Tag Archives: Councillor Anna Waite

Southend Airport Judicial Review fails

Judgement has been given this morning on the application by Laura Millard for leave to apply for Judicial Review of the Council’s decision to grant planning permission (reference SOS/09/01960/FULM)  for the runway extension at Southend Airport. This followed an oral Hearing held last week.
The High Court refused to grant leave and the judge ruled that all 4 grounds of challenge advanced on behalf of Ms Millard were unarguable.

Hopefully that is the end of the matter, unless Ms Millard attempts to pursue an appeal to the Court of Appeal or  some type of action in Europe.

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Southend East's Conservative Team

Today the list of Conservative candidates in Rochford and Southend East has been announced. As usual we will be fielding a full team of Candidates for the local elections in May. I am especially enthused by the dedication and talent of this year’s team.

Each Candidate has been carefully considered by the association and the respective ward committee to ensure they are absolutely right for their ward. I can honestly say each of them deserve to win and I know that such a strong team will put up an incredible fight.

Kursaal Ward

In Kursaal ward we have selected Neil Austin, a proud father of four. Neil has been working tirelessly in Kursaal where he lives. His understanding of the need for regeneration makes him an ideal candidate and obvious choice for Kursaal voters who want to see their area improve. His main competition will be from Labour’s Ms McMahon who was voted out at the last election but managed to get reselected under an all women shortlist.

Thorpe Ward

In Thorpe Peter Melville will be a fresh face, full of enthusiasm and determination. He clearly wants to listen and represent Thorpe residents. I know that he will be running a strong campaign.

St Luke’s Ward

I am seeking re-election in St Luke’s this year, and (without being too immodest!) hope my record of achievement for the ward and passion for Southend will be recognised by residents. As usual I shall run as positive a campaign as possible.

Southchurch  Ward

Cllr Ann Holland is up for re-election in Southchurch. Cllr Holland is currently Mayor and extremely experienced on council, with a particularly sterling reputation for her work with the fire authorities.

Victoria Ward

Ray Davy, known by many for his work at Southend United and the Roots Hall Market, is a stalwart and extremely hard working person, if elected he would bring real hope for Victoria. He would be tenacious in speaking up for residents and in getting improvements for them.

Milton

Cllr Jonathon Garston is standing for re-election. Jonathon is an exceptional ward councillor and thoroughly deserves to get back in.

Shoebury

Verina Weaver is a hard working and experienced Cllr, who will fully represent Shoebury, she has experience of planning and speaking out at Council. She will be a fine replacement for Pat Rayner who is resigning after doing a grand job for Shoebury residents for the last 10 years.

West Shoebury

Cllr Derek Jarvis is also standing for re-election, but in west Shoebury. Derek is a senior councillor and has represented his ward for a long time.

Between us the candidates have well over a lifetime worth of council experience, and have in recent years done a tremendous amount of positive work in the town and for our residents.

Q. When is an Independent not an Independent?

A. When he’s teamed up with a Lib-Dem!

The so called Independent candidate in St Luke’s has joined forces with last year’s Lib Dem candidate for St Luke’s and SKIPP sympathiser. The stated object to get rid of the sitting ward Cllr Anna Waite.

Whilst I am sure Cllr Longley will disown this collusion, it would not be the first time he has done this. In 2006 the LibDems colluded with an independent and quite probably UKIP and Labour too. This collusion was confirmed to me by Mike Grimwade (LibDem) who said that he disliked the collusion that had taken place and hoped I would not hold it against him!

Shame on You

Last night the Council discussed the terms of the airport lease. Following the meeting as I was leaving a woman came up to me and said in my face- Shame on you.

Is it shameful to restrict the number of night flights?

Is it shameful to control the noise emissions of the planes?

Is it shameful to ensure the direction of landing and takeoff  is, as much as possible, over the least populated areas?

Is it shameful to cap the total number of flights?

Is it shameful to require a second instrument landing facility?

Is it shameful to restrict the amount of cargo?

Is it shameful to want to provide more jobs for Southend and Rochford residents?

No I don’t think so- the shameful thing is that SAEN still persist in objecting to all of the above and post inaccurate personal comments on their website ! Madame, whoever you were- Shame on you.

The full list of conditions being imposed v the existing can be seen here –Conditions proposed v existing

Care standards for elderly protected by Council

Southend is protecting the elderly, vulnerable and front line services.

There should be no discernable change in the standard or care for residents, we are doing everything we can to protect the standards we expect for them, indeed we are getting far firmer about where we will support residents, as being in a good quality home can make a lot of difference as time goes by.

A misleading article in last weeks Echo (Friday) features a gentleman Mr Gelfand and has the headline-

‘Care homes threatened by Southend Council cuts’

I  must question this, his comments and also why the Echo ran the story without checking it out and without carrying a balancing comment.

Firstly for the facts- yes we are asking homes to accept a 5% cut in the fee we pay for each Southend funded resident. Southend has to achieve very significant savings and it is considered that we have to pass some of the reduction on.

Southend officers have held consultations with both care homes and their professional body. The letter sent to the care homes folloiwing those consultations can be read Here 

Southend officers have made it very clear that if a home feels that the 5% cut will result in difficulties or a loss service for our residents they may come to the officers for their position to be considered- we would of course expect to see their accounts in these circumstances.

Southend officers have found a number of cost saving inititiatives that they have passed on to the care homes which should facilitate the saving for example-working closer together and bulk purchasing.

Now Mr Gelfand attended the meeting and is well aware of this and the report that went to Cabinet also states this.

Mr Gelfand’s care home  is part of a larger group which, I am informed, posted a significant profit last year, yet it is still not achieving the standards that Southend expects for its residents and Southend officers have actually had to assist this home to raise its standards.

We now only place residents in the better performing homes, but we do not insist that residents already placed in less desirable accomodation move.

We are also asking the managers of our own care homes to achieve similar if not higher savings.

No home that is open and honest with us and can demonstrate that they really cannot do anything to save money will be subjected to the 5% cut.

Southend Shortlisted for 'Best Council'

Last year we were shortlisted for most improved council,  this year its best Council in the

 LGC awards and the list of awards, accolades and successes that

Southend Council and Partner’s  have achieved are truly amazing. They range from ‘Park Mark’ Awards for Safety in Car Parks for 20 of our car parks  to being awarded two green lights and ranked in the top three of English local authorities for our work on autism by the National Autistic Society’s Local Authority Progress Table and just about everything in between.

So let’s stop the negative stuff and start celebrating success, as it’s the successes that will move us forward and help us out of economic turn down, it’s the successes that will help us to keep going when the going gets tough and it’s the successes that will promote our town and help us achieve better jobs and better prospects for our children and grandchildren.

A Bird's Eye View

Here is the lastest bird’s eye view of the works outside Victoria Station, the new Square or circle can clearly be seen, showing the extend of the new pedestrianised area outside the Station and the improved area to the rear of the Odeon.

The removal of the old roundabout will make for easier pedestrian access from Victoria Station and Avenue to the High Street and vice versa. It has  allowed for the creation of a new public square, with new trees that will soon be going in, and better bus and cyclist facilities. The new junction will also see improvements to the traffic flow.

At long last there will be a decent entrance to the town centre replacing the old roundabout where  The Odeon and The Victorias turned their backs on the entrance to the main retail area of the town and beyond and where for years visitors have struggled to find the High Street  and a way across the traffic to it!

Read the formal notification on the Airport Judicial Review

Please click   JR Order 03 02 11 to read the formal response to the application for a judicial review by  resident  Laura Millard.

Now we need to move on , get the landlord consent signed off and the JAAP underway so as to ensure we are ready to maximise the economic benefits for Rochford and Southend once the Airport ‘Takes Off’.  As we come out of the economic down turn- we will need those jobs!

Fancy a swim?

We had a sneak preview of the new pool at Garon Park today. It’s due to open on Monday 15th and it’s looking really fantastic, some youngsters were doing demonstation dives, rather them than me, and their coach was delighted with the new facility as indeed were we. This is possibly the best dive facility in the UK,  and with the children’s pool and the normal pool it should prove a very popular destination. It was in 2005 that the decision was taken to move the pool to Garon Park where it now shares a new entrance with the Leisure Centre. The 27 bus will run until 22.30 Monday to Saturday and between 9 – 18.30 on Sundays. There will be special swim offers and discounts for residents.

Stop Press- Council Tax Cut

Southend’s Conservative Cabinet this afternoon agreed to a reduction in Southend Council Tax to 2.95%, that’s a cut of 1%. The reduction will not effect front line services but reflects the continued aim of Conservative lead Southend to keep a low Councuil Tax, indeed Southendwill  have one of the lowest Council Tax charges in Essex, yet it continues to offer a really exciting Capital Budget to keep improving the town. Cllr Lamb welcomed the reduction saying it reflected the economic climate and would help many residents, whilst Cllr Waite said how pleased she was to see £3m in the Capital Budget for The Pier. The budget now goes to full Council shortly.