BRIGHTLINGSEA TOWN COUNCIL
Minutes of the Council Meeting held at
The Parish Hall, Victoria Place, Brightlingsea on:
Thursday 19th March 2015 at 7.30 p.m.
V Chapman (Mayor)
J Chapman (Deputy Mayor)
J Aldridge, I Block, D Dixon, A Goggin,
G Mann, C Olivier, J Russell, G Steady and K Yallop
18 Members of the public.Tracey Pulford –Town Clerk
- APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE: Councillor Edey.
- TO APPROVE THE MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 19TH FEBRUARY 2015 AND CONFIRM AS A CORRECT RECORD:
The Minutes were accepted as a true record.
- MAYOR’S ANNOUNCMENTS:
Copy of the Mayor’s Announcements is annexed to the Minutes.
The Mayor also commented on the following:
- Invited to view the new Cancer Unit at Colchester General Hospital.
- Thanks to all who attended the Fly the Flag for the Commonwealth on the 9th Around 50 people attended, Pupils from the three local schools also took part.
- Attended the High Sherriff’s Awards at Hylands House. Pleased to hear that Margaret Tay and Maureen May were up for an award, however the person who nominated them stated that there is not a lot to do in Brightlingsea for young people.
- The School Council of the Junior School held their meeting in the Council Chamber this afternoon. Thanks to Councillors Dixon and Steady for attending.
- Last month forgot to mention the Pride of Tendring Awards. Our three Tendring District Councillors all nominated, and George Stevens, John and Pat Eaton & First Responders and Brightlingsea in Bloom all received awards.
- QUESTIONS UNDER SO 9(2):
- MOTION UNDER SO 5:
The following motions were received:
Motion 1 – proposed by Councillor Dixon
From the Town Plan there is a clear need for some road calming especially the junction where Church Road meets Well Street and Spring Chase and linked with this junction Seaview Road, Ladysmith Avenue and Spring Road.
Out of over 1,000 written responses to the question “Do you think there are any major ‘danger spots’ on the roads in Brightlingsea” 252 related to the roads at this junction.
The Brightlingsea Town Council requests the Portfolio Holder for Transport and Highways, County Councillor Rodney Bass, to arrange for suitable traffic calming at this multi-junction such as one or two mini roundabouts. We hope we can rely on our County Council representative, County Councillor Alan Goggin, to fully support this scheme.
Seconded by Cllr Russell
A discussion took place. The motion was then voted on Agreed.
Motion 2 – proposed by Councillor Russell
Due to vehicles parked on the four corners of Nelson Street and Duke Street where they meet Silcott Street, the view of drivers in vehicles accessing Silcott Street from these roads is blocked and pedestrian and those in mobility scooters cannot be seen.
The Brightlingsea Town Council requests that the Essex County Highways considers the installation of double yellow lines at these corners.
Seconded by Cllr Dixon
A discussion took place and it was agreed that the yellow lines should be 10 metres in length, not the standard 16 metres. The motion was then voted on Agreed.
- DECLARATION OF DISCLOSABLE PECUNIARY INTERESTS:
The Mayor reminded Members to declare interests when necessary.
- TO RECEIVE AND APPROVE THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THOSE MEMBERS EXAMINING THE ACCOUNTS FOR THE CURRENT PERIOD:
The Payments and Accounts for the period ending February 2015 (as shown on the attached appendix) were proposed by Councillor Dixon as follows:
General Account Cheque No’s 706081 – 706103 in the sum of £7,097.23 for payment
Bank Balances – All Accounts – in the sum of £227,807.29
Employee payments paid for the month of February were £10,200.71
Seconded by Councillor Goggin. Agreed.
Councillor Steady asked whether the Town Council is standing the full cost of the repair works to the pipe at the boating lake under cheque number 706098. It was then agreed that a breakdown of costs would need to be provided from Tendring District Council before the cheque is released.
- TO RECEIVE QUESTIONS FROM THE PUBLIC:
These questions are annexed to the Minutes.
- COUNTY COUNCILLOR GOGGIN:
County Councillor Goggin reported on the following:-
- The first set of bollards in Brightlingsea Road, Thorrington have now been repaired. The other set will be repaired once the survey regarding the Electricity has been carried out.
- The pot hole/road sinking in Regent Road has now been repaired.
- The pot holes in Richard Avenue still gives concern, someone has filled the holes with stones, but now the stones are being thrown up everywhere.
- The Colne Community School have contacted me to raise the issue of a 20mph speed limit within certain areas of the school. They also want railings installed on the corner, to elevate students spilling onto the road. The also asked if it is possible to have a Zebra Crossing in that area.
- Will be holding a Essex County Council ‘Clinic’ at the Library on Tuesday 24th March from 2pm until 6pm.
Councillor J Chapman said that she had met with Tendring District Councils Safety Officer and PCSO Groves, and they mentioned the back entrance of the Junior School should be a 20mph speed limit.
It was then agreed that County Councillor Goggin would take up the requests for traffic calming at the Colne Community School and the Infant and Junior Schools.
- REPORT FROM POLICE SGT ALEX SOUTHGATE:
The Mayor reported that unfortunately Sgt Southgate was unable to attend the meeting as he has commitments in Harwich. He did however state that “I have discussed my attendance with PS Paul Gale who is the Community Policing Sergeant who covers Brightlingsea along with PC Dan Heard. He has advised me that we don’t attend these meetings anymore as there are now local community meetings held each month that the public and council members are invited to attend.”
- LETTER OF SUPPORT TO THE UNIVERITY COMMUNITY SAILING CLUB:
The Mayor read out an e-mail from the University Community Sailing Club, asking for the Councils support in grant funding. It was then agreed that the Town Council would support their application for grant funding.
- TO RECEIVE THE MINUTES FROM THE MEETINGS HELD ON THE 19TH FEBRUARY AND 5TH MARCH 2015 AND TO NOTE PLANNING DECISIONS OF TENDRING DISTRICT COUNCIL:
Councillor Dixon proposed that the recommendations in the Minutes of the 19th February and 5th March 2015 be agreed by Council, together with the planning decisions from Tendring District Council. Seconded by Councillor V Chapman. Agreed.
Councillor J Chapman mentioned the application for the Movie House to become a Bistro. The Town Council recommended approval however Tendring District Council Planning Officer proposed to refuse the application. The main problem was the report produced from Rachel Fryer, an officer at TDC, who said this property should be retail. The Business Association had no objection to this application, the agent has now changed the times etc of the application, and TDC have now approved it.
- TO RECEIVE REPORTS SUBMITTED FROM MEMBERS WITH SPECIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:
Further to the written reports:-
Councillor V Chapman – Work has now started on the new play equipment at Pawsons Playground. Hopefully it will be completed in time for the Easter Holidays.
Councillor Goggin – The Harbour Commissioners have just cleaned the whole of the hard to the left of the scrubbing posts. They have increased the usage area by 300%. Unfortunately during the last few days of this work, an anonymous phone call was made the Environment Agency about the waste control. This was investigated and everything was in order.
A lengthy discussion then took place on the Hard and the proposed charges.
Councillor Steady – Margaret Stone is looking to hold an Anzac Day in 2016 to celebrate it being 100 years since they arrived in Brightlingsea. Would like to incorporate this with information boards at the Bayard Recreation Ground.
Councillor V Chapman mentioned that she had attended the Tourism & Leisure Show, and stated that Brightlingsea had the best looking stand.
- TO RECEIVE REPORTS SUBMITTED FROM MEMBER REPRESENTATIVES ON OUTSIDE BODIES:
Nothing to add.
- TO RECEIVE RPORTS SUBMITTED FROM DISTRICT COUNCILLORS:
Councillor J Chapman – The seats around the War Memorial are being replaced by my family, in memory of Brian House.
Councillor Steady spoke about the recent press release and the meeting on the Paddling Pool. He said that he felt the council had missed an opportunity to discuss other issues also. Councillor Goggin replied that he was at the Colne Community School when Ian Davidson and Mick Page visited, it was Mark Platt’s meeting, nothing to do with him. He just managed to get the to look at the Paddling Pool, toilets etc., whilst visiting Brightlingsea. A discussion then took place on the money which was vired from the Swimming Pool to the Paddling Pool.
- TO RECEIVE THE TOWN CLERK’S REPORT:
2.1 East Counties South British Caravanners Club – Agreed that they can hold their Caravan Rally at Lower Park Playing fields over the May Day Bank Holiday – Thursday 28th April to Tuesday 3rd May 2016.
2.2 English Heritage – Letter for information. The Mayor read out a letter she had received from English Heritage on the Brightlingsea War Memorial. It was agreed to ask Roger Tabor for a copy of the report he produced on the War Memorial.
- 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 the 19th March 2015 and confirm as a correct record.
(b) Property Update
Chair …………………… Date: 16th April 2015