On Monday 20th December Cllr Louise Burdett helped Kursaal resident Sylvia Hallett bring some Christmas cheer to 45 children from Kursaal and from across Southend.
A Christmas party was organised by Sylvia Hallett and Cllr Burdett and hosted very generously by Joeleen, Manager of The Royal Hotel, who not only allowed use of the venue for free, but also provided party food.
There was also a special guest appearance from Father Christmas also known as Cllr James Cottis who distributed presents. We would also like to thank George proprietor from the Hope Hotel for his donation and to other businesses in the town who donated, including, Wilkinson’s, Adventure Island and Asda. We would also like to thank residents in the town who donated toys to the party.
A good party was enjoyed by all and most importantly the children enjoyed themselves!
Cllrs Robin and Burdett with community worker - Neil Austin
Residents on Southchurch Road have had a local bus shelter saved, thanks to petition put to Southend Council by Conservative Kursaal Ward Councillors Louise Burdett and Blaine Robin, along with some of the most affected residents.
The bus shelter was removed from its location outside Nicholson House and Barringtons on Southchurch Road earlier this year. This provoked outrage amongst residents living in the flats, which house many elderly people for whom the bus service is crucial in allowing them to access local shops and other amenities. In the winter weather, the bus shelter is important in ensuring that people are able to wait for the bus in greater comfort, using seats and having some protection from the elements.
Last month, accompanied by around 30 residents from Nicholson House, Cllr Burdett and Cllr Robin presented the petition signed by residents to a meeting of the full Council. The petition stimulated discussions between Cllr Mark Flewitt; the portfolio holder for transport and planning, local councillors and residents which resulted in the announcement that the Council will be reinstating the bus shelter.
Cllrs Burdett and Robin delivered the news to residents in person over the weekend and it was news that was very much welcomed. Vera Gough, 94 who lives in Nicholson House said: “I am delighted to hear that the bus shelter is going to be put back where it belongs. For me it makes the difference between being able to pop to the shops when the weather isn’t too good and having to stay inside. It is a small thing but for people living here, it helps us to maintain a bit more independence.” The result of the petition shows the value of local action, as Ms Gough says: “It is good that with the support of our local Councillors we have actually managed to get this changed, it has pleased a lot of people.”
Councillor Burdett commented, “It was an impressive campaign being able to take 30 residents with us to present the petition – in a week where the Government has launched their plans for greater power at a local level, this is a good example of what can be achieved. We owe our thanks to Cllr Flewitt for being so accommodating in carrying out discussions to make this change, which although seemingly small, is a big thing to the people living close by.” Councillor Robin added, “This is a fantastic result and we are thrilled to have had the decision reversed. It just shows what can happen when you empower local communities to effect change.”
I was delighted to attend Jack Sweetenham’s film launch recently at Southend Central Library.
Jack who has a keen interest in photography and films, applied to O2 for funding to run a course on how to make and produce films. The money he received was then used to train youngsters .
I was so impressed with Jack – he hired Southend Library Theatre and the film which was produced was shown to parents.
One parent said: ‘I think this is fantastic, Jack has spent his own time, teaching young people a skill. Our children clearly enjoyed themselves and I look forward to the next training session – when I saw the advert in the Echo, it jumped out at me’.
Well done Jack, this is someone who is a true example of someone giving back to the local community. I am so impressed by Jack’s committment.
Do you need help in this cold weather?
If so, then contact Cllrs Burdett and Robin or Neil Austin (Community Worker).
Cllr Burdett with residents following another successful alleyway clearance
If you see any waste, fly tipping, fly posting & graffiti. Telephone Southend Council on: 01702 215006
For a map of Southend on Sea gritting route please see: http://apps.southend.gov.uk/GrittingMap/
Advice from Southend Borough Council on how to help yourself and others in the snow:
You can also buy rock salt from Central depot on Eastern Avenue Southend SS2 5QX currently at £6.50 for 20kg bags.