Reports from Tendring District Councillors –Agenda No. 12
Council Meeting 16th January 2020
Report from Councillor Barry
It has been a busy start to the year in respect of District Council business with two full days attendance on the Resources Scrutiny Committee overseeing TDC budgets for 2020/21. I was able to raise a number of issues related to the Disabled Facilities Grant spending and scrutinise the allocation of millions of pounds of ratepayers money for the forthcoming financial year. It was a difficult first time experience but a very worthwhile two days with a lot of learning which will benefit everyone in future years.
Climate Change Working Party (CCWP) – there have been two meetings (on 17.12.and 9.1.20) and things are moving forward. Following the submission of tenders, consultants from the Association of Public Service Excellence (APSE) have been appointed to collect and analyse data before making recommendations around minimising waste and reducing energy costs and consumption. APSE are a public body who operate on a not for profit basis. They have experience of working with other local authorities on a range of issues and their energy section consultants gave us an impressive presentation. Whilst I was not initially in favour of spending on consultants I feel these are the right people with the right credentials for the job. They are setting a baseline from which to measure improvement and progress and are looking at all aspects of the council’s estate and energy use, with assessment of supply chain emissions and the carbon footprint of all council activity. The council aims to be ‘single use plastic’ free by the end of 2020, getting rid of cups, bottles, packaging, even moneybags and parking tickets (the sleeves not the tickets!), cremation urns, and so on; every little thing makes a contribution and you have to start somewhere.
TDC planted 2,500 trees on Rush Green just before Christmas and I believe we are moving in the right direction; I am confident there will be some valuable strategic outcomes for parish and town councils, but we must also take our own initiatives where possible.
The three TDC councillors have had meetings with TDC officials regarding the pathway erosion near Batemans Café and plans for the future of the paddling pool and beach area. We are also following up meetings with Corporate Director and Chief Executive regarding finalising costs and outstanding payments for water supplies, car parks and other financial agreements between our councils.
Report from Councillor Chapman
Councillor Mike Barry and I attended an all members briefing on Thursday 9th January.
Agenda included The Integrated Care System5year Plan and its local delivery.
Speakers were Susannah Howard ICS Programme Director and Pam Green NEE CCG Chief Operating Officer.
Sports England Local Delivery Pilot, speakers were Jason Fergus Director of Active Essex, Kerry McDonald Essex LDP and John Fox Public Health, Wellbeing & Environmental Protection Manager.
Report from Councillor Steady
16th December 2019 – Met with officers regarding seafront issues with Cllrs Barry and Howard
6th January 2020 – Attended Local Highways Panel
14th January 2020 – Met with officers regarding Lido issues with Cllrs Chapman and Barry