Councillor Jayne Chapman
I attended the all members’ meeting on Wednesday 22nd October. This was an open discussion on ways we thought TDC could use their budget and ways of saving money.
Councillor Alan Goggin
- Last full Council TDC meeting September 9.
- One of the items for debate will be the street lights “switch off”. There is a proposition that they are kept on – all the night time – everywhere. The extra cost to be paid for by TDC ratepayers. I would like to have the item discussed under some level as I would like to have a feel of Council’s view. Meant to ask last month. I have proposed that ECC consider a later switch off and on for Fridays and Saturdays. Say 12 change to 1 for off and 5 change to 6 for on. I am advised that individual areas/lights can be treated differently if locals request. Jane Chapman and I agree about care homes and similar. Do we believe that our residents should pay twice?
- Following the positive meeting with Mike Carran from TDC and Cllr Mann about the pool we understand that the engineer’s report has been received. There are some recommendations for crack repairs and some other works. The first good news is that it should be likely to be paid from the existing TDC budgets. Secondly it should be completed by the start of the season commencing works in March 2015. I have arranged the follow up meeting for Tuesday 18th. Any Councillor would be welcome to attend and either Graham or I will report back for Thursdays Council. With Mike Carran will be Jeanette from TDC and we are keen to be working together. If any Councillor has points that they want raised please feel free to ask. We hope to have a project plan for next years work with dates and anticipated outcomes.
- As mentioned last month the final figures for 2014/15 are not yet complete but they were at a running loss is £33,385 and expected to increase. All of the above figures would be greater by £10,000 every year if it were not for the payment from BTC. To put this in to some form of perspective the subsidy per “user” throughout Tendrings other centres is in the range between of 31 pence to £1.13 (Colne sports centre). At the pool it is £3.29 per swimmer.
- As mentioned at the Finance meeting there is further news regarding the paddling pool. As explained what we all thought was a “simple” exercise has ballooned following legal changes over the last 5 years. TDC are about to instruct a report to be commissioned. They will be funding it. This will provide some realistic figures. The subject of 106 money should be discussed. There are probably 2 Brightlingsea projects that are chasing the one “pot of money” and Council may be asked their opinion as to which is most important and advantageous to the Town. It is still hoped that the works will start and finish before the start of the season.
- I am pleased to report that the Bowls Club were successful in a bid to the Big Society fund and should allow them to start building work before the start of the season. A very good bid – well constructed and a good community outcome.
- As always I would be interested to hear from any Councillors or residents with ideas about generating and saving 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.
Councillor Graham Steady
Attended Corporate Management Meeting on the 4th November. The main item on the agenda was the Local Council Tax Support Scheme. The percentage of council tax to be paid by people on the scheme has been increased from 15 to 20%, although this is to be ratified at the next full council meeting on the 25th November.
Attended Cabinet Meeting on 7th November where various issues were discussed.