsea’. Comments were overwhelmingly in favour of the festival remaining free and on its current site. Local businesses reported increased trade and there was no anti-social behaviour reported, despite the lack of a police presence.

LEASES

There has been no progress on this matter since a referral to the council’s solicitors in July. Some draft documents will be expected before the next full council meeting.