This weekend I have been out and about in the Kursaal ward, meeting and speaking to local residents. Time and again one of their chief grumbles was the lack of care some members of their community have for their local environment.
In parts of the Kursaal ward there are alleyways which are continually used by fly tippers. One resident cannot access her very own garden from the alleyway due to rubbish such as old mattresses being dumped by mindless yobs. Fly tipping carries a fairly hefty financial penalty but the question is; just how many people are caught and given this penalty? There is no point having this penalty if it is not being enforced.
Another big concern is the inconsiderate dog owners who let their animals foul in the street and just leave it there not only does it not look nice, it is also incredibly unhygienic . Owners must be made aware of the penalty and more facilities made available to promote responsible ownership of dogs.
How great to be inspired by residents of Kursaal. In the last edition of the Kursaal In Touch newsletter you will have read about the wonderful work done by Sylvia Hallet and Tom Ptolomey. Since meeting them I have spent time with Roger Garnham of Waterfalls, Prospect Close. A keen photographer and environmentalist Roger studied Zoology at Southend College whilst working in the Home Office Library. In addition he has first hand experience of the effects of temperature from the three years he lived in Africa.
Roger feels strongly that children should be taught the importance of caring for our environment, even before they go to school. Southend’s excellent record of recycling and the issue of the blue boxes and pink bags to every household will help parents to make children more aware of the need to protect our environment for the future.
As a teacher, I am keen to involve children from a very young age in this (as well as those of us a little, or much older!).
So, we learn from Ed Balls that primary school children are to be taught lessons on how to manage their finances, including how to save and budget. Am I the only one to spot the irony of this? We can only hope that the curriculum is left well alone by the Labour Government.
Can you imagine the following question: Your expenses are greater than your income and you are well into your overdraft facility; what do you do; a) try to reduce your expenses; b) spend a lot more?
It’s a pity such lessons were not in place at Gordon Brown and Alistair Darlings primary schools!