Mike’s bus petition press release

Labour candidate Kevin Robinson, resident Mrs Sookias, and Labour candidate and petition organiser Mike Royston

Labour candidate Kevin Robinson, resident Mrs Sookias, and Labour candidate and petition organiser Mike Royston

Bus Campaigners are submitting their petition to Southend Council, urging the Council to work with local bus service providers to improve the number 29 bus service.

The campaign was launched in September by veteran bus campaigner Mike Royston in response to the need he identified that local residents have for the number 29 bus service to run later in the evenings.

Mike Royston, Labour candidate for Westborough ward, said “The number 29 bus currently stops running at about 7.00pm in the evening, which causes hardship for the many bus users across the borough who use this popular bus route and are reliant on this service. The situation is made all the worse by the fact that this is the only bus service that serves Fairfax Drive.”

Kevin Robinson, who is also standing as a Labour candidate for Westborough ward, added, “Following the launch of the campaign, Arriva indicated they would be willing to consider running the service later in the evening.

We feel this petition clearly shows this improvement is needed and hope it will result in the Council and Arriva providing a better service.

We would like to thank everyone who has given support to the campaign.”

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Ill-advised twittering from Westborough’s UKIP candidate


Carl Whitwell is one of the two UKIP candidates standing in Westborough ward this year. Carl is a young man, and like many young men embraces new media. He has a presence on Facebook and Twitter.

Here are a couple of screen shots from Mr Whitwell’s Twitter account. To say his posts make interesting reading somewhat understates it. There is much that I cannot post here without offending decency. His posts certainly border on the racist, sexist and homophobic, if they do not actually cross that line.

UKIP are attracting attention owing to ill-judged comments from some of their candidates (Ukip candidates add to Nigel Farage’s woes with a barrage of racism). I think Mr Whitwell may have some explaining to do. His Twitter feed is full of references to UKIP and he makes no attempt to separate his political comments from others.

Clearly UKIP were struggling to find candidates for the Southend-on-Sea Borough Council elections, but surely some quality control is in place. In the meantime I suggest Mr Whitwell engage his brain before committing anything more to Twitter.



Kevin Robinson for Westborough

Name Kevin Robinson

Age 50

Job Dementia Nurse

Live Westcliff-on-Sea

Stood before? Previous candidate and councillor

Why? I grew up in community slowly being neglected by then Conservative government, but saw local individuals and volunteer community groups putting schemes in in place to improve the area. Have twice in past been able to represent the area I live in and believe good local representation is the key to getting good local services in the community.

Hobbies Trekking and mountain activities

Anything else I live in the ward I hope to represent with my family. I see both the good and the bad in the streets I live. My children attend local schools and I want to show I can provide local leadership, competence, and empathy.

Twitter @westborokevin

Contact westborough@southendlabour.com

Mike Royston for westborough

MikeFull name Mike Royston

Occupation Civil Servant (currently in IT) but for most of my civil service career have been a graphic designer.

Where do you live? Westbourne Grove, Westcliff on Sea

Have you stood for election before? Yes, many times.

Why are you Labour? Because I support its values of creating a more caring and fairer society.

Why are you standing? I was a Labour Councillor for 13 years and enjoyed helping people with their Council-related problems and campaigning for better public facilities in the town.

What are your hobbies? One of my main hobbies is Southend Hospital Radio, where I have been a volunteer ward visitor and Request Show presenter for many years. Other hobbies include music, learning foreign languages, cycling and swimming – I still miss the Warriors Pool (for which I fought a long and hard campaign in an attempt to keep it open.)

Are you active in the community? Very much. I am currently campaigning for an improved no29 bus service, and secure public cycle parking facilities in the town centre. I want to see a public pool back in our town centre, and am continuing to push for this. I would like to see a Skills Swapshop created in Westborough ward to enable residents to share skills (for work or leisure) free of charge.

Anything else you would like people to know about you? One of the things I succeeded in doing when I was on the Council was getting the Council to allow concessionary bus users to use their free bus passes from 9.00am (rather than 9.30am).

Contact telephone number 01702 619868

Email address westborough@southendlabour.com

Twitter @MikeRoystonUK

Website unleashedblogbymikeroyston.blogspot.com

Westborough Life – an alternate universe in the imaginings of the Conservative candidate

BurzottaDavid Burzotta’s contorted logic makes for bizarre reading. Quite how he can keep a straight face when making the claim that “Westcliff Library save by Conservatives” is beyond me.

Cllr Jonathan Garston did a similar thing in Milton in 2011; threatened to extend the parking charging time to 9pm, executed a U-turn, then claimed this as a victory for his campaigning! David Burzotta’s flexibility as regards to interpreting the facts could be admired in some quarters; but it will not wash with the voters in Westborough. They know will why their Westcliff Library was threatened, and remains threatened – it is all down to Conservative cuts.

Amongst the drivel contained in this desperately poor leaflet is this gem:”Labour, LibDem and many Independents have already cozied-up to each other to “rubbish” your vote and make it have no value by supporting each other to lead the Council

I suggest Mr Burzotta read through this blog to get an idea of just how much cooperation there really is amongst the opposition groups on the Council.

He finally describes himself as “A classy candidate”. I think he is a class act, but not in the way he thinks of himself.


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