Sunday, 15 March 2015

Chalky's Porkies

I do not usually make a habbit of commenting on opponents literature but the latest leaflet delivered from Comrade Chalk, the former Labour now Independent Party councillor for Shoeburyness ward needs further analysis.

I am usually kind and describe Cllr Chalk's missives as mistruths, however, on this occasion I have to make an exception and call them downright lies. Strong, I know, but no other words seem applicable. I have a feeling it will be a lonely election campaign for Anne if the whispers from inside the Indies camp are to be believed.

Rumour has it that her fellow ward party colleagues Mike Assenheim and Nick Ward despise her and are refusing to endorse her campaign. I would suspect this is not to far from the truth as I am mentioned in her leaflet more than her ward colleagues.

The first big fat porky is regarding the saving of the two care homes. Under previous Conservative plans Delaware House was to remain open and yes, Priory House was to close to provide a new care facility on the Delaware House site.

Following the Rainbow Coalition review, Delaware House is to close, Priory House will close in three years and a new care centre will be built on the Priory House site.

The second porkie is that I am still continuing to openly support the previous flood defence plans for Shoebury Common. Had Cllr Chalk had a half a brain she would have been aware that I had said in a previous post on the 28th January that if a better scheme is proposed from the review then it will get my full support.

The third porkie is that the death nail for the previous plans at Shoebury Common will come at a special scrutiny meeting on the 23rd March. Unless I need emergency treatment, I can not see Shoebury Common as an agenda item on the agenda below:

Porkie number four is that Friars Library is to remain open. Following yet another Rainbow Coalition review, they endorsed the Conservatives plan for a new Library to be based at the Shoebury Youth Centre complex. Friars Libary will remain open until the new Library is operational. It should be noted that Cllr Chalk voted to endores these proposals.

If anyone wishes to doubt me, the cabinet paper can be found below:

The fifth and final porkie is that the proposals to close the toilets at East Beach and Campfield Road have been overturned. Yes, the proposals have been put on ice - for now. A recent Oracle article from the Leader of the Council makes it clear that he may revisit their closure in the near future.

It is what's missing in Comrade Chalk's leaflet that is worth noting. It would seem that she does not have the balls to tell Shoeburyness residents that she voted for 11 litter bins to be removed, council tax to rise by 1.95%, car parking charges to be raised on average by 11%, textile recycling abolished and the firing of 5 officers who deal with fly tipping and issue on the spot fines for dog fouling.


Julian Ware-Lane said...

Textile recycling has not been abolished. I argued for its retention, and I am promised that white sacks will continue to be collected. However, I am uncertain whether white sacks will continue to be given out - I have a feeling these are going the way of the blacks sacks (residents will have to buy their own).

Tony Cox said...

Julian, yes you did argue for the white recycling sacks to be retained as I was there when you made the comments at scruity. Unfortunately you were not listened to as they have been abolished.

You could have supported the Conservative amendment to keep these instead of voting for the budget which brought about their demise.

As to whether textiles will still be collected there was no mention of this in the budget and I asked the question to Southend Council as to whether residents that still have textile bags will have them collected and if they can still be collected using a carrier bag for example longer term.

I am still awaiting the answer but as yet nothing. So, until something formal comes from Council officers I will believe this to be a true as the pope not being a Catholic.