Lido (Councillor Barry)
The lido has closed its doors for the winter now and plans are being formulated and discussions held to look at the next phase of the five year development plan. After two years of operation under Council ownership and Trust management the lido has exceeded targets in respect of admissions, financial performance and technological improvements. It is anticipated that a public meeting will be held early in the new Year to update residents and interested parties regarding future development plans.
The management trust was shortlisted but ultimately unsuccessful in applications for two major grants from the co-operative development fund. Other applications are planned in respect of future developments.
The café will be closed for operation by the trust from the end of October – staffing and financial considerations meant that the operation would not be viable on a restricted basis over the winter although there are a number of events planned at Halloween and Christmas.
Volunteers will continue to meet weekly to undertake routine maintenance tasks when weather permits over the next few months.
Western Promenade (Councillor Howard)
Due to a car hitting and badly damaging the playground fencing and the car park being flooded following High Tides and gale force winds Terry (Head Groundsman) and I decided to close the Car Park gate on 7th October a little bit earlier than normal. The Clerk notified the chairman of the Beach Hut owners and of course they are able to obtain a Gate key from Parish Hall to access their huts for cleaning etc.
The Hope Fest successfully went ahead despite very windy weather although they decided not to carry on into the evening as the weather was getting worse. There were some hay bales left on site which blew around and some fencing but this was removed a.s.a.p. the next day. I have asked the organisers for a meeting to discuss how they thought it went.