Moves are well underway to set up a new community-owned company to help aid Jaywick Sands’ regeneration.
Residents are to take a major role in the organisation which is being formed in a bid to help improve people’s lives.
A steering group has already been set up, has met twice and it is hoped to have Jaywick Revival Community Interest Company operating by the end of February.
At the next meeting on February 6 it is expected to agree a mission statement and come up with a brand and logo.
The company will be run by a board of 11 directors and a list of priorities to tackle is to be drawn up along with a business plan.
Among the priorities highlighted so far are a community shop; housing; tenant/landlord support; Jaywick Sands Festival; family support and support for vulnerable people, a community café, improved transport; land ownership; employment units and training opportunities.
The initiative is being supported by Developing and Empowering Resources in Communities (DERiC), a not for profit company, which has been meeting and talking with people in the area since the summer.
It has made an offer of up to £10,000 in grant funding to help get the organisation up and running.
Ritchard Brazil from DERiC attended a steering group meeting on Wednesday and is confident that the new company is only a matter of weeks away from being set up.
“The whole process is coming together well and we had a number of residents attend the meeting on Wednesday,” he said.
“The plan is to get more involved as things go forward and all residents will be able to buy shares in the company at 1p each, sold in blocks of 100. Anyone who lives, works or has a genuine connection with Jaywick Sands will be able to buy one of these blocks.
“There will also be other companies and organisations which will be interested in providing financial backing. It will be hard work but it is very doable.
“It is all about Jaywick Sands Revival CiC playing a part in the overall regeneration of Jaywick Sands.”
Roy Raby, who chairs the steering group, said he is delighted with the progress being made so far.
“Once the company is up and running we will want to get as many Jaywick Sands’ residents involved as possible,” he added.
“We will be keeping them informed and leaflets will be put through doors with information about what is happening and when. Watch out for them arriving on the doormat soon.”
It is also hoped to strongly involve young people in Jaywick Sands and there is likely to be one place on the board kept for a representative from that age group.
Paul Honeywood, Tendring District Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing with special responsibility for Jaywick Sands, has also attended the meetings.
“I am encouraged by the enthusiasm shown for the company so far and it will be down to residents’ participation as to just how successful this can be,” he said.
“There is certainly the potential for the company to support TDC’s aims to regenerate Jaywick Sands and play its part in the process.”
Anyone wanting more information should contact Alison Gibbs, Alison.Gibbs@essex.gov.uk (link sends e-mail).