Councillor Vivien Chapman – MSR for the Western Promenade

Work on installing the play equipment in Pawson’s Playground has begun, but will re-commence next Tuesday.  There will also be four pieces of outdoor gym equipment and the bases have been positioned.

The skate park equipment will be installed after the half-term holiday.

Just to re-iterate that the beach huts, in the main, have been put back in their rightful places.  Tendring District Council have only received one letter of thanks for the work they carried out on the W. Prom., following the tidal surge.  I have received several verbal thanks, particularly from the beach hut patrol co-ordinator.

The previous seafront warden rang me the other day to say he would not be with us this year, as he had been promoted.  However, we will have a new Warden and I look forward to meeting him.

Dog Fouling – Terry has been able to bring about a prosecution, thanks to a witness statement, and we do thank the person who provided this.  A judgement should be delivered next week.

Terry and I had a meeting with Ian Taylor this week and David Dixon accompanied us.  All the small and tatty and un-necessary signs will be removed, as will any un-necessary posts of which there seemed to be many.

Ian would like the permission of the Town Council to move the re-cycling banks, as they are un-sightly where they are.  The move would be to where the First Aid hut was.  We looked at the gates to the car park and skate park and these will be improved – jointly TDC with BTC.

The container-like first aid post will only be there for this season, with a new beach hut-style hut being permanently placed next year.

I have received comments about the holes around the pipe-work in the ladies’ loos, and Ian will arrange for boards to be placed to cover these over.

The large sign on the gates will be replaced with better and clearer information; the car park sign at the entrance to the grass car park will be replaced.  The pay and display machine will be tidied up.

New life rings will be installed in due course, as will new bins, and as previously stated, the dog bins will gradually be removed, with ordinary bins being used for general rubbish and dog-waste.

 I attended a Social Media workshop on Monday, with the Town Clerk – more information to follow.