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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].

  • 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."

  • Peter Gwizdala at the start of the first Walk of Life
    Article: Jul 11, 2017
    By Peter Gwizdala in Kursaal Focus: July 2017

    On Sunday 4th June, I completed The Walk of Life with my friend Adam Hutchins, writes Peter Gwizdala.

    We walked from Basildon Hospital to Southend Hospital - a distance of 13 miles - in four and a half hours. We wanted to raise awareness of the campaign to save Southend A&E. And it certainly did that. If you don't know me by now, you soon will. I don't give up. We're doing it again on Sunday 13th August at 10.00 am and everyone is very welcome.

  • Disabled
    Article: Jul 11, 2017
    In Leigh & West Leigh Focus: July 2017

    As part of the Tories' cuts to welfare spending they have tightened the rules for Motability vehicles.

    Under the old rules the test was being unable to walk for 50 metres without help even if this was difficult and painful for you. But this has been cut to just 20 metres and has meant that about half the disabled people who used to get Motability vehicles have lost access to them.

  • Carole Mulroney at Leigh Post Office
    Article: Jul 11, 2017
    In Leigh & West Leigh Focus: July 2017

    The good news is that there will continue to be a Post Office in the centre of Leigh. Fears spread by the Labour Party and trade union supporters that there would be no Post Office have turned out to be scare-mongering.

    But Lib Dems are worried that the new Post Office will be too small and queues will stretch on to the street and block up the convenience store.

  • Lib Dems at the Save Southend A&E March
    Article: Jul 10, 2017
    In Leigh & West Leigh Focus: July 2017

    We MUST save Southend Hospital's A&E Department

    Norman Lamb MP, the Lib Dem spokesman on health, has been invited by Cllr Carole Mulroney to see for himself the dangers that will arise if our A&E is downgraded and to talk to local protesters and health workers.

    In her letter, Carole describes the proposal to send all emergency accident patients to Basildon and says:

  • Ambulance
    Article: Jul 10, 2017
    By Peter Gwizdala in Kursaal Focus: July 2017

    'Downgrading' Southend Hospital unit will put lives at risk... Lib Dems support fight to save this precious resource

    By Peter Gwizdala

    Lib Dem Parliamentary Spokesman

    Southend Hospital's A&E department is to be 'downgraded' in a raft of government cutbacks.

    What this means is simple: If you have an emergency and an ambulance is sent, that ambulance will take you to Basildon Hospital instead of Southend - an extra distance of 13 miles.

  • Peter Wexham - warned of need for sprinklers four years ago
    Article: Jul 10, 2017
    In Leigh & West Leigh Focus: July 2017

    Back in 2013 Lib Dem Councillor Peter Wexham moved a motion in Southend Council calling for all planning permissions for new flats to require sprinklers to be fitted.

    Peter represented Southend on the Essex Fire Authority and he was reflecting the advice of fire brigade chiefs across the country.

    Although Peter's resolution was seconded by two Tory Councillors and received all-party support, the Cabinet's response was that without Government backing, this planning rule would be unenforceable, so nothing was done.

  • Grenfell
    Article: Jul 10, 2017
    By Carole Mulroney in Kursaal Focus: July 2017

    Council's urgent checks after horror blaze

    By Carole Mulroney Lib Dem Council Group Leader

    We watched in absolute horror at the tragic fire in Grenfell Tower.

    Our hearts naturally go out to those who lost loved-ones or whose own lives have been devastated by this horrific event.

    The emergency services were, as usual, magnificent. They must get all the support they need.

  • Peter Gwizdala at Save Southend A&E rally.
    Article: May 30, 2017
    By Adam Hutchins

    It is without doubt that our accident and emergency department is in danger.

    Southend Lib Dems originally looked at the proposals for Southend's A&E from a clinical perspective and concerns regarding infrastructure.

    However, the published proposals by STP are deeply flawed, and so we are now supporting the Save Southend A&E campaign 100%. You can follow their progress on Facebook.

  • Carol Mulroney Echo Letter 17th May 2017
    Article: May 17, 2017
    By Carole Mulroney in Southend Echo

    A letter from Cllr Carole Mulroney to the Echo:

    Dear Sir
    I too attended the meeting at Westcliff last week, because like everyone else in Southend should be I am appalled at what is proposed.
    The Success Regime is all about saving money, so it is not just a fight for our A & E, but a fight to prevent the inevitable domino effect of reducing our local services at the hospital.