Whilst out and about in my old stamping ground, Inverness Avenue this weekend, I noticed some rejected rubbish bags. One was the pink one photographed and others where white. This has hit the news elsewhere on the internet and local press.
The opposition grouos did table costed amendments to the Tory Administration budget earlier this year and one of those amendments was to slowly phase out the black bags and not just stop distribution by the Council. The vast majority of residents and your diligent Councillor, ensures that the right bags are used and through education and persuasion, we are being guided away from putting very little into the black bags, which costs the Town a lot of money to put into Landfill. However, we have the worse of all worlds at the moment, with bags that should be re-cycled are being rejected and we are putting items into Landfill that should be being re-cycled.
As for Inverness Avenue, I have reported these bags to the Council and expect the road to be cleared shortly. If you spot any rejected bags, please let me know, so that I may understand the full problem within Westborough ward. I have started a SURVEY on this webpage. ->>>>>>>
UDATE ** ACTION ** Pleased to report bags removed efficiently by Cory’s
APPLN. NO: 13/01529/FUL
Officer: Janine Rowley Date Valid. 19 November 2013
CHANGE OF USE FROM RESIDENTIAL HOUSE TO BUSINESS USE AS A DAY NURSERY (CLASS D1)
38 FAIRMEAD AVENUE; WESTCLIFF-ON-SEA ESSEX
Applicant: Mrs Kathryn Goldsmith Juniper Day Nursery 38 Fairmead Avenue Westcliff-On-Sea Essex SS0 9RX
APPLN. NO: 13/01635/FUL
Officer: Matthew Leigh Date Valid. 22 November 2013
ERECT SINGLE STOREY REAR EXTENSION.
13 NORTHVIEW DRIVE; WESTCLIFF-ON-SEA ESSEX
Agent: Mr Robert Parish RSP Design 20 Strangman Avenue Benfleet Essex SS7 1RB
As winter approaches, I have asked for new Gritting Bins in Westborough, as we only have a few on the borders of the Ward, namely, Chalkwell Park entrance, by the Plough Hotel and by Trustlinks on the corner of Fairfax & Prittlewell Chase On asking the Council this is the reply I have received, so we are looking where we are able to put in any new Bins. If you have any suggestions, please let me know -Paul
We have in the past looked at providing grit bins in the area
The main problem is the space needed to site one
Westborough Road is not wide enough for a bin and pedestrians, we have similar issues when trying to place a litter bin
I am happy to review any areas, but we will need a minimum of about 3m width footway, and also a place that is acceptable to local residents – some do object to bins (of any description) outside their property. Also junctions we need to be mindful of line of site for motorists, especially at locations near schools etc
I trust the above is helpful, but if you require any further information, or have any sites in mind please let me know
90 Westminster Drive
Planning permission granted to clear site and build two semi detached houses with off street parking: details here:http://publicedrms.southend.gov.uk/Planning/lg/GFPlanningDocuments.page?Param=lg.Planning&org.apache.shale.dialog.DIALOG_NAME=gfplanningsearch&viewdocs=true&SDescription=13/01154/FUL
227 Fairfax Drive
The enforcement orders in realtion to this property have been upheld by the Planning Inspectorate: details here: http://publicedrms.southend.gov.uk/Planning/lg/dialog.page?Param=lg.Planning&org.apache.shale.dialog.DIALOG_NAME=gfplanningsearch&viewdocs=true&SDescription=12/00060/ENFNOT
423 Fairfax Drive
Planning permission given for the buikding of a detached part single/part two storey dwelling with roof extension at rear on land adjacent to 423 Fairfax Drive. Included will be a vehicular access onto Fairfax Drive, layout parking, amenity, refuse and cycle store
FREE CHRISTMAS CAR PARKING IN DECEMBER
In a move to attract more Christmas shoppers into the borough, Southend Council is extending its free parking concession to all car parks run by the authority.
Parking charges are being waived from 4pm on Thursdays and all day Sundays throughout December and drivers will now be able to park free of charge at all council managed car parks in Southend, rather than just those in the town centre.
I am pleased to bring to Residents news of two new large Bus Shelters in Fairfax Drive. One is opposite St. George’s Park Avenue and the other is near Fairmead Avenue. I have been chasing this ever since the Town was awarded the Better Bus Grant and I wanted to ensure Westborough benefited. To that end I walked the length of Fairfax Drive with the Officer to work about the best places for our new Shelters.
A message received just from one Resident says
“That’s great to finally have it in place, I spoke to a few people at the stop at the end of last week and they too were thrilled. So thank you for your persistence.”
It remains my long aim to improve the 29 route and by getting more people to use the service with better facilities is one way to do this. I will still press for the return of the evening service along Fairfax Drive.
As reported by the Evening Echo on 18th November – Opposite Westcliff Library.
Council seizes six flats from landlord
A LANDLORD’S property has been seized by Southend Council after concerns about his management.
Steve Beechey, 66, who lets flats and rooms in about 24 properties across the borough, is now getting no rental income from the six flats above Interior Superior, in London Road, Westcliff, after the council put its housing company South Essex Homes in charge.
Southend Council says it has concerns over his management of the property, but Mr Beechey claims it is being heavy handed because he runs his flats well and the only issues relate to paperwork.The council seized the property under enforcement powers, but Mr Beechey says it is unfair.
He said: “I built up my portfolio over 25 years and am a handson landlord–my blood and sweat is in those buildings.
“I am the first to admit I am not the best with paperwork, but I run the properties well.
“I think the council has set out to destroy me.”
Mr Beechey believes the council’s action was sparked when he refused to get electricians to certify the wiring of the property, as it was done two years ago and was covered until 2016. He now says he faces financial ruin because of the council’s actions.
Mr Beechey, of Sebastian Avenue, Shenfield, added: “I have been swamped with letters requesting information within just five days.
“If you don’t meet the deadline, it’s a £600 fine per room. If that isn’t paid on time, there is another fine. I am looking at five figures.”
He said he would always look after the property and claimed South Essex Homes was ignoring jobs which needed to be done.
He showed the Echo a South Essex Homes sticker he found on a broken light switch, which was first reported on October 3.
He said: “I would visit once a week and my daughter would clean the communal areas another day each week. So they were regularly visited.
“If I saw a light bulb out I would fix it there and then. For other jobs, my maintenance people would do it within a few days.”
A council spokesman said: “One of his properties is now subject to an interim management order.
“Private sector housing served the order as it was not satisfied Mr Beechey, nor his proposed licence holder, were suitable to hold the house of multiple occupancy licence.
“Accordingly, the council served the order and took control of this particular licence, which is now being managed by South Essex Homes.
“The council has other enforcement action ongoing against other properties, particularly the enforcement of noncompliance with energy performance certificates.”
Paul Longman, manager of property services at South Essex Homes, said: “We are aware of the repair issues at the property which we inherited from the landlord.
“Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, we are having problems gaining access to the flats to undertake the necessary repair works.
“However, we will continue to contact residents in an effort to gain access to undertake the repair work needed.”