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Leigh On Sea News. News In Brief

Leigh On Sea News. News In Brief

News In Brief

Driving fine

A LEIGH driver who was caught 9 mph over the speed limit has been handed a fine.

Richard Satchell, 55, of Danbury Close was driving a Vauxhall Astra on the A127 or March 7 at the junction with Bill house Lane in Southend when he was caught driving at 49 mph.

The legal limit is 40 mph.

Satchell changed his plea to guilty on June 15 at Southend Magistrates Court and has been fined £66 he has been ordered to pay a surcharge to fund victim services of £34.

His driving licence was endorsed with three points.


Eastwood art show

A COMMUNITY art exhibition is set to open in Eastwood in September.

The first ECCA Art Exhibition will take place on Saturday September 1st, showcasing seven local artists.

Held at The Eastwood Community Centre on Western Approaches, the exhibition will be open from 10.30 to 4pm.

The show is free entry and all are welcome, with catalogues charged at £1.

5% of sale profits of the artists’ work will be donated to MIND locally.


Man injured in Westcliff attack

THREE people arrested following an attack in Westcliff that left a man with a serious head injury.

The victim, a man in his 50s, was taken to hospital after the incident in Hamlet Court Road.

Essex Police and the East of England Ambulance Service say they were called at around 7.35pm on Monday, July 24th.

A man and two teenagers were arrested on suspicion of causing GBH.

Witnesses reported that a cordon was in place at the scene overnight as police carried out their investigations.

A spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Service said: “We were called at 7.37pm on Monday, with reports of an assault in Hamlet Court Road, Westcliff.

“We sent one ambulance and took a man to Southend Hospital for further care.”

A spokesman for Essex Police added: “Three people have been arrested on suspicion of causing GBH in connection with an assault that occurred shortly before 7.35pm on Monday in Hamlet Court Road, Westcliff.

“The victim, a man 50s, was taken to hospital after he sustained a head injury. The men, 41 and 18, and a teenage boy, have been released on bail until October 2.”

The Police have asked that anyone who witnessed the assault to come forward.

Anyone who has information should call Essex Police on 101, quoting crime reference 42/132183/23.

Alternatively, you can report anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


Bring and buy sale

A BRING and by sale in aid of Cancer Research UK is taking place on Saturday August 26.

Toys plants bric a brac kitchenware and cakes will be available, 11.30 am to 4.30 pm at 40 Southborough Drive, Westcliff.


Vote to cut Parks Budget for free parking

IT was revealed at a recent council meeting that the Tory administration running Southend Council voted through a change to parking charges by taking money out of the parks’ maintenance budget.

At a recent meeting of the Place Scrutiny Committee, a paper was considered that proposed to remove parking charges in Zone 1A after 6pm and to cover the loss in revenue by creating new parking bays with claims that it could add £500k in revenue to the council.

Coun Daniel Cowan, Leader of the Labour Group slammed the plans and called them “fantasy economics.”

He said: “We broadly support the principle of free parking in our parks, but it should not come at the expense of maintaining our parks to the highest standard.

“Coun Cox claims this won’t affect services yet this is the budget that is used to clean our parks, cut the grass, empty the bins in parks, remove graffiti, and more.

“When asked if he had discussed the impact with the Parks Department, Coun Cox implied he hadn’t spoken to parks at all.  Given the contempt with which he treated

former parks staff, it is unsurprising he didn’t have the decency to ask current parks staff

how this is going to affect them.”

The committee voted in favour of report carried by the votes of Conservative members.

The news comes as Southend City Council’s parks were awarded nine Green Flags, which recognise and reward well-managed parks and green spaces.


Plans for all-night pizza deliveries

PLANS for all-night deliveries by a pizza restaurant have been branded a “public nuisance” by Southend Council’s  environmental health team.

Station Pizza and Wine Store, in Station Road, Westcliff, wants to open from midday to 11pm Sunday to Thursday, and until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.

Additionally, a licensing hearing heard on Friday, there would be deliveries of food and alcohol from 11pm to 5am each day.

A number of objections – mainly concerning noise – were raised, including from Southend Council’s environmental health department and residents.

Environmental health officer Paul Pearse said:  “Environmental health strongly believes that all aspects of this application will not safeguard the amenity by way of noise.

“We believe it will cause a public nuisance which is in contravention of the obligation to prevent public nuisance laid down by the Licensing Act.”

Concerns were raised over noise coming from the premises during the night as staff prepared meals, as delivery drivers came and went, and from necessary ventilation systems.

Speaking on behalf of applicant Sanjeev Kumar, Suresh Kanapathipillai from Arka Licensing said: “The premises haven’t been used for two to three years and he’s investing some money to bring that back to life. It’s a very small premises. It has a small kitchen.”

Mr Kanapathipillai said a noise management system would be put in place, with doors and windows closed at night and no glass or plate collections between 10pm and 8am.

In addition signs would be put up inside and outside the premises urging customers to limit noise, and delivery vehicles would mostly be electric.

The restaurant would have a capacity to cater for up to 10 customers inside and 10 outside.

The agent also said any residential properties were some distance from the premises

Mr Pearse, disagreed, adding: “I do not consider that the delivery service proposed by this application can be operated without causing  a public nuisance to the properties which are very nearby and very vulnerable.

“The area is very quiet at night. There’s very little in the way of traffic movement.

“If people are kept awake by the operations of this site it will cause sleep deprivation and that is a known public health issue.”

Southend Council will issue an ruling on the bid in due course.

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