Good bye from this website

Two weeks after the election and I am enjoying my enforced semi-retirement from local politics. I am genuinely upset for those who wanted to me to succeed, but unfortunately, the electorate democratically choose others and I have no choice but to accept it. Donna has already said how much more relaxed I am looking, something I had not noticed myself, so I am grateful that maybe this is for the best. To be an effective Councillor, it is challenging to hold down a job in the City, working long hours, travelling nearly three hours a day, and then straight into evening meetings straight of the train, this must eventually tell.

 The Echo called me to ask what I was going to do for the future and I was pleased to say that I will be re-applying for a Community Governors role at Heycroft School, a position I held until I was forced to give it up in November, as an elected Councillor may not do both roles. Also there are some charity matters that I want to look after, PSF UK is still a charity that is close to the Collins family and I want to do more to raise the profile and funds. Of course, and not least, spending more time with my wonderful family, who keep me grounded and focused on what is really important.

 I am not finished with local community work and I am delighted to have been asked to renew my Westborough Community Association membership, which I have accepted, so I will still keep an eye on all matters Westborough.

 Lastly, this website will eventually close and if you want to keep in touch with my activity, my Facebook group page will remain open, link here:!/Collins4Westborough

 Thank you to all those that have helped me in the last four years, certainly it was worth it, as I truly believe that Westborough has been improved in that time. I have been proud to have been your Councillor, but there is certainly a lot more to do….over to my successors…


All change at the Council

As predicted on this website and by others, the result of the Borough Election two weeks ago saw the Conservatives lose their overall majority at the Council.  The number of Councillors is now; Tories 19, Independents 13, Labour 9 and Lib Dems & UKIP 5 each.  With the number of  at least 26 Council members to reach out of 51 to run the Council, I understand various discussions were held to see if a coalition of Council groups could be created to form the administration for this civic year.  The result is that the Independents, along with Labour and the Liberal Democrats have entered into a formal agreement (total of 27 members) to form the Administration of the Council.  Last night at the Annual Council Meeting, this agreement was ratified by the election of Councillor Ron Woodley (Independent) to be leader of the Council, along with Cllr Ian Gilbert (Labour) and Cllr Graham Longley (Liberal Democrat) to be the Deputy Leaders. It was a shame that new Westborough Councillor Mike Royston was unwell and did not attend.

The direct interest of Westborough is with the following appointments, also ratified last night;

  • ·   former Westborough Councillor and now Thorpe Councillor, Martin Terry holds a Cabinet post for Public Protection ,Waste & Transport – included in his portfolio are the following; Abandoned Vehicles, Alleys, cleansing, Graffiti control, Highways including maintenance, Public toilets, Transport and parking infrastructure + planning, Untidy sites & buildings, Waste collection, Disposal, management, Recycling & sanitation.   I am sure many Westborough residents will be contacting him to make sure he is fully aware of their issues in relation to these responsibilities.
  • ·   also, Westborough Councillors,  Cllr Royston and Cllr Velmurugan ( he recently re-joined the Independent ‘group’) are appointed to the planning committee, Development and Control, which is good news for the Ward.  I am sure residents will be getting in touch with them about any planning concerns they may in the Ward.
  • ·   lastly, the Libraries are under the control of Liberal Democrat cabinet member Cllr Graham Longley and all matters to do with the changes to the Library are under review.  I will be speaking to Graham to put my view to him in what I believe should be the continued future of Westcliff Library.



What do you think?


New traffic island in Westborough Road, by Westbourne Grove

New traffic island in Westborough Road, by Westbourne Grove

I am grateful for WCA bringing this my attention.  The Council are seeking ways of making the Crossroads between Westborough Road and Westbourne Grove safer.  The latest addition is the new larger traffic island in Westborough Road, to the east of Westbourne Grove.

What do you think?, leave a comment here or e-mail me on [email protected]


Landlord prosecuted for Westborough property in disrepair

Press statement by Southend Council

Tuesday 27th May 2014
A landlord is paying the price for failing to address mold, rotten windows and a collapsing floor at a flat he rented out.
At Southend Magistrates Court on Wednesday 14th May, Kris Parmenter, 42, of Scarborough Drive, Leigh admitted failing to comply with an improvement notice issued by Southend-on-Sea Borough Council’s Private Sector Housing Team under section11  of the Housing Act 2004.
In additional to being fined Mr Parmenter was ordered to pay court costs of £560, and a victim surcharge of £25.
Mr Parmenter must also fully repay the Council’s costs of£6,604.88 for having to step in and arrange to carry out the repairs under works in default powers.
Tenants who lived in the flat he rented out in Westminster Drive, Westcliff, first raised concerns about the state of the property in September 2012.
The Council issued Mr Parmenter with an Improvement Notice which expired on Thursday 25th April 2013, with no satisfactory arrangement or alternative plan for completing the works.
A Council officer inspected the property again in Wednesday 10thJuly 2013 to discover that the poorly maintained wooden sash windows absence of controllable ventilation in the bathroom and kitchen and excess cold deficiencies had still not been remedied.
By the next inspection on Friday 9th August 2013, improvement works had been partially completed. However, a Housing Health and Safety Rating System calculation then identified excess cold and damp and mould as serious hazards remaining at the property.
The Council issued a new improvement notice requiring Mr Parmenter to replace or repair the windows within six weeks.
At another inspection on Tuesday 22nd October 2013 Council officers found that although some windows had been forced open, they were still a source of poor ventilation and excessive heat loss. The wooden sash window frames were rotten and in disrepair.
The Council then had to use its powers to carry out works in default with full costs charged to Mr Parmenter.
In court, through his solicitors, Mr Parmenter apologised and accepted responsibility for the lack of action and offered mitigating circumstances.
Jacqui Lansley, the Council’s Head of Procurement, Commissioning and Housing, says:
“It is vital that landlords make every effort to ensure their properties are safe for their tenants to live in, and are maintained to a good standard.
“This prosecution shows that the Council will robustly pursue any landlord who fails to do so.”

Important dates for your diaries

Tuesday 2nd June 2014 at 7pm. St Andrews Church, Southview Avenue, WESTBOROUGH NEIGHBOURHOOD MEETING with Essex Police.

Essex Police

Friday 6th June 2014, WESTBOROUGH COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION Quiz Night at the Royal British Legion. Contact Peter Zanchi

Bottles for the Winers

WCA Quiz Night


Westborough Ward Result; Borough Council Election 2014

Westborough Ward
Total Votes: 4264 Turnout :27% (Approx.)
Candidate          Party            Number of Votes
David Burzotta  CON            391
Paul Collins        LIB DEM   411
Alan Hart           IND            207
Peter Hill            LIB DEM  435
Kevin Robinson LAB            779 Elected
Michael Royston LAB          726 Elected
Jenny Snoad       CON          284
John Stansfield   UKIP        535
Carl Whitwell      UKIP        474

First of all, thank you to the people who voted for me and Peter, I am grateful for your support and trust.  However, as you will note, the Labour Party won the two seats and I am now able to confirm that I will be able to spend more time with my family!  I have been proud of what I have achieved over the last four years and I am pleased to be able to point to actions undertaken that have improved Westborough Ward for all.  I trust my successors will take on the challenges of Westborough Ward and build on the projects started.

Finally, I wish Westborough Community Association all the very best of good fortune and look forward remaining a Community Member and joining in the forthcoming events to help promote further its aims to make Westborough a better place to live and work.


Ongoing work by your Councillor & Lib Dem team

There may be an election tomorrow ( May 22nd) but the ongoing work of your Councillor & Lib Dem team does not stop and here is a quick snap shot of what is happening at the moment:

Red non-skid coating applied to Speed cushions

Red non-skid coating applied to Speed cushions


First is the Crossroads at Westborough and Westbourne Grove:  As you will see, the red skin non-slip has been applied, which increases the visibility of the Speed Cushions. The No Left Turn is to be repainted.

Keep Clear!!

Keep Clear!!

In addition, a KEEP CLEAR has been painted across the junction to make sure Westborough Residents can drive safely across the Crossroads when traffic is backed up from London Road.   Lastly, after another traffic accident early last week at this Crossroads I have made a formal Members request to the Traffic Working Party to have investigate and if agreed, to install Traffic Light controls.

Then we have reported the following:

  • Crater in the carriageway in Wenham Drive; Council have agreed to temporary fill this week and re surface the immediate area.
  • The parking of vehicles in Hildaville where cars park over the hard standing and have lifted the paving stones.
  • The raised kerb in Fairfax Drive, after conversation with a concerned resident, a meeting will be held on site with the Council Officer soon.
  • The tree stumps in Tintern and Ronald Park Avenue, that still remain, despite calls from residents, we are now on the case.
How many more patches??

How many more patches??

Peter Hill by the dangerous Tree Stump in Tintern Ave.

Peter Hill by the dangerous Tree Stump in Tintern Ave.

Cracked paving stones in Hildaville

Cracked paving stones in Hildaville

The raised kerb in Fairfax Drive

The raised kerb in Fairfax Drive


WCA Hustings – a summary of my comments.

Here are my words and thoughts that I shared at various points during the Hustings;

Cllr Paul Collins - Westborough Ward

Cllr Paul Collins – Westborough Ward

Good evening and thank you for attending, what is a vital part of our democracy, to take time out to ask your Candidates questions. 

I have been very proud to have been your active councillor for the past four years.  Before I expand on what I have achieved for Westborough in this time and what I and Peter Hill want to further achieve for Westborough, I would introduce myself to those who do not know me. I moved into Westborough in 1982 and I found myself immediately part of the Westborough Community. Although I now live in Leigh, I made friends back then who are still my good friends today, as well as making new friends now, who I am able to call on for their help.

I joined the Westborough Liberals also in 1982 and when I say I am proud to be your Councillor, I am fully aware of the huge footsteps I am following in, for example Mary Lubel, Ron Price and my dear friend, Jean Sibley (now Jean Howes).

I married a lovely local Westcliff girl, Donna,…. (for which I am contracted to say that, as she is here in the audience) and we have three sons.  Our eldest works in the City of London in the Insurance industry, as I do, commuting on c2c railway, Monday to Fridays, as I do.  Our middle boy, Ross, has broken the family mould and is the first member of our family to attend University, here on the Southend Campus.  Ross is physically disabled and through his experiences, has taught us both the value of family, as well the challenges he faces in life, both physically and bureaucratically.  Lastly, our youngest is at secondary School, embarking on his GCSE’s, for which we have our fingers crossed.  So having said this, you will not be surprised to hear that I am a School Governor at a local Primary School and I am a voluntary Treasurer of a small national charity and I get involved in fund raising when I can.  Lastly, I am a Southend United Fan for too many years and I will be wearing all my lucky clothes, for this Saturday’s play-off match.

To turn to what I have achieved in my four years as a Councillor for Westborough; I have served on the Audit Committee, and was selected and supported by all other Councillors to Chair this important and impartial Committee of the Council

I believe you all have to right to know what I am doing representing you and to that end I have published the regular Westborough Focus and through my website, which I use to report my actions and in turn interact with Residents and occasionally you may have seen what I have done in the local papers   Through these medium you will have seen that I have achieved, namely;

  • Created 60 new parking spaces by reducing the double yellow lines in the Ward;
  • Fought with the Tory administration, who wanted to close the Little Treasures Children Centre, to still be available to local families;
  • Actively supported and promoted WCA.  The creation of which was started  by  myself and  my, then, two fellow ward Councillors;
  • Succeeded in having about 20 new trees planted into Westborough (although I want more)
  • Succeeded in getting Bus Shelters put into Fairfax Drive (at the last count three) to encourage more usage of the number 29, which will help with persuading ARRIVA to extend the service hours of that route;
  • Continue to fight for the survival of the only Council asset we have in the Ward, namely Westcliff Library.  I have been involved with raising awareness, helping with surveying the users and supporting WCA and David Webb, when they presented to the Council Committee about the future of the Branch Libraries. Both I and Cllr Mary Betson stood up and voted against the proposal to turn Westcliff and Southchurch Libraries into Community Libraries.  However, we are where we are and I look forward in making sure that Westcliff Library continues and in fact we help to make it grow into a better Community hub for Westborough;
  • Lastly, but by no means least, the extension of the 20 mph zone to cover the full length of the Ward, right across to Southbourne Grove, bringing in the last part of Westborough Road and to include St. George’s Park Avenue. 

Looking ahead;

  • There are lots of issues in the Ward that need attention and this is what I want to achieve if I am fortunate to be re-elected for the next four years;

  • I want to engage with and persuade our law enforcement to be more effective with tackling the curse of drug crime, which is a blight on Westborough Ward. One way is to continue with installation of the Mobile CCTV cameras at our ‘Hotspots’;

  • To continue to support SEAL in its task of making the landlords more accountable for their actions or in some cases, inaction;

  • To make Westborough safer to walk around, by having the pavements resurfaced;

  • Dealing more effectively with obstructions caused by either badly or illegally parked vehicles;

  • To carry on the good work undertaken by the former WCA chairman, David Webb, to taking the Council and Cory’s to task over the level of cleanliness in our streets;

  • Working to reduce fly-tipping and ultimately to stop it;

  • Last, but no means least, to promote friendliness and understanding among local people and to help us all to work together for improvement of Westborough Ward.

Burglary Warning from Essex Police

Message received from Essex Police to Neighbourhood co-ordinators.

Essex Police are currently engaged in an Operation to reduce Burglary which is centred around, identifying and concentrating on areas which, following incidents of crime, are currently considered ‘burglary hotspots,’ these areas will change in response to crime trends.

We are sending this information out, so that Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinators and members, as well as other members of our local communities can assist the police by keeping vigilant, and through reporting any suspicious activity, which could relate to burglaries.  To report non-emergency incidents, or to give non-emergency information, please telephone 101, and, as always, dial 999 in an emergency.

Information about suspicious persons, suspicious activity and related vehicles, will help us to keep crime Down!


Neighbourhood Watch




Westborough Rd

Beedell Ave

Ramuz Drive

Brightwell Ave

Hainault Ave

Glenwood Ave

Fairfax Drive

Southbourne Grove

Westbourne Grove


Westborough Planning Applications

Recent planning applications published by the Council for WESTBOROUGH

Should you wish to look directly at the plans passed to the Council go to:

and add application number into Application Reference and when the property is found, go to ‘Click to view’ and ‘Associated Documents’ for full details.

Should you wish me to make any representation on your behalf, please contact me, details on this website:

APPLN. NO: 14/00379/FUL

Ward. Westborough
Officer: Patricia Coyle Date Valid. 17 April 2014 Area BORO


APPLN. NO: 14/00680/GPDE

Ward. Westborough
Officer: Sophie Glendinning Date Valid. 1 May 2014 Area BORO



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