Councillor Jayne Chapman

I attended an all members meeting on Tuesday 20th May. This was a training session on Determining Planning Applications and covered The Purpose of Planning, The planning acts, role of local Planning Authority, What is Development and Planning applications.

Attended the full council meeting on Tuesday 3rd June. This was about changes to the constitution

Attended the First Education and Skills Overview and Scrutiny meeting on Monday 9th June. Speakers were Councils Business  Manager Jon Barber on Terms of reference. Councils Enterprise and Innovation Officer Michelle Gordon on The skills agenda and addressing the skills gap and Focusing on Education.  Presentations were given by Jon Barber and the Chair and Director of Tendring Education trust John Clay and Poobie Naidoo.

 

Councillor Alan Goggin

  • Last full Council meeting 13 June. Following some late evening finishes [post 11.00!]  discussed starting meetings earlier, following a recommendation from an all-party group but it was defeated when those recommending voted against or abstained.  Full details available on line.
  • Most recent Cabinet meeting 6 June.    Agenda and decisions available on line.  Particular Brightlingsea points were in relation to the Caravan Sites and all year round use.
  • The free parking initiative sent out with rates bills
  • Voucher for one free visit to attend and TDC sports/leisure facilities also sent with rates bills and has been well received.  Many locals have used including the swimming pool and Colne sports centre.  Difficult to know if this is new “customers” or existing getting a quick freebie!  Due to finish in a few months.  Encourage all to use.
  • The pool opened on time May 24.  Working together with TDC needed to minimise some problems.
  • I attended the Tendring Locality Board meeting on June 4.

A good attendance from many local Parish and Town Council representatives as well as officers and members from Essex County Council.  Discussions included the A120 road, Waste and re-cycling, and Jaywick.

Of particular interest to Brightlingsea residents was the discussion about section 106 money held at ECC.  This is separate from BTC and TDC 106 money and in one area is substantial.

Since becoming involved I have chased some funds from the James & Stone development.  They relate to traffic issues in the area and are substantial.  The funds are paid for several years [since 2004] and relate to a study to be commissioned and then recommendations implemented for any traffic calming measures.

The big issue and problem is that it is meant to be spent once the development is finished!  As not complete the money is in “limbo-land” and requires a request for a change to be made by ECC but then agreed by the “payee”.  As Hampstead Homes are no longer in full existence it is difficult to get agreement.

I am lobbying for a change but would like the matter to be brought to the attention of the Council and some sort of direction provided to ECC from us as a body. This was agreed at the meeting and I will follow up.

I would like to mention this at the meeting as the numbers involved are big at £20K and £103K

As I am already on the Committee as a member of the cabinet it may well be worthwhile sending somebody else too who can ask questions from the “floor”.

 

Councillor Graham Steady

Attended Annual Council on the 6th May, and full Council on the 20th May. Attended Corporate Management on the 7th May and  the 16th June.  Interesting discussions at all meetings.  At the 16th June meeting had good discussions with representatives from the LGA on how TDC can get best value from their membership.  This will help moving forward with our scrutiny / recommendations regarding the budget in future years.

I have had contact with Nick Alston – PCC – regarding a meeting to discuss the police organisation in our area.  My initial thoughts are to have a meeting with Town and District members in the Essex County Council Ward represented by Roger Lord.