Thursday, 30 November 2006
A final reminder about what I want for South Basildon and East Thurrock
Low Crime - so you can walk down the street after dark without fear
First Class schools and first class hospitals. Not just for us but for our children's future too.
Homes for people to live in not houses all over our green fields.
Fairer, Lower taxes, a government that doesnt waste money and businesses that thrive.
Sensible controlled immigration and freedom from the nanny state.
Wednesday, 29 November 2006
I believe that taxes should be low and simple. That those who earn least should pay least and that each of us should be able to choose how we spend the money we earn. This sort of stealth tax hits the least well off worst. Perhaps this blog should be titled "High Taxes are Criminal." I want to make sure that the tax policies of the next Conservative government help the hard working people and not just big businesses. I've been helping work on those policies - go to www.taxreformcommission.com if you want to know more.
This is me, spending my own money in Pitsea market!
I also had a conversation with David Amess today. He was MP for Basildon for so long and really fought for the town. He still keeps a watchful eye. We discussed the policing situation. Before he was MP there was only one police station in his constituency - by the time he left there were three. Sadly last week when I drove past Pitsea Police station in the middle of the day there were 6 squad cars outside but a sign on the door saying "closed". I want to see more local policing. Why was and Angela Smith one of only two Essex MPs who did not sign the pledge to oppose the police force mergers?
David and I also discussed immigration, development plans, travellers, the sewage works and the third route off Canvey Island - but you can see my views on that elsewhere on this blogsite.
Tuesday, 28 November 2006
Today a local taxi driver offered to “give me the knowledge” about
Before going out I had a coffee with some of the staff from the taxi office. They spoke about crime. Recently two of their drivers have been attacked. We do need more police on the streets. They said that drugs are a really big problem. We also discussed immigration. They see the pressure that extra people are putting on services.
In the cab we went to Felmore and Vange. Areas where many houses and roads are in dire need of repair. I heard how a neighbourhood pub had been pulled down for housing – robbing the area of a meeting place. I was taken to where 2 recent murders have happened. But all the cabbies were full of praise for some of the headteachers.
We went past the sewage works, which still cause a stench for residents, and up to John Barron MP’s constituency to see where the new
Back through the town centre and past the station into
On to Pitsea Hill where I heard the driver’s concerns about the proposed travellers site and finally back to Pitsea itself where we discussed all the areas for new building that we had passed. Obviously we hadn’t been everywhere but it was incredibly helpful.
Thank you Steve and all the crew for letting me see the town through your eyes. I hope that whoever is selected on Thursday will keep in close contact with their cabbies. They do a great job.
Monday, 27 November 2006
Today I went to Horndon-on-the-Hill where I know there has been a spate of burglaries recently. I met Mrs T*********. She is a widow and a pensioner. She explained that a couple of weeks ago the police had come to a meeting in the village and told residents that they just did not have enough manpower to have a proper police presence in the village.
Within 24 hours, in daylight, Mrs T was burgled. The thieves levered open a window and cut through the locks. "They took everything" she said. Her money, her watch even family photos. Memories that Mrs T will never be able to replace.
Mrs T will not be coming to Thursday’s meeting. She is too frightened to leave her house any more. We must stop this happening. Even the police say there are not enough police.
Sunday, 26 November 2006
Around 30,000 new homes are planned in the Districts of Basildon and
In the whole 164 pages education in the area gets 3 paragraphs. In
Healthcare gets two paragraphs. Thurrock patients are to go to Basildon - and much is made of the new Cardiac unit at
If the government are to force new homes into the area then we must all stand up and fight for more schools, hospitals and other services too.
Saturday, 25 November 2006
Spent today with some friends delivering leaflets to invite people along to Thursdays meeting. Greeted very warmly everywhere, despite the showers. A beautiful rainbow over Corringham is perhaps an omen of changing political weather. So many people are saying to me "I don't know anyone who votes labour any more"
Issues raised today were crime, development, the hospitals and healthcare and education. We must give all children the access to first class schools - or who is going to be running British businesses in the future?
Friday, 24 November 2006
Today I wanted to do some research into local “Traveller” issues. I went to Dale Farm at Cray's Hill - I know it’s just outside the constituency but I’m told part of it is the
Then I went to Pitsea station to see “
Thursday, 23 November 2006
I then popped down to Tilbury to have a walk along the river. This is historic
Tens of thousands of new homes are planned all over the Thames Gateway. How are our schools, hospitals and roads to cope?
Wednesday, 22 November 2006
The meeting will take place at the function room of Langdon Hills Golf Centre, Lower Dunton Road, Stanford-Le-Hope starting at 7pm on Thursday 30 November.
I hope as many people as possible turn up to the meeting. It's an exciting new way of choosing a Conservative Candidate.Any resident of the new constituency who would like to vote must register by calling 01375 642397 or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Between now and the open primary in Basildon and Thurrock I promise to meet as many local people as possible so I can understand their problems.
At Basildon hospital I met Val and her twin sister. They had been visiting Val's husband who has just had a major operation. They were full of praise for the doctor but say parking at the hospital is a nightmare. Val has a disabled badge but there is never a disabled place available for her to park in. The car park costs £2 each time they visit. Many pensioners these days just can't afford that sort of money. The NHS finances are in a complete mess so the hospital is trying to make ends meet by charging for parking. Last year Basildon patients paid over £1 million in car park fees. It is outrageous. Gordon Brown has poured money into the health service. Where has it all gone?
In Horndon-on-the- Hill I met Pat. She is concerned about local businesses. British businesses used to be top of the world. Too many of them have folded. I believe we should support our own companies.
Pat was also concerned about immigration - I agree. How can you possibly run a country when you have no idea how many people there are in it!
In Pitsea I spoke to the Community Safety Officers. It is good that they are around. They were looking out for children playing truant - but if they spot one they aren't allowed to march them back to school. They aren't even given a camera so they can identify kids later. If we dont make sure our children get a decent education then how are they going to be able to cope when they grow up? We talked about anti-social behaviour. Its a huge issue. I think Community Officers should be given powers like real policemen.
I stopped in the market to buy some fruit. I was warned to keep a tight hold on my purse as there have been a lot of pick-pockets. There should be more police on the streets.