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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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  • 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 But that won't happen again - the Tory Government has withdrawn from that Investment Bank which fostered green initiatives, allowing private enterprise to take over - and we all know where that will lead.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].

  • One-Way Sign
    Article: Nov 28, 2017
    In Leigh & West Leigh Focus Oct/Nov 2017

    Hadleigh Locals win campaign for single-lane route.

    RESIDENTS in the lower part of Hadleigh Road, between New Road and Leigh Park Road, have won a campaign to make their part of the road one-way.

    This will stop awkward confrontations between cars on this narrow but steep stretch of road.

    Lib Dem councillor carole Mulroney presented their case to Southend Council's Traffic and Parking Working Party and cabinet committee and the change was agreed in principle.

  • Article: Oct 13, 2017

    Southend Lib Dems: Southend West MP has questions to answer

    Southend Liberal Democrats questioned the fitness of local MP Sir David Amess to represent his constituents following a press release issued today that questioned the widespread rape and sexual assault accusations currently being raised against Harvey Weinstein, a US film producer.

  • Carole Mulroney at Leigh Post Office
    Article: Jul 27, 2017
    By Carole Mulroney

    Councillor Carole Mulroney's open objection letter in response to the Post Office changes in Leigh-on-Sea

    Dear Sir,

    I have considered very carefully the proposals being put forward by the Post Office for the provision of services in Leigh. As a Borough and Town Councillor for the ward I have also received correspondence from various residents (and I have urged them to respond) whose concerns I reflect in this letter.

  • Blue Badge Holders not welcome by Southend Tories
    Article: Jul 12, 2017
    In Leigh & West Leigh Focus: July 2017

    Blue Badge Holders Hit by Tories

    In their recent budget the Tories who run Southend Council introduced parking charges for those with disabled badges who live outside Southend - even though they said it would not raise much money.

    Lib Dems voted against these petty and spiteful charges.

    Surely it cannot be worth the time and effort of officers making and putting up signage in every car park. It is just shows how obsessed the Tories have become with more and more cuts.

  • Parking at Southend East Train Station
    Article: Jul 12, 2017
    In Kursaal Focus: July 2017

    We're committed to ending car nightmare

    By Howard Gibeon
    Focus Editor

    THE number of cars parking in local streets during the day is reaching epidemic proportions.

    Areas around Southend East station are particularly badly hit and it's commuter traffic that is mostly to blame.

    Kursaal Ward residents are bearing the brunt of a council decision to stop commuter parking in the Thorpe Bay area by maintaining an hour restriction in the middle of the day. As most houses in that area have drives and garages, it is anybody's guess why this has come to pass. This upshot is that many commuters who previously used Thorpe Bay are now driving to Southend East instead. The reason is simple - they can park all day in the nearby streets. This causes tremendous problems for residents.

  • Ashley Thompson with missing road sign
    Article: Jul 12, 2017
    In Leigh & West Leigh Focus: July 2017

    Southend Council's Tory budget-cutters have come up with the crazy idea of not replacing street name signs.

    So now an increasing number of roads have poles but no signs!

    Lib Dem campaigner Ashley Thomson says "The Tories are taking cuts to absurd levels.

    "Losing our street names makes the town and the Council look shabby and daft. We are a tourist area and people need to know where they are going."

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