Tag Archives: Alleyways

Keeping the Streets Clean

At election time all candidates like to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty – but Louise Burdett is doing that quite literally.

The 27 year old teacher, who is hoping to be elected Conservative Councillor for Kursaal on May 6, today (14 April) led a group of local residents cleaning four alley ways where rubbish had been fly tipped.

The group collected over twenty bags of rubbish from alleyways in Beresford Road,  Manilla Road, Stromness Road and from an alley which runs between Branksome and Boscombe Road. Everything collected to taken to Southend tip.

One resident taking part was Joseph Saunders of Carousel Steps, Woodgrange Estate. He said “It was great to see a candidate for Kursaal not only talking about issues – but actually mucking in doing something about things themselves. Louise has got my vote!”

Louise says It was great to see the community coming together to make their local environment better – we delivered flyers to all surrounding residents in advance of the day and invited them to help however, and had a great turnout. However I would prefer it if this sort of day didn’t need to take place – we need to ensure that these inconsiderate fly tippers are prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”

1 Comment

Filed under Kursaal Ward, Social Action

No to Fly Tipping!

We have many alleyways in Southend, and in the Kursaal ward particularly. Alleyways were supposed to provide ease of access to residents gardens, garages and so forth. However, as a result of inconsiderate people dumping rubbish, or fly tipping, down them and because of over grown weeds and bushes they are causing a problem for our residents. 

Some alleyways are so blocked up with rubbish that people cannot access their own garden, so deceiving the point of the alleyway in the first place. Some alleyways are looking unsightly and can generally make an area look run down.  

One alleyway in particular is full of unwanted furniture, clothes, shoes, even needles.  This alleyway is causing the residents much annoyance and concern. In response to this, on Saturday 20th February, I joined and Cllr Blaine Robin in meeting with neighbouring residents and officers from the council to discuss what could be done to deter fly tipping in this one particularly bad alleyway.

Walking along the alleyway, I could see there were no lights, plenty of places to hide and a lot of rubbish.  The different options for the alleyway were discussed , it is hoped that either two gates will be placed on the alleyway reduce access to fly tippers (see here for a similar option) or cameras in order to help deter and/or catch the culprits.

1 Comment

Filed under Kursaal Ward