Councillors J Chapman, Steady and Yallop
All three attended Tendring District Councils full council meeting on 9th February. The main item was the adoption of the budget for 2016/17 which all three voted in favour of the proposed budget which was carried by a vote of 55 to 2 .Items in the budget which have most significance for Brightlingsea are, a council tax increase of 3.39% or £5 per annum for a band D property, a sum of £2.1 million allocated to fund the careline lifting service for the next 3 years, due to Essex County Council not agreeing to turn back on the street lights in selective areas the amount of £160000 allocated by TDC to cover the cost of doing that for a year be reallocated to the Big Society Fund. Please note the council tax increase will be higher as Essex County Council, The Town Council, Fire Service and Police Service will have their amounts added. The amount for Careline will be ratified after the nuts and bolts of the additional service have been reviewed by the council’s cabinet.
Councillor J Chapman
Attended a Human Resources meeting on 26th January, where we discussed the new Prevent duty policy.
The Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015 requires Local Authorities , in the exercise of their functions, to have regard to the need to prevent people being drawn into terrorism.
Guidance has been published setting out details needed to fulfil responsibilities under the duty.
Locally a single point of contact for PREVENT and a safe guarding officer have to be identified.
When I have all the details on this policy I would like to call a staff meeting with councillors and staff.
We also discussed a Pay Policy Statement for 2016/17.
Officers code of conduct: This code has been prepared to provide officers and their managers greater clarity, to ensure that the Council does not breach legislation (eg the working time directive).
There was a report by Dave Abdul on the IIP feedback ( investors in People)
Tendring District Council have received Gold Award 2015 with Careline being awarded Platinum and TDC getting the best Landlord in UK.
Next step is to speed up decision making from the start to the conclusion.
Cllr Steady, Chairman of the Corporate Management Committee, which has had an input into the budget, attended the Cabinet Meeting on 22nd January, where the budget for 2016/2017 was ratified.
In conjunction with Councillor Barry, had a meeting with Ian Taylor, Officer of Tendring District Council, and Towns Grounds Manager, regarding the acquisition of topsoil from the Robinson Road Development to the Western Promenade area, to facilitate a training area for the Rugby Club, as per Councillor Barry’s report. Looked at feasibility of including the grass car park as well.
Attended Devolution Meeting at Chelmsford on Friday 12th February. Agenda for the meeting as follows:-
Great Essex Devolution – The Independents’ Agenda
The Greater Essex Devolution Event for Independent Group Members, taking place on Friday 12 February, 1pm – 4:30pm at Chelmsford City Council. This event is being supported by the LGA Independent Group.
|Agenda 1.00 pm||1. Welcome and Introduction to the LGA Independent Group
Councillor Marianne Overton MBE, Leader of the LGA Independent Group
|1.05 pm||2. Purpose of the day – Why we need a devolution conversation
Councillor Dr Barbara Light, Uttlesford District Council
|1.10 pm||3. Update on Greater Essex Devolution bid
· Outline of the submitted bid
· Question and answer session
Ian Davidson, Chief Executive Tendring District Council
|1.30 pm||4. Greater Essex – the vision
Councillor Paul Fairhurst, Uttlesford District Council
|1.35 pm||5. Demo Devo : a proposal for real democratic devolution and governance
Dan Starr, Communications Director, R4U
|1.50 pm||Tea and coffee break|
|2.05 pm||6. Conversation session 1- Exploring the key areas to be devolved
· Are they appropriate?
· What else should be in the mix?
|2.45 pm||7. Conversation session 2 – Controlling the devolution process
· Case study – from action group to residents’ power
Jen Beaton, Communities Director, R4U
· How do we control the process?
|3.30 pm||8. Delivering real Devo for Essex
· Key actions
· Next steps
Cllr Marianne Overton MBE
Dan Starr, R4U
|3.50 pm||9. Conclusion
Cllr Dr Barbara Light
Cllr Marianne Overton MBE
Attended Corporate Management meeting on Monday 15th February.
Contacted Planning Officer William Fuller regarding changing room extension on the Bayard Recreation Ground. Please see below e-mails sent:-
“From: William Fuller [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: 11 February 2016 16:37
To: Town Clerk
Subject: RE: Changing Room Extension
Dear Ms Pulford.
Thank you for your email.
Yes the below is correct.
William Fuller BA (Hons) MSc
Tendring District Council
Council offices, Thorpe Road, Weeley, Essex CO16 9AJ
Tel: 01255 686188
Please Note: Any views or opinions presented in this email are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of Tendring District Council. Any such communication is informal and is based exclusively on the information that has been provided. The informal views expressed herein are not binding in any way and the Council will not accept any liability in respect of such communication.
From: Town Clerk [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: 11 February 2016 16:09
To: William Fuller
Subject: Changing Room Extension
Further to your recent meeting with Councillor Graham Steady, just to confirm the discussions of an alternative design of the changing room extension at the Bayard Recreation Ground. It is his understanding that as long as the building is the same dimensions as on the original plans, and it blends in with the brick work of the existing building, then an alternative to a brick built construction is permissible.
Look forward to your reply.
Brightlingsea Town Council”
Attended a Service Development and Delivery meeting on Monday 25th January for a debrief on the Clacton Air show and the Costal Protection Project at Holland on Sea which has now been finished.