BRIGHTLINGSEA TOWN COUNCIL
Minutes of the Council Meeting held at The Parish Hall, Victoria Place, Brightlingsea on:Thursday 18th April 2013 at 7.30 p.m.
K Yallop (Mayor)
I Block (Deputy Mayor)
J Aldridge (7.31pm onwards), J Chapman, V Chapman, D Dixon,
G Mann, C Olivier, J Russell and G Steady
Tracey Pulford – Town Clerk
10 members of the public
The Mayor welcomed everyone to the meeting. She advised that on Monday the office had been contacted by Sgt Tattersall, asking if he could attend the meeting to give a report. She said that she would like to add him to the agenda after finance – agenda item 6. Agreed.
215. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE: Councillors Edey, Goggin and County Councillor Robinson.
216. TO APPROVE THE MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 21ST MARCH 2013 AND CONFIRM AS A CORRECT RECORD:
The Minutes were accepted as a true record.
Councillor Aldridge joined the meeting.
217. MAYOR’S ANNOUNCMENTS:
Copy of the Mayor’s Announcements is annexed to the Minutes.
The Mayor congratulated the Colne Community School on its excellent Ofsted report.
218. QUESTIONS UNDER SO 9(2):
219. DECLARATION OF DISCLOSABLE PECUNIARY INTERESTS:
The Mayor reminded Members to declare interests when necessary.
220. TO RECEIVE AND APPROVE THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THOSE MEMBERS EXAMINING THE ACCOUNTS FOR THE CURRENT PERIOD:
The Payments and Accounts for the period ending March 2013 as shown on the attached appendix) were proposed by Cllr J Chapman as follows:
General Account Cheque No’s 705524 – 705552 in the sum of £15,349.15 for payment
Bank Balances – All Accounts – in the sum of £219,217.59
Employee payments paid for the month of March were £10, 308.53
Seconded by Cllr V Chapman. Agreed.
Councillor Block then reported on the 0.4% increase on the Council Tax Bills, which was shown under the Council Precept heading. He stated that Richard Barrett of TDC was coming down to talk at the next finance meeting.
221. REPORT BY SGT TATTERSALL:
The Mayor welcomed Sgt Tattersall to the meeting. Sgt Tattersall gave a report on the current police issues in Brightlingsea. A discussion took place on the Rugby Tournament that was due to take place at Strangers Corner on the 28th April. It was agreed that the Council would make available its parking cones to be put out on the road before the event, to encourage people to use the Colne Community School Car Park.
222. TO RECEIVE QUESTIONS FROM THE PUBLIC:
These questions are annexed to the Minutes.
223. TO RECEIVE THE MINUTES OF THE PLANNING MEETINGS HELD ON 21ST MARCH AND 4TH APRIL 2013 AND TO NOTE PLANNING DECISIONS OF TENDRING DISTRICT COUNCIL:
Councillor Dixon proposed that the recommendations in the Minutes of 21st March and 4th April 2013 be agreed by Council, together with the planning decisions from TDC. Seconded by Councillor V Chapman. Agreed.
224. PARKING RESTRICTIONS:
The Mayor stated that at the last Council Meeting a discussion took place on the situation of the parking restrictions for the high street. It was agreed that this would be made an agenda item for tonight’s meeting, and that the clerk would contact Clacton to see how they proceeded with their restriction changes.
This was last discussed on 17th April 2008, as follows:
• “2 Hour waiting restrictions – ECC Highways Department have received several letters of objection and have asked if the Town Council could confirm its decision on these. The subject was then re-opened by the Council. Cllr Russell proposed that the restricted parking on both sides of Victoria Place and High Street is made uniform at 2 hours, seconded by Cllr V Chapman. A vote was taken: for – 7, against – 3. Agreed.”
Following last months meeting the Town Clerk contacted Ian Taylor of TDC who said:
“Yes this is organised through the NEPP and Essex CC – the Clacton town centre scheme is a historic obligation arising from when it was first re vamped some years ago. We took advantage of this to introduce more car friendly policies in line with the Councils thinking.
I have been able to add the 2 hr restriction in some of the main shopping roads in Dovercourt also.
By all means proceed with asking the NEPP directly.
However, if you send me details of what you want and where I will try to get these introduced for you in Brightlingsea.
In my opinion the one hour restriction has been over used in Tendring and is only a money making exercise
Keep in touch”
Councillor Aldridge then reported that she had carried out a survey of the shop keepers on the restrictions. Out of 39 businesses, 18 wanted the restrictions, 16 didn’t – out of these 16 – 4 want no restrictions and 5 said leave it as it is. A discussion then took place.
It was then proposed by Councillor J Chapman that the council asks the Parking Partnership what we are allowed, before the Council makes any decision. Seconded by Councillor Russell. A vote was taken: for – 8, against – 1. Carried.
225. TO RECEIVE REPORTS SUBMITTED FROM MEMBERS WITH SPECIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:
Further to the written reports:-
Councillor Aldridge – Cedrics have changed hands. The contract was signed on Friday, and they are now Horizon Travel. They are still using the Cedrics buses, but they are cleaner. The service will be changing and the route will be revised shortly.
At the meeting in January it was reported that Councillor Block was to arrange a meeting with myself and Councillor Olivier to talk about the Clacton Bus. No such meeting has been arranged. The mayor then said that this item would be discussed in Part B.
Councillor Steady asked a question of Councillor Goggin’s report. He said that regarding the Sale of the Marina, would it be possible for us to be more proactive, talking to TDC and the receivers to get the financial situation down there. He proposed that Councillor Goggin, as MSR for the Hard, Councillor Block as Chairman of Finance and Councillor Mann, for his expertise, form an informal working party to take this further. Agreed.
226. TO RECEIVE REPORTS SUBMITTED FROM MEMBER REPRESENTATIVES ON OUTSIDE BODIES:
Councillor V Chapman – Jacobs Hall – pleased to report that the scaffolding in the front of the building is coming down on Monday.
227. TO RECEIVE REPORTS SUBMITTED FROM DISTRICT COUNCILLORS:
Nothing further to add.
228. TO RECEIVE THE TOWN CLERK’S REPORT:
2.1 – Agreed the Council would not renew its subscription to the ‘Director of Social Change’.
2.2 – Agreed the Professional Fundraiser could hire one of the rooms, but would be charged the usual rate.
229. MOTION TO EXCLUDE THE PUBLIC IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PUBLIC BODIES (ADMISSION TO MEETINGS) ACT 1960 – To discuss the following:
(a) To receive the Part B Minutes from the Council meeting held on 21st March 2013 and confirm as a correct record
(b) Property Update
(c) Payment of Invoices