COUNCIL  MEETING – 16TH JUNE 2011

Minute 24 – Questions from the Public.

Q1) Tony Chapman – With the fine weather there has been an increase in people using bicycles for pleasure and coming in and out of Brightlingsea many of whom are cycling up and down Church Hill and on occasions causing congestion and incidents when cars have to avoid them or other oncoming vehicles which overtake them.  I would like to ask the Council if they could approach Essex County Highways with a view to prohibit cyclists using the stretch of road from All Saints Church to Gate House Farm and encourage cyclists to use the track with runs parallel to the road.

A1) The Mayor asked Sgt McRae to reply on behalf of the Police.

Sgt McRae said that there was no legislation for this, we have done all we can to make the area safer.

Q2) Sgt McRae – Recently read the town plan, and was very interested to read the section on the Police.  Item 3.7 PCSO’s states: “Comments about the PCSO’s are mixed.  Some are extremely complimentary; others suggest that officers may be high-handed, and somewhat rude and arrogant.  It is also suggested that ‘favouritism’ may be shown to friends and acquaintances; which diminishes the respect in which the PCSO’s are held by the general public.”  If the survey was anonymous, why didn’t anyone come and talk to us about the results.  This article does not look good for the PCSO’s, who are quite upset by the comments. It undermines the PCOS’s,  How does this article look help the Town Plan?  Please take consideration if another plan is produced.

A2) Councillor Vivien Chapman said that the survey was completed and analysed, what people thought was put in the plan.  We did not pick and chose what comments were put in the plan.    We have a steering group meeting on Monday and will discuss this further.