Tory councillor faces onslaught over seawall

The audience at the Shoebury hustings

Nick Ward

Roger Hadley

First published in Echo News by

A TORY councillor faced a barrage of questions on a controversial seawall and plans for 172 homes on parkland.

Roger Hadley was jeered as he justified proposals for the 7ft seawall on Shoebury Common and an estate in Old Gunners Park.

About 50 people attended the heated hustings for his Shoebury seat on Southend Council, ahead of the May 22 election.

Independent candidate Nick Ward backed critics of the schemes. Labour and Lib Dem candidates, Maggie Kelly and Jane Dresner failed to turn up for the meeting at Hinguar Primary School on Monday, leaving Mr Hadley to take the full force of public anger.

Garrison Developments has offered the council almost £1million towards the seawall, if it is allowed to build the homes off New Barge Pier Road.

Members the audience accused the authority of ignoring public opposition to both schemes to get the cash.

Mr Hadley, who has held the seat since 2006, said: “There has been controversy over the housing development and claims the only reason it’s going ahead was because the developer is offering £1million towards the seawall. For a development of this size, a developer would always have to offer a section 106 agreement and it’s £1million towards the town we need in Shoebury.”

The retired newsagent said residents would prefer homes to industrial units, for which Garrison Developments already has permission, but called for investment in roads and social housing from the developer before any development got the green light.

Mr Ward, who owns Pebbles guest house, in Thorpe Bay and is general manager of Leigh Scaffolding, in Shoebury, said: “I believe the defences need to be improved, but not through the proposed scheme.”

Labour members of the audience accused him of having no positive policies, but he said he would fight to keep green spaces in Shoebury and called for East Beach and MoD land around the headland to be cleared of bombs and opened to the public.

Mr Hadley said the council and local MP James Duddridge were lobbying the MoD to make East Beach safe. Both candidates backed calls from Harry Chandler, of Shoebury Residents’ Association, for a new health centre in Shoebury.

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7:43am Thu 15 May 14

Happy Chickie says...

50 people - -ohhhh an onslaught of epic proportions.
50 people - -ohhhh an onslaught of epic proportions. Happy Chickie
  • Score: 3

7:52am Thu 15 May 14

pembury53 says...

50 who wont vote for him anyway, sure he's really bothered by that onslaught....
50 who wont vote for him anyway, sure he's really bothered by that onslaught.... pembury53
  • Score: 2

9:05am Thu 15 May 14

Matthew S. Dent says...

"Labour and Lib Dem candidates, Maggie Kelly and Jane Dresner failed to turn up for the meeting..."

I can't speak to Ms Dresner, but Maggie knew she wouldn't be able to attend due to work commitments, and I (as Labour candidate for West Shoebury) had been invited by the organisers to take part on her behalf.

Only when I got there was I told by the organisers that I would not be allowed to take part, which hadn't been communicated to anyone in advance. It's disappointing, though not surprising, that this was dressed up misleadingly as a "Labour didn't bother to turn up" story.

And it's especially stupid, given that the sea wall is a West Shoebury issue...
"Labour and Lib Dem candidates, Maggie Kelly and Jane Dresner failed to turn up for the meeting..." I can't speak to Ms Dresner, but Maggie knew she wouldn't be able to attend due to work commitments, and I (as Labour candidate for West Shoebury) had been invited by the organisers to take part on her behalf. Only when I got there was I told by the organisers that I would not be allowed to take part, which hadn't been communicated to anyone in advance. It's disappointing, though not surprising, that this was dressed up misleadingly as a "Labour didn't bother to turn up" story. And it's especially stupid, given that the sea wall is a West Shoebury issue... Matthew S. Dent
  • Score: 4

9:19am Thu 15 May 14

rayleighrunner says...

Matthew S. Dent wrote:
"Labour and Lib Dem candidates, Maggie Kelly and Jane Dresner failed to turn up for the meeting..."

I can't speak to Ms Dresner, but Maggie knew she wouldn't be able to attend due to work commitments, and I (as Labour candidate for West Shoebury) had been invited by the organisers to take part on her behalf.

Only when I got there was I told by the organisers that I would not be allowed to take part, which hadn't been communicated to anyone in advance. It's disappointing, though not surprising, that this was dressed up misleadingly as a "Labour didn't bother to turn up" story.

And it's especially stupid, given that the sea wall is a West Shoebury issue...
Ms Kelly - Labour candidate, may have had work commitments, but if she wants to be elected she should have re-arranged them. Hustings are organised in advance and around those that can attend. I assume when it was arranged she was free otherwise it wouldn't have been arranged for that particular date. Instead she must have chosen to attend a work commitment rather than the hustings....not a good start when you are supposed to be acting in the interest of voters! She wouldn't get my vote based on her actions - neither would the Lib Dem candidate. At least the other 2 turned up.
[quote][p][bold]Matthew S. Dent[/bold] wrote: "Labour and Lib Dem candidates, Maggie Kelly and Jane Dresner failed to turn up for the meeting..." I can't speak to Ms Dresner, but Maggie knew she wouldn't be able to attend due to work commitments, and I (as Labour candidate for West Shoebury) had been invited by the organisers to take part on her behalf. Only when I got there was I told by the organisers that I would not be allowed to take part, which hadn't been communicated to anyone in advance. It's disappointing, though not surprising, that this was dressed up misleadingly as a "Labour didn't bother to turn up" story. And it's especially stupid, given that the sea wall is a West Shoebury issue...[/p][/quote]Ms Kelly - Labour candidate, may have had work commitments, but if she wants to be elected she should have re-arranged them. Hustings are organised in advance and around those that can attend. I assume when it was arranged she was free otherwise it wouldn't have been arranged for that particular date. Instead she must have chosen to attend a work commitment rather than the hustings....not a good start when you are supposed to be acting in the interest of voters! She wouldn't get my vote based on her actions - neither would the Lib Dem candidate. At least the other 2 turned up. rayleighrunner
  • Score: 4

9:26am Thu 15 May 14

Matthew S. Dent says...

rayleighrunner wrote:
Matthew S. Dent wrote:
"Labour and Lib Dem candidates, Maggie Kelly and Jane Dresner failed to turn up for the meeting..."

I can't speak to Ms Dresner, but Maggie knew she wouldn't be able to attend due to work commitments, and I (as Labour candidate for West Shoebury) had been invited by the organisers to take part on her behalf.

Only when I got there was I told by the organisers that I would not be allowed to take part, which hadn't been communicated to anyone in advance. It's disappointing, though not surprising, that this was dressed up misleadingly as a "Labour didn't bother to turn up" story.

And it's especially stupid, given that the sea wall is a West Shoebury issue...
Ms Kelly - Labour candidate, may have had work commitments, but if she wants to be elected she should have re-arranged them. Hustings are organised in advance and around those that can attend. I assume when it was arranged she was free otherwise it wouldn't have been arranged for that particular date. Instead she must have chosen to attend a work commitment rather than the hustings....not a good start when you are supposed to be acting in the interest of voters! She wouldn't get my vote based on her actions - neither would the Lib Dem candidate. At least the other 2 turned up.
Fair enough, but we were informed of the hustings only five days beforehand, and working shift work Maggie was unable to get out of her commitments.

But the worst part is that this was *known* by the organisers, who had agreed to my participating instead, as a part of a hustings for West Shoebury and Shoeburyness ward. This was only changed ten minutes before it started, when it would have been far too late to make any alternative arrangements.

Given that it was organised by one of the Independent councillors backing Mr Ward, I have to wonder whether this was deliberate.
[quote][p][bold]rayleighrunner[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Matthew S. Dent[/bold] wrote: "Labour and Lib Dem candidates, Maggie Kelly and Jane Dresner failed to turn up for the meeting..." I can't speak to Ms Dresner, but Maggie knew she wouldn't be able to attend due to work commitments, and I (as Labour candidate for West Shoebury) had been invited by the organisers to take part on her behalf. Only when I got there was I told by the organisers that I would not be allowed to take part, which hadn't been communicated to anyone in advance. It's disappointing, though not surprising, that this was dressed up misleadingly as a "Labour didn't bother to turn up" story. And it's especially stupid, given that the sea wall is a West Shoebury issue...[/p][/quote]Ms Kelly - Labour candidate, may have had work commitments, but if she wants to be elected she should have re-arranged them. Hustings are organised in advance and around those that can attend. I assume when it was arranged she was free otherwise it wouldn't have been arranged for that particular date. Instead she must have chosen to attend a work commitment rather than the hustings....not a good start when you are supposed to be acting in the interest of voters! She wouldn't get my vote based on her actions - neither would the Lib Dem candidate. At least the other 2 turned up.[/p][/quote]Fair enough, but we were informed of the hustings only five days beforehand, and working shift work Maggie was unable to get out of her commitments. But the worst part is that this was *known* by the organisers, who had agreed to my participating instead, as a part of a hustings for West Shoebury and Shoeburyness ward. This was only changed ten minutes before it started, when it would have been far too late to make any alternative arrangements. Given that it was organised by one of the Independent councillors backing Mr Ward, I have to wonder whether this was deliberate. Matthew S. Dent
  • Score: 2

10:09am Thu 15 May 14

pembury53 says...

Matthew S. Dent wrote:
rayleighrunner wrote:
Matthew S. Dent wrote: "Labour and Lib Dem candidates, Maggie Kelly and Jane Dresner failed to turn up for the meeting..." I can't speak to Ms Dresner, but Maggie knew she wouldn't be able to attend due to work commitments, and I (as Labour candidate for West Shoebury) had been invited by the organisers to take part on her behalf. Only when I got there was I told by the organisers that I would not be allowed to take part, which hadn't been communicated to anyone in advance. It's disappointing, though not surprising, that this was dressed up misleadingly as a "Labour didn't bother to turn up" story. And it's especially stupid, given that the sea wall is a West Shoebury issue...
Ms Kelly - Labour candidate, may have had work commitments, but if she wants to be elected she should have re-arranged them. Hustings are organised in advance and around those that can attend. I assume when it was arranged she was free otherwise it wouldn't have been arranged for that particular date. Instead she must have chosen to attend a work commitment rather than the hustings....not a good start when you are supposed to be acting in the interest of voters! She wouldn't get my vote based on her actions - neither would the Lib Dem candidate. At least the other 2 turned up.
Fair enough, but we were informed of the hustings only five days beforehand, and working shift work Maggie was unable to get out of her commitments. But the worst part is that this was *known* by the organisers, who had agreed to my participating instead, as a part of a hustings for West Shoebury and Shoeburyness ward. This was only changed ten minutes before it started, when it would have been far too late to make any alternative arrangements. Given that it was organised by one of the Independent councillors backing Mr Ward, I have to wonder whether this was deliberate.
i don't think you have to wonder.......
[quote][p][bold]Matthew S. Dent[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rayleighrunner[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Matthew S. Dent[/bold] wrote: "Labour and Lib Dem candidates, Maggie Kelly and Jane Dresner failed to turn up for the meeting..." I can't speak to Ms Dresner, but Maggie knew she wouldn't be able to attend due to work commitments, and I (as Labour candidate for West Shoebury) had been invited by the organisers to take part on her behalf. Only when I got there was I told by the organisers that I would not be allowed to take part, which hadn't been communicated to anyone in advance. It's disappointing, though not surprising, that this was dressed up misleadingly as a "Labour didn't bother to turn up" story. And it's especially stupid, given that the sea wall is a West Shoebury issue...[/p][/quote]Ms Kelly - Labour candidate, may have had work commitments, but if she wants to be elected she should have re-arranged them. Hustings are organised in advance and around those that can attend. I assume when it was arranged she was free otherwise it wouldn't have been arranged for that particular date. Instead she must have chosen to attend a work commitment rather than the hustings....not a good start when you are supposed to be acting in the interest of voters! She wouldn't get my vote based on her actions - neither would the Lib Dem candidate. At least the other 2 turned up.[/p][/quote]Fair enough, but we were informed of the hustings only five days beforehand, and working shift work Maggie was unable to get out of her commitments. But the worst part is that this was *known* by the organisers, who had agreed to my participating instead, as a part of a hustings for West Shoebury and Shoeburyness ward. This was only changed ten minutes before it started, when it would have been far too late to make any alternative arrangements. Given that it was organised by one of the Independent councillors backing Mr Ward, I have to wonder whether this was deliberate.[/p][/quote]i don't think you have to wonder....... pembury53
  • Score: 5

4:20pm Thu 15 May 14

lucy10 says...

pembury53 wrote:
Matthew S. Dent wrote:
rayleighrunner wrote:
Matthew S. Dent wrote: "Labour and Lib Dem candidates, Maggie Kelly and Jane Dresner failed to turn up for the meeting..." I can't speak to Ms Dresner, but Maggie knew she wouldn't be able to attend due to work commitments, and I (as Labour candidate for West Shoebury) had been invited by the organisers to take part on her behalf. Only when I got there was I told by the organisers that I would not be allowed to take part, which hadn't been communicated to anyone in advance. It's disappointing, though not surprising, that this was dressed up misleadingly as a "Labour didn't bother to turn up" story. And it's especially stupid, given that the sea wall is a West Shoebury issue...
Ms Kelly - Labour candidate, may have had work commitments, but if she wants to be elected she should have re-arranged them. Hustings are organised in advance and around those that can attend. I assume when it was arranged she was free otherwise it wouldn't have been arranged for that particular date. Instead she must have chosen to attend a work commitment rather than the hustings....not a good start when you are supposed to be acting in the interest of voters! She wouldn't get my vote based on her actions - neither would the Lib Dem candidate. At least the other 2 turned up.
Fair enough, but we were informed of the hustings only five days beforehand, and working shift work Maggie was unable to get out of her commitments. But the worst part is that this was *known* by the organisers, who had agreed to my participating instead, as a part of a hustings for West Shoebury and Shoeburyness ward. This was only changed ten minutes before it started, when it would have been far too late to make any alternative arrangements. Given that it was organised by one of the Independent councillors backing Mr Ward, I have to wonder whether this was deliberate.
i don't think you have to wonder.......
labour will get my vote
[quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Matthew S. Dent[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rayleighrunner[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Matthew S. Dent[/bold] wrote: "Labour and Lib Dem candidates, Maggie Kelly and Jane Dresner failed to turn up for the meeting..." I can't speak to Ms Dresner, but Maggie knew she wouldn't be able to attend due to work commitments, and I (as Labour candidate for West Shoebury) had been invited by the organisers to take part on her behalf. Only when I got there was I told by the organisers that I would not be allowed to take part, which hadn't been communicated to anyone in advance. It's disappointing, though not surprising, that this was dressed up misleadingly as a "Labour didn't bother to turn up" story. And it's especially stupid, given that the sea wall is a West Shoebury issue...[/p][/quote]Ms Kelly - Labour candidate, may have had work commitments, but if she wants to be elected she should have re-arranged them. Hustings are organised in advance and around those that can attend. I assume when it was arranged she was free otherwise it wouldn't have been arranged for that particular date. Instead she must have chosen to attend a work commitment rather than the hustings....not a good start when you are supposed to be acting in the interest of voters! She wouldn't get my vote based on her actions - neither would the Lib Dem candidate. At least the other 2 turned up.[/p][/quote]Fair enough, but we were informed of the hustings only five days beforehand, and working shift work Maggie was unable to get out of her commitments. But the worst part is that this was *known* by the organisers, who had agreed to my participating instead, as a part of a hustings for West Shoebury and Shoeburyness ward. This was only changed ten minutes before it started, when it would have been far too late to make any alternative arrangements. Given that it was organised by one of the Independent councillors backing Mr Ward, I have to wonder whether this was deliberate.[/p][/quote]i don't think you have to wonder.......[/p][/quote]labour will get my vote lucy10
  • Score: 0

6:41pm Thu 15 May 14

pembury53 says...

lucy10 wrote:
pembury53 wrote:
Matthew S. Dent wrote:
rayleighrunner wrote:
Matthew S. Dent wrote: "Labour and Lib Dem candidates, Maggie Kelly and Jane Dresner failed to turn up for the meeting..." I can't speak to Ms Dresner, but Maggie knew she wouldn't be able to attend due to work commitments, and I (as Labour candidate for West Shoebury) had been invited by the organisers to take part on her behalf. Only when I got there was I told by the organisers that I would not be allowed to take part, which hadn't been communicated to anyone in advance. It's disappointing, though not surprising, that this was dressed up misleadingly as a "Labour didn't bother to turn up" story. And it's especially stupid, given that the sea wall is a West Shoebury issue...
Ms Kelly - Labour candidate, may have had work commitments, but if she wants to be elected she should have re-arranged them. Hustings are organised in advance and around those that can attend. I assume when it was arranged she was free otherwise it wouldn't have been arranged for that particular date. Instead she must have chosen to attend a work commitment rather than the hustings....not a good start when you are supposed to be acting in the interest of voters! She wouldn't get my vote based on her actions - neither would the Lib Dem candidate. At least the other 2 turned up.
Fair enough, but we were informed of the hustings only five days beforehand, and working shift work Maggie was unable to get out of her commitments. But the worst part is that this was *known* by the organisers, who had agreed to my participating instead, as a part of a hustings for West Shoebury and Shoeburyness ward. This was only changed ten minutes before it started, when it would have been far too late to make any alternative arrangements. Given that it was organised by one of the Independent councillors backing Mr Ward, I have to wonder whether this was deliberate.
i don't think you have to wonder.......
labour will get my vote
why ?
[quote][p][bold]lucy10[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Matthew S. Dent[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rayleighrunner[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Matthew S. Dent[/bold] wrote: "Labour and Lib Dem candidates, Maggie Kelly and Jane Dresner failed to turn up for the meeting..." I can't speak to Ms Dresner, but Maggie knew she wouldn't be able to attend due to work commitments, and I (as Labour candidate for West Shoebury) had been invited by the organisers to take part on her behalf. Only when I got there was I told by the organisers that I would not be allowed to take part, which hadn't been communicated to anyone in advance. It's disappointing, though not surprising, that this was dressed up misleadingly as a "Labour didn't bother to turn up" story. And it's especially stupid, given that the sea wall is a West Shoebury issue...[/p][/quote]Ms Kelly - Labour candidate, may have had work commitments, but if she wants to be elected she should have re-arranged them. Hustings are organised in advance and around those that can attend. I assume when it was arranged she was free otherwise it wouldn't have been arranged for that particular date. Instead she must have chosen to attend a work commitment rather than the hustings....not a good start when you are supposed to be acting in the interest of voters! She wouldn't get my vote based on her actions - neither would the Lib Dem candidate. At least the other 2 turned up.[/p][/quote]Fair enough, but we were informed of the hustings only five days beforehand, and working shift work Maggie was unable to get out of her commitments. But the worst part is that this was *known* by the organisers, who had agreed to my participating instead, as a part of a hustings for West Shoebury and Shoeburyness ward. This was only changed ten minutes before it started, when it would have been far too late to make any alternative arrangements. Given that it was organised by one of the Independent councillors backing Mr Ward, I have to wonder whether this was deliberate.[/p][/quote]i don't think you have to wonder.......[/p][/quote]labour will get my vote[/p][/quote]why ? pembury53
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