BRIGHTLINGSEA TOWN COUNCIL
Minutes of the Council Meeting held at
The Parish Hall, Victoria Place, Brightlingsea on:
Thursday 21st July 2016 7.30 p.m.
K Yallop (Mayor)
M Barry, J Chapman, V Chapman, J Howard, M Judson,
D Ingate, J Russell, B Smith and G Steady
County Councillor Alan GogginTracey Pulford –Town Clerk
9 Members of the Public
- APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE: Councillors Block and Dixon.
- TO APPROVE THE MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 15th JUNE 2016 AND CONFIRM AS A CORRECT RECORD:
The Minutes were accepted as a true record.
- MAYORS ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Copy of the Mayor’s Announcements is annexed to the Minutes.
The Mayor mentioned the lovely weekend held to celebrate the Anzac Celebrations, and that she has written to Margaret Stone thanking both her and the committee for all their hard work in organising such a wonderful event.
- QUESTIONS UNDER SO9(2):
- DECLARATION OF DISCLOSABLE PECUNIARY INTERESTS:
The Mayor reminded Members to declare interests when necessary.
- COUNTY COUNCILLOR GOGGIN:
County Councillor reported on the following:-
- High Street and Waterside Parking Restrictions – Contacted Shane Taylor of the Colchester Parking Partnership. The notice of Intent was put up and if after 6 weeks there have been no objections, they then issue the notice of making. They set a date of 9th September as a start date, which also includes the other 60 schemes they are putting in, in other areas. The street signs will be going up in August, but will not be enforceable until the 9th
- Attended a meeting of the Peoples Families Committee in Chelmsford re: children in care.
- Thank you to all who attended the Police and Crime Commissioner meeting. There was only one pointed question regarding armed police.
- The next County Council Clinic will be on the 26th July at the Library.
- Had a breakfast meeting with Bernard Jenkin on the 15th July where residents questions were put to Bernard.
- The next Locality Board meeting is on Thursday 4th There is no agenda for the meeting yet, but it is about education and is at Weeley.
- Reminder that the Bus Network Review Consultation is taking place during August and September.
The Mayor mentioned the item in Councillor Dixon’s report concerning the possible parking restrictions on the road in Ladysmith Avenue from the Solicitor’s office to the entrance of Eastern Road. County Councillor Goggin said that it is up to the Council to decide what parking you want in the town.
Councillor Ingate mentioned that New Street has not yet been resurfaced. It is coming up to one year, and all the markings are worn out.
Councillor Smith mentioned the bus service, he asked County Councillor Goggin if he had received any complaints. He mentioned that he uses the service to Colchester and it is horrendous. The bus today did not arrive on time, one did not turn up, then they turn up and say ‘sorry not in service’. He said that the buses do not run to the timetable. County Councillor Goggin replied that he has not received any complaints.
Councillor V Chapman mentioned that it is difficult coming out of Station Road, past the Railway, into Lower Park Road, as the vision is obscured by the shrubs etc in Gandergoose Green. She mentioned that this area should be one way. County Councillor Goggin said that any ideas/schemes should be taken to the Highways Panel.
Councillor J Chapman asked County Councillor Goggin if anyone had contacted him about the condition of the paths in Samson’s Road, also the hedge being overgrown opposite the petrol station. She also mentioned the put hole outside Oakland’s, which now has a purple line around it, apparently it is not bad enough to be repaired yet, and they are monitoring the situation. (Town Clerk to send through the ECC reference number to County Councillor Goggin for this pot hole).
Councillor Barry made an observation on the buses, that they turn into Station Road from Lower Park Road, and park outside the Railway Tavern, not using the dedicated bus stop opposite.
Councillor V Chapman also mentioned the large pot hole appearing in Richard Avenue. (Town Clerk to send through the ECC reference number to County Councillor Goggin for this pot hole).
County Councillor Goggin gave thanks to the Town Council for their help in putting on the Firework Display on the Saturday of the Regatta.
County Councillor Goggin left the meeting at 8.15pm to attend the Council Meeting at St Osyth.
- TO RECEIVE AND APPROVE THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THOSE MEMBERS EXAMINING THE ACCOUNTS FOR THE CURRENT PERIOD:
The Payments and Accounts for the period ending April, May and June 2016 (as shown on the attached appendix) were proposed by Councillor Howard as follows:
General Account Cheque No’s 706385 – 706521 in the sum of £31,828.19 for payment
Bank Balances – All Accounts – in the sum of £243,922.78
Employee payments paid for the month of April were £10,479.06
Bank Balances – All Accounts – in the sum of £217,322.15
Employee payments paid for the month of May were £10,620.74
Bank Balances – All Accounts – in the sum of £198,490.77
Employee payments paid for the month of June were £10,620.74
- TO RECEIVE A PRESENTATION FROM THE BRIGHTLINGSEA HARBOUR COMMISSIONERS:
Jim Addison of the Harbour Commissioners gave a presentation on the forthcoming Dredging of the Harbour/Marina. He also mentioned that the sediment could be re-used including the filling in of Cyndrey Island, which is currently eroding. Much discussion took place.
- TO RECEIVE QUESTIONS FROM THE PUBLIC:
These questions are annexed to the Minutes.
- TO RECEIVE THE MINUTES OF THE PLANNING MEETINGS HELD ON 9TH JUNE 2016 AND TO NOTE PLANNING DECISIONS OF TENDRING DISTRICT COUNCIL:
Councillor V Chapman proposed that the recommendations in the Minutes of 23rd June 2016 be agreed by Council, together with the planning decisions from TDC. Seconded by Councillor J Chapman. Agreed.
Councillor Steady mentioned the application for the Marina, and questioned why the Town Council had objected to the application. Councillor Ingate mentioned that the planning committee objected regarding the height, and this has not been changed in the new plans.
- TO RECEIVE REPORTS SUBMITTED FROM COUNCILLORS CONTACT COORDINATOR’S:
Councillor V Chapman – Had a tour of the Promenade with Mike Carran and Steve Gove of Tendring District Council. They are looking at a 2 year strategy. They picked up a lot of timber from between and in front of beach huts. A member of the public found a tin of paint by a beach hut – if anyone is doing work on their beach hut they should clear up after themselves.
Tap B3 is not working, and this has been reported to Tendring District Council.
Paddling Pool – Despite the urgent meeting held on Monday, the paddling pool would still have been ready for the weekend. Councillor Howard went down on Sunday and explained the situation to some of the visitors/residents, who accepted and understood. Visited the paddling pool this evening, and even though the tide is 5.5m high, there is not a lot of water in the pool. The Mayor mentioned that if some of this information had been fed through to other councillors, and a statement put on the web-site, the situation may not have arisen. A discussion took place.
The fun fair is on the Promenade at the moment, and is open from this afternoon.
Councillor Howard – Met up with the people who run 4 Youth. They are doing very well, and it is a nice place. They are again entering people into the Jack Petchey Awards. There does not appear to be a booklet available for new families in the town, detailing what the town offers for young people, i.e. the details of the different groups. The Mayor replied that this is something Councillor Howard could look into.
Councillor Judson declared an interest in the following item.
Councillor Judson reported that there is an issue with a house extension at the bottom of Tower Cut, with 30t lorries driving down Tower Cut. He is concerned about the utilities and the condition of the unmade road. He mentioned that a lot of people in Jacobs Court are concerned by the heavy traffic, and suggested if a weight limit could be put on to Tower Cut. The Mayor also declared an interest in this, and suggested that this is passed onto Councillor Dixon for consideration.
Councillor Steady – Held another meeting with Roy Read of Natural England, to follow on with the Coastal Footpath.
Councillor Barry – On Councillor Blocks report he is asking to set up a committee re the swimming pool. Is the pool still being filled? Councillor Steady gave an update on the situation, and advised that a meeting is being held on site tomorrow. After discussion it was agreed to let Councillor Block form his Committee with those he choses.
- TO RECEIVE REPORTS SUBMITTED FROM MEMBER REPRESENTATIVES ON OUTSIDE BODIES:
Councillor Russell reported that the Town Council can send two representatives to attend the EALC AGM on the 22nd September 2016. It was then agreed that Councillors Russell and V Chapman would attend.
Councillor V Chapman – Attended the EALC meeting in Epping, where a presentation on Devolution and Flood Partnerships was given.
Attended the meeting at Chelmsford re Superfast Broadband. Tony from Open Reach, who is also a St Osyth Parish Councillor, has offered to come and talk to Council about this.
Had a meeting with Phil Chatfield regarding Jacobs Hall.
- TO RECEIVE REPORTS SUBMITTED FROM DISTRICT COUNCILLORS:
Councillor J Chapman – Attended the First Tendring Youth Awards on Tuesday Evening, where the award for Drama was won by a Brightlingsea girl.
- TO RECEIVE THE TOWN CLERK’S REPORT:
3.1 – Agreed the Boat Show and Regatta can use Lower park playing Fields for car parking over the weekend of 23rd and 24th July.
3.2 – If anyone would like to attend the TDC Consultation Event on the Electoral Review of Tendring District Council on 27th July – please let the Clerk know.
- MOTION TO EXCLUDE THE PUBLIC IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PUBLIC BODIES (ADMISSION TO MEETINGS) ACT 1960 – To discuss the following:
- Property Update
Councillor Barry left the meeting at 9.02pm
- PROPERTY UPDATE:
Colne Smack Preservation Society – The Solicitor has suggested to the CSPS Solicitor that the new lease, is as per the old lease, except including the indemnity against the Town Council. The Solicitor is still waiting to hear back if this has been accepted.
Brightlingsea Leisure Village – 62 leases have been issued to the cabin holders so far.
Lakeside Caravan Park – An update was given on the Traveller situation.
Brightlingsea Community Centre – It was mentioned that they are holding car boot sales, table tops etc, on the grass area, without Town Councils permission. It was agreed that a gentle reminder would be sent to the Community Centre advising that they should ask for permission before holding an event.
Batemans Tower Cafe – A meeting has been held with Tendring District Council, Lisa Brown from the Cafe and Architect Stuart Hancock. The meting was positive, with good ideas and plans. A pre-application will be submitted.
- CLOSE OF MEETING:
There being no further business, the meeting closed at 9.22 p.m.
Date 18th August 2016