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Political View by Peter Wexham Peter Wexham ()

- The pandemic and the environment

by Peter Wexham, Lib Dem Borough Councillor for Leigh. Published in the Leigh Times 12 May 2020.

AS I write this, everything is shut down because of Coronavirus. I just hope we can all come out the other side safely and try to get our town up and running again. Someone said to me that private care homes should buy their own safety equipment for the staff. These care homes take people paid for by the Council, as well as privately and years of Government austerity cuts mean that the Council has had to squeeze the costs to the care homes. When the epidemic broke out, suppliers to the care homes had the Government requisition everything for the NHS, cutting off the supply to other regular businesses. The failure to recognise the risk and reality of Covid19 in care homes, until much too, late has put the staff`s lives at risk as well as those of the residents.

But let's look now at a different subject - the environmental issues that haven't gone away while we are all concentrating on the pandemic. As someone who has been working on environmental issues most of my life, I find it great at last to be part of the cross-Party group (Lib Dems, Labour and Independents) running the Council. We have made sure that the natural environment, climate change and the council's own carbon footprint are now well up the agenda, across the whole town. We will be monitoring air quality starting with the hot spots around the town. These are... CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

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Political View by Carole Mulroney

- A personal reflection on the pandemic

Carole Mulroney ()by Carole Mulroney, Lib Dem Councillor for Leigh, Leader of Lib Dem Council group on Southend-on-Sea Borough Council and Cabinet member for Environment & Planning Development Control Committee. Published in the Leigh Times 28 April 2020.

This is a political slot, but to be honest I don't feel like writing about politics. We all have different views on the current situation, which we can do little individually to affect.

At the end of all of this there is going to be an humungous inquiry, no doubt lasting years and there will be recommendations on how things could have been done differently or better. But for those who have sadly passed and their families, that is little comfort now.

Everyone will have a different story, some have suffered loss, some have had to self-isolate the whole time, some have ventured out for daily exercise and some sadly have made things difficult for others through their actions or criticism.

Whatever the political persuasion of the Council, I am sure all councillors will in some way have been doing their bit for their community. Some themselves will have had to self-isolate. But behind the councillors there is always the phalanx of officers who actually have to deal with this at the coalface. We councillors come and go but the staff and the systems are always there to do what is necessary.

And it is a tough job… CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

Carole gives a video update on
improvements to Shoeburyness beach and sea defences.

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Carole Mulroney

Cllr Carole Mulroney

Ward: Leigh. Leader of Lib Dem Council group
Cabinet member for Environment & Planning
Development Control Committee

Email: carole.mulroney@btinternet.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/carole.mulroney
Surgery details: Second Saturday of the month at
Leigh Community Centre between 9 and 10.45 am.

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Peter Wexham

Cllr Peter Wexham

Ward: Leigh
Policy and Resources Scrutiny Committee

Email: peter.wexham@outlook.com

Surgery details: Second Saturday of the month at
Leigh Community Centre between 9 and 10.45 am.

Paul Collins

Cllr Paul Collins

Ward: Eastwood
Chairman of Council Audit Commitee

Email: EastwoodParkLD@yahoo.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/paulcollinsoneastwood/
Surgery details: Second Saturday of every month at Kent Elms Library. Fourth Saturday of every month at Oakwood public house

Ashley Thompson

Cllr Ashley Thompson

Ward: Leigh
Development Control Committee

Email: dajthompson@hotmail.co.uk
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ashley.thompson.125
Surgery details: Second Saturday of the month at
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Beth Hooper

Cllr Beth Hooper

Ward: West Leigh
Joint Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee

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Facebook: www.facebook.com/CllrBethHooper
Surgery details: Second Saturday of the month at
Leigh Community Centre between 9 and 10.45 am.

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