Environment Minutes 8th January 2014
MINUTES of the Meeting of the ENVIRONMENT & COMMUNITY COMMITTEE
The Guildhall, Church Street, Harwich
Wednesday 8th January 2014 at 7.00pm
|Present:||Councillors Todd, McLeod, I Henderson, C Powell, Flavell, King, F Powell and Day|
|In the Chair:||Councillor Fowler|
|Clerk:||Mrs Michelle Townsend|
|Also present:||Paul Preece, Horticultural Adviser
No members of the public or press
PUBLIC QUESTION TIME:
|E54/13||APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
|E55/13||DECLARATIONS OF MEMBERS’ INTERESTS
|E56/13||MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETING
RESOLVED that the minutes of the Environment & Community meeting held on 4th November 2013 (previously circulated) be approved by the Committee and signed by the Chairman as a true record.
|E57/13||MATTERS ARISING FROM THE MINUTES
Following the resolution by F&GP Committee to sign the licence, and ongoing discussions between Councillor Day and Andy White from TDC, suggestions were made for HTC to submit a broader proposal for the development of the Dovercourt sea front area. This could encompass a review of car parking, existing parking restrictions in neighbouring roads, opening times of local businesses/attractions and possible new facilities and ideas for the area. Councillor Day agreed to enquire whether HTC can see sight of the TDC leases issued to the local businesses. Members thanked Councillor Day for his time and assistance.
RESOLVED: Scope of the Putting Green Working Party to be extended to review the Dovercourt sea front area. Invitations to attend the Working Party to be extended to Councillor Calver and Councillor Day.
|E59/13||LOCAL HIGHWAYS PANELCouncillor I Henderson confirmed that the next meeting of the Highways Panel will take place on 30th January 2014. Although the proposal for Pattricks Lane was turned down by the Panel, surveys have been undertaken and there may be S106 funding available. Members raised concerns regarding the lack of progress on projects submitted to the panel over the last year.
RESOLVED: Clerk to write to Councillor Bass expressing HTC’s concerns with the lack of action on proposals put forward for the Harwich & Dovercourt area and the effectiveness and efficiency of the revised system for referrals being placed through the LHP.
Members reviewed the Harwich Speed Limit Feasibility Report DC1506. Opinion from both Members and some local residents is that the report is flawed as certain streets in the historic district were not included. It was felt that simple speed calming solutions could be put in place which could include 20mph signs as you come off the bypass and on Main Road when entering Old Harwich.
Councillor I Henderson raised the issue of removed lamp posts which are yet to be replaced. Absent lamp posts in Gravel Hill Way and outside Chase Lane School have been reported but delays for replacement are expected.
|E61/13||TREE PLANTING & OUTDOOR SPACES
Paul Preece, Horticultural Adviser, updated members;
|E62/13||PROVISION FOR COMMUNITY NOTICE BOARDS
The working party presenting the different options available and highlighted the preferred air-dried oak notice board supplied by The Acorn Workshop. Councillor C Powell agreed that although it was a high cost to provide a notice board for the community, it will assist with keeping the local community informed and promote events and services in the area. Planning Services have already confirmed that planning permission is not required and Ian Taylor has provided approval for the type of notice board and location.
RESOLVED: Clerk to place an order with Acorn Workshop for an oak notice board (approx 168mm x 710mm) with a Tung Oil Finish and black lettering at a cost of £995.00. Delivery to be direct to TDC.
|E63/13||PROPOSAL FOR BUOY AT GAS HOUSE CREEK
The Clerk confirmed that Trinity House has provided details of the proposed buoy and its dimensions. Paul Howe has submitted a plan to include this project as one of Trinity House’s 500th Anniversary projects and is awaiting approval for the costs of refurbishing the buoy.
Councillor Flavell gave his thanks to the Assistant Clerk and Paul Howe for their time and assistant so far.
RESOLVED: Councillor Flavell and Assistant Clerk to progress the following;
|E64/13||MATTERS RECEIVED IN THE POST OR RAISED BY MEMBERS
|E65/13||DATE OF NEXT MEETING
The next meeting of the Environment & Community Committee will be held at the Guildhall, Church Street, Harwich on 12th March 2014 at 7pm.
The Chairman closed the meeting at 20.35pm