Cllr Janet Russell and I attended the Older Person Crucial Crew Day on Wednesday 1st October at the Princess Theatre Clacton.  This proved to be a very rewarding and interesting event with talks from Red Cross, Telecare Solutions, Trading Standards, Gas Safe (who replaced Corgi), Crime and Prevention and Police.  Also Leanne Thornton who works for TDC spoke about Careline and the fire alarms and carbon monoxide units they fit, but she also asked

if the Council or Businesses would be prepared to get involved with the new “keep safe” scheme that has been launched in Clacton Harwich and Dovercourt and will be rolled out to Manningtree, Frinton and Walton on January 15th 2015.  This involves a new waterproof pendant or wristband being purchased by people who feel they are at risk of falling or are sick but can still venture out and need the confidence or support from other people some of the time.  Local Businesses will be asked to get involved and will display a sticker on their premises so the public know where they can go for help if needed.

I have arranged for the Community Agents Essex to meet with me at a local resident to have equipment fitted and for hand rails and specialist perching stalls to go to two other local residents.

I had an invitation to go to the opening of the Dementia Café on Monday at the Community Centre.

 Banks

Bryan Marshall from Lloyds Bank has agreed to come to the Business Association Meeting In November.  Bryan is the Relationship Manager and the Area and District Commercial Manger for Lloyds.  He hopes that the Branch Manager at Colchester will also attend as this is who we will be looked after by.  I did ask the question ‘are they staying’ and he replied they are totally committed to Brightlingsea and still stand by their motto of not leaving if they are the only bank. Time will tell.  Vivien and Tracey have been invited to the meeting.

I reported earlier in the week about the cash machines, Tesco seems to be working ok and I have been told they and Lloyds will be filled more regularly.  Barclays have stated that they will not bring in a Mobile Van.  I don’t think the Barclays presence in our Council Office is being utilised as well as it could.  This may be due to lack of publicity.

Jayne Chapman