Brightlingsea Town Report 2015/2016
As most of you now know I have stepped down as Chairman of
Brightlingsea Business Association after 28 years. We have to
thank Brian House for having the forethought to have a Business
Association in Brightlingsea and he organized a meeting where I
was made chairman. Obviously as this is my last Town Report I
wish the new organization well in keeping our shops full and
carry on working with Tendring & Brightlingsea Councils.
Over the last year we have
continued to push for better signage to show the Town Centre and
Seafront, especially the Hard area and Marina, all these help
Tourism which has been paramount over the last 28 years in
helping trade succeed and keep our shops full.
Going back on history it may
not be realized but the BBA and Community Reach were responsible
in obtaining the grant available from EEDA for our Foot Ferry to
Point Clear and East Mersea which we handed over to the Harbour
Commissioners to run. This has been very successful and
hopefully will continue.
We have been responsible over
time to collate and produce leaflets on
www.brightlingsea-town.co.uk which are available to print off,
these include a new map of the Town which is useful for
visitors. These leaflets will be available for the foreseeable
future courtesy of David Newman.
We have during 2015 organized
an Italian Market on two occasions, one during the Summer and
one on Late Night Shopping both of which were successful in
bringing people into Town. 2015’s Late Night Shopping Event was
attended by a lot more people than normal according to the
stewards. Charities, stalls and shops had a good night with most
reporting good trade.
To finish I wish the ‘New
Organization’ all the very best and I hope that they will work
with Brightlingsea Hospice Support Group and St James Church to
organize the Light up a Life service which BBA have held for
Past Chairman : Des Rowson