More improvements needed at Southend tower blocks

More improvements needed at tower blocks

More improvements needed at tower blocks

First published in Echo News

AN ARDENT campaigner has welcomed a successful Echo campaign to improve security at Southend’s trouble tower blocks, but says there are still battles to be won.

Del Thomas, a Tory activist and street pastor, backed this paper’s bid to have CCTV installed in the four Queensway high-rises – Malvern, Chiltern, Pennine and Quantock.

Last month, after a year-long campaign, South Essex Homes announced it would spend £30,000 on the cameras.

Mr Thomas welcomed the move, but argued there were still more issues to be tackled.

He said: “The new CCTV is great news and I have seen a marked improvement in the cleanliness of the lifts in my last couple of visits.

“I know the caretakers now feel safer because of this and I hope that the residents feel a little bit more secure.

“However, there is still a lot of work that needs to be done in relation to the security of the flats.”

We launched our campaign for drastic improvements to help residents plagued by crime, drug dealing and antisocial behaviour after a grisly killing in November 2011.

The death of Christopher Ryan, killed at his flat in Malvern in a drugs robbery, left hundreds of residents fearing for their safety.

The lack of CCTV in lifts became the focal point of people’s concern.

However, Mr Thomas said further improvements were still needed.

He called for a concierge system, CCTV in the tower blocks’ stairwells and a more secure entry system as the best way to truly put residents’ minds at ease.

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12:21am Fri 9 Nov 12

Nebs says...

Nice idea, but can the tenants afford the extra rent to cover a concierge system, CCTV in the tower blocks’ stairwells and a more secure entry system. These things don't come cheap.
Nice idea, but can the tenants afford the extra rent to cover a concierge system, CCTV in the tower blocks’ stairwells and a more secure entry system. These things don't come cheap. Nebs
  • Score: 2

12:46am Fri 9 Nov 12

notalocalman says...

Thank you Nebs!
I live in one of the blocks and don't want any more security thank you very much - ok there's a bit of trouble now and then but no more than a normal street. It's just that these are flats and it seems worse.
I work for a living - and I'm still paying for the last new doors they put on here!
Will this bloke pay my service charge for the concierge - or even to have the cameras monitored 24/7, even with just the ones in the lift? I doubt it.
Since this guy started on all this I've had him, South Essex Homes and the PCSOs knocking on my door and leaving notes about "community circles" ASB and god knows what else! I'm sick of it.
Most of us who live in these blocks just want to live life and get on - the few that cause minor trouble usually get dealt with fairly soon. I know the caretakers report stuff to the police and they up the patrols and the troubles move away for a while - they come back, but soon get moved again. The courts keep letting them out so what can the police do but move them on?
I accepted the cost of putting cameras in the lifts but I won't be paying for any more...unless you'd like me to send the bill to you Mr Thomas?
Thank you Nebs! I live in one of the blocks and don't want any more security thank you very much - ok there's a bit of trouble now and then but no more than a normal street. It's just that these are flats and it seems worse. I work for a living - and I'm still paying for the last new doors they put on here! Will this bloke pay my service charge for the concierge - or even to have the cameras monitored 24/7, even with just the ones in the lift? I doubt it. Since this guy started on all this I've had him, South Essex Homes and the PCSOs knocking on my door and leaving notes about "community circles" ASB and god knows what else! I'm sick of it. Most of us who live in these blocks just want to live life and get on - the few that cause minor trouble usually get dealt with fairly soon. I know the caretakers report stuff to the police and they up the patrols and the troubles move away for a while - they come back, but soon get moved again. The courts keep letting them out so what can the police do but move them on? I accepted the cost of putting cameras in the lifts but I won't be paying for any more...unless you'd like me to send the bill to you Mr Thomas? notalocalman
  • Score: 1

8:36am Fri 9 Nov 12

Brunning999 says...

Nebs wrote:
Nice idea, but can the tenants afford the extra rent to cover a concierge system, CCTV in the tower blocks’ stairwells and a more secure entry system. These things don't come cheap.
If I want to improve my home I have to pay for the luxury, what is the difference with these tenants or perhaps they expect us all to pay For their luxuries?
[quote][p][bold]Nebs[/bold] wrote: Nice idea, but can the tenants afford the extra rent to cover a concierge system, CCTV in the tower blocks’ stairwells and a more secure entry system. These things don't come cheap.[/p][/quote]If I want to improve my home I have to pay for the luxury, what is the difference with these tenants or perhaps they expect us all to pay For their luxuries? Brunning999
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