The Essex Playing Fields Association have awarded the following to Brightlingsea Town Council in the Best Kept Playing Fields Competition:-
- Silver Award – Certificate of Merit – For the best kept football pitch – Class 6
- Gold Award – Certificate of Merit – Cricket grounds on which a winter game may or may not be played – Class 4 – Cricket Pitch
- Gold Award – Certificate of Merit – Playing fields serving a population of 2,500 or more – Class 1 – Millennium Garden
- Gold Award – Certificate of Merit – Playing fields serving a population of 2,500 or more – Class 1 – Bayard Recreation Ground
- Gold Award – Certificate of Merit – Children’s playgrounds whether on or off playing fields, but judged apart from any playing field on which they are situated – Class 3 – Regent Road
Councillor Steady, who has joint responsibility with Councillor Mick Barry for Amenity Areas in the town, and also is Chairman of the Finance Committee, said: “We have had awards for the Bayard Recreation Ground before but these latest awards vindicate our ongoing maintenance and improvement plans. It is also pleasing that recognition has been given to the Millennium Gardens on the Western Promenade. Again ongoing maintenance and improvements plans, which have included the installation of a Pétanque rink, have helped in achieving this award.
“Obviously obtaining funding is the key to all these achievements. The council year runs from April to March, and in the year ending 31st March 2017 we accessed £77,839 from Tendring District Council and so far this year we have accessed £43,014 with another £12,000 just agreed. Although we have been successful in accessing this funding, more is being planned by the Town Council with partner organisations. Tenders will be going out shortly for the resurfacing of the Batemans Tower Car Park and the refurbishment of the toilet block to include the installation of outdoor showers. Feasibility for the installation of a volleyball court and open air table tennis facility is being undertaken.
“A Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) is being formed to manage the swimming pool along with a fully inclusive business plan. Funding opportunities in partnership with the Harbour Commissioners are being explored. All this along with private funding which is being invested for the redevelopment of Batemans Tower Cafe, the completion of the Marina and Morgan Marine’s development plans, bodes well for the future.”