Councillor Alan Goggin

Colne Community College. Joint user (Tendring & Colne) group. Meeting April 13.

  • Following the last report the joint users group met [02/03/15] I personally as Chairman have not had any response from the College to the points raised at the joint clubs meeting. Although I had not been informed directly I understand that discussions have taken place between the College and Brightlingsea Regents FC. Rumours abound but most appear to include reference to an “academy” being opened in direct competition to the College. I have heard mention of the recreation ground being involved. I have no specific information. There was confusion as to who was waiting for who to respond from the Football Club and the Colne. Obvious that there is still mistrust.
  • Attendance at the Sports centre is up 40%. The extra classes are proving to be success.
  • Following a recent visit by The Chief Executive and Leader of Tendring District Council, the portfolio holder for sports centres confirmed that TDC are committed to improving and adding to the Centre’s offerings. TDC confirmed that they are committed improving to sports centres and pools and advised that during the last 4 years over £100,000 has been spent on the Brightlingsea outdoor pool and sports centre. They are run jointly. These combined Brightlingsea sites are still the most heavily subsidised centres that TDC control.
  • With the recent rates bills was a free use voucher. Two adults or one adult and two children can attend any of the TDC sites.
  • The new manager is bringing in some new ideas from his previous experience at Manningtree, and is proving to be very popular.