A new fountain has been fitted in the town centre gardens but due to an electrical problem the pump on the fountain will not work, this has also caused the street lights not to work in this area. Essex County Council has been informed as the fault seems to be in the street light they replaced just outside the gardens.
All the fish have had to be removed again as the heat was causing the water to go green and the fish to die.
We are waiting for an update on the new rules for CTV cameras and the update from the Police, so the replacement cameras for Western Promenade have been held up.
Brightlingsea Town Council are continually looking at ways to improve the quality of our open spaces and council owned grounds. Following representations from residents a number of proposals and initiatives have been formulated which will create a cleaner town environment.
The ornamental gardens in Victoria Place and the grass area around the fountain could become a dog free zone under the section 55 and 56 of the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005. The area has been subject to persistent dog fouling and in order to protect its use by children and families the council feel the only solution is to put a total ban on dogs in this area. All Grounds Staff, Office Staff and Councillors could be trained and authorised to give on the spot fines for breaches of this ban. The public can also advise council staff and provide information which may result in a penalty or warning. The council have installed a new fountain and have plans to upgrade the whole area. The ban on dogs from the grassed areas will contribute to this overall improvement, therefore I would like to propose that in line with the above legislation, the grass area of Victoria Place becomes a dog free area.
As announced at the last full council meeting a plan to tidy up our streets and alleyways. Following representations by District Councillors paths and verges have been sprayed by TDC to kill weeds and overgrowth but there is a need to follow this up by further clearance. We are asking all residents and shop keepers if they could help by removing the dead weeds from outside their homes or shops. With the reduction in front line services by Essex County Council and Tendring District Council we will only get the streets sprayed once a year with little or no follow up. A relatively small effort by many residents would support the magnificent efforts of our town ‘bloomers’ and litter picker in improving the Brightlingsea environment.