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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

    borrowing repayments

    equates to 31% of your

    Council Tax.

    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

    month.

    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

    same!

    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

    borrowing.

  • 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.

    1

    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.

    2

    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.

    3

    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.

    4

    At a time when local

    authorities are

    closing leisure

    centres all over the

    country, the new 11

    Million Swimming

    and Diving Facility at

    Garons Park has

    been described as

    absolutely awesome by World Champion

    Tom Daley.

    5

    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.

    6

    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.

    7

    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.

    10

    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.

    9

    New primary school in Shoeburyness

    The new

    Hinguar

    School is a

    modern state of the art

    learning environment

    for the young people of

    Shoebury. To protect

    our heritage, the front

    fascia of the old school

    building has been

    locally listed.

    8

    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

    accommodation.

    The new Hinguar School in

    Shoeburyness.

    The renovated Shoeburyness

    Swimming Pool.

    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.

    11

    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.

    12

    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.

    13

    Southend Council one of the best in Britain

    Southend

    Council has

    been judged

    as one of the best

    Councils in Britain. It

    was praised for its

    delivery of high quality

    services and the strong

    political leadership

    shown by the

    Conservative

    administration.

    14

    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.

    15

    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.

    16

    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.

    17

    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.

    18

    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.

    20

    The spectacular

    lights and

    fountains are a

    striking feature of

    the new 7.6

    Million City Beach

    scheme. Delivered

    on time and on

    budget, City Beach

    has been described

    as a Shining

    example of

    Southends regeneration.

    19

    Southend Council judged

    Council of the Year.

    Southend Council Matters 3

    Turn over for more Southend Conservatives campaign news

    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, office@rseca.net www.rseca.net

    GET INTOUCH

    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 swca@tory.org www.southendwestconservatives.com

    YOUR 2014 SOUTHEND COUNCIL

    MO BUTLER BELFAIRS

    07804 274502 mobutler33@gmail.com

    HELEN BOYD BLENHEIM PARK

    07872 240123 HelenBoyd28@gmail.com

    NIGEL FOLKARD CHALKWELL

    07906 057673 nigel.folkard961@btinternet.com

    ANDREW MORING EASTWOOD PARK

    01702 585 957 cllrmoring@southend.gov.uk

    JANE LADNER KURSAAL

    01702 585 269 janeladner@hotmail.co.uk

    BERNARD ARSCOTT LEIGH

    07794 738375 leighwardtories@outlook.com

    VIC LEE MILTON

    01702 306 728 victorlee@live.co.uk

    MEG DAVIDSON PRITTLEWELL

    07527 395137 meg@teamdavidson@freeserve.co.uk

    ROGER HADLEY SHOEBURYNESS

    01702 294 945 cllrhadley@southend.gov.uk

    SUE ABRAHAMS SOUTHCHURCH

    01702 585 946 sueabrahams@blueyonder.co.uk

    JONATHAN HODGE ST LAURENCE

    07975 826914 Jonathan.stlaurence@gmail.com

    SALLY CARR ST LUKES

    07884 445259 cllrcarr@southend.gov.uk

    ALEX KAYE THORPE

    01702 588 432 cllrkaye@southend.gov.uk

    DENIS GARNE VICTORIA

    01702 464 998 garnedenis@aol.co.uk

    FAY EVANS WEST LEIGH

    01702 558 657 cllrevans@southend.gov.uk

    TONY COX WEST SHOEBURY

    01702 297 039 cllrcox@southend.gov.uk

    DAVID BURZOTTA WESTBOROUGH

    07753 543658 candidateburzotta@gmail.com

    JENNY SNOAD WESTBOROUGH

    07508 705644 jennysnoad@hotmail.co.uk

    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.

    CONSERVATIVE CANDIDATES

    Vote for Southend, vote Conservative on Thursday 22 May