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Southend Lib Dem Councillors report back

September 15, 2019 10:24 AM

SPEEDING in built-up areas is a killer.

So, it's no wonder that residents are concerned about it.

Hadleigh Road, Leigh is a particular worry as Beth Hooper discovered when she was campaigning to be a Lib Dem councillor this year.

To curb this daily threat, the Council came up with the idea of laying speed 'cushions' along the road. Of course action could only be taken only after consulting residents, but unfortunately just 12 residents submitted responses to the Council. This small sample meant the speed cushion proposal was likely to be thrown out by the Traffic Regulations Working Party.

But, once she was elected, Councillor Hooper asked for a deferral to widen the scope of the proposals to include other major roads in the area. For example, Western Road would be adversely affected by traffic calming measures only being imposed on Hadleigh Road.

Councillor Hooper's suggestion was welcomed by everyone and Council officers are now working on a new scheme. What is now proposed is speed cushions in Hadleigh and Western Roads, plus also a crossing near St Michael's School to help slow traffic. Councillor Hooper urges residents to engage with the consultation on this improved scheme.

LIBERAL DEMOCRATS working as a team have helped to make roads in Southend safer - for everyone.

The new joint administration between your local Lib Dems, Labour and Independents councillors on Southend-on-Sea Borough Council is working well

Of course the Tories can't fathom out why and are resorting to the usual mudslinging.

The reason things are on track is because we talk - and listen - to each other.

Since June the new administration hasn't stopped working.

- We've scrapped the Tories' Blue Badge penalisation of out-of-Borough disabled people. This was a manifesto promise from your Lib Dem councillors.

- We've halted all non-emergency tree felling so that we can deal with the gap the Tories have left in the care for our trees.

- We are investing in a programme of additional street lighting on a priority basis, which the Tories voted against earlier this year. Another Lib Dem pledge fulfilled.

- Across Southend we are working with the police to tackle anti- social behaviour.

PLASTICITY

Leigh Lib Dem Councillor and Southend Cabinet Member for the Environment Carole Mulroney took take part in the launch of an ambitious three-year, EU-funded research project aimed at increasing the amount of commercial and industrial plastics recycled in the 2 Seas region - UK, Belgium, France and the Netherlands.

The project is called: PlastiCity, a name which describes exactly what this project is all about.

The initiative is led by the city of Ghent, Belgium, and Southend is the only town in the UK to be part of it, aided by the University of Portsmouth - who are assisting with research.

The PlastiCity project will develop strategies and solutions to identify, collect and process commercial and industrial plastics, providing opportunities for businesses to increase their recycling rates to 50%.

The Council is now looking for 'actors' - local businesses, restaurants, schools, civic buildings and more - to register their interest in the project, gaining support and guidance on how to responsibly recycle their plastic waste.

Carole says "On a global scale, the amount of plastic not being recycled is totally unacceptable and this strategic approach is a big step in the right direction.

"It is a great opportunity for local businesses to become actively involved in learning more about the consequences of not recycling plastics properly and how to improve their own recycling rates, whilst developing the prosperity of their own environmental profile."

So if you run a business locally that uses plastics, do get involved. Go to: www.interreg2seas.eu/en/PlastiCity