Southend Should Not Tolerate Bad Behaviour
As a town with a rich history and an abundance of Victorian architecture, Southend has a lot to offer its people and the town continues to attract new residents from around the UK. However, there are inevitably a minority of people who cause disruption for those who enjoy living in the area. This is something which Louise Burdett, Conservative candidate for the Kursaal Ward has discovered out and about on her campaign trail ahead of the local elections.
Meeting a family living in York Road, who chose to move into the area from Hampshire, Louise heard how their quality of life is affected by a neighbour who subjects them to regular verbal abuse. The family work hard and are active members of the community, who also partake in work with voluntary groups. After speaking to the family, Louise commented: “I was shocked to hear about this man’s behaviour and the effect it is having on this family. They believe he may be a drug user, which is why he is often abusive and unpleasant. This family love living here and feel very much at home in Southend but feel this person is making their lives a misery.”
The issue highlights the injustice that hard working families can face when someone who is clearly not contributing a great deal to the community blights their lives with bad behaviour. “It is not clear if this man is employed” says Louise “if not, then I would question why the state is looking after him when he is actually having a negative effect on those responsible citizens that live nearby? Anti-Social behaviour is something which should absolutely not be tolerated.” Through her campaign, Louise will be seeking to tackle anti-social behaviour wherever possible and act as a voice for local people in getting their case heard by the relevant authorities.
Loss of Warden Leads to Uncertainty at Nicholson House
The support system for residents at South Essex Homes run Nicholson House is to take a blow as one of its long serving wardens is to be taken away. The sheltered accommodation on Southchurch Road has 96 flats occupied by elderly residents who require the security of having a warden in the building; in addition to an emergency alarm system should they need urgent help. This decision to remove a key member of staff will mean that only one warden remains to support all the residents.
The Kursaal Ward’s Conservative candidate for the upcoming Council elections, Louise Burdett, has heard from residents who are concerned with the changes. “I have been speaking with residents at Nicholson House and it is clear that many of them feel disappointed and scared about this change” she said. “The warden has been there for a number of years and has earned the trust of the people living there who feel they have a valuable advocate in her. Yes, the property is still serviced by a warden but with only one staff member in such a large building, they will not possibly be able to provide the same support that has been enjoyed previously.”
Since being selected as a candidate for Kursaal Ward, Louise has been connecting with the issues that really affect local people and care and support for the elderly is something she feels strongly about. “It is absurd that while the Government argues about how to shoulder the huge cost of social care, older people who choose to live independently for as long as possible are having this basic support taken from them. Warden controlled accommodation empowers people to live on their own whilst having the security of a friendly and familiar face if they need any help, and is not nearly as costly to the public purse as other care options.”
The move seems at odds with South Essex Homes recent performance ratings – it has recently gained a ‘good’ two star classification from the Audit Commission. “Overall, the organisation is obviously performing well”, Louise says “but the problem is, they are neglecting the personal needs of these residents to have support which makes them feel secure in their own homes.”
During the autumn/winter months it often occurs to me just what a problem leaves can be. The trees lining our streets are the responsibility of Cory’s, and so is the clearance of the leaves from the pavement, etc… But what happens when the leaves from the council trees end up in the garden of a private individual?
I spent one hour cleaning dead leaves from a resident’s path on Boscombe Road last week. Whilst the activity was worthwhile the resident stated that they felt annoyed about not having a special bag for garden waste.
Whose responsibility is it for clearing these leaves and obtaining a special bag for garden waste?
It is out of order when other people have to take responsibility for the inaction of others!
In the week in which we remember our war dead, it was almost inevitable that some news story would cause controversy.
Early in the week it was revealed that the MOD has paid out almost £300 million pounds in bonuses to civil servants. This revelation left many of us gobsmacked, especially considering the fact that our troops are dying through a lack of equipment. Not only this, many of the troops consider the equipment they are given as sub-standard (compared with the other forces in Afghanistan and Iraq) and are forced to go to Army & Navy supply shops and buy upgraded equipment (e.g., boots).
It’s a fairly obvious point to make, but why are the government paying bonuses to civil servants, instead of properly equipping our armed forces? Just think about what a difference to people’s lives a fraction of that money could make, if spent wisely in Kursaal ward.