Frinton Clock Tower - Photograph by Chris Davies (www.essexeyes.co.uk)

Chairman's Message

Around 118 people attended the FRA Half-yearly public meeting on Saturday, 21 October 2017, where they learnt that:

- In 2019 Tendring District Councillor representation within the Frinton & Walton Town Council area would be reduced from 9 to 6 Councillors, with Great Holland Ward becoming part of Thorpe-Le-Soken and Beaumont Ward, some parts of Hamford Ward to join Kirby-Le-Soken Ward whilst another part joins an enlarged Frinton Ward with 2 Councillor representation;

- Colchester Hospital were introducing the 'Ending PJ Paralysis' Scheme to help ensure patients were discharged as early as possible and to avoid the risk of sepsis;

- Fortnightly rubbish collections would in all probability be necessary when the existing contract with Veolia runs out in 2019 and why;

- Recycling percentages go down when the amount of other waste collected increases, and why the new recycling plant at Basildon was not meeting expectations;

- A new computer system was being installed in Caradoc Surgery, which would go live in early December 2017, after which a Care Navigation Scheme would be implemented whereby anyone wishing to make an appointment would either have to book online, or telephone a central location providing 30 telephone lines. No more queuing for appointments outside the surgery, and it was hoped that with the new pilot system those with an urgent need to see a doctor would do so more quickly.

David Foster of Frinton in Bloom displayed photographs of flowerbeds, gardens and vegetable patches, which had lead to Frinton being awarded Gold, together with Best Small Town in the Anglia Region by the Anglia in Bloom judges. Residents raised issues of speeding, the terrible condition of the private roads around Central Avenue, and the deep potholes that could result in the deaths of motorcyclists. It was also pointed out that an online petition was available regarding Recruitment of Rural GPs: Petition for more GPs in rural areas.

A full report on the meeting is available on the Events page.

We are a voluntary organisation and we are certainly not an authority on many of the issues, but we can be part of a strong lobby to get things right in our community and to make sure the voices of the residents are heard.

The issues we deal with are generally the ones that our members have highlighted or are most concerned about, and we also have representatives on the committee of other organisations in the town which gives us a broad base of activities and a good balance.

We like to receive communications from Members and Friends of The Frinton Residents' Association as we welcome your views on current issues and concerns. Therefore, please do not hesitate to contact us by email if there is an issue which is troubling you.

My best wishes to you all,

Alan Eldret
Chairman