Chaired by Cllr Bev Perkins theis committee is well suported by waterfront users, both professional and amateur. The Hammerhead is a central issue where last year the usage was extreme - the problem of proper deterrents becoming high priority - progress on the installation of CCTV cameras in the area is ongoing.
Parking in Coast Road has been a problem and the extension of the ban on parking in the waterfront area will be established permanently this year. Speeding, particularly by wetbikes, is a constant problem since the Town Hard is the only free launch are on the Blackwater.
Youth Interest Group
Formed by Cllr Wendy Bixby to engage youngsters of the island - particularly their views on recreation. A good number of their suggestions and ideas have been incorporated into the new Skate Park.
The Council organised a "Fun Day" on the Legion Field on the 29th June which included a full display of information abouth "Mersea Park"and the multi wheeled Skate Park facility - a worthwhile marketing and fund raising event.
Just before Christmas the Heritage Trail around St Peter's Meadow was officially opened. It included improvements to the Monkey Steps - additional boardwalks and three information boards. A grant of £16,000 from Natural England paid for this whole operation. Not only is it a great benefit to visitors but something we can build on in the future. A Heritage Trail Pamphlet and a Heritage Trail Booklet were also produced.
Refurbishment of Village Centre
This year we hope to see improvements and updating of the centre of the village near the war memorial, library and surrounding area. A number of designs and drawings have come forward which are under consultation with various interested parties and we hope to see this come to fruition this summer.
Having withdrawn our attempt to build a new £1million Pavilion atThe Glebe to include the Rugby Club - the Council then secured a grant of £23,000 from Sport England and £10,000 from ECC Emergency Response Fund to enable a complete refurbishment of present Glebe Pavilion which is now complete
Rugby Club Changing Facility Building
This Facility is currently being built between the Pavilion and the Tennis Club. Yet again grants were obtained from the RFU and Sport England totalling around £150,000. This building will be ready in time for the next winter season when Rugby will be played for the first time in West Mersea using a pitch on the New Glebe. The integration between Rugby and Football players and their vehicles will need to be monitored carefully.