Statement from Councillor Graham Steady – Councillor Contact and Co-ordinator for Amenity Areas & Open Spaces

 Brightlingsea is fortunate in having many open public spaces and amenity areas. The Town Council is looking to upgrade existing areas and where possible to create new ones thereby providing “green lung areas” for all to enjoy. The Bayard and the Lower Park Recreation grounds cater for various organisations covering a wide age group. The Lozenge and Gravel Field areas provide natural habitat for wild life, and the Western Prom is a wonderful area for exercise and relaxation.

The regeneration of the open air swimming pool, to be rebranded The Brightlingsea Lido, is a particularly exciting project which will bring the control of that facility back into local hands. This has been driven by Cllr Mick Barry and a band of dedicated local residents who have formulated a robust business plan, and some funding has been secured from Tendring District Council to smooth the transition of control from them. The Hard area caters for business and leisure activities, so the whole of our waterfront provides a wonderful public area. We have been successful in securing funds for improvements to all these areas and different funding channels are being accessed so more can be done. This commitment from the Town Council has been complemented by private investment to form a positive working partnership. BTC intends to produce a comprehensive document highlighting the above mentioned areas, identifying public rights of way and promoting the Town as a vibrant and pleasant place to live in and visit.