Cllrs Burdett and Robin helped a resident in Kursaal ward with an alleyway at the side of his home. This particular alleyway was full of rubbish and was an eyesore for residents whose homes backed onto the area. The huge tree was blocking light for homes. Now the area is free of rubbish and the tree is no longer there.
It is great to see residents taking a care for their neighbourhood!
Neil Austin has been keeping an eye on graffiti in the ward and reporting any hot spots and tags to the council for clearance
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!
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.
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.
Now this is a campaign I could get involved with!!!
I have just finished reading ‘Cameron on Cameron’ by Dylan Jones editor of the mens GQ Magazine. Dylan Jones is not we are told a ‘Cameron apologist’, or ‘even a real Tory’. Jones spends a year with Cameron and speaks with him every two weeks. I enjoyed the read – I felt like I got to know David Cameron, in a way that I didn’t before. Because Dylan asks specific questions about issues such as ‘Europe’ our prisons, his thoughts on the education system you get to read Cameron’s opinions and hear about what Conservatism means to him.
I particularly like Cameron’s emphasis upon the ‘family’ and the community. I feel that Cameron is striking the right cord. I have been brought up in a secure family unit which has given me the opportunity to achieve and not forgetting the vital support the family unit provides.
It is quite evident that Cameron sees the Conservatives as being social reformers in the same way Thatcher advocated economic reform. This is summed up by Cameron in the following quote.
‘The big picture is explaining to people that real change is not delivered by government on its own, it’s delivered by everyone playing their part in a responsible society. So individuals, families, businesses, everyone playing their part in dealing with the problems we have. Just as Margaret Thatcher mended the broken economy in the 1980s, so we want to mend Britain’s broken society’.