Councillor J Chapman
Monday 9th January attended a Service Development and Delivery Committee meeting where a review of Honeycroft and Sheltered Housing was discussed.
Ian Taylor gave a report on The Public Convenience Strategy and the progress towards meeting its key aims.
He stated the public conveniences that have been closed in the district and the plans to upgrade others. At the moment they are doing the Quay at Harwich, then Rosemary Road in Clacton and then Western Promenade Brightlingsea.
There was talk about charging for all toilets but not the beach ones yet. Possible charging for our town centre toilets will be discussed.
Councillor J Chapman
Karen and I attended an Members Briefing last night (Wednesday) where a presentation was given by DCI Paul Wells Tendring District Commander and Insp. Darren Deex Tendring Policing Team.
Crime levels were discussed and up to October 17 there was a 24% increase in crime.
Up to January 18 there was a 14.8% increase.
Anti Social behaviour crime is down 8.8%
They explained there is a moving pattern as people move areas to commit crime so true figures are sometimes hard to judge.
Police are working towards joint patrols with other partners, ie Beach Hut Associations, Active Citizens and are holding multi action meetings, they believe partnership working is the way forward.
They explained that some people feel they do nothing when a crime is committed, particularly theft. After getting the initial call they will take details, if all answers come back no, if there is no witnesses, no neighbour seeing anything, no one heard anything, no fingerprints then it is really difficult to take this crime any further without evidence.
All crimes are kept on file in case they can relate it to other crimes.
Essex Police are more proactive in trying to stop drugs by stopping and searching. This is not a National policy.
The Police will be using the Fire Station as a base again and are just waiting for the final risk assessment to be carried out by Stuart Hare from the Fire Brigade. Although there will be no public access.
The local plan examination is under way with the Inspectors at Colchester Stadium. The Inspector is dealing with issues as they come along and at the end of day one all parties were happy with the outcome.
Second part today was on housing numbers.
TDC learnt today that they have been awarded part of a 130 million pound fund for sport. It must be part of long term sustainable project.
Broadband contract has now been signed which should give 95% super-fast broadband.
A review of housing is taking place to check that fraud is not being committed towards the council. So far 5 properties have been found to be sub let and repossessed these have now been re-let.
2 more are due to be repossessed. 13 people have been found to be claim single person discount.
At the moment a saving of £18000 has been saved.
781 cases of fly tipping have been reported in Tendring last year.
Councillor G Steady
Attended Corporate management Committee meeting on the 18th December 2017 where scrutiny of the budgets took place.
Met with Ian Taylor on the 3rd January 2018 for an update re: Batemans Tower Car Park and Toilet Block. It transpires that tenders will be going out in the near future for resurfacing and refurbishment.
Attended the electoral Review Working Group Meeting on the 8th January 2018, which considered the affect at the reduction in councillors from 60 to 48 will have on the committee structure in the new council year.
Councillor K Yallop
On 8th January attended Community Leadership and Partners Committee and a presentation was given by the CAB on the Mental Health Hub which is at the charity shop in Clacton. Leaflets are in the council office for more information.
A presentation was also given by Rebecca Morton on the Great Bentley Primary School Well Being Hub.
Pride of Tendring Awards
The following were nominated:- Brightlingsea Litter Pickers by Councillor Steady, Alix Sheppard by Councillor Yallop and Steve Houston by Councillor J Chapman.
We are pleased to announce that all nominations were successful and the awards ceremony will take place in February.