At a recent council meeting we were discussing plans for the centre of Southend. These plans are the Southend Central Area Action Plan which stretches over the next fifteen years.
I said the following:
I am utterly enthusiastic and supportive of this report. My fundamental reason for this is, in the ward I represent of Kursaal, there are many depressed people and so it is wonderful to have a vibrant, energetic town, which is looking to the future. That is helpful, I believe, for people who are depressed.
My second point is a plea. Often, cities, towns and urban scenes have poverty existing alongside wealth and it is because I represent the needy and vulnerable in our town that I ask you to ensure that the regeneration of our town takes into account these people and bears them in mind.
We are not just here to look great, though that is very important. Our job is to seek help for all our residents and especially those in need.
This morning I attended the Armed Forces service on City Beach along with fellow ward councillor Blaine Robin. It was fantastic to see the space along the promenade, ‘CityBeach’ being used in such a way. My thoughts were this space has been reclaimed by the residents of Southend.
As people strolled past the open air service people stopped to listen, whilst children played in the fountains and the beach got busier from the day trippers, it really was a great atmosphere.
I believe that the residents need to come first and this area has been regenerated into a vibrant, uplifting area that can now used for so many different things.
Councillor Robin and I have spent time at the Civic offices speaking about various safety issues, raising residents questions as we are keen to make sure that this area is used to its full potential.
This week I attended a parking consultation at the ‘Kursaal’. It was fantastic that so many residents turned up to view the plans. It is the resident’s opportunity to voice their opinions one way or the other about plans which will be affecting where they live.
I am really pleased that residents will now hopefully have an easier time at finding some where to park. Residents have to come first.
A busy day campaigning in Kursaal Ward. Grateful for the support of our local residents which remain strong and supportive of our action for them.
The campaign trail is hotting up in Kursaal ward and a good day was enjoyed by all who helped deliver at the weekend. A huge thanks to all who are helping.
Residents in Swanage Road, Southend will have their troubled
Parking in the street is difficult, with frequent crowding and residents often struggling to get a space to park their vehicles in the road. Mr Austin has been out and about on the streets of Kursaal ward over the past months, and has noticed the parking situation on Swanage Road is a particular issue. Alongside Kursaal Ward Councillors, Louise Burdett and Blaine Robin, Mr Austin has decided to take firm action to get something done by the Council to make life easier for residents and is collecting signatures on a petition to lobby the Council for controlled parking in the road. Such a system could see tighter controls on non-residents parking in the road through the use of a permit system.
“This is exactly the sort of change the people in this road need”, said Mr Austin. “It is completely within the Council’s ability to change the system and improve parking, which will improve living conditions for the people who live in Swanage Road. It is a straight-forward change which will make a lot of difference.”
Residents are supportive of the actions being taken by Mr Austin, and welcome his support on the issue. On resident commented: “I think it is marvellous what Neil is doing and the passion he shows to improve people’s lives – we hope the Council makes the right choice to take action on this.”