FRA Logo photograph by Alan Eldret
Frinton Town Centre - Photograph by Carole Roman

Frinton Residents' Association - About Us

1. The Committee

Currently, including Officers, we have twelve Committee members:

 

Officers

Committee Members

President: Gillian Sanford (Frinton in Bloom)
Chairman: Alan Eldret (Planning)
Vice Chairman: Neil Churcher (Health)
Honorary Secretary: Jeanette Phillips
Honorary Treasurer: Geoff Harris
Assistant Secretary: Helen Balisson
Assistant Treasurer: Elaine Rowland


Claire Martin-Redman (Membership Secretary)
Colin Knights (McGrigor Hall Committee)
Peter Dias
(AFBHO Representative)
Ken Daniels (Environment - Pavements, Potholes, Overhanging Vegetation and Street Lighting)
Jane Northover (Environment - Seafront Issues/Dog Watch)

 

2. Committee Members' Responsibilities

As you will see from the above, certain members of the Committee have been allocated specific areas of responsibility (as shown in brackets after their names), ie we have a Health Representative, a member responsible for Planning and Environmental issues, together with a representative who attends Chamber of Commerce meetings and is also responsible for Youth Issues. Some Committee members also attend meetings of other groups, such as the McGrigor Hall Committee, and the Frinton in Bloom group so that they can report back to the full Committee on issues affecting these other groups. Members of our Committee also have meetings with local Planners and Councillors. In addition, a representative of the The Association of Frinton Beach Hut Owners attends our Committee meetings and one of our Committee members represents us at their meetings. We also have a Membership Team, whose job it is to promote membership of the Association by encouraging newcomers to the area to join the Association, and to remind others to continue to pay their subscriptions.

All Committee members give their time free of charge and work hard in order to help the Association in its efforts to fulfill its aims and objectives, and meet the needs of the Community.

We are always happy to hear from members who would like to join the Committee and currently we have several vacancies.

3. Local Aims and Objectives

3.1 The aim of The Frinton Residents' Association is to work through Frinton's duly elected councillors by presenting valid, measured details of local problems for their considered action. In order to do this, the Association liaises with as many other voluntary groups within Frinton as possible. In addition to those already mentioned above, we have links with the The Friends of Frinton Theatre, The Frinton and Walton Heritage Trust, the Frinton Bowls Club, the Frinton-on-Sea Cricket, Golf and Tennis Clubs.

3.2 In many ways, the Association tries to keep alive the spirit and impetus of the Frinton Environmental Action Committee (FEAC 1994 - 2002) and has based some of its own specific objectives on the issues raised by that Committee. FEAC was an extraordinary and very successful initiative undertaken by local, committed people in order to define and to promote the key features of Frinton. In fact, without its efforts, the Clock Tower on the Esplanade may never have been rebuilt.

3.3 To help ensure the unique environment of Frinton is maintained, the Association continually reviews the topics listed on our Current Issues page. If you would like to make your views known on any issues, the Current Issues page also provides a subject specific email facility.

3.4 The Association was represented on the Project Board for the Re-generation of Connaught Avenue, has recently carried out a consultation of residents' views on Connaught Avenue and is also involved in the discussions on the licensing of street furniture in this area. Another project of particular concern is promoting awareness that dog owners should clean up after their pets, use the Dog Litterbins provided, keep dogs on leads and away from beaches areas where and when specified to do so. We have been also been involved in helping the Frinton Businessses Group with their Campaign to Support Local Businesses, backing the Local Council initiative to improve the facilities available in the area for young people, and we will continue to monitor the new barrier system at the level crossing and the new layout of the nearby roundabout.

3.5 Topics that concern the people of Frinton vary enormously in complexity. Some are very straightforward and may only require one Committee Member, or active Association Member, to monitor the situation and inform the appropriate Councillor, or indeed, the Town Council, whereas others require a more measured approach.

4. National Aims and Objectives

4.1 The Frinton Residents' Association also works closely with the National Organisation of Residents' Association on matters of a more far reaching nature, and supports the aims and objectives of this Association which are:

a. to promote the common interests of residents who live in towns and cities in England as defined by their respective associations
b. to provide a forum for member associations to express opinions and concerns
c. to draw attention to developments which may affect the quality of life in the town
d. to represent the interests of members in discussions with local, regional and national authorities and other organisations
e. to monitor and comment on major issues affecting the quality of life of residents, including planning, licensing, cultural activities, community safety and policing.