I read in a newspaper recently that a migrant from Romania named Ali Majiat raped a woman so that he could be imprisoned in order to learn English in jail. At a time when there is severe overcrowding in prisons, with over 80,000 people in jail, why are we not deporting foreign criminals whose only intention is to wreak havoc on our society? Also, why are we unnecessarily paying thousands of pounds to keep this man fed and watered in our prisons? It is estimated that the average annual cost of each prisoner in the UK exceeds £40,000 so we could do without this additional expenditure, particularly given the current economic climate.
This man should have been deported immediately upon conviction to serve this sentence in his own country. What use are our Judges if they are powerless to organise immediate deportation back to the country where they came from?
On Sunday 5th April 2009 we learned that government minister Geoff Hoon has three homes subsidised by tax payers. I believe it is time to open up a serious debate on reforms that should be made to the way in which members of parliament are paid. We are in a housing crisis with many people living in overcrowded conditions on the Woodgrange Estate and places like Quantock flats.
Reducing the number of homes on offer to MPs would symbolise a powerful message that our society truly cares for people on or below the poverty line. I am not disputing that the job they have to do is very important but so are the jobs done by care workers, nurses and factory workers who have to spend a lot of money going to and from work. They are not able to get a penny back from travel expenses. They take a packed lunch to work and bottle of water in order to make savings. Many workers even work through their lunch break due to the pressure of work and are lucky to if they are able to claim the lost time back.
If we decided for 400 MPs to give up their second homes that money could be spent on more nursing care in hospices.
On Saturday I joined Cllr Blaine Robin and a group of activists to look into the issue of parking along Burnaby Road, Beresford Road, Burdett Road and Beach Road. We were speaking and listening to the concerns of residents about how hard it is to park – particularly during the summer months when tourists come in and take precious parking spaces.
Residents acknowledge that tourism plays a vital role in the economy of Southend but wanted the Council to look into the issue and find a solution for the residents.
To that end we agree with Mr X of Burnaby road to gather a petition to request that Southend on Sea Borough Council consider the views of residents and look into a controlled parking zone.
I have just spent some time with a resident who lives at Barrington’s Court in Southend. Resident X was deeply concerned about the parking situation where he lives.
Every resident living in Barrington Court is allocated a parking space. However the residents are having to fight for their space as non-residents park there. They leave their cars parked in the resident’s spaces whilst they go off to work or shop in Southend, leaving the residents of Barringtons Court with no option to park outside in the road! Furthermore, there are just 2 disabled parking bays, whilst 8 residents would be deemed to require special disabled bays. This situation simply isn’t fair on the residents of Barrigntons Court.
The Barringtons Court residents need some form of barrier which prevents members of the public having access to the parking bays. Other flats in Southend have this so it shouldn’t be a problem to resolve. Parking generally can be a problem in our town but residents should be able to park in their own designated parking bay. This is why I, with the aid of Resident X, will be putting together a petition to ask Southend Borough Council to look into this issue.