Councillors Jayne Chapman, Graham Steady and Karen Yallop
Interesting times at T.D.C. As after the recent election no single party had a majority. The breakdown was 23 – Conservatives 22 -UKIP 6- Independents- 4 labour- 3 Holland Residents-1 Lib Dem-1 Tendring First. This makes our policy of negotiations across the political spectrum all the more relevant. We have had indirect/adhoc conversations with all groups, our priority is to make sure Brightlingsea benefits from the makeup of any administration at Tendring.
All three of us attended the TDC Annual Council Meeting on the 26th May. Due to the UKIP party having split in two after an internal dispute which was literally confirmed at the eleventh hour, so going into the meeting there were different scenarios. The Conservatives after the UKIP split were the largest group by far. We voted for their candidate Neil Stock to become the Leader of the Council. A positive move for Brightlingsea was that Councillor Jayne Chapman was proposed and duly elected as Deputy Chairman with cross party support. Councillor Karen Yallop was elected to the Service Delivery Committee and Councillor Graham Steady was elected as Chairman of the Corporate Management committee, a position he held in the last council. Since the full council meeting and due to the new administration make up Councillor Yallop is now on the Community Leadership Partnership Committee.
Robinson Road Development
Cllr J Chapman and G Steady assisted by council staff had plans of the development and Tendring District Council documents on display. At the 9am session their were 7 residents and Cllrs Dixon, V Chapman and Richard Mathams TDC planning officer. At the 6pm session there were 6 residents. The following items were covered in both sessions.
- The local development framework, national issues
- Sites put forward for development.
- The numbers suggested for 15 years for Tendring (12000) and Brightlingsea’s share (245)
- Infrastructure concerns and payments to be made for education, roads and open space.
- Introduction of second phase.
- Speed limit along Robinsons Road and Mill Street.
- Lack of information from Tendring District Council.
- Review of suggested changes to layout.
Residents seemed please to be able to clarify any comments and problems that had not be answered in previous meetings.
Councillor Jayne Chapman
Attended the all members briefing on the local plan. The final numbers for the amount of housing needed in Tendring will not be confirmed until after the 8th July. There is every chance the numbers could be lower that the 15,000 that has been spoken about. Gary Guiver from TDC planning and Catherine Bicknell head of planning gave the presentation and explained the consequences of not getting the plan into a steady and solid format quickly.
Attended a training evening to be able to sit on the Audit committee.
Councillor Graham Steady
Attended Audit Committee Induction on Wednesday 17th June.