Minute Number 067 – Questions from the Public.
Question 1) I understand this week that the last bank is pulling out of town and am concerned for the small businesses who pay money into the Lloyds. Councillor J Chapman replied that the Town Council has sent a letter complaining abut the closure of the bank, however everything you can do at the bank, you will be able to do at the Post Office. A mobile unit will be coming to Brightlingsea twice a week, on a Wednesday afternoon and a Friday morning, and will be parked in Victoria Place Car Park. She also stated that a leaflet will be printed, by the Council, the bank and the Post Office, to say what you can and can’t do.
Question 2) There is an early day motion, 1036, currently in front of Parliament requesting a simple piece of legislation to provide a one off retail closure, across the UK, for Remembrance Sunday 2018. Would the Council support, in principle, that motion, and encourage local shops and businesses to close on this day, so their staff can take part in any activities/remembrances going an, as it is the 100th anniversary? The Mayor replied that he would support this, and asked members for their comments. Councillor Russell stated that as this is a Sunday, she would support this move. Councillor Judson then proposed that Brightlingsea Town Council supports the move to ask businesses and shops to cease trading on Remembrance Sunday, Armistice Day 2018, as it is the 100th Anniversary. Seconded by Councillor Russell. Agreed.
Question 3) Brightlingsea Leisure Village – Like to know if we can have longer opening times on there, and also an update on the lease? Councillor Steady advised that the lease runs out in 2019, and we are in discussions with Mr Hammerton on this. We have offered terms for a new lease and are waiting for his reply. He said that the extra hours is quite a touchy subject, and some chalet owners in St Osyth have had enforcement notices served on them. A discussion took place.