Forty bells at six doors

It is often said by me, and to me, that there are roads in Milton ward where there are many front doors that are characterised by being host to numerous door bells. Milton has the highest proportion of rental properties of any ward within the borough of Southend-on-Sea, and there are some roads where saturation point was reached many years ago.

This was brought home to me recently when out and about in one particular street. I counted six door-bells at one address, then six next door, then another six after that. By the sixth door I thought to go back and count just how many door bells I had just seen at the half a dozen houses I had visited. I counted forty, and that was no over-counting or exaggeration. (I may even have missed one or two).

Forty door bells at six houses – or to put it another way, six houses converted into forty dwellings. I have no idea whether these were flats or bedsits (I think the former), and I am convinced that this total could be beaten elsewhere in the ward, but it is a large number by anyone’s standard.

I have nothing against flats or bedsits – I have lived in both. I do object, though, to some areas being thought as safe to dump on, whereas other areas contain nought but intact houses. This is unfair. I think all areas should contain a mix of housing types, and I am trying my best to stem the tide of conversion, infill building, and overcrowding that is increasingly becoming a feature of Milton ward.

There has been a failure of planning in Milton ward, and whilst I cannot fix the past I am determined to stand up for the ward in a way that has clearly been missing in recent years.

Clueless or couldn’t care?

Sharp2Here is the latest leaflet from Mark Sharp, independent candidate for Milton. It may be familiar to you – it is exactly the same as his previous effort except that he has added an imprint of sorts. Unfortunately for Mr Sharp, he is not so sharp on electoral law – the imprint is illegal. And this is the man who likes to bang on about how undemocratic Southend-on-Sea’s council is. If you are going go on at length about democracy and process at least make an attempt to familiarise yourself with election rules first. Still, Mr Sharp is very much a ‘do as I say, not as I do’ type of candidate. He still has yet to provide proof that SKIPP or the Milton residents grouping he pretended to be a representative of go through any sort of democratic process.

Cheryl Nevin for Milton

The Labour candidate for Milton ward has answered a few questions:

Full name
Cheryl Jean Nevin

Age
51

Occupation
e-Rostering Administrator in NHS

Where do you live?
Moved to Leigh, Belfairs Ward in 1993

Where were you born?
Born in Liverpool, raised in Rayleigh, moved to Milton Ward 1986.

Have you stood for election before?
Previous Labour candidate in Belfairs Ward

Why are you Labour?
Showed a keen interest in Economics, Government & Politics & Social History at school and college attending Fitzwimarc & SEEVIC. Grew up in a Political family with Christian Socialist influences. Was invited to the House of Commons by the Labour Party Shipping Minister Stanley Clinton-Davis in Jim Callaghan’s Government to see the Merchant Shipping bill go through parliament aged 17, which had been a lifelong campaign of my Father’s, this bill enshrined in law the notion of “Corporate Responsibility” which protects the individual employee against their employers asking them to act in a way which would result in illegal behaviour. Saw my Father use his influence in Parliament to help the Alzheimer’s Disease Society raise it’s profile to attract research funding, in tabling the first Hansard recorded question about this previously unknown disease, after close family members were diagnosed. I have since watched with interest the ripple effect that this question had within the media, medical profession and finally within the Pharmaceutical companies. Joined the Labour Party aged 18 after watching several documentaries about Fascism and Anti-Semetism during the second world war. Joined campaigns for the release of Nelson Mandela. Left my first employment after being told that as a woman I would never be paid the same as a man and felt this was unjust and undervalued my contribution to this company. Found another employer. Became Chair and Secretary of Milton Labour Party in late 1980′s when I successfully ran campaigns to introduce Swings and a Slide in Milton Gardens, introduce residents parking (north of the railway line), campaigned to save the No 6 bus route subsidy which served the hospital from the bottom of Hamlet Court Road. Currently Chair of Labour Party Local Campaign Forum Executive and Vice Chair of the Southend West Constituency Labour Party Executive. Have been active in politics in Southend in all that time.

Why are you standing?
I am a strong voice for Milton who is passionate about injustice and inequality. I believe I can help residents gain more influence for improvements in the ward, whether it be green spaces, housing issues, buses, places for young people to play, education and health inequalities, or speaking up when planning issues impact on their environment.

What are your hobbies?
Music, History, Swimming, Surfing, Sailing, F1 and Tennis.

Are you active in the community?
Active in my local community liaising with council to arrange litter pickers, rubbish bags, gloves and Cory pick up for Burdett Ave residents street clean day, getting trees pruned in Alexandra Road, reporting & getting cleared rubbish and fly tipping, attending neighbourhood police panels to report issues, writing to my local paper about poor pavements. In Belfairs I am active member of my local church, getting involved with projects supporting HARP and Christian Aid.

Contact telephone number
01702 619868

Email address
Cheryl.nevin@southendlabour.com

Twitter id
@CherylNevin

Offices to flats, ternate in Milton

APPLN. NO: 13/01829/FUL

Officer: Sophie Glendinning Date Valid. 3 February 2014

ERECT SECOND FLOOR EXTENSION AND CONVERT FIRST FLOOR OFFICE (CLASS B2) TO SELF-CONTAINED FLAT AND ALTER ELEVATIONS

119B HIGH STREET SOUTHEND-ON-SEA ESSEX

APPLN. NO: 14/00134/PA3COU

Officer: Janine Rowley Date Valid. 3 February 2014

Change of use from offices (B1) into one residential dwellinghouse (C3).

165 – 169 Hamlet Court Road Westcliff-On-Sea Essex

APPLN. NO: 14/00121/PA3COU

Officer: Sophie Glendinning Date Valid. 6 February 2014

Change of use from office (B1) to four self-contained flats (C3)

Rooms 3 4 6 And 8 71 High Street Southend-on-Sea

Solving the unsolvable: parking in Milton

When campaigning to get elected in Milton it soon became obvious that parking was a major headache in this busy town centre ward. I promised that if elected I would take action, certain that I could help, and equally certain that I could not make everyone happy.

I have been as good as my word and have been able to make changes, albeit mostly a collection of small improvements. I have made many suggestions, not all of which have been approved, and I think my persistent and regular inquiries and proposals has made others raise their game.

Parking schemes have been re-visited and changes have been made. Other schemes are being considered. Double yellow lines in many places have been trimmed. I have asked for pedestrian crossings, I have asked for at least one street to be made one-way, I have suggested the removal of a mini-roundabout. I have asked officers to look again at some of the single yellow line restrictions in some places with a view to lessening these. I have successfully championed getting visitor permits for all schemes in my ward.

We are not yet at parking paradise in Milton but I sincerely believe that it has got better in the last eighteen months. My job is a long way from finished though, and I will continue to listen to residents and attempt to find ways of improving the lot of car owners who live in, and visit, Milton ward.

It would be remiss of me to ignore the role played by other councillors, because I could not achieved any change without being able to persuade others to support me. Honourable mention should be made of the two Conservative councillors who share Milton ward with me: Maria Caunce and Jonathan Garston. Whilst they have not agreed with everything I wanted to do, they have supported me on a number of occasions, and I have been happy to endorse their suggestions when I have been convinced of their merit.

A development quartet

APPLN. NO: 13/00977/FUL

Officer: Darragh McAdam Date Valid. 23 September 2013

CHANGE USE OF COMMERCIAL UNIT (CLASSES A1 AND A3) TO EDUCATIONAL USE (CLASS D1)

UNIT 3 GATEWAY BUILDING LUKER ROAD

APPLN. NO: 13/01306/FUL

Officer: Sophie Glendinning Date Valid. 13 September 2013

ERECT THIRD FLOOR REAR EXTENSION AND FORM JULIETTE BALCONY TO
WESTERN ELEVATION (AMENDED PROPOSAL)

ST JAMES COURT 1 SHOREFIELD GARDENS WESTCLIFF-ON-SEA

APPLN. NO: 13/01244/PA3COU

Officer: Janine Rowley Date Valid. 20 September 2013

Internal alterations to convert ancillary floor space into two self contained flat dwellings (Lawful Development Certificate – Proposed)

294 London Road Westcliff-On-Sea Essex

APPLN. NO: 13/01347/GPDE

Officer: Darragh McAdam Date Valid. 20 September 2013

Erect single storey rear extension, projecting 3.4m beyond the existing rear wall of the dwelling, 2.5m high to eaves and with a maximum height of 2.8m

23 Scratton Road Southend-On-Sea Essex

This week’s octad in Milton

The conversion of offices into flats is a theme of sorts for this week’s octad in Milton.

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APPLN. NO: 13/00621/FUL

Officer: Louise Cook Date Valid. 27 June 2013

CONVERT FIRST FLOOR OFFICES (CLASS B1) INTO SELF CONTAINED FLAT (CLASSC3)

FIRST FLOOR AND SECOND FLOOR 118 HAMLET COURT ROAD WESTCLIFF-ON-SEA

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APPLN. NO: 13/00939/FUL

Officer: Sophie Glendinning Date Valid. 9 July 2013

ERECT FIRST FLOOR EXTENSION TO FORM SELF CONTAINED FLAT

BRIGHTS LOCKSMITHS 43 CLARENCE STREET SOUTHEND-ON-SEA

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APPLN. NO: 13/00961/FUL

Officer: Janine Rowley Date Valid. 5 July 2013

DEMOLISH EXISTING GARAGES AND ERECT 2 STOREY DWELLING TO REAR OF 40 CANEWDON ROAD (AMENDED PROPOSAL)

GARAGES 40 CANEWDON ROAD WESTCLIFF-ON-SEA

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APPLN. NO: 13/01003/FUL

Officer: Janine Rowley Date Valid. 16 July 2013

EXTEND VEHICULAR ACCESS ONTO COSSINGTON ROAD

20 COSSINGTON ROAD WESTCLIFF-ON-SEA ESSEX

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APPLN. NO: 13/01118/FUL

Officer: Darragh McAdam Date Valid.

CHANGE OF USE OF GROUND FLOOR COMMERCIAL UNIT (CLASS D1) TO SELF CONTAINED FLAT (CLASS C3)

6 ELMER AVENUE SOUTHEND-ON-SEA ESSEX

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APPLN. NO: 13/01086/FUL

Officer: Louise Cook Date Valid. 5 August 2013

CONVERT ANCILLARY OFFICES (CLASS A1) AT FIRST FLOOR LEVEL (191 AND 193 HIGH STREET) TO FORM TWO SELF CONTAINED FLATS (CLASS C3) AND ALTER ELEVATIONS

SANTANDER UK PLC 191 HIGH STREET SOUTHEND-ON-SEA
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APPLN. NO: 13/01094/FUL

Officer: Darragh McAdam Date Valid. 5 August 2013

CHANGE OF USE OF EXISTING DOCTORS SURGERY (CLASS D1) INTO RESIDENTIAL DWELLING (CLASS C3)

20 VALKYRIE ROAD WESTCLIFF-ON-SEA ESSEX
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APPLN. NO: 13/01128/BC3

Officer: Sophie Glendinning Date Valid. 5 August 2013

USE PART OF HIGHWAY FROM VICTORIA CIRCUS TO JUNCTION OF CLIFFTOWN ROAD/HIGH STREET AS WEEKLY MARKET AND FARMERS MARKET TWICE A MONTH AND OCCASIONAL SPECIALIST MARKETS

PEDESTRIAN HIGHWAY HIGH STREET SOUTHEND-ON-SEA

Milton Community Together Meetings

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Just the one planning application for Milton this week

And here it is:

APPLN. NO: 13/00951/EXT

Officer: Matthew Leigh Date Valid. 2 July 2013

DEMOLISH PROJECTION AND OUTBUILDINGS AT REAR, CONVERT PREMISES INTO 2 SELF CONTAINED FLATS, ERECT 2 STOREY REAR EXTENSION TO BE USED AS SINGLE DWELLING, LAYOUT 2 PARKING SPACES, ERECT CYCLE AND REFUSE STORE, ERECT RAILINGS TO FRONT BOUNDARY, LAYOUT AMENITY SPACE AND EXTEND VEHICULAR ACCESS TO AVENUE ROAD (APPLICATION TO EXTEND THE TIME LIMIT FOR IMPLEMENTATION FOLLOWING PLANNING PERMISSION 09/02205/FUL GRANTED ON APPEAL 7/7/13)

180 LONDON ROAD SOUTHEND-ON-SEA ESSEX

Ghetto avoidance regimen

I am opposing a development application in Milton and thought I would share an extract from my letter to DCC:

Milton is an already crowded ward, and the significantly large number of flats is a factor in this. Turning houses into flats in isolation is not an issue, but the saturation of flat conversions that characterises a large part of this ward brings many problems. Not only do we have overcrowding, but we see major car parking problems, and often shabby and neglected frontages and gardens. Milton also has high indices of deprivation that, in my humble opinion, will only worsen if we do not stop the cramming of dwellings into the area.

It is worth considering the numbers when looking at any new developments in Milton.
• Milton’s population (2011 census) was 11,063. This was an increase of 23.1% in a decade. This is second only to Kursaal ward (25.5%) and contrasts with Eastwood Park (0.3% increase), St Laurence (0.5%) and West Shoebury (2.6%).
• Whilst Milton is fourth in terms of population amongst Southend’s wards, it ranks first in the number of occupied households (5,119). This indicates that there are more single person households here than anywhere else in the borough. This is borne out by the census data which shows that 33.5% of Milton’s population are single and not living as a couple – the highest proportion in the borough.
• Milton already leads the borough in terms of the number of rented properties (50.3%). By way of comparison, Eastwood Park has a mere 9.3% of its property rented.
• Milton has 67.46 people per hectare, making in the fourth most densely populated ward and some 62% above the average across the borough.
• Milton has half of the borough’s CCTV cameras. This is because it has two high streets and has attracted crime because of it. Crime also comes for other reasons, and further crowding the ward will not make it safer.
• Whilst having the fourth largest population in the borough Milton also has the smallest electorate (6,986). I think this is because of the transient nature of its population, but children will also figure. This ward has just two schools, neither of which caters for older boys. If we are to have more development could this include a new school, please?

Milton has two high streets, significant shopping and business areas elsewhere (e.g. the London Road, Milton Road, Station Road, Southchurch Road, the foreshore) the longest pier, the Cliffs Pavilion, the cliffs, etc. It has one playground, two schools (a primary and girls’ senior). It has high indices of deprivation, and its residents’ life expectancy is some seven years lower than West Leigh.

When I mention other wards it is not to rain on their parade, but to show that somehow fairness and equality rules seem to have bypassed Milton over the years. I am attempting to redress this, and you can help me.

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