- Full Council meeting 19 Feb 2014.
- Big meeting as to approve/agree budget.
- Cllr. Mick page elected as new Leader of the Council. A very experienced Councillor
- From Brightlingsea residents point of view it is proposed that the rates will be frozen for this year with a view that a similar action be targeted for next year. It was commented that TDC had the second lowest Council Tax in Essex.
- Within the budget it is proposed that 3 PCSO’s are appointed for the district. Be interesting to see how we can gain access for Brightlingsea if needed.
- The free parking initiative will continue for another year.
- £4.5 million pounds have already been removed since 2010. This is equivalent to a reduction of over 30%.
- I was asked to remain on the Cabinet and take over the Finance Portfolio I have accepted and look forward to the challenging times ahead.
- Pride of Tendring awards night on Friday Feb 6. Graham, Jayne and myself attended together with Mayor to support the 3 Brightlingsea award winners. Interesting to note that Brightlingsea has always nominated it full quota of award winners. I believe this is unique in Tendring. A great tribute to the unsung heroes in the Town.
- As always I would be interested to hear from any Councillors or residents with ideas about generating and saving money in the district. The cabinet meet informally every week as well as formally every 3 / 4 weeks and I will be pleased to represent any views which have merit.
- Work from Tendring staff at Western Prom appears to have been appreciated by all beach hut owners. Many months of work ahead. Vivienne may have more updates.
Councillor Alan Goggin
On Friday 7th February all 3 Tendring Councillors attend the Pride of Tendring awards evening. This was a really lovely night and great to see so many people being rewarded for their contribution to their communities. A lovely meal and entertainment by 3 of our local girls, one being the daughter of the person Jayne had nominated. Brightlingsea nominated trio were Nicola Moss, Margaret Stone and Betty Blower. The evening was sponsored by Dong and Tesco.
On Friday 7th February all 3 Tendring Councillors attend the Pride of Tendring awards evening. This was a really lovely night and great to see so many people being rewarded for their contribution to their communities. A lovely meal and entertainment by 3 of our local girls, one being the daughter of the person Jayne had nominated.
Brightlingsea nominated trio were Nicola Moss, Margaret Stone and Betty Blower. The evening was sponsored by Dong and Tesco.
Attended a full council meeting on Tuesday 11th February were the new leader was elected, Cllr Mick Page. This was also the budget meeting. The new leader announced his cabinet which is; Mick Page, Leader and Regeneration, Inward Investment a asset management. Cllr Linda McWilliams – Wellbeing and Partnerships.
Cllr Mark Platt – Events and Leisure services. Cllr Carlo Guglielmi – Planning and Corporate services. Cllr Alan Goggin – Finance and Transformation. Cllr Paul Honeywood – Assistant Deputy Leader, Housing, Benefits and Revenues. Cllr Nick Turner – Deputy Leader and Environment and Coast Protection.
The new leader set out his aims and aspirations (copy attached), which contained inclusive policies. We wait to see whether these were helped by comments made by members of his own party.
The opposition (Labour) put in three amendments to the budget. 1. An additional £100,000 to planning for the purpose of taking action on untidy, unsecured and derelict sites.
2. £175,000 to employ a technical officer on a fixed term contract to address the issues of dog fouling, fly tipping, littering and general street scene issues.
3. £288,000 to fund Jaywick Community Wardens along with the Community Development officer for 4 years.(2015-2019)
All three of these motions were lost even though these amendments were costed and worded on the advice of officers.
Cllr P Oxley also put an amendment in for the £2000 to be given to each councillor for them to fund small schemes in their wards, as had happened in previous years. Again this motion was lost.
The budget went to vote and was passed.
Councillor Graham Steady and Councillor Jayne Chapman