BRIGHTLINGSEA TOWN COUNCIL
FINANCE COMMITTEE

Minutes of the Meeting held at the Parish Hall, Victoria Place, Brightlingsea on Thursday 11th March 2010 at 8.00 pm

Present:
Councillors
I Block (Chairman)
J Russell (Vice Chairman)
J Chapman, D Dixon, A Goggin, G Steady and K Yallop

In Attendance:
Tracey Pulford (Secretary to the Town Council)

Also in Attendance:
Councillor M Beckwith, V Chapman and M Holding

F.407 Apologies: None received.

F.408 Confirmation of the Minutes of meeting held on 2nd December 2009, received by Council on the 10th December 2009:

The Minutes were agreed as a true record of the meeting.

F.409 Declaration of Personal and Prejudicial Interests:

The Chairman reminded Members to declare their personal and prejudicial interests, as and when appropriate.

F.410 Budgets todate:

The Chairman briefed members on the current situation on the budgets, and stated that there are no major over or under spends this year.

A discussion took place on the swimming pool and also on car parking. 

Cllr Block then proposed that a sub-committee be set up to discuss the way forward on the swimming pool containing Cllrs J Chapman, G Mann and A Goggin.  Seconded by Cllr Russell. Agreed.

The Chairman mentioned that there are still some unspent grants, which need claiming by the 31st March 2010 – latest.

Cllrs Beckwith, Block and Yallop all declared a personal interest in the following item.

Cllr Steady spoke about Brightlingsea in Bloom stating that they are struggling with money, have cut back their activities this year, and are a very important part of the Town.  He suggested that the Town Council should support them more than they have done in the past.  Cllr Block stated that the Council has supported them for many years.  Cllr Russell suggested that the bloomers should look at what they want/need, and come to Council to put their suggestions forward.

F.411 Review of Financial Regulations and Standing Orders:

The Chairman briefed Members that the only minor change in the Financial Regulations and Standing Orders is to change Secretary to the Town Council from the 1st April 2010 to Town Clerk.

Recommendation: The Financial Regulations and Standing Orders are changed from the 1st April 2010 to read Town Clerk instead of Secretary to the Town Council.

F.412 Banking Arrangements:

The Chairman briefed Members on the different savings rates, and suggested that the Council  looks into the possibility of saving with Government Investments.  Seconded by Cllr Russell.

Recommendation: Government Investments be looked into further.

F.413 Past Mayors Badge:

Tracey Pulford briefed the meeting that she had made contact with Wivenhoe Town Council  about their Past Mayors Badge, and was waiting for further information from them.

Recommendation: Tracey Pulford continues to make enquiries about the Past Mayors  Badge.

F.414 Risk Analysis:

The Chairman informed the meting that everything is based on risk, and suggested that he  looks at the current Risk Assessment and makes any necessary changes.

Recommendation: The Chairman looks at the current Risk Assessment and makes any  necessary changes.

F.415 Close of Meeting: 

There being no further business, the meeting closed at 9.25 pm.