Reports from Tendring District Councillors –Agenda No. 12
Council Meeting 20th October 2016
Councillor J Chapman
I had a meeting with Tom Gardiner from Tendring who is Head of Regeneration and Inward Investment, also Rachel Fryer who is Regeneration Services and Town Centre Manager. Tom is very keen to be involved in the plan with our seafront and has asked Mike Carran and Nick Turner to keep him in the loop. He can also advise them on regeneration and funding.
Rachel explained the survey they were doing on the amount of empty shops and I asked if Brightlingsea could be involved as we have bucked the trend and the only empty commercial properties we have are the banks. This was agreed and as it proved we came out top, all credit to us.
She stated that the owner of the Barclays Bank would be prepared to negotiate a possible rent free period to entice someone to take it.
She also advised me that the Business rate threshold would be altering on April 1st and business that are above the rateable value of 6000 and pay business rates at the moment would see a reduction as this is being increased to 12000.
This takes more small shop keepers into the zero rate threshold and would encourage people to take premises. But it does men that Tendring will be receiving less and will have to take this into consideration while fixing next years budgets.
Attended the following:-
- Eastern LGA Meeting at Bury St Edmunds on Saturday 1st October. The following was discussed:- skills issues faced by Councils as employers, Electoral Boundary Review, Devolution, Localism and Business Rate Retention.
- Environment Working Party on Monday 3rd October and 17th October to identify budget savings.
- TDC Members Briefing on Wednesday 12th October where a presentation was given on MACE (Missing and Child Exploitation).
On the 19th September I attended the Service Development and Delivery Scrutiny Committee which looked at Dog fouling and bin provision.
Monday 3rd October I attended the Community Leadership and Partnership Committee which looked at the recruitment and retention of teachers and a presentation from Graham Lancaster, the ECC’s Lead Commissioner for Primary Schools (North East).