The snow and ice we saw in late February/early March, called "The Beast from the East" by the press, is now well behind us, but the problems caused locally with transport, schools, burst pipes, etc, were the worst we have seen for many years. However, I do hope you are fully over it and preparing for a good Summer.
As usual, our Committee has been busy in the last six months and I am pleased to report that we now have a small sub-committee working on the recording of problems with footpaths, potholes, roadways, lamp-posts, grass verges and overgrown vegetation. The records they produce will continue to be used in our representations to District and County Councillors, and Officers, as we try to preserve the Frinton environment.
Our Health Representative has had a busy time as he is also Chairman of the Caradoc Patient Participation Group (PPG). He has been working closely with the surgery during their implementation of the new appointment booking system. It has had a lot of bad press, but some benefits are coming through and we hope the surgery can continue to get all the promised improvements implemented soon.
We lobbied strongly to keep the public toilets in Old Way open, but unfortunately these were closed permanently at New Year, and any reprieve is unlikely. We find it difficult to understand why the Councils at TDC and our own Town could not find some formula to continue this service which the local residents want.
The FRA have funded a Defibrillator to be sited in Connaught Avenue, and we hope to have it installed well before our AGM.
We are also working closely with the Town Council and other organisations to bring about improvements to the Spinney near the station. This is a particularly important site . It should provide visitors with a better first impression of the Town and assist the good work of Frinton in Bloom.
Our planning representatives continue to monitor all new planning applications and respond to members' queries. The Local Plan is also a big issue and its progress through the different stages of National Inspection is being closely monitored.
We continue to have regular meetings with local Councillors who represent us on Essex County Council, Tendring District Council, and Frinton & Walton Town Council, to try and resolve local issues. We hope many of these Councillors will attend our next AGM to be held on 21 April 2018, where they will be available to answer questions.
I would like to give special mention and a "Thank You", to our Honorary Secretary, who already bears a disproportionate amount of the Committee work, but has in addition, picked up the editorial role for the Spring 2018 issue of The Frinton Resident. She has not only co-ordinated and laid out the various articles, but has also written several and has dealt with our sponsors.
I would also like to especially mention Helen Balisson, who has had to resign from the Committee recently on health grounds. She has served on our Committee for some years, and has been a great strength as Assistant Secretary, liaising with the Frinton Businesses group, representing the FRA on youth issues and generally helping whenever needed. Thank you Helen, and we all wish you well.
The above outlines some of the work of the Committee, and further information is provided on this website.
Unfortunately, some Committee members have resigned during the year, and we are continually looking for new Committee members to join us and assist the team. We particularly need a Membership Secretary and a Newsletter Editor. If you can spare some time, and want to help, why not contact me on the email address given below.
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 get in touch with us if there is an issue which is troubling you by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, I would like to invite you to our Annual General Meeting on 21 April 2018. We will have speakers on topical subjects and you will have the opportunity to raise issues with us, or with the Councillors present. The Agenda is available on the Events page. We look forward to seeing many residents there.
On behalf of the FRA Committee, I wish you all a happy and healthy summer.