There has been some ill considered comments from members of the local authority in respect of travellers. Fortunately none of the bad commentary came from the Labour Group of Councillors.
I called for more " compassion, tolerance, and understanding" of the traveller community.
I have had two responses, and quite frankly they shame every councillor.
From Cllr Chris Walker (Conservative)
They are treated like pariahs because they are pariahs.
They have been driven from Ireland whence they emanate because of their thieving and filthy ways.
They contribute nothing to society in the way of taxes etc and create filth wherever they go .
Why should we make allowance for them ?
It would be better for all if they were to learn the foolishness of their ways and go back to Ireland.
They are their own worst enemies.
From Cllr Stephen Aylen (Independent)
Nest time we have these so called travellers arrive in Belfairs or Oakwood park (remember a large majority of the residents in the area around these parks are proper gypsys ) could you please provide me with flyer maps of locations in Milton (such as the cliffs ) that these travellers may use.
Then give it an hour and see if your response is the same as below.
I very much doubt it.
Or may I suggest you come to Belfairs ward or any ward in the west of Southend and tell the residents what you think.
There has not been a hanging in Belfairs since 1938.
Labelling a whole community is race hate. I sincerely hope that Cllr Walker and Aylen re-think their comments and then retract them and apologise.