We need guards at tower blocks

Echo: We need guards at tower blocks We need guards at tower blocks

SECURITY guards should be on call for residents of all tower blocks in Southend to make residents feel safer, two councillors have said.

St Luke’s ward councillors Brian Ayling, a South Essex Homes board member, and Paul van Looy, have made the calls following a string of complaints from residents in their ward – which includes Sutton Court.

It also comes after the Echo recently exposed security lapses and found evidence of drug taking at the Quantock, Malvern, Chichester and Pennine flats in Southend town centre.

The councillors suggest the security guards would roam the borough responding to incidents as and when they occur.

Mr van Looy said: “There should be a three month trial period across all tower blocks, where there are two or three security people available for residents to call if they need any help.”

Mr Ayling added: “We realise there would be an initial cost, but long term there would be a saving and satisfaction for residents.”

A resident at Sutton Court, in Pantile Avenue fears non-residents are often in the block and claims he recently saw antisocial behaviour going on.

He also says the block has evidence of drug use as well as pools of blood on the floor, and discarded beer cans.

Jacqueline Lansley, Southend Council’s head of housing, said: “The council is aware of residents’ concerns and in conjunction with South Essex Homes, is exploring a number of possible initiatives aimed at addressing their safety and wellbeing.”

A South Essex Homes spokeswoman said: “We are aware of an incident of antisocial behaviour in the stairwell of Sutton Court, which was reported in the early hours of Sundaymorning.

"This matter is being investigated by Essex Police and the Antisocial Behaviour Response Team.”

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4:15pm Wed 12 Feb 14

w-jback says...

Security guards to keep the scum in or out?
Security guards to keep the scum in or out? w-jback
  • Score: -8

4:46pm Wed 12 Feb 14

InTheKnowOk says...

What about Blackdown? .. The stink of weed is enough to get you high without even using the lifts!!
What about Blackdown? .. The stink of weed is enough to get you high without even using the lifts!! InTheKnowOk
  • Score: 12

5:12pm Wed 12 Feb 14

sosad 1 says...

hands off high rise tenants the people doing the drugs and drink are not residents they are outsiders do you really think that a resident is going outside to sit in a pool of urine to have a smoke or drink simples init as for scum in or out this person is a clown get a life!
hands off high rise tenants the people doing the drugs and drink are not residents they are outsiders do you really think that a resident is going outside to sit in a pool of urine to have a smoke or drink simples init as for scum in or out this person is a clown get a life! sosad 1
  • Score: 5

5:21pm Wed 12 Feb 14

lucy10 says...

sosad 1 wrote:
hands off high rise tenants the people doing the drugs and drink are not residents they are outsiders do you really think that a resident is going outside to sit in a pool of urine to have a smoke or drink simples init as for scum in or out this person is a clown get a life!
sosad you are right its not the residents its the scum that don't live there
nice to see two Councillor working for the residents of tower blocks around southend
[quote][p][bold]sosad 1[/bold] wrote: hands off high rise tenants the people doing the drugs and drink are not residents they are outsiders do you really think that a resident is going outside to sit in a pool of urine to have a smoke or drink simples init as for scum in or out this person is a clown get a life![/p][/quote]sosad you are right its not the residents its the scum that don't live there nice to see two Councillor working for the residents of tower blocks around southend lucy10
  • Score: 12

5:24pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Joe Clark says...

Why not instead of forcing those that do not live in the flats to pay via their council tax, place a surcharge on the residents that way they get the security guards without those of us who have our own properties having to fund them.
Why not instead of forcing those that do not live in the flats to pay via their council tax, place a surcharge on the residents that way they get the security guards without those of us who have our own properties having to fund them. Joe Clark
  • Score: -6

5:50pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Nebs says...

Last time I looked it was still illegal to take drugs. Have the Police given up arresting those who take illegal drugs.
Last time I looked it was still illegal to take drugs. Have the Police given up arresting those who take illegal drugs. Nebs
  • Score: -7

6:19pm Wed 12 Feb 14

ColonelSpiffSpaff says...

Nebs wrote:
Last time I looked it was still illegal to take drugs. Have the Police given up arresting those who take illegal drugs.
Illegal to possess, sell, import, export, produce, etc not technically to take them
[quote][p][bold]Nebs[/bold] wrote: Last time I looked it was still illegal to take drugs. Have the Police given up arresting those who take illegal drugs.[/p][/quote]Illegal to possess, sell, import, export, produce, etc not technically to take them ColonelSpiffSpaff
  • Score: 6

6:21pm Wed 12 Feb 14

ColonelSpiffSpaff says...

Security guards are only useful if they do their job, the flats i used to live in had an endless stream of "security guards" who used to sleep in their cars, pester people for dvds to watch and even stood and watched a resident be attacked
Security guards are only useful if they do their job, the flats i used to live in had an endless stream of "security guards" who used to sleep in their cars, pester people for dvds to watch and even stood and watched a resident be attacked ColonelSpiffSpaff
  • Score: 5

6:48pm Wed 12 Feb 14

You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat says...

w-jback wrote:
Security guards to keep the scum in or out?
PMSL
[quote][p][bold]w-jback[/bold] wrote: Security guards to keep the scum in or out?[/p][/quote]PMSL You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat
  • Score: -11

7:46pm Wed 12 Feb 14

InTheKnowOk says...

sosad 1 wrote:
hands off high rise tenants the people doing the drugs and drink are not residents they are outsiders do you really think that a resident is going outside to sit in a pool of urine to have a smoke or drink simples init as for scum in or out this person is a clown get a life!
Outsiders who have the entry code to get in?
[quote][p][bold]sosad 1[/bold] wrote: hands off high rise tenants the people doing the drugs and drink are not residents they are outsiders do you really think that a resident is going outside to sit in a pool of urine to have a smoke or drink simples init as for scum in or out this person is a clown get a life![/p][/quote]Outsiders who have the entry code to get in? InTheKnowOk
  • Score: 1

9:37pm Wed 12 Feb 14

rude boy says...

What would be the point in having security guards you can call on by the time they get there they will be gone
What would be the point in having security guards you can call on by the time they get there they will be gone rude boy
  • Score: 9

9:39pm Wed 12 Feb 14

rude boy says...

Lol SEH looking in to it?!! That means nothing will get done then
Lol SEH looking in to it?!! That means nothing will get done then rude boy
  • Score: 7

9:39am Thu 13 Feb 14

LSLA says...

you can only get in using a key fob - therefore the way these 'oustiders' are getting in is from where residents let people follow them in or don't ensure the door is closed surely?

And yes i think some of the residents inside these blocks are the druggies etc. which is extremeley unfortunate for the good people living there trying to make it through this life as best they can with their children etc. It is a shame that they have this stigma attached to them.

As for the 2 councillors...why don't they trial as the security guards to a block?
you can only get in using a key fob - therefore the way these 'oustiders' are getting in is from where residents let people follow them in or don't ensure the door is closed surely? And yes i think some of the residents inside these blocks are the druggies etc. which is extremeley unfortunate for the good people living there trying to make it through this life as best they can with their children etc. It is a shame that they have this stigma attached to them. As for the 2 councillors...why don't they trial as the security guards to a block? LSLA
  • Score: 1

2:36am Mon 17 Feb 14

Mike Smith says...

Most, if not all, of these "drug users" do not actually live on the Queensway Estate at all. I often have these people ringing my door bell at 11 - 12 pm trying get entry into our block, so they can get off the street.

Rather than condemning these drug users and/or homeless people, I suggest that we should be trying to find a permanent place where they can go and be safe from the weather and danger from being on the streets.
Most, if not all, of these "drug users" do not actually live on the Queensway Estate at all. I often have these people ringing my door bell at 11 - 12 pm trying get entry into our block, so they can get off the street. Rather than condemning these drug users and/or homeless people, I suggest that we should be trying to find a permanent place where they can go and be safe from the weather and danger from being on the streets. Mike Smith
  • Score: 0

12:29am Wed 19 Feb 14

rude boy says...

Also at night would be a idea 2 turn your intercom off aswell.
Also at night would be a idea 2 turn your intercom off aswell. rude boy
  • Score: 0

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