Annual Town Meeting

(Canvey Island Town Council) – CANVEY ISLAND RESIDENTS AND BUSINESS COMMUNITY MEMBERS are invited to attend the Annual Town Meeting on Monday, 27th April 2009 at 7.30pm in The Paddocks, Long Road, Canvey Island.

Nick Harvey (CIIP)

Nick Harvey (CIIP)

Councillor Nick Harvey, chairman of the Town Council, will provide a review of the Town Council’s year — and an activity review of the four Town Council’s Committees (Community Relations; Environment and Open Spaces; Planning; and Policy and Finance) will also be presented.

Chief Inspector Paul Eveleigh, Essex police district commander for Castle Point, will talk about neighbourhood and community policing on Canvey Island.

There will be various opportunities to ask questions, and light refreshments will be available from 7pm.

Dave Blackwell (CIIP)

Dave Blackwell (CIIP)

At its first meeting, last year, the then chairman, David Blackwell, hoped to extend Thames Ambulance’s extra curricular first-aid training for 7th year pupils to Furtherwick Park and Cornelius Vermuyden schools.

The council also aspired to tackle dog fouling in partnership with the Borough Council; improve festive lighting; improve Canvey Lake; install a further phase of equipment at the skateboard park; provide more bus shelters and seating; improve the seaside gardens; secure the use of the Canvey Urban District Council coat of arms; ensure greater partnership-working with other authorities; investigate the provision of a farmers’ market; and provide more community forums to enable greater community involvement.

Both chairmen, Nick Harvey and Dave Blackwell, are also elected councillors to Castle Point Borough Council (representing Canvey Island North and Canvey Island Central, respectively).

Chief Inspector Paul Eveleigh

Chief Inspector Paul Eveleigh

Chief Inspector Paul Eveleigh, who also attended the meeting last year, announced the introduction of a scheme which would see locally based, named specialist officers, deployed in the same ward on a regular basis. ‘This,’ he said then, ‘Would enable the community to build a relationship with an individual officer and enable a greater understanding of individual areas to be gained.’

PC Christian Howell

PC Christian Howell

A contribution from PC Christian Howell, the neighbourhood police officer whom heads-up the Canvey Island scheme, and is the main point of contact with the local community, is noticeably absent from this year’s 27th April agenda.

Last year’s meeting closed at 9.50pm.

You can take the opportunity of letting our town councillors know what you think of their performance so far by taking part in the straw poll below. (Just one vote is allowed from each computer user).

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