One storey too far…


On Wednesday I attended the council’s planning committee (Development Control), where a development of flats *5* storeys high (opposite Chalkwell Park) was before us. The developers wanted to demolish the building which currently houses the Furniture Outlet store and build block of 25 flats that would be 3 storeys higher that what is there already and 2 storeys higher than the other buildings nearby.

I spoke up very strongly about this development. Back in 2008 the developers asked for 5 storeys and were told no. In 2009 they asked for 4 storeys and were (just!) told yes – not necessarily a decision I would have gone for. So I think it is a bit rude of them to come back with a very similar application for 5 storeys in 2011! If this application had been approved the impact on local residents (and over 100 wrote in to the council objecting) would have been huge. The properties behind the building (in Wellington Avenue) would have been overshadowed.

Fortunately the committee unanimously rejected the application!

Also yesterday I supported the application for Southend to have a casino at the Park Inn Palace Hotel, where around 120 jobs will be created – well needed for the town. (See page 2 of the echo 13th October)


About jamescourtenay

Local Southend resident, since before I can remember. I am hoping to represent the residents of Blenheim Park Ward after the May 2011 Local Elections. Straight Talking? - Yes. Approachable? - Yes. Accountable? - Yes. See my blog to find out how!
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3 Responses to One storey too far…

  1. I applaud your opposition to the London Road flats, I am not happy with the casino decision.

    Southend-on-Sea already has three casinos – why a fourth? Is the best we can hope for is an opportunity to feed the gambling addiction? I regret that Conservative plans seem to centre around making my town a seaside Las Vegas. I had rather hoped that cultural aspirations would win out.

    • I’m pleased we agree on something! 🙂

      Both the leader of your Group and the Lib Dems on the committee voted for the casino as well.

      I’d argue we only have two and a bit casinos at the moment (Mint and Westcliff being in the same building), but I agree there is an argument for saying we have too many casinos. Indeed Cllr Delaney made this point and voted against the casino.

      I think it should be remembered that casinos offer a lot more than just gambling – I know quite a few people who go to casinos and wouldn’t dream of putting a penny on the tables – there is entertainment as well as food and drink on offer there. All of our casinos in Southend are usually very busy and therefore I believe there is the demand for it.

      Being an old fashioned Conservative, I believe that the government (local and national) should leave me alone and not get involved in my life unless they can improve it more than I can – therefore the gambling addiction doesn’t hold much weight with me I’m afraid (there are adequate protections in place with the various schemes to help those who get addicted).

      Being an old fashioned Conservative, I believe that the government (local and national) should do all it can to support local business and commerce. Over 100 jobs will be created due to the casino being opened – this town needs more jobs.

  2. Being a modern socialist I would ask what happened to the once thriving Victoria Avenue, Ekco, Amstrad, Access, Hi-Tec etc? I prefer high-skilled jobs to the minimum wage groupier and baggage handler type. And who oversaw this decline in Southend-on-Sea? yes, the good old-fashioned Tories.

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