Councillor Jayne Chapman

I attended a Human Resources meeting on Thursday 26th February where they presented the pay policy statement for 2015/16 and to implement the living wage.  The cost to be met from existing salary/vacancy provision within the budget and not with the help of the Chief Executives offer of not taking his pay rise.  This has to be passed at full council.

They also asked the HR committee to adopt a Domestic Violence/Abuse and the workplace policy and a Mental Health at work policy.

Also the new shared parental leave policy was explained.  There is no financial implications as statutory shared parental pay is set the same rate as statutory maternity pay.  Both cases 92% is reclaimed from the department of work and pensions.

Councillor Alan Goggin

  • Last full Council TDC meeting Jan Feb 10. Next due March 24. A big item to report for a decision at that meeting will be the part night street lighting. The reports are in from all Councils and opinion appears to be against paying extra from rates. This is especially so from Councils that already have their own lights and pay via their precept. A surprising small number of individual replied. Most of local “services” responded (police/ambulance/fire brigade etc.) No obvious rise in incidents or crime attributed to lights. However the “fear of crime” is very high among residents
  • Attended Locality Board seminar on the new care act and implications. [11/03/15] Headlines not quite as good as some expected. May have an effect on residents. If there are savings for one group there will be costs for others. May have an effect on rates of district councils in future.
  • A quiet time as many prepare for elections and last minute headlines and sound bites are to be expected.
  • As always I would be interested to hear from any Councillors or residents with ideas about generating and saving more money in the district.   The cabinet meet formally or informally every week and if there are any Brightlingsea Issues that you would like me to especially raise – please feel free to ask.
  • Attended Princes Theatre to watch superb performance of Joseph from youth group of approx. 90 “kids”. I understand that some from Brightlingsea were in cast. Fantastic advert for youth of the area.

Councillor Graham Steady

Next Corporate Management Meeting is on Wednesday 25th March, Full Council on Tuesday 24th March

Attended Full Council Meeting on 10th February where the 2015/2016 budget was presented and agreed unanimously.  The two issues of particular interest to Brightlingsea were:

(1)   The announcement that £160,000 was to be made available into turning the street lights back on between midnight and 5am, subject to the results of the consultation being reviewed and reported back to full council on the 24th March when a decision will be made whether or not to spend the allocated sum

(2)   Funds to be allocated for the refurbishment of Brightlingsea Paddling Pool. Again officers will bring proposals forward to the Cabinet to assess the works required and the firm estimated costs.

I would like to highlight that although the sums have been allocated the decisions to spend those sums has still to be ratified.  I would like to point out that £40,000 was put in the TDC budget for the paddling pool on top of the £50,000 for the swimming pool in 2010/2011.