BRIGHTLINGSEA TOWN COUNCIL

Minutes of the Council Meeting held at The Parish Hall, Victoria Place, Brightlingsea on: Thursday 18th February 2010 at 7.30 p.m.
 
Present:
Councillors
J Chapman (Mayor)
M Holding (Deputy Mayor)
J Aldridge, M Beckwith, I Block,
D Dixon, J Russell and K Yallop

In attendance:
Tracey Pulford –Secretary to the Town Council

             
167. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE: Cllrs V Chapman, A Goggin and G Steady who are all  attending a Tendring District Council Meeting, and Cllr Mann.

168. TO APPROVE THE MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 21ST JANUARY 2010 AND CONFIRM AS A CORRECT RECORD:

The Minutes were accepted as a true record.

169. MAYOR’S ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A copy of the Mayor’s Announcements is annexed to the Minutes. 

170. QUESTIONS UNDER SO 10(2):

None received.

171. DECLARATION OF PERSONAL AND PREJUDICIAL INTERESTS:

The Mayor reminded Members to declare interests when necessary. 

172. TO RECEIVE AND APPROVE THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THOSE MEMBERS EXAMINING THE ACCOUNTS FOR THE CURRENT PERIOD:
 
The Payments and Accounts for the period ending January 2010 (as shown on the attached  appendix) were proposed by Cllr Holding as follows:

General Account Cheque No’s 704505 – 704526 in the sum of £18,844.15 for payment
Bank Balances – All accounts – in the sum of £254,680.30
Employee payments paid for the month of January were £8,733.42
Seconded by Cllr Russell.  Agreed.

173. COUNTY COUNCILLOR ROBINSON:

County Councillor Robinson reported on the following local issue:

• Proposed waiting restrictions – ECC have contacted Tracey about this, who in turn is liaising with Cllr Aldridge.

Councillors then asked County Councillor Robinson many questions regarding, pot  holes, and the town centre parking.

174. TO RECEIVE QUESTIONS FROM THE PUBLIC:

A copy of the Questions from the Public is annexed to the Minutes.

175. TO RECEIVE THE MINUTES OF THE PLANNING MEETINGS HELD ON 21ST JANUARY AND 4TH FEBRUARY 2010 AND TO NOTE PLANNING DECISIONS OF TENDRING DISTRICT COUNCIL:
 
Cllr Dixon proposed that the recommendations in the Minutes of the 21st January and 4th February 2010 be agreed by Council, together with the planning decisions from TDC.  Seconded by Cllr Block.

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

Cllr Aldridge – Am looking at two possible sites for a new bus shelter, one being the  Strangers Corner Bus Stop.  The Mayor replied that this is a very well used stop.

Community Parking Initiative – We have had an article in the Parking Review, and the  scheme has been pout forward for the British Parking Awards – the living streets award and  parking in the community award.  This event is on the 12th March 2010.

Cllr Beckwith – The 4-Youth Mosaic Project is well under way.  Colchester Tile Centre has  supported this project, and the mosaics will be screwed to the wall below the windows.

Splash Day – 4 Youth have held a further three meetings, all councillors have been invited,  but have been unable to attend.  Adrian Simcock has put a lot of work into organising this  day.
 
Cllr J Chapman – The concessionary bus pass age is changing from April 2010.

Working with Essex County Council and Trading Standards to make certain areas ‘No Cold  Calling’.  Stickers will be made available.

Cllr Holding – If anyone is walking in the Ardleigh area where some footpaths have been  closed, please be careful.

Cllr Russell – There is a Big Lottery Briefing next week, if anyone would like to attend,  please let me know.  The Grass Roots Programme closes on the 14th April.

Cllr Yallop – Cllr Holding, Tracey Pulford and I will be attending the Tourism & Leisure  Show next week, to promote the Town and the web-site.

Brightlingsea was on the Television last Sunday on Countryfile.
 
177. TO RECEIVE REPORTS SUBMITTED FROM MEMBER REPRESENTATIVES ON OUTSIDE BODIES:

No reports were submitted.
 
178. TO RECEIVE REPORTS SUBMITTED FROM DISTRICT COUNCILLORS:
 
Cllr Dixon spoke about the Grass and Hedge cutting on Cllr Steady’s report, and said that  every parish in the district has grass that has to be cut. 

179. TO RECEIVE THE SECRETARY’S REPORT: 

The following was agreed:

Cllrs J Chapman and I Block both declared a personal interest in the following item:
2.1 It was agreed that the Brightlingsea Regent Football Club could erect a memorial plaque on the railings around the memorial oak tree that was planted on the Bayard Recreation Ground two years ago, to mark the passing of Chris Holmes and Roger Hempstead.

Cllr Yallop declared a prejudicial interest in the following item, and left the room whilst  a  discussion took place.
2.2 It was agreed that members agreed in principle to the proposal, however before final permission is given we would like more information on the event.  Also the council would require seeing a coy of the public liability insurance and risk assessment for the event.

180. 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 MINUTES OF THE PART B MEETING HELD ON THE 21ST JANUARY 2010 AND CONFIRM AS A CORRECT RECORD
(B) TO RECEIVE THE MINUTES OF THE STAFF MEETING HELD ON THE 4TH FEBRUARY 2010 AND CONFIRM THE RECOMMENDATIONS THEREIN
(C) BRIGHTLINGSEA HARBOUR COMMISSIONERS
(D) PROPERTY UPDATE