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
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 many years.
Past Chairman : Des Rowson