End of Term Report:

Although Government Guidelines have been abided by, it has not been ideal to hold council meetings via zoom, but it has allowed council business to continue as normal, as far as possible.  Using a rota system of remote working and a presence in the Parish Hall, our office staff have been able to continue to offer a line of communication for residents when needed and support for councillors.  This has enabled our Environmental Policy to have its first yearly review and the Neighbourhood Plan Committee, consisting of volunteers and councillors, to hold its inaugural meeting.  Our ground staff have been able to maintain all community areas and  improvements continue to be planned and implemented.  These include new seating at Gravel Field, improvements to The Lozenge and Town Centre improvements.  The planting initiative, in conjunction with volunteers, has seen saplings planted near The Grove Cottages, The Lido Trustees, with a band of volunteers, have worked tirelessly to get things up and running for a June opening.  Land Registry issues are being constantly reviewed, this policy led to the recovery of the councils costs of £54000, of the land tribunal concerning the hard in 2018.  The refurbishment of Pawson’s Playground is being planned and a review of the hard and harbour regeneration is being undertaken.  A review of our Standing Orders has started and the findings will be used make our policies and structure more robust.  Councillors  are involved with issues that are sensitive and confidential therefore reporting on these is not prudent but a vital channel of communication with sometimes vulnerable residents.  Partnership working with Tendring District Council and Essex County Council is an area which has potential to leaver in more funding for specific initiatives.  I have mentioned several times that there are areas which the town council and we as Town Councillors are being involved in which has never been done before.  The landscape of Local Government is changing and as a Town Council we have to meet the challenges which will occur from those changes.  To enhance the Town Council’s performance I think we should explore the opportunities which will emerge.

Attended the following:

6th April 2021

Met with Donna Hickling from the War Graves Commission to collect plaque to be sited at All Saints.

9th April 2021

Duke of Edinburgh – Liaised with the Royal British Legion and our staff to have Union Flag at half-mast until the day after the funeral and to offer the opportunity for residents to lay flowers around the flag pole in the War Memorial Gardens.

16th April 2021

Special Service marking the death of HRH Duke of Edinburgh

With Councillor Jayne Chapman, Deputy Mayor and Councillor Barry.

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