Report from Councillor Barry
I am very active in work generated by the TDC Overview and Scrutiny Committee regarding proposals for investment in Clacton Leisure Centre and other TDC leisure facilities. This came from submissions by me at a scrutiny committee meeting on 14th October. A future scheduled meeting of the cttee for 28th Nov has been postponed because of the impending election.
I attended a JCC meeting at Brightlingsea Sports Centre on 21st October along with Cllr Steady. This looked at the current arrangements for licensing the sports centre use from TDC which are due for renewal in the next year.
Climate Change Working Party – meeting 5.11.19 – The committee had decided that a carbon footprint assessment of current TDC operations was necessary and had put the request out to tender. This would allow any progress to be monitored and set against a baseline measurement.
There was a discussion regarding current building regs and proposed legislation to prohibit new gas boilers being installed from 2025 – the officer responsible had said that they were still working on the strategy to manage this requirement.
We discussed the potential for TDC as a planning authority to influence regulations and integrate the need for biodiversity in planning applications.
It was agreed that as an authority we would want to work towards making Tendring a ‘plastic free coastline’, which was a national initiative that had been taken up by various authorities promoted overall by Surfers against Sewage.
TDC had committed to planting 2400 trees at Rush Green Road and wanted to tap into the ECC plan to deliver 350,000 trees over the next 5yrs. TDC had one of the lowest areas of wooded coverage in the country.
Councillors were provided with a workbook ‘acting on Climate Change’ and this has been circulated to all town councillors.
Along with Cllr Steady I attended the opening presentation of the ECC Highways proposals for a RAPID TRANSPORT SYSTEM and LINK ROAD between the A120/A133 to sustain the proposed building of 25,000 new homes within Tendring and Colchester by 2033. I was underwhelmed to say the least and can give more details on request.
Report from Councillor Chapman
Wednesday 23rd October – Human Recourses and Council Tax Committee where the new Safeguarding Policy and Procedures and new Staff Handbook were discussed. BTC will incorporate the new updated procedures into their policy if needed.
Tuesday 29th October – Planning Policy and Local Plan Meeting. The next stage of the Local Plan was discussed which included Employment Land. Our main areas listed are the Wharf and Morses Lane. We asked that the Church Works near All Saints Church be added as this has light industry units.
Planning Policy for affordable homes, anyone building over 11 houses must account for 30% affordable housing. You will be able to change from A1 retail to A2 food or B1 Office without permission for up to 3 years then full permission will be needed.
Draft Heritage Plan which included some environmental policies. We have advised TDC that they have missed out some heritage related properties that should be listed in the Brightlingsea section. We also asked that some open spaces be put into the protection areas.
Report from Councillor Steady
Reviewing lease between Town and District regarding Oyster Tank Road and Western Promenade grass car parks