Daily Archives: July 5, 2011

Park? Anti-social behaviour taking over.

I met with residents of Christchurch Road over the weekend to discuss the issue of anti-social behaviour in the park behind Christchurch Court. 

 The residents were concerned about the negative behaviour which they are having to endure, at times through out the night.  The main issue was youths playing football against the steel wall in the middle of the park.  The impact of the ball against the steel wall makes a very loud noise, which when late at night wakes the residents up.  They are sworn at when they address the youths about the problem. They told me this had been a problem for years.

 I asked officers if there was anything that could be done to make the park free from such yobbish behaviour in the evening/night time hours?  It seems to me that this space was intended for young people, but the residents claim that hardly any children use the play facilities and the area is being abused. 
 
I put to officers that given the trouble it causes, was it feasible to remove the steel wall/ goal post in the middle of the park.

 Result:  A meeting on site with officers and hopefully residents.  Looking to see if the post could be removed.

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Under 8’s Football team set up

I recently gave a presentation with my colleague Cllr Blaine Robin about why we wanted to set up an under 8s football team.  This is the presentation I gave.

There is a film out called Africa United, in this film three young people travel from Rwanda unbeknown to their mother.  They travel the length of Africa through many dangers and adventures to get to the 2010 world cup inSouth Africa.  So it is, that in every poverty stricken lives, football is seen to be an inspiration and a vision for great achievements.

I represent on the council a very deprived area of Southend on Sea, Kursaal ward.  We have many areas of deprivation and you will realise that there are many young people in Kursaal in the present situation where there is a great struggle for employment for young people, where there is not much hope.

Where there is poverty, football can provide a vision of how things could be better and that is why I am committed to the aims of CASA Juniors, because I see it as helping the young people, whom I represent to have some aim in their lives.

In the film I mentioned, the two boys make it to Cape Townand the young girl on the way decides not to go the full distance, because they come across a mission school, in which she sees the possibility that she could become a doctor.

I am sure you get the point.  For deprived kids, football is more than just a game; it is an inspiration for big things for achievement of all kinds, self discipline and self fulfilment.

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