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Campaigning for Southend and district, all year round.

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Published, Printed & Promoted by Christopher Bailey of behalf of Peter Gwizdala and Lucy V. Salek (Liberal Democrats), all at 77 Vernon Road, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, SS9 2PS

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  • Leigh & West Leigh Focus Oct/Nov 2017
    Article: Dec 7, 2017
    In Leigh & West Leigh Focus Oct/Nov 2017

    Old Town pub music no fun for residents

    Summer in the Old Town is enlivened by a succession of musical events at the pubs. But while visitors can listen, have an enjoyable time and then walk away, the residents of New Road and on the hill behind cannot.

    They are listening to it most of the day and into the late evening, sometimes on both days of the weekends. If two or more pubs have amplified music outside they seem to compete with each other and the noise gets worse.

  • I'M FUMING ABOUT THE AIR QUALITY
    Article: Dec 6, 2017
    By Howard Gibeon in Kursaal Focus October 2017

    Traffic, and as a consequence, air pollution is increasing in Southend and particularly in Kursaal Ward.

    With cars, lorries and vans pumping out noxious gases while crawling through our streets, major concerns have been expressed over the impact on the health of local residents in Sutton Road, Queensway, Southchurch Road, Southchurch Avenue and the Seafront. The Council seems only interested in meeting minimum national standards and not establishing better provisions for our community.

  • Ashley Thompson with missing road sign
    Article: Dec 5, 2017
    In Leigh & West Leigh Focus Oct/Nov 2017

    Still no sign of the sign

    Summed up in one picture ... a government programme that has failed; a Council that is failing

    We took this picture of the missing road sign at Lapwater Close on 20th June. Four months later in October the sign still has not been replaced.

    In the summer edition of the Tory newsletter in West Leigh they claimed that the delay was not due to budget cuts ".but of course as road names are individual, each sign is specially made to order, which takes a little time.".

  • Kursaal Focus
    Article: Dec 4, 2017
    In Kursaal Focus October 2017

    Why has Kursaal Ward become a political football?

    It is being treated as a merry-go-round by all the other political parties, with two Councillors recently swapping sides in the Council chamber.

    Was that really what you voted for?

    The Lib Dems work consistently, as a dedicated team, across the Borough for the benefit of residents.

  • Leigh & West Leigh Focus September 2017
    Article: Dec 3, 2017
    In Leigh & West Leigh Focus Oct/Nov 2017

    The Fight Goes on For Fair Catchment Areas!

    • Council backtrack after protests

    • New proposals still not good enough

    • Academy Trust making waves

    • New school still needed in Leigh

    SOUTHEND COUNCIL's first thoughts on changing the catchment areas for North Street, West Leigh and chalkwell schools were met with a storm of protest from unhappy residents.

  • Vince Cable Nov17
    Article: Dec 2, 2017
    In Kursaal Focus October 2017

    The Brexit negotiations are not going well and it is looking increasingly likely we will leave the European Union with no deal.

    This is deeply worrying.

    Half of Britain's trade is with Europe and the weakness of the pound compared to the euro is having a detrimental effect on businesses.

    It is imperative that we stay in the "Single Market" thereby protecting trade and the millions of jobs that rely on it. Anything less and the whole country faces hard times ahead.

  • Peter Wexham - warned of need for sprinklers four years ago
    Article: Dec 1, 2017
    In Leigh & West Leigh Focus Oct/Nov 2017

    Grenfell Horror: Lessons are still to be learned

    DESPITE the horror of the Grenfell Tower fire, the Government has still not given Councils the power to require sprinklers in all newly built blocks of flats.

    Cllr Peter wexham (right) says "As long ago as 2013 I urged Southend Council to change the Building Regulations so as to insist on sprinklers. But Council officers explained that without new powers from the Government, changed Building Regs could not be enforced.

  • Carole Mulroney at Two Tree Island
    Article: Nov 30, 2017
    In Leigh & West Leigh Focus Oct/Nov 2017

    Carole helping TWIG to grow!

    How green was our Council?

    Well, whilst the joint administration of Independent, Lib Dem and Labour was in place it was greener than ever before.

    We introduced Southend Energy, enabling all residents to cut their electricity and gas bills. We also accelerated a programme to replace street lighting with more energy efficient LED lighting, securing a loan from the Green Investment Bank. But that won't happen again - the Tory Government has withdrawn from that Investment Bank which fostered green initiatives, allowing private enterprise to take over - and we all know where that will lead.

  • Road Rage!
    Article: Nov 30, 2017
    By Howard Gibeon in Kursaal Focus October 2017

    Getting out into Southchurch Road is less a motoring manoeuvre, more an act of faith. It's time to stop asking locals to gamble with their lives

    Fear and loathing of Southchurch junctions

    Local residents are becoming increasingly alarmed about the 'blind' junctions on both the north and south sides of Southchurch Road.

  • Lucy V Salek
    Article: Nov 29, 2017
    By Lucy Salek in Leigh & West Leigh Focus Oct/Nov 2017

    Brexit: The wheels are falling off ... we need an option to stay in EU

    The Brexit negotiations are not going well.

    Every day we are seeing more and more evidence of this Tory government trying to gloss over the panic - 50-plus studies of the impact of Brexit are being hidden from us [since this story was released, (only) some have now been released, heavily redacted].

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