Amenity Areas (Councillor Steady)
Still much to do, initiatives being tweaked to deliver, these include revamp of The Lozenge, improvements to facilities at The Bayard Recreation Ground and tree planting around the town.
Harbour (Councillor Carr)
- Good feedback on Christmas lights and the efforts by the community, championed by the Colne Yacht Club, in partnership with the Siling Club, Harbour Commission and BTC (we dressed the shelter with lighting). The lights were dismantled w/c 4th January. There is talk that this initiate may become an annual event.
- Successfully applied for a grant of £695.00 from County Councillor Allan Goggin (ECC) that will be used to refurbish the middle booth of the hard shelter (facing the harbour) with a theme “good to talk”. Detailed works will include refurbishment and the inclusion of a engraved plaque, explaining how the shelter had been used as a point of conversation over many decades.
- Councillor Jayne Chapman and myself are in correspondence with NEEB to sponsor the rest of the shelter refurbishment including affixing the recently purchased electronic clock mechanism. Detailed works include replacing dry rot, affixing some loose roof tiles, repaint and make good woodwork, and affix white LED lighting, controlled by a passive movement detector.
- Confirmation that the jetty has had one section refurbished in January. The jetty has been closed to comply with Covid restrictions.
- The Harbour is closed to visitors, but remains operational to commercial vessels. Mooring holders can pre-book a harbour launch to visit leisure vessels via the Harbour Office number.
- Funding opportunities are actively being sought for the Heritage Community Quay.
Lido (Councillor Barry)
The repair and renovation work to the changing rooms has been completed, with a few snags to deal with related to delivery problems from European suppliers. The accessible changing room now has a full size electrically operated bench to further improve provision for disabled customers. The perimeter fence has been renewed.
It was hoped to advance the plant room work and prepare the café for opening during January but due to the current Covid restrictions it was decided to postpone/suspend work for a month until February at the earliest – subject to review. Equally the recruitment process for a new manager has been put on hold for similar reasons.
Overall though the Lido is in a good position in terms of being ready to go with a strong group of volunteers all eager to get back into some socializing and community work. There is a lot to do when the green light is given!
Welfare (Councillor Chapman)
BTC have received a few calls for volunteers over the past week mainly to do shopping and one collection of prescription. At the moment there is no return of the queues at Boots Chemist and many of the shops have continued to do their deliveries.
The Christmas lights will be removed when it is possible to do so with the restrictions. The staff have been provided with tests for COVID and I have applied for the lateral flow ones when they come in.
The diabetic eye clinic has requested use of the council office again, we have suggested they contact us in March to see if conditions have altered.
Western Promenade (Councillors Chasney and Howard)
Western Prom Meeting
In attendance Councillors Howard, Chasney and Terry Hamilton (Grounds Manager)
Items Discussed as follows:-
Pawsons Play Area
The Multi Play has completely rotted inside due to being flooded in the Surge, we have contacted our Insurance Company to ask for them to inspect, will update at full council. We are still trying to find a suitable piece of equipment to replace the big slide we are looking for something like the innovative ‘Play Rock’ as we need equipment that will not be ruined in a future surge. We have approached two companies to provide us with some suitable designs.
TH is sourcing signs for the BMX area to confirm site is used ‘at your own risk’, it will also advise the use of appropriate safety wear.
The Petanque/Boules area on the gardens is very well used, and Councillor Steady has suggested that we make another lane for use, Terry is looking into this.
We suggest that the council look into having an outside Table Tennis table made of Concrete placed on the gardens for outside exercise (Pictures and estimates attached). Terry cannot replace anymore Trees in the garden as they were ruined in the flood, so we are looking to make the area more interesting and this could be an option.
Terry has been trying to pump some of the surface water off the Car Park, but the bad weather makes it difficult. As soon as the area is drained it starts to rain again.
There has been a problem with emptying the litter bin sited around the paddling pool. It appears the bins are emptied and left on the side of the road for collection by Tendring District Council. Unfortunately if they are not collected early enough the seagulls rifle them which makes an awful mess Councillor Barry is looking into this.
Last week, sadly one of the swans on the lake became ill. TH, because of avian flu, contacted the RSPB and the appropriate government department who later came and took the swan away have later confirmed that it had Avian flu. TH is now keeping close watch on the sick swans mate who will obviously be distressed and of course the lake fraternity in general.
Tourism (Councillor Chasney)
Town Guide 2021
Still early days given the uncertainty that still lays ahead, but Julie has been covering the market to get renewals and new entries. So far more than 60% have renewed and new ads have been achieved. A cover has been selected.
Until events organisers can have confidence about setting dates, the guide will have to be kept in wraps. However it is now at an advanced stage content-wise and we will be able to move forward when and if the time comes.
Hopefully we will know more by next month’s full meeting.
Western Promenade (Councillor Chasney)
Progress has been stopped owing to flooding, however the operators are confident that once the ground dries out, it will take only a couple of weeks to complete the landscaping.
Following various concerns regarding pitches for tents, the operators have confirmed there will be sufficient to meet demand.
Communications (Councillor Chasney)
Large banners, and notices have been place around the town reminding visitors and residents to stay at home and only venture out when essential. Banners are positioned facing incoming traffic at All Saints and on the corner of the Prom, with notices along to beach huts and on benches and shelters. Also on the Hard.