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Firstly, I would like to express my deepest sympathy and condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of Sir David Amess. He was a devoted family man and a very hard-working local MP, who worked tirelessly for his constituents and the town and will be greatly missed. Sir David’s last article in September showed his passion for Southend to win City status. The recent announcement that this has been granted is a fitting tribute and legacy to this man’s commitment to the town. Thank you, Mr Southend.

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CONTENTS 9/10

7000 homes on the green belt? Local Issues by Azeem Raja

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Sir David Amess MP's Column by Cllr Tony Cox

United we can make a difference!

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Spotlight by Rob McAvoy

Don't forget the children!

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Health & Wellbeing by Anit B.

Do something fan-tache-tic this month

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Hair & Beauty by Craig Smith

Quick baked Portobello mushrooms with goat's cheese

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Recipe by Judy Barden

Badminton - a sport to be enjoyed by all!

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Sport by Ian Breed

Brainbox

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Is a Will enough?

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Estate Planning by Clive Rowe

Useful Numbers Advertiser Index

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Advertorials Brights Locksmits AZETS DG Supplyline Hightech Membrane

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If you’ve now installed your high security locks you’re probably feeling a little safer than before, but burglars can be somewhat determined so they’ll probably now ‘have a go’ at breaking a window to gain entry. Once they’re in they’ll generally not take long to grab any valuables that are laying around, which is why having a good quality safe is paramount. Most people think safes are only for jewellery, deeds, wills & large amounts of money & whilst this is true, you really need to secure the stuff that you might ordinarily leave lying around such as passports, driving licenses & credit cards to help protect against identity theft. Although it might be obvious, it’s important to lock up your vehicle keys too. A high percent of vehicle theft across the UK is primarily due to people not deadlocking their doors and the subsequent theft of car keys left either hanging up by the door or on the sideboard just inside the door.

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ity Applying the `ABC’ principle is all about making it harder for a potential burglar or assailant to gain entry to your premises. Some people may argue that they’ve nothing for a burglar to steal, however it might not bey our valuables that they’re after. 1 don’t know anyone, not even very lonely people, who’d want to wake up in the middle of the night with a stranger standing bed” over them in whilst they’re in bed

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Laminated glass might seem a bit of overkill’ but it depends on the level of security that you’re after. It’ll certainly stop a quick smash and grab as laminated glass is harder to break. Alternatively, using various grades of protective film can make your glass anti bandit, anti-blast and even bullet resistant so you should be okay even if you get caught in the middle of a bandit gun fight, AWESOME!

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irst and foremost I would like to pay tribute to Sir David Amess and his tragic and senseless loss of life. I would like to say my sincere condolences to his family. He helped so many people and supported so many organisations. He will be missed by all the people he helped and whose lives he touched. May he rest in peace.

For those who don't know me already, my name is Azeem Raja and for the past two local elections, I have stood as the Conservative Candidate to be your local Thorpe Ward Councillor. Unfortunately, on both occasions, I was unsuccessful. However I refuse to give up on THORPE. My family live in Thorpe Bay, my children went to school in Thorpe Bay and now my grandchildren go to school in Thorpe Bay, and so my heart is in Thorpe Bay. Many of you will know, Thorpe Bay was once the envy of not just Southend but of the country as a whole. Our November 2021

pavements were pristine, our road signs clean, our grass verges maintained and the area felt safe. However, over the past decade of independent representation, we have seen Thorpe Ward deteriorate. Thorpe Bay is simply not what it used to be.Too often promises have been broken

This cannot continue to go on like this They said some of our car parks were to remain free of charge, yet not only do charges now exist but in some parts, they have risen by over 150%. They said that they would protect our green 

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spaces, yet planned to build a cycle lane down the middle of Thorpe Hall Avenue, and are proposing to build 7000 homes on our local green belt. This cannot continue to go on like this. This is why, I am standing to be your Councillor for the third time, to once again make Thorpe Ward the best ward in the town, not the forgotten one.

The Thorpe Bay branch will close Many of you have contacted me in relation to the closure of Barclay's bank. As such, I want to be clear on my position. The closure of Barclays Bank marks the end of an era for the residents of Thorpe Bay. Before, Thorpe Bay residents and businesses had the luxury of three local banks, today that number is zero. This closure alienates those with mobility issues, those who are not technically able and those who want to do more than simply deposit and withdraw money. It is a blow to Thorpe Bay residents and in my view is a mistake on the part of Barclays. I have worked hard to prevent this closure, including making representations to the Area Manager of Barclays. I have also worked with our Member of Parliament James Duddridge, to make representations at the highest levels of both Government and Barclays bank. 10

However, it seems their mind is made up. The Thorpe Bay branch will close. But, alternatives exist and we don't need to look far to find them. Many of you may have seen the excellent new banking hub in Rochford sponsored by the post office. Here all banking services from all major banks live under one roof. The good news is, that the consortium of banks could soon be looking to expand this as a service to new locations and I believe Thorpe Bay is the perfect place to have one of them.

Green Belt by Bournes Green Chase

Consulting on the New local Plan Southend Council currently controlled by a Coalition of Labour/ Independent/Lib Dem Councillors are currently consulting on the New Local Plan. This plan includes the designation of the green belt north of Bournes Green Chase to allow the building of 7,000 homes. This is something that the Southend Conservatives oppose, due to the negative impact it will have on the residents we represent due to the pressure it would place on our local schools, local roads, GPs and Utilities. Currently there are no plans in place to improve the infrastructure to allow for these many houses. The current administration are saying this is because the Government has set them a target of 23000 houses. This is not a target but a starting point so that the council can set their own target. We believe that this should not be included in the local plan and should not even be consulted on. The Government allows for green belts to be excluded from any local housing targets. . The council should first build on all brownfield sites in Southend of which there are many. Funding should be made available to improve our infrastructure and preserve our beautiful green belt because it is precious and once it is built on it will be lost forever. We have had numerous correspondence from residents concerned about these plans. The Conservatives of Castle Point have already pushed back plans on the proposed development on their green belt. As such we are encouraging all residents to complete the Consultation which can be done at the following link: https://localplan.southend.gov.uk/

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SIR DAVID AMESS, 1952-2021 Sir David was one of the nicest and most charming people you could ever meet, and the tributes since his death demonstrate how many lives he touched over nearly four decades representing the people of Essex. He died doing the job he loved, serving the people of Southend he cared so much for. Sir David was Mr Southend! Never missing a moment or opportunity to showcase and secure investment in our City. To lose a much loved colleague and respected Member of Parliament in the most tragic of circumstances has been extremely tough for everyone in the Southend Conservative family and for those constituents he served in decades of extraordinary public service. Our loss though, of course, is nothing compared to that of his family who have been robbed of a husband and a father. Our hearts go out to Julia and his family.

Sir David was also one of the leading campaigners on animal welfare. In fact, these campaigns along with his catholic faith Sir David always defended the sanctity of life. For believing and advocating in the sanctity of life, it truly rubs salt in the wounds that Sir David’s life was so cruelly, tragically and senselessly taken away. The only solace we can take at this time is that Sir David died doing what he loved best – representing his constituents.

I have been asked countless times of what I remember Sir David for. There are two things for me. Firstly was his legendary lateness for everything. This is because whoever he met en route to an engagement he would stop and talk to. And secondly is his kindness. From right across the political spectrum it is the stories of Sir David’s kindness which have become the most apparent. To give an example, when I became leader of the Conservative Group he sent me a personal message congratulating me on my appointment. When I lost my seat in 2014 he sent me a personal message commiserating me on my defeat. That was the mark of the man. Sir David was championing causes and leading crusades before they were on

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SPOTLIGHT

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Sir David was a strong advocate, not only on his legendary parliamentary stance of Southend becoming a City but on the diversity of the town and the welcome it offers new residents, regardless of where they are from. The work Sir David did for this City transcends all political belief. Yes he may have held different views, but that is called democracy. Those views were nurtured through his political ideology and convictions of his faith, no more. Disagreement was met with a hot drink and discussion, the meeting may not end in agreement, but he would remain courteous throughout and listen to your point of view.

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Following the intense tragedy of his murder a number of faith and community groups, across the town, worked together to show that Southend will not be divided through hatred and terror. So we commissioned local artist Karl Sims to produce an amazing piece of Street Art. The piece untitled Hands Together, Southend Against Hatred will be installed on Southend Seafront, on City Beach.

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Parents must maintain a good degree of involvment Because of the rapid expansion of services, well meaning but inadequately experienced people can be employed as helpers, but parents must maintain a good degree of involvement with the whole process at every stage. Change(s) in behaviour, downhill academic performance, avoidance of social situation(s), dislike for their usually enjoyable pursuits, sleep and eating difficulties – all can be indicative of anxiety and depression and can occasionally lead to self-harm. A good listening empathic Parent(s), can be very encouraging in making the child understand their feelings and deal with their own sense of hopelessness and helplessness. A strong focus on the Child’s strength and personal qualities can be a very valuable resource towards recovery. When seeing a psychiatrist, parents must be able to give a good history of the presenting issues, and might have to rely on the Judgement of the physician as to use of medication for further help. Medication is not always effective, but can sometimes dramatically change the scenario.

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