With social distancing rules making normal meetings impossible, Brightlingsea Town Council - BTC - has moved online and is holding full council and planning meetings on Zoom.
The online meetings allow the council to continue its work while the current government guidelines remain in place. Brightlingsea residents can also join the monthly full council or fortnightly planning meetings and continue to have a say during public questions by requesting an invitation from the town clerk, Tracey Pulford, by emailing [email protected]
The town council discusses planning applications that have been submitted to Tendring District Council and, on very rare occasions, Essex County Council which is the Minerals and Waste Planning Authority. The council has no power to approve or refuse applications, but can make recommendations to the relevant authority.
Applications due to be discussed are published on the meeting agenda, normally around a week before the meeting, on the council's website at www.brightlingseatowncouncil.co.uk, with plans and other documents available in the Public Access section of Tendring District Council's website.
BTC's planning committee chair Ben Smith said: "If you don’t want to join the Zoom planning committee meeting to give your comments you can write or email Tendring District Council's Planning Department but it would be greatly appreciated if you could send a copy of your comments to the Town Council so we can consider these when we meet."
He added: "It is important that new buildings and alterations to buildings in the town are of high quality in terms of design and help retain the quality and character of the Brightlingsea environment. On behalf of BTC Planning Committee we want to work with the public to achieve that. Please do continue to have your say."