Councillor Jayne Chapman
Monday 28th September attended a Human Resources briefing Tuesday 29th September attended a H/R meeting where the new Maternity Policy and Safeguarding Policy were discussed. A briefing by the Chief Executive gave a briefing about the cut backs and savings TDC has to make in the next year. He announced that June Clair would be leaving in May and has moved from her corporate managers position.
Councillor Graham Steady
Attended Audit Training on 18th September and Audit Committee Meeting on the 24th September, where Ernst Young, the External Auditors, presented and answered questions on the end of year accounts. As with our Town accounts, there were no major issues highlighted.
Attended Corporate Management Committee Meeting on 28th September where the financial position was scrutinised and ideas put forward to change the scrutiny system.
Attended Standards Committee on 14th October where two incidents of Councillors not declaring an interest were discussed. It is interesting to note that one of them was an experienced councillors, the other one was a relatively new member to the council., but it just highlights the fact that it is best, if there is any doubt, to declare everything to be on the safe side.
Marina Development A local exhibition was held on Thursday 1st October where representatives of the developer and also Town and District Councillors were in attendance, and answered various questions. The following comments made on the day were passed onto the developers for their information:
- Loss of parking on Waterside Road
- Don’t like the garages on front, to look at possibility of putting garage doors at the back and entrance from the garden.
- Too high particularly on corner of Fieldgate Dock. ( most comments on height ) Footpath will be restricted and several dropped curbs to allow garage entrance Drainage in Fieldgate Dock Speed to be restricted along Waterside as cars would need to reverse out of garages onto main road.
- Several comments about it needs to be finished but not at the height they want.
In true Brightlingsea Tradition, over 200 members of the public attended, which according to the representatives of the Developer this was the best attendance of any consultation they had held.
Councillor Karen Yallop
Service Development and Delivery Committee
I attended the service development meeting on 5th October and the committee looked at the introduction of Universal Credit.
Universal Credit is being introduced by the DWP. Clients have to go online to apply for this which covers housing benefits, job seekers and income support. They are rolling it out to single new claimants first and then will go across the board. It is taking about nine weeks to complete this process. The CAB are getting extra funding by the Government to help any claimant as Tendring have nothing to do with it but are fully aware off any repercussions as monies will be paid straight to the claimant which will include any housing benefits. The Tendring officers cannot access universal credit forms. Tendring will still continue to pay out council tax payments to those who are already receiving. Landlords will only be able to be paid directly if the tenant has any health issues and also in arrears.
The next meeting will be looking to see if there are any repercussions regarding landlords not being paid and if evictions are on the increase.