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Full Council Minutes 27th January 2010

HARWICH TOWN COUNCIL
Clerk: Susan Anderson
Guildhall, Church Street, Harwich CO12 3DS
Telephone: 01255 507211 email: harwichtown_co@btconnect.com
MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF HARWICH TOWN COUNCIL
HELD ON
27th JANUARY 2010 at 7.00pm
at THE 1912 CENTRE, COW LANE, HARWICH
Present: The Mayor, Councillor J Wares, in the Chair
The Deputy Mayor, Councillor S Tyrer
Councillors B Brown, J Brown, R Callender, G Calver, A Colbourne,
L Double, S Henderson, D McLeod, A Morrison and D Rutson
Clerk to the Council, Mrs S Anderson
Also present: Executive Leader of Tendring District Council, Councillor
Stock,
Finance Portfolio Holder of Tendring District Council, Councillor P
Halliday, 1 member of the press and 6 member’s of the public.
132/09 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Apologies for absence were received from Councillors P Burke, B Howlett, M
Gardner, L Payne and Reverend E Lammens.
133//09 DECLARATIONS OF MEMBERS’ INTERESTS
Item 142/09 Councillor’s Wares and Calver declared a personal interest.
Item 145/09 Councillor McLeod declared a personal and prejudicial interest.
134/09 MAYOR’S ANNOUNCEMENTS
The Mayor gave details of engagements she has recently undertaken including
all her engagements over the Christmas period. The Mayor informed members
that a Farewell Service for Reverend Lammens will be held at All Saints
Church, Dovercourt on 14th February 2010 at 7.30pm.
135/09 MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETINGS
RESOLVED: that the minutes of the meeting of the Town Council held on 9th
December 2009 (previously circulated) be approved by the Chairman and
signed as a true record.
136/09 HARWICH MASTER PLAN
Further to Minute 111/09, Councillor N Stock, Executive Leader of Tendring
District Council gave a presentation regarding the Harwich Master Plan
detailing a) lack of planning applications from developers, b) pedestrianisation
of Harwich Quay, c) costs of reclamation and contamination at Gas House
Creek and, d) the excessive cost of Public Liability insurance to cover the
Train Ferry Gantry. Councillor P Halliday, The Finance Portfolio Holder of
Tendring District Council was also present to assist with any financial
questions raised.
Individual members of Harwich Town Council asked questions, raised points
and made comments throughout the presentation and were advised that a
further meeting to discuss the Harwich Master Plan was scheduled to take
place at Tendring District Council in the coming weeks.
Councillor’s Stock and Halliday left the meeting at 7.45pm
137/09 PUBLIC APOLOGY
Further to Minute 112/09, The Mayor read a public apology received from
Councillor T Ferguson of Tendring District Council. The letter was noted.
138/09 MEN’S HEALTH CLINIC AT THE FRYATT HOSPITAL, HARWICH
Further to Minute 114/09, a letter received from the office of the new Chief
Executive of North East Essex PCT, Dr Paul Watson confirming his
attendance at the next Council meeting scheduled for 10th March, 2010, was
noted.
139/09 WASTE BINS
A letter received from Mr A Nepean of Tendring District Council was noted.
RESOLVED: to write to Mr Nepean requesting clarification of the reference
to the two bins sited very close by the war memorial.
140/09 LANDSLIP BETWEEN MANNINGTREE AND HARWICH RAILWAY
Further to Minute 118/09, a response from Network Rail was noted.
Councillor Morrison informed members that as there were major problems
with subsidence on this stretch of the railway, the matter should be referred to
the next Council meeting. RESOLVED: to write to Network Rail to chase
their investigation.
141/09 DIAMOND ANNIVERSARY OF QUEEN ELIZABETH II
Councillor McLeod suggested that the 60th Anniversary of
Queen Elizabeth II in 2012 was a chance for Harwich Town Council to support
local organisations with their celebrations.
142/09 ENTRANCE ROADWAY TO UNITED SERVICES CLUB, BRITISH LEGION AND NAVIGATOR
Members were informed of the serious condition of the entrance roadway to
United Services Club, British Legion and Navigator. RESOLVED: to write
to Tendring District Council requesting urgent repair and maintenance to the
roadway.
143/09 EXTREME WEATHER CONDITIONS
Councillor Colbourne reported on road gritting, by Essex County Council,
throughout the recent extreme weather conditions and although all main roads
and bus routes had been well gritted, side roads had been neglected.
RESOLVED: to write to Essex County Council requesting the number and
location of grit bins in Clacton, Frinton, Walton and to ascertain the criteria
under which grit bins are provided, managed and located in the Harwich area.
144/09 POWERBOAT RACE 31ST JULY / 1ST AUGUST 2010
The Council were informed of a Powerboat Race scheduled to take place on
the weekend of 31st July/1st August 2010. RESOLVED: to invite the
organisers to attend the next Full Council Meeting with their proposals.
145/09 ALCOHOL EXCLUSION ZONE
At 8.10pm Councillor McLeod left the room.
Councillor Calver reported on the intention of Harwich Police to enforce an
alcohol exclusion zone from West End Lane to Cliff Park, Dovercourt. The
Council discussed this matter and RESOLVED: to write to Harwich Police
opposing the initial proposal, but would support a proposal for an alcohol
exclusion zone taking in the Town Centre area between Orwell Terrace and
Cliff Road, Dovercourt.
Councillor McLeod rejoined the meeting at 8.25pm
146/09 ACCOUNTS
Payments and receipts, current balances, financial activity against budgets and
earmarked funds were noted.
RESOLVED: to authorise payments as listed Appendix A.
147/09 MUTLI-USE GAMES AREA, RAY AVENUE RECREATION GROUND
Members noted an email from Kirsty Horton, Play Officer at Tendring District
Council, regarding of the installation of a new multi-use games area at Ray
Avenue Recreation Ground in the near future.
148/09 DATE OF NEXT MEETING
The next meeting of Harwich Town Council will be held on Wednesday 10th
March 2010 at The 1912 Centre, Harwich at 7.00pm, or at the rise of the Town
Planning Committee, whichever is the later.
The Chairman closed the meeting at 8.30pm.

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