BRIGHTLINGSEA TOWN COUNCIL
Minutes of the Council Meeting held at The Parish Hall, Victoria Place, Brightlingsea on:
Thursday 17th September 2009 at 7.30 p.m.
J Chapman (Mayor)
J Aldridge, M Beckwith, D Dixon,
G Mann, J Russell, and K Yallop
Tracey Pulford –Secretary to the Town Council
A minutes silence was held in memory of Barbara Stephens
The Mayor welcomed Julie Turner to the meeting, who would be using sign language during the meeting.
72. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE: Councillors Block, V Chapman, Goggin, Holding, Steady and County Councillor Robinson.
73. TO APPROVE THE MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 20TH AUGUST 2009 AND CONFIRM AS A CORRECT RECORD:
The Minutes were accepted as a true record.
74. MAYOR’S ANNOUNCMENTS:
A copy of the Mayor’s Announcements is annexed to the Minutes. The Mayor did however mention the interesting visit to the Junior School, where she answered questions on ‘how did you learn’. Also that good feedback had been received about the Past & Present Day.
74. QUESTIONS UNDER SO 10(2):
76. DECLARATION OF PERSONAL AND PREJUDICIAL INTERESTS:
The Mayor reminded Members to declare interests when necessary.
77. TO RECEIVE AND APPROVE THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THOSE MEMBERS EXAMINING THE ACCOUNTS FOR THE CURRENT PERIOD:
The accounts for the period ending August 2009 were proposed by Cllr Dixon as follows:
General Account – Cheques Nos 704390 – 704414 in the sum of £6,700.55 for payment
Bank Balances – All Accounts – in the sum of £233,440.89
Salaries paid for the month of July were £8,970.55
Seconded by Cllr J Chapman.
78. TO RECEIVE QUESTIONS FROM THE PUBLIC:
These questions are annexed to the Minutes.
79. PRESENTATION OF CHEQUE FROM THE BRIGHTLINGSEA BEACH HUT ASSOCIATION:
The Mayor welcomed the Chairman of the Brightlingsea Beach Hut Association, Mr David Draper, and Sarah Chandler to the meeting. They presented the Mayor with a cheque for £3,000 towards the CCTV system, which has been installed on the Western Promenade.
Mr Draper said that the Association had been formed in 1992, and that the level of vandalism on the Promenade was not good. He said that the CCTV has the full support from the association members, and hopes that when the system is fully installed, it could be extended to give greater coverage.
The Mayor thanked Mr Draper for attending the meeting.
80. TO RECEIVE THE MINUTES OF THE PLANNING MEETINGS HELD ON 20TH AUGUST AND 3RD SEPTEMBER 2009 AND TO NOTE PLANNING DECISIONS OF TENDRING DISTRICT COUNCIL:
Cllr Dixon proposed that the recommendations in the Minutes of 20th August and 3rd September 2009 be agreed by Council, together with the planning decisions from TDC. Agreed.
Cllr Dixon then spoke about the planning decisions and that most decisions match Brightlingsea Town Council’s recommendation, except for the decision for the School Playing Fields up Strangers Corner.
81. TO RECEIVE REPORTS SUBMITTED FROM MEMBERS WITH SPECIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:
Further to the written reports:-
Cllr Aldridge – MSR for Highways and Transport – The new bus service to Clacton-on-Sea has proved popular, with 18 people using it last week, and this week. Unfortunately the phone number in the paper was printed incorrectly. There are plans for a monthly bus to Ipswich
Considerate Parking Initiative – The books have gone to print today, and will be ready in about 10 days. Tendring District Council is using Brightlingsea as a pilot scheme, and if successful this scheme will be used in other areas in Tendring.
Cllr Dixon congratulated Cllr Aldridge on this initiative, and said he hopes it works.
Cllr Beckwith – MSR for the Hard – mentioned the possibility of the shops in the town displaying a sign saying something like ‘use it or lose it’. Cllr Chapman said that many of the shops display the Business Association Certificate so could display another sign. This would be looked into further.
Cllr J Chapman – MSR for Welfare and Services for the Elderly – Nothing further to report.
Cllr G Mann – MSR for the Swimming Pool – Still waiting for a reply from Tendring District Council.
Cllr Russell – MSR for Grants – Nothing further to report.
Cllr Yallop – MSR for Tourism – Nothing further to report.
82. TO RECEIVE REPORTS SUBMITTED FROM MEMBER REPRESENTATIVES ON OUTSIDE BODIES:
This report was noted.
83. TO RECEIVE REPORTS SUBMITTED FROM DISTRICT COUNCILLORS:
This report was noted.
84. TO RECEIVE THE SECRETARY’S REPORT:
Cllr Russell declared a prejudicial interest in item 2.1 and Cllr J Chapman declared a personal interest in 2.1 and 2.2.
2.1. Agreed the Carnival Association could:
•Use Bayard Recreation Ground for the main site for the 2010 carnival, with a closed gate from 1800 hrs on Friday 18th June to 1800 hrs on Saturday 19th June 2010.
•Put a sign up advertising the event two weeks prior.
•Car boot sales on the Western Promenade on 5/4/10, 3/5/10, 31/5/10, 25/7/10, 30/8/10 and 19/9/10, with an advertising board placed along Church Road for one week prior to the event.
2.2. Agreed a memorial seat can be placed on the base outside 70 Hurst Green.
2.3 Agreed Hurst Green can be used for a wedding on 26th June 2010, with various conditions being implemented i.e. no parking etc.
85. PART ‘B’
MOTION TO EXCLUDE THE PUBLIC IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 100a (4) OF THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT 1972 – TO DISCUSS THE FOLLOWING:
(A)TO RECEIVE AND APPROVE THE PART B MINUTES FROM THE COUNCIL MEETING HELD ON THE 20TH AUGUST 2009
As the public left the meeting, Mr Gordon Duncan thanked the Council very much; as it was the first time he had been able to attend a Council meeting, due to having a sign language interpreter present.