The Town Council is an elected body corporate with perpetual succession made up of local people representing the interests of the community. Canvey Island Town Council has a Town Mayor, Deputy Town Mayor and 9 other councillors representing various wards which are East Ward, North Ward, South Ward, Central Ward, West Ward and Winter Gardens Ward.
The Town Council is funded almost entirely by the precept which is collected by Castle Point Borough Council on behalf of the town as part of the Council Tax.
The duties of the Town Council – the functions which it must carry out are limited, but it’s powers – the areas where it has discretion to act if it chooses are wide.
A SUMMARY OF OUR SERVICES:
As the first tier of government the Town Council is responsible to residents for a number of services including:
- Management of recreational areas such as Canvey Lake, Concord Beach Tidal Pool, Labworth Memorial Gardens, Band Stand and Tewkes Creek Wildflower Meadow.
- Consultee on Planning Applications within Canvey Island
- Annual Events – Christmas Event, Wildlife Day (in partnership with RSPB), Armed Forces Day and the Garden Trail
- Town Centre Planters, Hanging Baskets and Festive Lighting
- Planters at Jones Corner, Eastern Esplanade, Ferry Road and Canvey Way
- Two Allotments sites, Winter Gardens and Smallgains
- Providing financial support to local groups though the Grant Scheme
- Quarterly Newsletters
- Preparation and production of the Town Guide
- Community Warden presence
- Noticeboards in each ward
- Community partnership working
- Working in partnership with ECC on public rights of way, footpaths etc
- Point of contact for County, Borough and many other public services
- Consultee on crime and disorder reduction
The Council or its committees meet every three weeks and all meetings are open to the public.
The meetings will normally be held on a Monday evening at 7.30pm at the Council offices, 11 High Street, Canvey Island (please view the agenda as this could be subject to change).
Agendas for meetings are displayed in the Town Council Office window, the Library, our website and our notice boards at Leigh Beck School, Village bus stop, NHS Clinic Long Road, Third Avenue and at the junction of Foksville Road and Furtherwick Road within the town centre.
Agendas and minutes are sent to all Canvey Councillors, the Library, Castle Point Borough Council, the local press and various requested individuals.
The Town Council holds an Annual Town Meeting between 1st March and the 1st June which is a forum for the public to come and question members on any matters relating to the work of the Town Council.
Councils Four Year Plan
The Council reviews its activities each year and discusses and agrees new projects which would be beneficial to the community. These plans cover a rolling four year period and are monitored by the Council and its relevant committees.