BRIGHTLINGSEA TOWN COUNCIL

Minutes of the Council Meeting held at The Parish Hall, Victoria Place, Brightlingsea on: Thursday 17th January 2013 at 7.30 p.m.

Present:
Councillors
K Yallop (Mayor)
I Block (Deputy Mayor)
J Chapman, V Chapman, D Dixon,
E Edey, A Goggin, G Mann, J Russell
and G Steady (20.59 pm onwards)

In attendance:
Tracey Pulford – Town Clerk
8 members of the public

154. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE: Councillors Aldridge and Olivier, County Councillor Robinson and Councillor Steady who will be late as he is travelling back from a works conference in Liverpool.

155. TO APPROVE THE MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 13TH DECEMBER 2012 AND CONFIRM AS A CORRECT RECORD:

The Minutes were accepted as a true record. 
 
156. MAYOR’S ANNOUNCMENTS:

Copy of the Mayor’s Announcements is annexed to the Minutes.

The Mayor then mentioned that many residents of the town have sadly passed away over the recent weeks, and would like to send the Councils best wishes and condolences to the families and friends affected.

157. QUESTIONS UNDER SO 9(2): 

None Received.

158. DECLARATION OF DISCLOSABLE PECUNIARY INTERESTS:

The Mayor reminded Members to declare interests when necessary.

159. TO RECEIVE AND APPROVE THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THOSE MEMBERS EXAMINING THE ACCOUNTS FOR THE CURRENT PERIOD:

The Payments and Accounts for the period ending December 2012 (as shown on the attached appendix) were proposed by Cllr Steady as follows:

General Account Cheque No’s 705457 – 705476 in the sum of £12,916.63 for payment

Bank Balances – All Accounts – in the sum of £251,154.45
Employee payments paid for the month of December were £11,437.09

Seconded by Cllr Mann.  Agreed.

160. COUNTY COUNCILLOR ROBINSON:

County Councillor Robinson was absent from the meeting, and had submitted no report.

161.  TO RECEIVE QUESTIONS FROM THE PUBLIC:

These questions are annexed to the Minutes.

162. TENDRING NEIGHOURHOOD WATCH – REPORT FROM MIKE CHATFIELD:
 
Mike Chatfield and Paul Teague from Tendring Neighbourhood Watch briefed the meeting on its current situation, and how Co-Ordinators are required for the Brightlingsea area.  A discussion then took place on how the Council could help with this process, and the use of the Parish Hall was discussed for a possible public meeting.

The Mayor thanked both Mike and Paul for attending the meeting.

163. EMERGENCY PLAN:

Councillor V Chapman reported that she and Councillor Yallop had attended an Emergency Plan briefing at Weeley in December, where it was reported that some parishes have only just started their emergency plan, others have finished theirs.  TDC will be holding another meeting in the near future. 

Councillor Yallop advised the meeting that she had asked Councillor V Chapman to take over the Emergency Plan, and the Clerk would be contacting those on the sub-committee to arrange another committee meeting shortly. 

164. TO RECEIVE THE MINUTES OF THE PLANNING MEETINGS HELD ON 13TH DECEMBER 2012 AND 10TH JANUARY 2013 AND TO NOTE PLANNING DECISIONS OF TENDRING DISTRICT COUNCIL:

Councillor Dixon proposed that the recommendations in the Minutes of 13th December 2012 and 10th January 2013 be agreed by Council, together with the planning decisions from TDC.  Agreed. 

Councillor Dixon then reported that the application for the Duke of Wellington had been withdrawn.

165. TO RECEIVE REPORTS SUBMITTED FROM MEMBERS WITH SPECIAL  RESPONSIBILITIES:
Further to the written reports:- 

Councillor V Chapman –It has been reported that a Cedrics bus pulled up outside the old police station, where they then sweep out the bus, and swept all the rubbish into gutter. Earlier a driver did the same thing on the Western Promenade.  The Mayor said that she had to have word with a Cedrics driver as he was blocking the road outside Tesco, as a Hedingham bus was at the bus stop first.  He did, however, move on. 

Recently there was a nasty accident on the bend at the top of Church Hill, past All Saints Church.  It has been suggested that the signage (black and white arrows) could be improved.  It is not clear to visitors that this is a nasty bend.  

Councillor Yallop mentioned the outstanding money (£500.00 donation) from the Orchards in St Osyth, towards the fireworks for the Jubilee event, will be collected next week. 

Councillor Goggin mentioned bullet point 3 of his report and that members of the Rotary Club would like to hold a ‘spring clean’ of the town.  The Mayor said that there is already a litter picker group in the town, and perhaps they could both liaise about this.  It was agreed that Councillor Goggin would make contact with the current litter pickers group.

Councillor Goggin then mentioned that something was stirring at the Marina and  that 5 offers had been made, with one to take over the whole site.    He then asked for Councils views on the condition of the site.  After discussion it was agreed that the site needs to be completed, and negotiations should take place, if needed.

Councillor V Chapman mentioned her proposed meeting re signage.  She stated that she and Councillor Dixon thinks it might be useful to hold this meeting on the 7th February (after a planning meeting).  Anyone interested can attend.

166. TO RECEIVE REPORTS SUBMITTED FROM MEMBER REPRESENTATIVES ON OUTSIDE BODIES:
Further to the written reports:- 
 
Councillor J Chapman – Have received a new poster from Police, advising people to make sure their outbuildings/garages etc are locked, as many have been broken into.

Have been contacted by Roy Birnie, who has been working on a project regarding the  Armada Anchor.  After discussion it was agreed that the Council would contact Colchester Borough  Council stating that we  would like to arrange to visit the ‘Armada Anchor’ and discuss with them the terms of the agreement, with the possibility of the anchor being returned to Brightlingsea 
 
167. TO RECEIVE REPORTS SUBMITTED FROM DISTRICT COUNCILLORS:

Councillor J Chapman attended a meeting at Tendring District Council on the new council tax benefit changes.  Apparently everyone on housing benefit will lose money.

Councillor Goggin spoke about Councillor J Chapman’s TDC Report.  He also mentioned the saving of £400,000, £100,000 of which is granted from the government.  He stated that the amount of black bags going to landfill has reduced, food recycling has increased from 0 to the level it is at, and that TDC are getting paid for its collections.  There is an increase in fly-tipping from 255 to 277, with the biggest area being Urban Clacton, only 500 metres from the recycling site.

168. TO RECEIVE THE TOWN CLERK’S REPORT: 
 
2.1 – It was agreed that the Town Clerk contacts the Coastal Rowing Club to ask for an approximate number of people who would be taking part in this event.
2.2 – It was agreed that Bert Stocks Fun Fair could visit the Western Promenade from the 7th July until 15th July, with the condition that if there is bad weather again before the event, and the ground is too wet, the event would be cancelled.

169. MOTION TO EXCLUDE THE PUBLIC IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PUBLIC BODIES (ADMISSION TO MEETINGS) ACT 1960 – To discuss the following:
(a) Property Update
(b) Budgets including MSR spend
  

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