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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.”

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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.

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Caring for the Local Environment

This weekend I have been out and about in the Kursaal ward, meeting and speaking to local residents.  Time and again one of their chief grumbles was the lack of care some members of their community have for their local environment.

In parts of the Kursaal ward there are alleyways which are continually used by fly tippers. One resident cannot access her very own garden from the alleyway due to rubbish such as old mattresses being dumped by mindless yobs.  Fly tipping carries a fairly hefty financial penalty but the question is; just how many people are caught and given this penalty?  There is no point having this penalty if it is not being enforced.

Another big concern is the inconsiderate dog owners who let their animals foul in the street and just leave it there not only does it not look nice, it is also incredibly unhygienic .  Owners must be made aware of the penalty and more facilities made available to promote responsible ownership of dogs.

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Residents and KPF join forces to tackle Fly Tipping

Residents of Stromness Road, Oban Road and Stornaway Road were fed up with the continual use of a shared alleyway by fly tippers. The alleyway, which runs between Stromness Road and Oban Road, was constantly being used to dump rubbish, causing a health hazard for the residents and their children with broken glass and other dangerous material .

The residents decided enough was enough and contacted Kursaal Councillor Blaine Robin, who brought in Kursaal People’s Foundation Chair, Louise Burdett, to coordinate the project to resolve the issue.

 Cllr Robin said: “Not only was this situation causing problems for the residents, but it is also a nuisance for the council. The council would send in workers to clear the mess, but within a couple of weeks there would be more rubbish. This was wasting council tax payers money and had to be resolved.” Louise Burdett commented: “My first task was to liaise with the residents in and around the alleyway. It was immediately apparent that the residents had had enough of this problem. Having spoken to a number of residents it was decided the best option was to put up a gate at the entrance of the alleyway. The gate would prevent access by the nuisance fly tippers but would allow access in an emergency.”

 Cllr Robin and Louise Burdett, contacted a local tradesman who undertook the project and the gate was erected in a matter of weeks . Speaking about the new gate, one of the residents key to the project, Mr Denman, commented: “I am very grateful for the effort put in by Miss Burdett. The area was being blighted by these inconsiderate fly tippers and something really needed doing about it. I hope with this new gate in place we can draw a line under the matter.”

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