Lido (Councillor Barry)
Lido staff and volunteers and the whole community were stunned by news of the sudden death of one of our young lifeguards Rory Wai on 6th August. Rory, aged only 18 yrs old, had only been with us a few weeks, but had made a big impression on trustees and staff with his willingness to help and commitment to the job. He was very well liked and had special friends amongst our young lifeguard and catering teams, many of whom have been particularly affected; they have been offered support and time to deal with the tragedy by the manager and trustees. The town vicar Caroline Beckett has been very kind and responsive and opened St James’ church as a place for quiet contemplation and reflection, with additional support for those that need it.
Western Promenade (Councillor Howard)
There was an incursion of Travellers parked on the roadside and disabled bays next to the public toilets, after joint efforts from Councillors and Police the site was vacated after just over a week.
Councillor Block and I met with Terry Hamilton (Head Groundsman). As stated at the last meeting the large slide on the prom play area has been considered unsafe, Terry has had a quote for repairs but this would not be cost effective when compared to the cost of a new slide. Terry has cordoned the slide off but unfortunately the netting has been removed and children and adults were seen playing on it so the slide has now been dismantled. We shall be taking the matter of a replacement slide to the finance committee.
FOOD AND DRINK FESTIVAL (23-25 AUGUST)
Councillor Block and I met with Will Jenkins, the organiser of the Food Festival to finalise the details of the event. He has changed the layout this year and we all hope the weather is kinder to him. A copy of his Event Plan is with the Clerk, together with the appropriate licenses if any Councillor wishes to see them.
HOPE FEST (28 SEPTEMBER)
Councillor Steady and I met with organisers Georgie Dunt and Jacky Batchelor. They will hold the Hope Fest on the Prom from 11am until 11pm. (A number that is often seen after the loss of a loved one.) They have most of their event in place: Public Liability, First aiders, First Aid Point etc. They are going to ask the Lido Café if they will stay open longer that day, and also ask if Batemans Mobile Café could be there that day. We will also ask TDC if they will keep the Public Toilets open later that day.
There have been some issues with the Beach Huts. One of the beach huts situated around the lake (BTC) is hired out and sometimes parties are held there, which is considered unfair on the neighbouring huts, if they are there for a quiet time. A TDC hut is also being used for a business enterprise which can mean as many as 20 people in front of the hut at one time. I have suggested a meeting with the Beach Hut Committee.
Julie and I have almost finalised the Emergency Plan. We are waiting to hear back from some contacts to tie up loose ends. We hope to present it to the next Full Council.