Saturday, 27 June 2015

St Lukes Walk In Centre Consultation

Last month, I wrote a post last month on the local Clinical Commissioning Group's (CCG) plans to close the St Luke's Walk-in centre and merge it into A&E at Southend Hospital. My concerns then are my concerns now, as the St Luke's walk-in centre provides out of hours GP services for residents in West Shoebury.

Prior to any decision being made on the future of the St Luke's walk-in centre, the Southend CCG are launching a consultation into its future and how local services are commissioned. If you have concerns at the potential closure, I urge you all to complete the consultation. To make it easier for residents, the consultation can be downloaded below.

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Leigh Town Council Newsletter

Southend Business Partnership Newsletter - June 2015

2016 Battlegrounds

The current political make up of Southend Council makes for an interesting set of local in 2016. One of the key battlegrounds will be that of Shoeburyness Ward where the Independent Party incumbent Mike Assenheim is up for re-election.
Following Anne Chalk's defeat to Roger Hadley last month, I had wondered if Anne would have another go next year against Mike especially since their relationship over the past year was, at best, frosty. After being given a copy of her latest leaflet I would say this is a pretty safe bet.

Mike standing against Anne will undoubtedly make an intriguing contest as they will no doubt split the Independent Party vote.

Anne doesn't hold back in her leaflet confirming what 99.9% of the population in Southend knew all along that the Independents are party in all but name. She also has a sideswipe at Cllr Terry.

These comments follow on from the sideswipe at the Council Leader Ron Woodley when giving her speech at the count, where Anne accused him of messing up her election expenses returns. The look on Ron's face was certainly a Kodak moment!

There is one article that does stand out in the leaflet. The future of Friars Library when the new Library at Shoebury Youth Centre opens has been a topic of much debate.

During the election campaign, Anne proclaimed that Friars Library was to remain open, which I covered in a previous post here. The claim was also repeated at a meeting of the Shoebury Residents Association last month.

Now, to be clear, I welcome volunteers in all aspects of civic life and have no problem with a pop up Library at Friars or anywhere else in the borough. The only problem is is that the Independent Party keep telling us that a Library will continue at Friars yet the officers at Southend Council are telling me that they have not had a single expression of interest from any community group to run one.

Over the past week or so, I was copied into correspondence from the Leader of the Council Ron Woodley who has assured me that a Library will continue at Friars. Yet, in saying that, the leader of the Council prommised as part of his budget speech in February that every resident in the town would be given an Advantage Card so residents could get discounts at Council facilities and attractions. Four months on, residents are still waiting.

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

How People Voted Against Newspaper Endorsement

Following the results of the 2015 General Election there is a temptation to treat opinion polls with a pinch of salt as the polling companies got it so badly wrong. There was however a good article in the Guardian over the weekend which looked to see if newspapers endorsements matched readers votes.

The results made interesting reading and are summarised below:

The Independent

Endorsement: Continuation of Conservative/Lib Dem Coalition

Readers Voting Behaviour

Labour - 47%
Conservative - 17%
Lib Dem - 16%
Green - 11%
UKIP - 4%

The Guardian

Endorsement: Labour

Readers Voting Behaviour

Labour - 62%
Green - 14%
Lib Dem - 11%
Conservative - 6%
UKIP - 1%


Endorsement: Conservative

Readers Voting Behaviour

Conservative - 69%
UKIP - 12%
Labour - 8%
Lib Dem - 8%
Green - 1%

The Times

Endorsement: None Given

Readers Voting Behaviour

Conservative - 55%
Labour - 20%
Lib Dem - 13%
UKIP - 6%
Green - 3%

Daily Mail

Endorsement: None Given

Readers Voting Behaviour

Conservative - 59%
UKIP - 19%
Labour - 14%
Lib Dem - 5%
Green - 1%

The Express

Endorsement: UKIP

Readers Voting Behaviour

Conservative - 51%
UKIP - 27%
Labour - 13%
Lib Dem - 5%
Green - 1%

The Sun

Endorsement: Conservative

Readers Voting Behaviour

Conservative - 47%
Labour - 24%
UKIP - 19%
Lib Dem - 4%
Green - 1%


Endorsement: Labour

Readers Voting Behaviour

Labour - 67%
Conservative - 11%
UKIP - 9%
Lib Dem - 5%
Green - 2%

The full Guardian article can be found here.