Report from Councillor Barry
I have attended a full District Council Meeting and a Climate change working party meeting this month, and met with TDC officials in August along with Cllrs Steady and Chapman.
Report from Councillor Chapman
Friday 13th September – attended Cabinet Meeting.
Sunday 15th September – attended the Hindu Ceremony on Clacton Beach
Report from Councillor Steady
27th August – Hosted a TDC Shadow Cabinet Meeting at Brightlingsea, where various Tendring issues were discussed.
Joint Report from Councillors Barry, Chapman and Steady
10th September – Full Council Meeting. The meeting was noteworthy for a lengthy debate on the problems of the new waste and recycling collections, prompted by an opposition motion calling for an urgent review and immediate measures to address ongoing issues. This was a follow up to Councillor Barry’s question to the portfolio holder Michael Talbot (St Osyth) at the previous meeting. Many councillors on both sides of the chamber spoke and gave examples of missed collections, failed bin deliveries etc etc and the council leader Neil Stock even issued a public apology. Despite the unanimous recognition of problems and the realities of the situation the conservative led administration voted against the motion and with the support of Cllr Talbot (Ind.), won by 2 votes. The complacency and denial of the portfolio holder during debate was quite staggering.
The meeting with TDC officials addressed issues mainly relating to the Western Prom. The provision of recycling bins near Batemans had been promised (and was indeed part of the criteria for the blue flag award) but had not materialised. This was to be dealt with by Ian Taylor. Cleaning the footpath round the paddling pool was discussed, along with replacement/improvement of the shelters. Some local town council initiatives need to be formulated and agreed before taking proposals back to TDC