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CONTENTS The continuing demise of Southend (dire) High Street 9/10 Local Issues by Philip Miller

Celebrating 100 years of Council housing

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Council article by Cllr Ron Woodley

Light Christmas pudding with Butterscotch sauce

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Recipe by Judy Barden

Christmas beauty tips

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Hair & Beauty by Craig Smith

Brainbox52 What's on

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Useful Numbers

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Advertiser Index

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Advertorials

Richard Attfield

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La Petite Petanque

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The Angel Inn

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Sales Lettings Valuations Management Mortgages

VitB1225 Essex Equity Southend Oracle Directory CHC Aesthetics High-Tech Membrane

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LOCAL ISSUES

The continuing demise of Southend (dire) High Street

It’s been over a year since I wrote my 'Save Southend Dire Street' article. (See October 2018's Oracle issue via their website on p17)

and make them into extra free parking. • Open certain segments of the High Street again to cars.

The article at the time caused quite a stir of

All three suggestions were well received

the right kind. Many readers made contact

and nobody spoke out against the proposed

with letters of support, agreement and

suggestions.

suggested further good ideas. So much

Road to recovery

so I arranged a public seminar where two highly regarded local/national architects presented their own visions for Southends future prosperity.

If taken forward by the council, these easy to do quick wins would have sent a positive message to customers and given a strong message to the retailers. My suggestions

Positive vibes

alone will not win the battle long term,

I invited the 'Oraclers' who had made

but would start the road to recovery, a real

contact, leaders of the political groups, the

confidence booster and an encourager for

press and other interested parties. We held

new businesses to the High Street.

the meeting at Sands on the seafront and it

However, here we are a year or so later and

was well attended with a very positive vibe

where are we on that road to recovery you

in the room.

may ask?

My three suggestions from the article were:

What has been done? Zilch!

• Make all side roads from Royal Terrace to

What is new? Nothing!

Queens’s road free two hour parking. • Remove all unnecessary double yellow

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Did they listen? No!

the High Street from the railway bridge

Has the decline worsened? Yes.

to the Victoria shopping centre, starting

On the positive side the rough sleepers have now been displaced, although the aggressive beggars are still in abundance. They even have their own pitches nowadays and we still have to run the gauntlet with 'yobbo' cyclists intimidating us with their agressive cycling, and it’s not just the kids!

More cops on the beat Although promises of more to come, we have a few more cops on the beat but hardly enough. We also have a team of local security guards that are reassuring to see, but like Coca-Cola you can’t beat the real thing! Not that many years ago, before the cuts in Police budgets, Southend had a permanent squad of twenty four PCs, two sergeants and an inspector just for the High Street, plus two PCs for the seafront, shameful really, in comparison to today.

Petition for 2 hours free parking

with forcing the Odeon out of business by opening a bright new shiny cinema on the Seaway Car Park. Are cinemas not toast anyway with all the ways of watching film and affordable big TVs at home? I’m not sure those businesses in the doomed zone have been told as yet? What can you say or do? Last time out, we had a Conservative council who wouldn’t listen and lost the election, they listen now! The coalition who came into power promising to play an open and fair game are not doing so. Maybe time for a complete change of tack? To this end we could lose the cabinet system and return to the committee structure as Basildon have done, or go for an elected mayor who has “carte blanche” over everything. The first is safe, the second could be a wild ride, you might even get somebody like me! The latter I wouldn’t

From the meeting, one of the attendees

recommend, my idea of running anything

Josie Hewitt took the 'bull by the horns' and

is with a committee of one, just me! That’s

gathered a two thousand plus signature

it for now, let’s hope somebody at SBC gets

petition supporting the two hour 'free'

motivated in the meantime!

parking initiative. Please sit down when

Philip Miller M.B.E Executive Chairman Stockvale Group Of Companies

you hear the current adminstrations reason for refusal. “If you give free parking, it will cause congestion making it too busy!" What I do hear though is they have a plan to eliminate the northern end of 10

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Celebrating 100 years of Council Housing The need to overhaul the housing sector

being called social rents. But is the term

whether to rent or to buy is now more

social the correct word to use? Should they

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be called just “Council homes” and the rents associated with housing called something different and be based upon a clear measure of affordability, linked to earnings, and applied transparently be it a single person or that of a family.

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Morally wrong

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at a price that is truly affordable, (and I dislike

• Any landlord who no longer wishes to rent

that word immensely) through rent or to

in the private rented sector, should enable

purchase, to the majority of normal working

council’s to take ownership at market price

people and families.

and bring into council owned stock.

More affordable housing

• Allow councils to build homes through a rent

Yes, we as a country do need more homes,

to buy system of their existing housing stock

but should we keep flooding the market with

up to 90% of the home’s value and allow all

more and more homes that are unaffordable,

the receipts and capital/maintenance costs to

enabling the house builders to make high

fund the building of new homes.

profits and for the buy to let landlords to take

• All new homes built through this method to

away the initial rung of the property ladder

be allowed into the rent to buy scheme after a

from people, to allow these same landlords

10 year period of renting.

to charge extortionate rents that ordinary

• Stop the influence of developers and private

working people can ill-afford to pay and for

sector landlords in government policies.

the government to ill-afford to pay in benefits up to the Local Housing Allowance.

• Allow councils to charge council tax on properties that have approval after a 2 year

There is no doubt that we need more homes

period if there has been no substantive

and yes we need councils to build them, but

progress on the development.

stop calling them social housing, just call them homes for the hundreds of thousands of families waiting desperately to have somewhere decent to live at an affordable rent, linked to earnings that will enable citizens to afford to pay all the other costs associated with living a decent life in decent

• Therefore the Government should over the next 5 years allow all rents to be slowly aligned and be based upon a living rent that takes into consideration the income of the family/person living in the property, being

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neighbourhoods.

private or council owned.

• Councils should through compulsory

increasing cost of somewhere to live, future governments will be paying billions pounds more in additional benefits than what is necessary. Cllr. Ron Woodley Deputy Leader of Southend Borough Council Independent Councillor for Thorpe Ward

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