BRIGHTLINGSEA TOWN COUNCIL

Minutes of the Council Meeting held at The Parish Hall, Victoria Place, Brightlingsea on:
Thursday 20th September 2012 at 7.30 p.m.

Present:
Councillors
K Yallop (Mayor)
I Block (Deputy Mayor)
J Aldridge (7.31pm onwards), J Chapman, V Chapman, D Dixon, E Edey,
A Goggin, C Olivier and J Russell

In attendance:
Tracey Pulford –Town Clerk
County Councillor Derek Robinson (until 7.40 pm)
7  Members of the public
 

077. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE: Councillors Mann and Steady.

078. TO APPROVE THE MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 16TH AUGUST 2012 AND CONFIRM AS A CORRECT RECORD:

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

Copy of the Mayor’s Announcements is annexed to the Minutes.
The Mayor informed members that at the Horticultural Show she was given a plant.

080. QUESTIONS UNDER SO 9(2):

None Received.

Councillor Aldridge here joined the meeting

081. DECLARATION OF DISCLOSABLE PECUNIARY INTERESTS:

The Mayor reminded Members to declare interests when necessary.

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

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

General Account Cheque No’s 705351 – 705375 in the sum of £6,754.85 for payment

Bank Balances – All Accounts – in the sum of £226,861.21
Employee payments paid for the month of August were £10,815.83
Seconded by Cllr Dixon.  Agreed.

083. COUNTY COUNCILLOR ROBINSON:

County Councillor Robinson reported on the following:

• Attended the Local Panel Highways Meeting.  Any schemes should be put forward via your County Councillor. 

County Councillor Robinson asked Councillor Aldridge if the scheme for the dropped kerb Springfields had come through the public or the Council.  Councillor Aldridge replied that the public had contacted ECC direct.

Councillor Aldridge mentioned the resurfacing along Brightlingsea Road, Thorrington, and that people are complaining about the pot holes that are now appearing near the drain covers.

084.  TO RECEIVE QUESTIONS FROM THE PUBLIC:

These questions are annexed to the Minutes.

085. REPORT ON THE POLICE & CRIME COMMISSIONERS APPOINTMENT:

Councillor J Chapman gave the following report on the  informal  meeting held on Thursday 6th September with Linda Belgrove, who came to explain the changes from the Police Authority to the Police & Crime Commissioner.

“At the moment there are 17 members made up of 9 county councillors and 8 elected independents, who sit for 4 years and can reapply for a further 4 years, but county councillors can sit indefinitely.

The Police & Crime Commissioners are two years in the pipeline, and most police stations apposed it.

The new Police & Crime Commissioners will be the only one making decisions, instead of the 17 that there are already.

The police have to make cuts of £41m over 4 years and it costs £6M a week to run the police at the moment.  Police cannot be made redundant, but back staff and PCSO’s can.  The Police & Crime panel will have a maximum of 20 people and district and county councillors will be invited to sit on the panel. The new Commissioner will earn £85,000 and the panel will only receive expenses up to £920 a year.  At the moment the panel receive £11,500 each, chairman £22,000 and vice chair £18,000.

Between 8th – 19th October candidates can sign up for the position of Commissioner, but have to pay £5,000 deposit, which they lose if the do not get a certain percentage of votes.  Voting will take place on 15th November.

More information can be found under PARO (Police Area Returning Officer).”

086. TO RECEIVE THE MINUTES OF THE PLANNING MEETINGS HELD ON 23RD AUGUST AND 6TH SEPTEMBER 2012 AND TO NOTE PLANNING DECISIONS OF TENDRING DISTRICT COUNCIL:

Councillor Dixon proposed that the recommendations in the Minutes of 23rd August and 6th September 2012 be agreed by Council, together with the planning decisions from TDC.  He stated that there was 7 decisions, 2 were refused, which the Town Council had recommended, and 4 were approved which town council also approved, one was approved which town council had reservations for. 

The minutes were seconded by Councillor V Chapman.  Agreed. 

Councillor V Chapman mentioned a conversation she had had with Gary Darby who owns men’s wear shop.  He is apparently moving to where the shoe shop is, and is going to erect a market stall.  He said that he had spoken to the Town Clerk about this.  The Town Clerk advised him to contact Tendring District Council regarding any licenses/planning permissions that he may need.

Councillor V Chapman also briefed members that the Church are re-submitting plans for 10 dwellings, instead of 12. 

Councillor V Chapman briefed on the current situation of Jabocs Hall.  A meeting had taken place on site Paul Skeet, the engineer and owner.  Mr Skeet said the meeting went well.  She has also spoken with Clare David to move this forward.  We are still waiting to hear from John Neale of Essex Heritage, who said he would come down and visit in September. 

Councillor J Chapman mentioned the Appeal for Mr Davy re Tower Street.  This has been refused, with a list of conditions. 

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

Councillor Goggin briefed members on his recent Waterside meeting, and thanked Councillors Dixon and Steady for attending, and also the Town Clerk for attending and making notes.  He said that the discussions were interesting, and not exclusively for the Waterside.  One comment was regarding signage linking the Waterside with the Western Promenade and the Town Centre.  Councillor V Chapman said that she had spoken to Ian Taylor of TDC and they are keen to get signs improved.  Councillor Goggin then asked for this item to be included on the agenda of the next Finance meeting.  Agreed.
 
Councillor Aldridge briefed members that she had had a meeting with two representatives from Witham Town Council concerning the parking initiative and how it works, to see if they could use a similar scheme to solve their problems in Witham.

She also spoke about the planning application for Marshes Yard, and asked the Town Clerk to forward details of the planning application to Sgt Tattersall.

Councillor V Chapman asked Councillor Aldridge about the bus stop outside the old Police Station.  Councillor Aldridge said that the bus does stop on the other side, outside the Doctors Surgery.  She has spoken to Essex County Council and asked them to provide something to put on the redundant bus stops.

Councillor Goggin mentioned that you cannot use your bus return ticket on another company’s bus.  He stated that Hedingham only accept Cedrics tickets on the subsidised route i.e. the evening service.
 
Councillor V chapman briefed members on two accidents that had happened in the Pawsons Playground, both of which have been fixed by the  Grounds team.

Councillor Aldridge asked Councillor Goggin about ‘another complaint’ as mentioned on his report, as she had not seen a copy of this.  Councillor Goggin said it was regarding a sign that had been moved at the Hard.  He said that a copy of the complaint is in the office for all members to see if they wish.

088. TO RECEIVE REPORTS SUBMITTED FROM MEMBER REPRESENTATIVES ON OUTSIDE BODIES:
Further to the written reports:- 
 
Councillor J Chapman briefed members on the current crime situation.  She said that the Police are well aware of the situation, and in the last 7days we have had 2cars broken into last night, one on Monday, four over the past weekend.  The 2 cars last night were however left unlocked. There is a pattern to this as it is happening between 1am – 5am.  The Police do feel it is probably the same people who think there are no police on duty after midnight.  We do have some plain clothes officers around.  
 
A discussion then took place on whether or not a public meeting should be held about this.  Members gave their views on whether or not this was a good idea, and it was agreed that a public meting would not be held at the moment.

089. TO RECEIVE REPORTS SUBMITTED FROM DISTRICT COUNCILLORS:
Further to the written reports:- 

Councillor Goggin spoke about Gary Scott’s statement that fly tipping is on the increase.  He stated that at the last TDC meeting he asked the question ‘is there an increase’.  He stated that there is not an increase in fly tipping in Tendring.

090. TO RECEIVE THE TOWN CLERK’S REPORT: 

2.1 – Agreed Deamon Xtreme can its tour at the Brightlingsea skate park on Sunday 23rd September 2012 at 3pm.

2.2 – Agreed  the Sexual Health, Drug and Alcohol mobile unit can visit Brightlingsea at the Skate Park during October half term w/b 27.10.12.
Councillor Goggin recorded his discomfort at this, and asked if it was the correct location.  Councillor V Chapman proposed that it is held at the skate park, unless we get satisfactory answers to the questions already asked. 

A vote was taken: Yes – 7, No – 2, Abstention – 1.

091. MOTION TO EXCLUDE THE PUBLIC IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PUBLIC BODIES (ADMISSION TO MEETINGS) ACT 1960 – To discuss the following:
(a) To approve the Part B Minutes from the Council meeting held on the 19th July  2012 and confirm as a correct record.
(b) Property Update
(c) Staff Report by JC