Notes:- week commencing 21 June 2021

June 17 2021. Local Highways Panel meeting. AG attends. New Chairman confirmed as Cllr. Mark Platt. Normal annual budget £395K. Increased this year to £595K following increase from Cabinet – for next 3 years. Prior to meeting £406K already allocated from this year. To spend £198K but £283K schemes already awaiting funding! £78K of new money spent in B’sea – approved. 

Also COVID limits on speed & volume surveys lifted. AG agreed Mill Street S&V – Just need to decide where?. AG to liaise with Cllr.Judson. Results from survey will dictate if “Quiet Lane” application appropriate.

May 4 2021. Problem. AG made aware that he and 6 Councillors [+ Town Council & Tendring District Council] are accused of ignoring a 700 person petition submitted in June 2020 by resident JC requesting a “quiet Lane – I have heard nothing in response to the petition I submitted to council in June last year”.

Resident MR-S “people of Brightlingsea want to be heard” – “They will find out just how bad the response was.”

Not sure if other Councillors received similar uncomfortable threats?

AG initiated original discussion in 2017. Petition never sent to me – nor I suspect any of the named Councillors. I traced a petition from change.org and downloaded. Shame as 180 residents also requested a speed limit of 20 MPH, access only signs, a possible removable barrier or speed bumps for parts of Robinson Road & Mill Street.

Various site visits in B’Sea re Highway matters to Church Road, Marsh Way, Dover Road, New Street. Often in conjunction with calls to Cllr.Judson.

6 June 2021. Induction session for 4 new co-opted Councillors together with Mayor Cllr. Chapman. I felt it was a good initiative. Hopefully Councillors too. Some interesting follow ups.

May 25 2021. A really strange Full Essex County Council Annual meeting. Venue was Chelmsford Athletic Centre on the indoor running track to allow all 75 councillors and Officers to be 2 metres apart. 

Good to meet face-to-face for the first time in 15 months! 

Ambitious plans announced by Kevin Bentley the new Leader. New deputy leader is Louise McKinley.

New Chairman is Eddy Johnstone

Also my new role agreed. Very pleased.

May 24 2021. Attended Tescos in Colchester re ECC grant funding for Brightlingsea Food Bank.

May 10 2021. Attended meeting Kent & Essex Fisheries re initiative for local fishermen selling direct to public. Zoom.

May 18 2021 Evening. Brightlingsea Harbour User AGM. Business and leisure interests there. Good to see some business’s represented as well as clubs. Some big developments this coming season. Some developments will affect St. Osyth. Morgan Marine expansion planning discussed.

May 28 2021. Essex CC initiative to promote all towns and villages around our 250 mile coastline. A direct alternative to just Clacton or Southend. Different propositions. Highlighted in Brightlingsea and Point Clear Harbour. TV coverage from BBC & ITV, plus BBC Radio Essex and local newspapers. Good for the environment and local trade. Mayor & Cllr. Chasney invited.

May 27 2021. ECC Member initiative relaunched. £10,000 available. Discuss what was learnt last time but also fresh opportunity to look at next local needs.

My new additional role at ECC is as Chair of a Scrutiny Committee known as Place, Services and Economic Growth. [PSEG]. Scrutiny on matters relating to environment, economic growth, infrastructure, sustainability, highways, transportation, libraries, communities, waste recycling and trading standards!

I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who once again put their trust in me, for a third term as the Essex County Councillor for Brightlingsea, Thorrington, Great Bentley, Alresford, Point Clear and St. Osyth.

It will be a busy 4 years whilst the County deals with major issues, including the effect of the post COVID recovery, climate change and the welfare of our most vulnerable residents – both young and old. 

I will always represent the views of the 15,000 voters and their families in my division. I am conscious that this includes not only those who voted for me, but also those who preferred others, and those who did not vote at all.

Many felt that the quality of the candidates was good. For those that bothered to campaign there were three candidates who have already had experience at parish & district level plus a huge community and charity involvement/commitment totalling over 100 years. Democracy working.

AG CONTACT POINTS:- 07860 519117 or 01206 308023

cllr.alan.goggin@essex.gov.UK or alan@agoggin.co.uk

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