Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Planning [3]

APPLN. NO: 18/01122/FUL

Officer: Abbie Greenwood
Date Valid. 12 June 201

CHANGE OF USE FROM SHOP (CLASS A1) TO RESTAURANT (CLASS A3) AND INSTALL EXTRACTION VENT TO REAR

MARINER HOUSE 157 HIGH STREET SOUTHEND-ON-SEA


APPLN. NO: 18/01142/FUL

Officer: Kara Elliott
Date Valid. 13 June 2018

CHANGE OF USE OF FIRST FLOOR SOCIAL CLUB (CLASS D1) TO FORM 5 SELF CONTAINED FLATS (CLASS C3) WITH JULIET BALCONIES, ERECT ADDITIONAL FLOOR TO FORM 4 SELF-CONTAINED FLATS (CLASS C3) WITH TERRACES/PRIVACY
SCREENS AND PROVIDE SECURE CYCLE PARKING AND REFUSE STORAGE

1B QUEENS ROAD SOUTHEND-ON-SEA ESSEX


APPLN. NO: 18/00924/FUL

Officer: Kara Elliott
Date Valid. 22 June 2018

CHANGE OF USE FROM HOT FOOD TAKEAWAY (CLASS A5) TO DRINKING ESTABLISHMENT/RESTAURANTS/CAFES (CLASS A4/A3) AND ERECT SINGLE STOREY SIDE EXTENSION

58 MILTON ROAD WESTCLIFF-ON-SEA ESSEX

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Jotting

The Labour Group on Southend-on-Sea Borough Council now has a Press Officer. Cllr Matt Dent was elected into the role earlier this week.

Central Branch has had its annual general meeting. The following posts were filled:

Chair – Rachel Heemskerk
Secretary – Martin Berry
Treasurer Kursaal – Des Heemskerk
Treasurer Milton – Mac Felton
Treasurer St Luke’s – Des Heemskerk
Treasurer Victoria – Gary Farrer

These postholders are likely to have brief tenure as there is a putative re-organisation of branches in the east of the borough.

The Council organises many training events and briefings for members. I do not get to everyone, but I get to as many as I am able. At a guess I would say I attend about half, but I admit to maintaining no attendance register. My attendance could be a lot poorer than I imagine. This week there was a briefing on localities and health. Four council officers ran this event, and their audience was six councillors. (These were Cllrs Arscott, Buckley, Folkard, Salter, Walker and myself). Five Conservative councillors, and me from the Labour Group. I have no idea what these things cost, and I know that these are important events. I also know that there are many demands on our times – I can often attest to being double-booked (and sometimes I have three or four clashing meetings). However, I cannot help but wonder whether this delivers value for money for our council tax payers.

Monday, 18 June 2018

Shadow cabinet, and a peak at the future

Labour Group on Southend-on-Sea Borough Council had its shadow cabinet meeting last week, where the seven that have portfolios assembled.

Primarily our (the Labour Group’s) role is to hold the Conservative administration to account. However, thoughts do occasionally turn to the future and the very real possibility that the Conservatives could lose their grip on power next May, when the next set of local elections are due to take place.

The Conservatives have 29 councillors in Southend-on-Sea at the moment, giving them a majority of seven. Four gains will see them ousted (if the opposition groupings can agree to work together). A repeat of this year’s results will see the opposition (as it stands today) sitting in power with a majority of three.

The table below shows how vulnerable six Conservative seats are (and how safe the others probably are). This is a list of the seats that the Conservatives will be defending next may, ranked in order of the Conservative majority as seen this year. The electoral arithmetic shows that a changed of Administration in Southend-on-Sea is very possible, although conversely the Conservatives could make gains.




Conservative Majority 2015
Conservative Majority 2018
2nd in 2018
Won in 2018
Kursaal
-416
-529


Labour
Milton
51
-473


Labour
Shoeburyness
208
-285


Independent
Leigh
495
-198


Liberal Democrat
Blenheim Park
787
-71


Labour
St Laurence
1163
76
Independent


Prittlewell
1349
257
Labour


West Shoebury
874
297
Independent


Chalkwell
1371
365
Independent


West Leigh
1807
488
Liberal Democrat


Southchurch
755
514
Independent


Eastwood Park
1910
544
Liberal Democrat


Belfairs
1038
884
Independent



  • Those that are defending their seats in 2019 were last elected in 2015.
  • The 2015 General Election boosted everyone’s figures, and especially those of the Conservatives locally. However, this years numbers did not have this coincidence, and 2019 is unlikely to see a General Election either.
  • The first five wards could easily be lost by the Tories, and number six (St Laurence) looks vulnerable too.
  • Kursaal was won by Labour in 2015, but the winner (Cllr McMahon) subsequently defected to the Conservatives
  • If Labour make three gains they will have 14 councillors. The Independent Group and the Liberal Democrats need to have 12 councillors (combined) to see the Tories lose power; currently they have ten, meaning two gains are required by them, and the most likely places these could happen is in Shoeburyness and Leigh.
  • If 2019 does continue recent trends, then 2020 does not offer a lot of solace to the Conservatives. Whilst they are only really vulnerable in a couple of wards, likely gains there are none.

Thursday, 17 May 2018

My civic roles 2018 – 2019


I am now the shadow portfolio holder for children and learning.

Committees that I will be sitting on –

People Scrutiny Committee

Biodiversity and Environmental Awareness Working Party
Children’s Service Improvement Board
Conservation Working Party
Corporate Parenting Group
Corporate Parenting Member’s Sub Group
LSCB / SAB Scrutiny Panel
School Places Working Party

Standing Advisory Committee on Religious Education

Portfolios and shadow portfolios


For the coming civic year in Southend-on-Sea the following portfolio and shadow portfolio holders are in place:


Portfolio holder (Conservative)
Shadow portfolio holder (Labour)
Leader
John Lamb
Ian Gilbert
Growth
James Courtenay
Anne Jones
Infrastructure
Andrew Moring
Kevin Robinson
Adults and Housing
Tony Cox
Helen McDonald
Children and Learning
Helen Boyd
Julian Ware-Lane
Healthy Communities and Wellbeing
Lesley Salter
Charles Willis
Public Protection
Mark Flewitt
Matt Dent

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