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Promoted by Tony Cox on behalf of all the Conservative candidates all at Suite 2, Strand House, 742 Southchurch Road, Southend on Sea, Essex, SS1 2PS
CONSERVATIVES DELIVERING FOR SOUTHEND
SOUTHEND COUNCIL MATTERS - NEWS FROM SOUTHEND CONSERVATIVES ELECTION SPECIAL
Independent Party all at sea on Council borrowing.
Unable to understand Council finance
The Independent Party have
been branded all at sea after falsely claiming that Council
equates to 31% of your
The latest figures show the
level of Council borrowing by
the end of this year will
amount to 172 Million.
This will result in
repayments during 2013/14
of 13 Million of which 6
Million is the repayment of
capital and only 7 Million
interest. This is payable from
a gross revenue budget of
400 Million and is the
equivalent to less than 1.8%
of our relevant income or to
put it in simple terms, it is like
a family on an income of
30,000 per annum having a
mortgage liability of 45 per
Conservatives: delivering all year round for Southend
A record of local action from Southend Conservatives with a promise of more.
What Conservatives are delivering in the 2014 budget Investing 6.5 Million to repair our roads, footpaths and improve
safety over the next four years.
Frozen car parking charges, leisure charges and council tax for the third time in the last four years.
Investing 12 Million to fund new primary school places over the next four years.
Unlike our neighbours in Rochford and Castle Point, we have kept our street lights on and will invest 2.5 Million in replacing all 13,000 lights with LED technology.
We have won awards for our clean streets and have protected our weekly black sack refuse collection.
Over the last 9 years, local Conservatives have driven up the quality of core services such as adult social care whilst still delivering major savings.
This was acknowledged by being awarded Council of the Year. Over the last 9 years we will have delivered 79 Million of annual savings.
If we had not delivered these savings we would be spending an extra 79 Million of council tax payers money this year and next year and every year into the future and if we wanted to reinstate those savings we would need a council tax rise of 129.6%.
Our control of council finance has been so good that no opposition party was able to suggest any amendments or improvements to our last budget.
All this has been delivered whilst Southend remains one of the lowest council tax authorities and has frozen council tax for 3 of the last 4 years.
We have allocated money to improve the derelict office blocks in Victoria Avenue and will use compulsory purchase powers if necessary, We have also demolished our unsightly buildings such as Farringdon Car Park and Queensway House and successfully pressed for the demolishing of Esplanade House to ensure Southend remains an attractive place to live and work,
Southend has become the place to be due to the
investment made by the Conservative Administration. They claim to be financial
experts, yet the leader of the
Independent Party has
admitted that he does not
understand budgets or
Council finance and claimed
that the figures all looked the
Southend Conservatives can
reveal that despite their
public opposition to
borrowing, the Independent
Party have never opposed any
projects containing borrowing.
6 Independent Party
councillors even voted for the
2014 budget which contained
20 things delivered by your Conservative Council
Investing in roads and transport
The new road improvements at Cuckoo Corner and Progress Road have helped cut journey times. We have also gained funding to improve the A127/Tesco roundabout and produced the A127 future strategy.
For the last 9 years we have continued to invest in proper road repairs and resurfacing rather than limiting our efforts to filling pot holes.
As a leading cycling town we continue to invest in improved cycle routes and facilities to include to seafront cycle track and the newly completed Prittle Brook route.
Investing in Leisure Facilities Following the investment in new changing facilities and
viewing area at Shoeburyness Leisure Centre, a further
700,000 has been spent on modifying the pool area. We
have also invested in Belfairs Swimming Pool.
At a time when local
centres all over the
country, the new 11
and Diving Facility at
Garons Park has
been described as
absolutely awesome by World Champion
Investing in our young people
We have helped drive a 107% increase in the number of apprenticeships over the last year and our cutting edge Youth Offending Service is recognised as the best in the country and is preventing our young people from re-offending.
We have delivered a new building for Belfairs School which has helped staff and pupils deliver better results. We are also investing an additional 200,000 to work with our schools to drive improvements in standards.
The new Essex University campus and student accommodation in Central Southend is now operational which also hosts the Forum Library. The old Southend Library will re-house the Beecroft art collection and become a business start up area.
Every Childrens Centre in Southend is rated as good or outstanding by OFSTED. Our child minding services have even been ranked in the top three in England.
New primary school in Shoeburyness
School is a
modern state of the art
for the young people of
Shoebury. To protect
our heritage, the front
fascia of the old school
building has been
Southend Council Matters 2
Southend Conservatives: On the side of local residents.
Olympian Mark Foster tests
the new pool at Garons Park.
The new campus and student
The new Hinguar School in
The renovated Shoeburyness
Journey times have improved
at Progress Road.
We have worked with Essex University and South Essex College to open the Forum a cutting edge new joint library ensuring better facilities for residents whilst securing the future of our branch and mobile libraries.
Delivering high quality services
Unlike many other authorities, we have kept our weekly refuse collections. In a built up urban area like Southend, asking residents to store rubbish safely and hygienically for up to 2 weeks is unreasonable.
We have increased spending on support for the elderly ensuring that as more of us reach old age we can continue living where we want which for most of us is in our own homes.
Southend Council one of the best in Britain
as one of the best
Councils in Britain. It
was praised for its
delivery of high quality
services and the strong
shown by the
We have been successful in winning central government investment in competition with other towns and cities and have been granted the only City Deal in south east England earning investment in new business support. We have fought to ensure that Southend remains a main board member of the South East Local Enterprise Partnership, Thames Gateway Strategic Partnership and Thames Gateway South Essex Partnership ensuring that we maintain a strong and influential voice across the region for our town.
Regenerating our seafront We have invested in and improved the Pier with extensive work to the structure and the Royal Pavilion which has seen visitor numbers increase and recognises the Piers importance to the town.
A 350,000 revamp of Shoebury East Beach has created new picnic areas and car parking facilities. The revamp means that more land has been made available for residents and visitors to enjoy.
Southend beaches have been named in the Marine Conservation Societys Good Beach Guide for 2014. Six of the Boroughs beaches have been listed as recommended, with two others reaching the mandatory standard.
One of only twenty five left in the country, Southends historic Cliffs Lift, which was built in 1912, has undergone a
650,000 refurbishment as part of the Cliffs Gardens
restoration scheme. We have taken action to prevent
further and potentially serious cliff slips in central Southend
by carrying out extensive stabilisation work. Our public
toilets on the seafront have been recognised in the Loo of the Year awards.
fountains are a
striking feature of
the new 7.6
Million City Beach
on time and on
budget, City Beach
has been described
as a Shining
Southend Council judged
Council of the Year.
Southend Council Matters 3
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The City Beach fountains are a
popular attraction for visitors.
The Royal Pavilion at the end
of the Pier.
The new Forum Library now
open to the public.
Southend Council Matters 4
Rochford & Southend East Conservative Association Suite 2, Strand House, 742 Southchurch Road, Southend on Sea, Essex, SS1 2PS 01702 600 460, email@example.com www.rseca.net
DO YOU REMEMBER WHAT SOUTHEND WAS LIKE?
Do you remember what is was like when Labour controlled Southend with the Lib Dems?
Southend was in the doldrums suffering from neglect.
Remember the crumbling Palace Hotel at the top of Pier Hill, the Victoria Shopping Centre past its best and the ageing South East Essex College building?
Compare this to the current Conservative Administration.
The Palace renovated, the new Essex University Campus with the new planned library, the regenerated Warrior Square Gardens, City Beach, the St Johns Church Gardens. The list is endless.
Recently, celebrity chef Mark Baumann said that Southend was the place to be.
Would this ever have been said about Southend under Labour? A vote for the opposition will only let Labour back in.
When is polling day? Thursday 22 May
What time? Polls are open from 7am until 10pm
Where? Your polling card will tell you where your polling station is - but if you're not sure, call electoral services on 01702 215 010.
Lost your polling card? Don't worry, you don't need it to vote so long as you're on the electoral register.
Had a postal vote but not used it? You can still fill it in and take it to the polling station in person on polling day.
Your cut-out-and-keep guide to voting in the Southend Council local elections.
POLLING DAY INFORMATION i
Southend West Conservative Association Iveagh Hall, 67 Leigh Road, Leigh on Sea, Essex, SS9 1JW 01702 472 391 firstname.lastname@example.org www.southendwestconservatives.com
YOUR 2014 SOUTHEND COUNCIL
MO BUTLER BELFAIRS
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HELEN BOYD BLENHEIM PARK
07872 240123 HelenBoyd28@gmail.com
NIGEL FOLKARD CHALKWELL
07906 057673 firstname.lastname@example.org
ANDREW MORING EASTWOOD PARK
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JANE LADNER KURSAAL
01702 585 269 firstname.lastname@example.org
BERNARD ARSCOTT LEIGH
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VIC LEE MILTON
01702 306 728 firstname.lastname@example.org
MEG DAVIDSON PRITTLEWELL
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ROGER HADLEY SHOEBURYNESS
01702 294 945 firstname.lastname@example.org
SUE ABRAHAMS SOUTHCHURCH
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JONATHAN HODGE ST LAURENCE
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ALEX KAYE THORPE
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DENIS GARNE VICTORIA
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FAY EVANS WEST LEIGH
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TONY COX WEST SHOEBURY
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Conservatives say no to Ukips Pie In The Sky Thames Estuary Airport plan Local Southend Conservatives have led the fight against an Airport in the middle of the Thames Estuary.
Our opposition relates to the damage that such a proposal would do both economically and environmentally to Southend.
Athough the Mayor of London supports such an idea, Ukip are the only political party to back an Airport in the middle of the Thames Estuary as official party policy.
Southend Conservatives were alarmed to hear that Ukip would: Oppose a sixth Heathrow Airport terminal and third runway and the expansion of Gatwick and Stansted in favour of a major new Hong Kong style Thames Estuary airport with motorway connections and high speed rail services to London, the UK and the continent.
A vote for Ukip locally is a vote to destroy Southend.
Vote for Southend, vote Conservative on Thursday 22 May