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  • Overgrown Hedge
    Article: Jan 12, 2018
    By Jude Deakin

    Beeches Road residents have complained about the state of the hedge near Beeches Crescent.

    The developers of the site (Linden Homes) have been requested by the City Council to either replace the hedge with yew or cut back and maintain the existing hedge.

    Linden responded to confirm that they would not wish to change the approved plans by removing the hedge and planting yew. However, they did confirm that they would make arrangements to trim back the hedge to match approved plans submitted. This plan showed that the hedge would be pruned back from the footpath. Cllr Jude Deakin said, "This has been going on long enough, time Linden faced up to their responsibilities as set out in the planning permission they received to build here".

  • doctor, surgeon, hospital, ward, surgery, operation
    Article: Jan 5, 2018

    The NHS hospital group that covers over 60% of Essex is consulting on changes to its services. There is an online survey here and also a set of public meetings coming up, in every part of mid and south Essex. The meetings list is here.

  • Article: Dec 19, 2017

    Notice of Motion

    The effect of development on services in Leigh

    Because of growing concern in Leigh the following motion by Carole and Peter will be considered at the next cabinet meeting at Southend

    All members are aware of the rapid growth in development in Leigh, especially in flatted development. These problems are spreading in the Borough. particularly to areas close to the c2c railway stations.

  • NHS logo
    Article: Dec 13, 2017

    The Mid Essex CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group) today reported to Essex County Council on their plans for a 'Home First' service. More patients will be able to leave hospital earlier and then be supported at home.

    Lib Dem Stephen Robinson and many other Councillors asked them questions about how this will work.

  • surgeon hospital doctor medical medicine
    Article: Dec 13, 2017

    Today at #Essex County Council councillors reviewed the plan to merge Colchester and Ipswich hospitals. The two have been co-operating for some years and feel that a full merger is the way ahead.

    Dr Shane Gordon explained: in summary, they don't currently have the full range of medical services at each hospital. By merging, they aim to

  • elderly resident with care nurse
    Article: Dec 12, 2017

    Essex County Council today rejected a call to dedicate ALL of the new Business Rate income to social care. At the same meeting, the growing crisis in children's care was revealed, with a forecast overspend of £5 million this year.

    The Lib Dem group proposed an amendment to dedicate to care services ALL of the additional £6.25 billion nationally coming to local councils from Business Rates. The Conservatives voted this down.

  • Leigh & West Leigh Focus Oct/Nov 2017
    Article: Dec 7, 2017
    In Leigh & West Leigh Focus Oct/Nov 2017

    Old Town pub music no fun for residents

    Summer in the Old Town is enlivened by a succession of musical events at the pubs. But while visitors can listen, have an enjoyable time and then walk away, the residents of New Road and on the hill behind cannot.

    They are listening to it most of the day and into the late evening, sometimes on both days of the weekends. If two or more pubs have amplified music outside they seem to compete with each other and the noise gets worse.

    Article: Dec 6, 2017
    By Howard Gibeon in Kursaal Focus October 2017

    Traffic, and as a consequence, air pollution is increasing in Southend and particularly in Kursaal Ward.

    With cars, lorries and vans pumping out noxious gases while crawling through our streets, major concerns have been expressed over the impact on the health of local residents in Sutton Road, Queensway, Southchurch Road, Southchurch Avenue and the Seafront. The Council seems only interested in meeting minimum national standards and not establishing better provisions for our community.

  • Ashley Thompson with missing road sign
    Article: Dec 5, 2017
    In Leigh & West Leigh Focus Oct/Nov 2017

    Still no sign of the sign

    Summed up in one picture ... a government programme that has failed; a Council that is failing

    We took this picture of the missing road sign at Lapwater Close on 20th June. Four months later in October the sign still has not been replaced.

    In the summer edition of the Tory newsletter in West Leigh they claimed that the delay was not due to budget cuts ".but of course as road names are individual, each sign is specially made to order, which takes a little time.".

  • Leigh & West Leigh Focus September 2017
    Article: Dec 3, 2017
    In Leigh & West Leigh Focus Oct/Nov 2017

    The Fight Goes on For Fair Catchment Areas!

    • Council backtrack after protests

    • New proposals still not good enough

    • Academy Trust making waves

    • New school still needed in Leigh

    SOUTHEND COUNCIL's first thoughts on changing the catchment areas for North Street, West Leigh and chalkwell schools were met with a storm of protest from unhappy residents.