Close your road with a street party to bring back community spirit, Southend Council says

Southend Standard: A Corringham big lunch last year A Corringham big lunch last year

SOUTHEND Council wants people to hold street parties and will be allowing them to close roads this summer as part of an initiative to bring back community spirit.

It wants people to get involved with the Eden Project’s Big Lunch which takes place across the country on June 1.

The initiative, which last year involved more than 3.65 million people, aims to help build stronger, safer and more sustainable communities.

The council is offering specific help to residents who want to organise local street parties, including making it easier to apply for road closures to help their event go with a swing - as safely as possible.

And as long as they fulfill the correct criteria, there are no charges for road closures or need for street party organisers to take out public liability insurance.

Previous Southend Big Lunches have seen neighbours decorating their roads, hosting face painting, egg and spoon races and all sorts of other fun and games.

Southend Council’s deputy leader, John Lamb said: “Local street parties are a terrific way to help neighbours get to know each other in a new way and strengthen community spirit.”

The Big Lunch aims to get as many people as possible across the UK to have lunch with their neighbours annually on the first Sunday in June in a simple act of community, friendship and fun.

For more information about organising a Big Lunch event in Southend call: 01702 215000 or visit www.southend.gov.uk/info/1049/holding_events/1369/organising_a_street_party.

To register your Big Lunch and for more ideas, visit www.thebiglunch.com.

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11:06am Wed 19 Feb 14

RochfordRob says...

Would have a job here, I live on a main road.

Have the council not got more pressing matters to consider?

Who dreamt this nonsense up and are they getting paid for it?

If so, why??

Council:

Sweep streets, keep them lit, collect the rubbish. There, almost everything else is just padding and filling.

No wonder they can afford to lose a few from the Lubyanka in Vic. Avenue.

Clearly, they have nothing better to do.
Would have a job here, I live on a main road. Have the council not got more pressing matters to consider? Who dreamt this nonsense up and are they getting paid for it? If so, why?? Council: Sweep streets, keep them lit, collect the rubbish. There, almost everything else is just padding and filling. No wonder they can afford to lose a few from the Lubyanka in Vic. Avenue. Clearly, they have nothing better to do. RochfordRob

12:05pm Wed 19 Feb 14

jayman says...

community spirit is born in an environment of equal social awareness. Unfortunately Southend is massively socio-economically unequal from root to branch. If Southend council is so concerned in proscribed approaches and recognition to community spirit. perhaps they should focus their attention on the most deprived areas in regards to 'community spirit'. West Leigh and Thorpe bay.
community spirit is born in an environment of equal social awareness. Unfortunately Southend is massively socio-economically unequal from root to branch. If Southend council is so concerned in proscribed approaches and recognition to community spirit. perhaps they should focus their attention on the most deprived areas in regards to 'community spirit'. West Leigh and Thorpe bay. jayman

1:33pm Wed 19 Feb 14

ThisYear says...

Perhaps they can have a pot-hole filling party...fancy dress.
Perhaps they can have a pot-hole filling party...fancy dress. ThisYear

4:22pm Wed 19 Feb 14

pembury53 says...

by all means throw a street party, but be careful where you tread......
by all means throw a street party, but be careful where you tread...... pembury53

4:27pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Joe Clark says...

jayman wrote:
community spirit is born in an environment of equal social awareness. Unfortunately Southend is massively socio-economically unequal from root to branch. If Southend council is so concerned in proscribed approaches and recognition to community spirit. perhaps they should focus their attention on the most deprived areas in regards to 'community spirit'. West Leigh and Thorpe bay.
The workers take care of the work shy, the grafters pay for the shirkers, time to get tough on those that only ever take and reorganise the dole in to a working credit where those that actually do something that benefits their local area get the dole instead of just having it as a hand out.

People should join the road sweepers, gardeners and help to keep their local area free from rubbish, graffiti and other such tasks to enable them too give something back to their communities and earn a bit of self respect.

Scrap cash payment in lace of a debit card style system that will block all buying of all cigarettes & alcohol as these are NOT essentials buy a luxury.

I fully expect to get nothing but thumbs down and people berating me for thinking like this but I really don't care, for far too long people have been mollycoddled the overindulgence debauchery people have lapped up multitudinous benefits of different name totalling more in value than many of the hard working masses take home, it IS time that stopped and now a crack down is in force people are not happy I for one, one of these people that go out to work five some times six days a week am very happy to see the changes coming in, its about time and whilst I have NEVER voted tory blue I have to admit that if they promise to continue too carry on the changes making pay more to work then live off benefits then they might very well get ,y vote next year.

I shall not vote for anyone who want to make benefits pay more than work and nobody should, only those that are too lazy too work too well off living off the state would object to my point of view the workers will support me the lazy shall not.
[quote][p][bold]jayman[/bold] wrote: community spirit is born in an environment of equal social awareness. Unfortunately Southend is massively socio-economically unequal from root to branch. If Southend council is so concerned in proscribed approaches and recognition to community spirit. perhaps they should focus their attention on the most deprived areas in regards to 'community spirit'. West Leigh and Thorpe bay.[/p][/quote]The workers take care of the work shy, the grafters pay for the shirkers, time to get tough on those that only ever take and reorganise the dole in to a working credit where those that actually do something that benefits their local area get the dole instead of just having it as a hand out. People should join the road sweepers, gardeners and help to keep their local area free from rubbish, graffiti and other such tasks to enable them too give something back to their communities and earn a bit of self respect. Scrap cash payment in lace of a debit card style system that will block all buying of all cigarettes & alcohol as these are NOT essentials buy a luxury. I fully expect to get nothing but thumbs down and people berating me for thinking like this but I really don't care, for far too long people have been mollycoddled the overindulgence debauchery people have lapped up multitudinous benefits of different name totalling more in value than many of the hard working masses take home, it IS time that stopped and now a crack down is in force people are not happy I for one, one of these people that go out to work five some times six days a week am very happy to see the changes coming in, its about time and whilst I have NEVER voted tory blue I have to admit that if they promise to continue too carry on the changes making pay more to work then live off benefits then they might very well get ,y vote next year. I shall not vote for anyone who want to make benefits pay more than work and nobody should, only those that are too lazy too work too well off living off the state would object to my point of view the workers will support me the lazy shall not. Joe Clark

5:29pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

Joe Clark wrote:
jayman wrote: community spirit is born in an environment of equal social awareness. Unfortunately Southend is massively socio-economically unequal from root to branch. If Southend council is so concerned in proscribed approaches and recognition to community spirit. perhaps they should focus their attention on the most deprived areas in regards to 'community spirit'. West Leigh and Thorpe bay.
The workers take care of the work shy, the grafters pay for the shirkers, time to get tough on those that only ever take and reorganise the dole in to a working credit where those that actually do something that benefits their local area get the dole instead of just having it as a hand out. People should join the road sweepers, gardeners and help to keep their local area free from rubbish, graffiti and other such tasks to enable them too give something back to their communities and earn a bit of self respect. Scrap cash payment in lace of a debit card style system that will block all buying of all cigarettes & alcohol as these are NOT essentials buy a luxury. I fully expect to get nothing but thumbs down and people berating me for thinking like this but I really don't care, for far too long people have been mollycoddled the overindulgence debauchery people have lapped up multitudinous benefits of different name totalling more in value than many of the hard working masses take home, it IS time that stopped and now a crack down is in force people are not happy I for one, one of these people that go out to work five some times six days a week am very happy to see the changes coming in, its about time and whilst I have NEVER voted tory blue I have to admit that if they promise to continue too carry on the changes making pay more to work then live off benefits then they might very well get ,y vote next year. I shall not vote for anyone who want to make benefits pay more than work and nobody should, only those that are too lazy too work too well off living off the state would object to my point of view the workers will support me the lazy shall not.
Well said Joe Clark
[quote][p][bold]Joe Clark[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jayman[/bold] wrote: community spirit is born in an environment of equal social awareness. Unfortunately Southend is massively socio-economically unequal from root to branch. If Southend council is so concerned in proscribed approaches and recognition to community spirit. perhaps they should focus their attention on the most deprived areas in regards to 'community spirit'. West Leigh and Thorpe bay.[/p][/quote]The workers take care of the work shy, the grafters pay for the shirkers, time to get tough on those that only ever take and reorganise the dole in to a working credit where those that actually do something that benefits their local area get the dole instead of just having it as a hand out. People should join the road sweepers, gardeners and help to keep their local area free from rubbish, graffiti and other such tasks to enable them too give something back to their communities and earn a bit of self respect. Scrap cash payment in lace of a debit card style system that will block all buying of all cigarettes & alcohol as these are NOT essentials buy a luxury. I fully expect to get nothing but thumbs down and people berating me for thinking like this but I really don't care, for far too long people have been mollycoddled the overindulgence debauchery people have lapped up multitudinous benefits of different name totalling more in value than many of the hard working masses take home, it IS time that stopped and now a crack down is in force people are not happy I for one, one of these people that go out to work five some times six days a week am very happy to see the changes coming in, its about time and whilst I have NEVER voted tory blue I have to admit that if they promise to continue too carry on the changes making pay more to work then live off benefits then they might very well get ,y vote next year. I shall not vote for anyone who want to make benefits pay more than work and nobody should, only those that are too lazy too work too well off living off the state would object to my point of view the workers will support me the lazy shall not.[/p][/quote]Well said Joe Clark Living the La Vida Legra

8:11pm Wed 19 Feb 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

Hardship is a good tool in bringing people together, so I will be putting up the rents for my tenants pleasure, as Im all for the happiness of the masses...
Hardship is a good tool in bringing people together, so I will be putting up the rents for my tenants pleasure, as Im all for the happiness of the masses... carnmountyouknowitmakessense

10:52pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Joe Clark says...

Living the La Vida Legra wrote:
Joe Clark wrote:
jayman wrote: community spirit is born in an environment of equal social awareness. Unfortunately Southend is massively socio-economically unequal from root to branch. If Southend council is so concerned in proscribed approaches and recognition to community spirit. perhaps they should focus their attention on the most deprived areas in regards to 'community spirit'. West Leigh and Thorpe bay.
The workers take care of the work shy, the grafters pay for the shirkers, time to get tough on those that only ever take and reorganise the dole in to a working credit where those that actually do something that benefits their local area get the dole instead of just having it as a hand out. People should join the road sweepers, gardeners and help to keep their local area free from rubbish, graffiti and other such tasks to enable them too give something back to their communities and earn a bit of self respect. Scrap cash payment in lace of a debit card style system that will block all buying of all cigarettes & alcohol as these are NOT essentials buy a luxury. I fully expect to get nothing but thumbs down and people berating me for thinking like this but I really don't care, for far too long people have been mollycoddled the overindulgence debauchery people have lapped up multitudinous benefits of different name totalling more in value than many of the hard working masses take home, it IS time that stopped and now a crack down is in force people are not happy I for one, one of these people that go out to work five some times six days a week am very happy to see the changes coming in, its about time and whilst I have NEVER voted tory blue I have to admit that if they promise to continue too carry on the changes making pay more to work then live off benefits then they might very well get ,y vote next year. I shall not vote for anyone who want to make benefits pay more than work and nobody should, only those that are too lazy too work too well off living off the state would object to my point of view the workers will support me the lazy shall not.
Well said Joe Clark
Thank you.

I just get fed up with people expecting what the state can do for them and not what they can do for the state.
[quote][p][bold]Living the La Vida Legra[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Joe Clark[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jayman[/bold] wrote: community spirit is born in an environment of equal social awareness. Unfortunately Southend is massively socio-economically unequal from root to branch. If Southend council is so concerned in proscribed approaches and recognition to community spirit. perhaps they should focus their attention on the most deprived areas in regards to 'community spirit'. West Leigh and Thorpe bay.[/p][/quote]The workers take care of the work shy, the grafters pay for the shirkers, time to get tough on those that only ever take and reorganise the dole in to a working credit where those that actually do something that benefits their local area get the dole instead of just having it as a hand out. People should join the road sweepers, gardeners and help to keep their local area free from rubbish, graffiti and other such tasks to enable them too give something back to their communities and earn a bit of self respect. Scrap cash payment in lace of a debit card style system that will block all buying of all cigarettes & alcohol as these are NOT essentials buy a luxury. I fully expect to get nothing but thumbs down and people berating me for thinking like this but I really don't care, for far too long people have been mollycoddled the overindulgence debauchery people have lapped up multitudinous benefits of different name totalling more in value than many of the hard working masses take home, it IS time that stopped and now a crack down is in force people are not happy I for one, one of these people that go out to work five some times six days a week am very happy to see the changes coming in, its about time and whilst I have NEVER voted tory blue I have to admit that if they promise to continue too carry on the changes making pay more to work then live off benefits then they might very well get ,y vote next year. I shall not vote for anyone who want to make benefits pay more than work and nobody should, only those that are too lazy too work too well off living off the state would object to my point of view the workers will support me the lazy shall not.[/p][/quote]Well said Joe Clark[/p][/quote]Thank you. I just get fed up with people expecting what the state can do for them and not what they can do for the state. Joe Clark

12:40am Thu 20 Feb 14

ThisYear says...

Joe Clark wrote:
Living the La Vida Legra wrote:
Joe Clark wrote:
jayman wrote: community spirit is born in an environment of equal social awareness. Unfortunately Southend is massively socio-economically unequal from root to branch. If Southend council is so concerned in proscribed approaches and recognition to community spirit. perhaps they should focus their attention on the most deprived areas in regards to 'community spirit'. West Leigh and Thorpe bay.
The workers take care of the work shy, the grafters pay for the shirkers, time to get tough on those that only ever take and reorganise the dole in to a working credit where those that actually do something that benefits their local area get the dole instead of just having it as a hand out. People should join the road sweepers, gardeners and help to keep their local area free from rubbish, graffiti and other such tasks to enable them too give something back to their communities and earn a bit of self respect. Scrap cash payment in lace of a debit card style system that will block all buying of all cigarettes & alcohol as these are NOT essentials buy a luxury. I fully expect to get nothing but thumbs down and people berating me for thinking like this but I really don't care, for far too long people have been mollycoddled the overindulgence debauchery people have lapped up multitudinous benefits of different name totalling more in value than many of the hard working masses take home, it IS time that stopped and now a crack down is in force people are not happy I for one, one of these people that go out to work five some times six days a week am very happy to see the changes coming in, its about time and whilst I have NEVER voted tory blue I have to admit that if they promise to continue too carry on the changes making pay more to work then live off benefits then they might very well get ,y vote next year. I shall not vote for anyone who want to make benefits pay more than work and nobody should, only those that are too lazy too work too well off living off the state would object to my point of view the workers will support me the lazy shall not.
Well said Joe Clark
Thank you.

I just get fed up with people expecting what the state can do for them and not what they can do for the state.
Re: "I just get fed up with people expecting what the state can do for them and not what they can do for the state"

Does 'the state' have a contract with the people?
[quote][p][bold]Joe Clark[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Living the La Vida Legra[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Joe Clark[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jayman[/bold] wrote: community spirit is born in an environment of equal social awareness. Unfortunately Southend is massively socio-economically unequal from root to branch. If Southend council is so concerned in proscribed approaches and recognition to community spirit. perhaps they should focus their attention on the most deprived areas in regards to 'community spirit'. West Leigh and Thorpe bay.[/p][/quote]The workers take care of the work shy, the grafters pay for the shirkers, time to get tough on those that only ever take and reorganise the dole in to a working credit where those that actually do something that benefits their local area get the dole instead of just having it as a hand out. People should join the road sweepers, gardeners and help to keep their local area free from rubbish, graffiti and other such tasks to enable them too give something back to their communities and earn a bit of self respect. Scrap cash payment in lace of a debit card style system that will block all buying of all cigarettes & alcohol as these are NOT essentials buy a luxury. I fully expect to get nothing but thumbs down and people berating me for thinking like this but I really don't care, for far too long people have been mollycoddled the overindulgence debauchery people have lapped up multitudinous benefits of different name totalling more in value than many of the hard working masses take home, it IS time that stopped and now a crack down is in force people are not happy I for one, one of these people that go out to work five some times six days a week am very happy to see the changes coming in, its about time and whilst I have NEVER voted tory blue I have to admit that if they promise to continue too carry on the changes making pay more to work then live off benefits then they might very well get ,y vote next year. I shall not vote for anyone who want to make benefits pay more than work and nobody should, only those that are too lazy too work too well off living off the state would object to my point of view the workers will support me the lazy shall not.[/p][/quote]Well said Joe Clark[/p][/quote]Thank you. I just get fed up with people expecting what the state can do for them and not what they can do for the state.[/p][/quote]Re: "I just get fed up with people expecting what the state can do for them and not what they can do for the state" Does 'the state' have a contract with the people? ThisYear

6:34pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Joe Clark says...

If not stop all payments
If not stop all payments Joe Clark

12:19am Sun 23 Feb 14

ThisYear says...

Joe Clark wrote:
If not stop all payments
Wouldn't stopping payments then break the contract between the state and the people?
[quote][p][bold]Joe Clark[/bold] wrote: If not stop all payments[/p][/quote]Wouldn't stopping payments then break the contract between the state and the people? ThisYear

9:45pm Tue 25 Feb 14

tenant says...

Never in a million yrs could you hold a street party where i live to many cars parked on the road and 2 houses have 12 cars between them and they would not move for no one , and also a rat run for A127
Never in a million yrs could you hold a street party where i live to many cars parked on the road and 2 houses have 12 cars between them and they would not move for no one , and also a rat run for A127 tenant

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