We would like to thank Sarah Ferdinando Bright for organising the meeting.

Town Councillors Mick Judson, Ben Smith, Jean Howard and Town and District Councillor Graham Steady were in attendance. At the request of Sarah, Councillor Judson chaired the meeting.

In his introduction he outlined the purpose of the meeting and guide lines regarding questions and answers. The majority of the questions asked were covered in the Town Council presentation, which is on the Town Council web-site and also has been submitted to Officers and Portfolio Holders at Tendring District Council.

Councillor Steady outlined the financial situation at Tendring District Council, such as the budget over the last eight years being reduced from £24m to £10m. Extra information given was quotes on costing of heating and also the difference between remedial repairs and on-going revenue deficits.

It was asked if the pool was going to be opened this year – yes or no – upon which the Chairman, supported by Councillor Steady, said that the Town Council was unable to give that assurance. A lively debate ensued and it was highlighted by the Councillors in attendance that the concern is for the whole of the waterfront, stretching from the Hard to Batemans Tower, and that a positive development was that the sale of the Marina had gone through and the new owners are PureLake Limited, which the council has had contact with over the last year.

The feeling of the meeting was that all those present were committed to ensuring that the swimming pool is retained in Brightlingsea

Contact details of the Tendring District Council Portfolio Holder were given to everyone in attendance, so that representations could be made by individual residents directly to support the on-going representations being made by the Town and District Councillors.