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  • Ashley Thompson with Fence
    Article: Mar 10, 2017
    In Leigh & West Leigh Focus: February 2017

    When it is a hoarding, apparently!

    Our photo shows the tall "fence" that has been put up on private land just below Leigh Library Gardens. It blocks the views across the estuary which park users have enjoyed for over 150 years. But a fence over 2 metres high needs planning permission which this "fence" does not have - and which many residents would probably object to. But the owner argues that this is not a fence but a temporary hoarding around the property he is building, and therefore not subject to planning permission or the 2 metre rule.

  • Peter Wexham One-way Street
    Article: Mar 10, 2017
    In Leigh & West Leigh Focus: February 2017

    Some local roads are so heavily parked on both sides that there is not enough room for two cars to pass each other.

    When two motorists meet, one has to back up and sometimes tempers flare.

    Or motorists zoom down the road hoping to get through before someone else starts coming the other way.

    When local residents demand it, Southend Council can solve the problem by making the roads one-way. In recent weeks the Council has agreed to make Cliffsea Grove, Leighvillle Grove and Lansdowne Avenue one-way.

  • Cllr Carole Mulroney in front of a Leigh new build
    Article: Mar 9, 2017
    In Leigh & West Leigh Focus: February 2017

    Alongside the NHS, policing and social care, the lack of low cost housing is one of this country's most pressing problems. So Councils often try to make developers provide some affordable housing in their schemes, or pay for it to be built elsewhere.

    But in 2013 the then Minister in charge of planning, Eric Pickles, said that developers could walk away from their promises if they could show their development would not make enough money if affordable housing was included.

  • Campaigner Bob Howes - Delighted to see Council is investing in library which was threatened with closure.
    Article: Mar 6, 2017
    In Prittlewell Focus: March 2017

    When the Tories were last in power in Southend they threatened to close Westcliff Library to save money. Public protests at their library plans was one reason they fell from power. Now they are back they seem to have learnt something from their mistakes and are investing in a major refurbishment of the library. Local Lib Dem campaigner Bob Howes said "I am delighted by this dramatic u-turn. It shows that when the public speak out, even the Tories have to listen."

  • Priory Park Gates, apparently in need of a £35000 paint job?!
    Article: Mar 3, 2017
    In Prittlewell Focus: March 2017

    Southend Council is in a cash crisis, struggling to find money to support the elderly and disadvantaged children. Our roads are full of potholes, and traffic congestion and parking problems are left on the back-burner for years. Yet the Tories running Southend Council plan to spend £35,000 refurbishing the gates at Priory Park. Yes, that is the right figure, £35,000 when most people think a good coat of paint is all they need.

  • Adam checking traffic on Carlton
    Article: Mar 3, 2017
    By Adam Hutchins in Prittlewell Focus: March 2017

    Excessive speeding in the area appears to have increased, and driving around the area has become more and more dangerous. We've all seen cars that have been hit whilst they have been parked, usually in roads where there is plenty of space. I recently saw a car on Southbourne Grove that had been hit in this way - imagine finding your own car in this condition, potentially un-roadworthy? Incredibly distressing. The use of these 'rat runs' is far too common.

  • Earls Hall
    Article: Mar 2, 2017
    In Prittlewell Focus: March 2017

    Local schools are facing a quadruple whammy of budget cuts:

    • Government will cut funds to schools in towns like Southend and give the money instead to other towns
    • Government is cutting the grant to Southend Council for supporting schools' ICT equipment, music etc
    • Government is not giving grants to cover unavoidable higher costs such as increased National Insurance and a tax to pay for apprenticeships
    • Government funding has not taken account of the increasing number of children going through our schools.
  • Councillor Carole Mulroney wants clarity on section 106 agreements
    Article: Feb 17, 2017

    There are no plans to close Leigh-on-Sea's Post Office, Liberal Democrat Councillor for Leigh, Carole Mulroney, reassured residents.

    Councillor Mulroney contacted the Post Office back in January to clarify their plans and stress the importance of providing a comprehensive service in the town.

    Contrary to claims made by Southend Labour Party at the weekend, the Post Office also confirmed to Councillor Mulroney today that there is no closure programme and a partnership arrangement is being explored. This may take some months but there is already interest and proposals will be put forward for public consultation.

  • Councillor Carole Mulroney pleased with stop to Vine expansion
    Article: Feb 13, 2017
    In Southend Echo

    After many complaints regarding the noise levels from The Vine, on Leigh Road, Councillor Carol Mulroney is pleased that the application for expansion was refused.

    Carole, who is on Southend Council's Development Control Committee, said:

    "I am really please the reasons to refuse acknowledge the many complaints we have had from residents about the noise."

  • Western Approaches Zebra Crossing
    Article: Jan 18, 2017

    Local residents of Eastwood have started a e-petition to Southend Council for a safe crossing point outside Scott Park.

    Former Lib Dem councillor and Eastwood resident Paul Collins said about the importance of the petition, 'After residents pointed out to me the need for a safe crossing at this point, it was clear that action is needed to be taken to make the Council take notice of the dangers posed to the whole community.

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