Residents urge council to come clean over tower blocks

Residents urge council to come clean over tower blocks

Residents urge council to come clean over tower blocks

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Anxious residents have called on Southend Council to come clean over the future of the Queensway estate ahead of a crisis meeting.

The Queensway Community Group has called in the authority’s councillor responsible for housing, David Norman, for crunch talks next Monday from 4pm to 6pm.

It comes after revelations in the Echo that, as part of planned Queensway estate development, the four tower blocks could be flattened.

Hundreds of residents live in the four estate tower blocks – Quantock, in Chichester Road, and Malvern, Pennine, and Chiltern, north of Queensway.

Sylvia Topliss, 56, who has lived in Malvern for 20 years, said: “It’s disgusting.

We want to know if there is anything going on, and whether it is lies or not.

Richard Sargent, 50, who has lived in Malvern for 11 years, added: “We just want to know what is going on because we have heard a lot of stuff in the papers and we’re wondering if they are going to be knocked down.

“It’ll make some people happy, but others unhappy.

“If they re-house us and give us compensation I’m fine with it.”

The residents will get a chance to speak to Labour’s Mr Norman at the Storehouse, by the three tower blocks, on Monday night.

The Independent, Labour, and Lib Dem administration wants to redevelop the estate, but a number of options for the tower blocks, including simply refurbishing them, are on the cards.

The former Queensway house, next to the 16-storey Quantock, has been flatted and a new town centre car park will open in its place tomorrow.

However, the site means that Qauntock is more ripe for development compared to the other three tower blocks, which will have work done on them later.

Rose Chapman, 82, who has lived in the tower for 36 years, added: “I would be gutted because we have got the shops around the corner and the doctors just across the road.

“I’ve lived here for so long. Where would the council put me?”

If the authority, which is setting up a group to look into the estate’s regeneration, decides to flatten the blocks, no demolition will be done before all the tenants have moved into alternative accommodation.

 

No decision has been made - Southend Council

THE man in charge of Southend’s housing has admitted that no decision has been made to flatten the blocks or not.

In the wake of the Echo’s story in July, the authority wrote to all 350 tenants of the Quantock tower to say no decision has been made – a claim reiterated by Labour’s David Norman yesterday, who is councillor responsible for housing.

He claims a working party will soon be set up to examine redevelopment options of the estate, and that could include demolishing or refurbishing the four tower blocks.

An option to build low-rise homes has not been discounted.

Mr Norman, who also represents Victoria ward, said: “Nothing has been ruled out, but nothing has been ruled in.

“No options have been finalised, but we know there has been some disquiet over the last few months, so we want to give it to residents straight.

“But to say the bulldozers are outside their doors could not be further from the truth.”

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5:34pm Fri 5 Sep 14

supermadmax says...

If you had paid for extras / actors, you could not have got a better stereotype than the guy in the middle.
If you had paid for extras / actors, you could not have got a better stereotype than the guy in the middle. supermadmax
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5:46pm Fri 5 Sep 14

The Macduffian says...

"If they rehouse us and give us compensation l would be fine with that" so just leave the blocks as they are and let the people get on with it
"If they rehouse us and give us compensation l would be fine with that" so just leave the blocks as they are and let the people get on with it The Macduffian
  • Score: 1

6:20pm Fri 5 Sep 14

BarryTanner says...

supermadmax wrote:
If you had paid for extras / actors, you could not have got a better stereotype than the guy in the middle.
LOL........straight out of central casting. Should send his cv to Shane Meadows or Mike Leigh.....
[quote][p][bold]supermadmax[/bold] wrote: If you had paid for extras / actors, you could not have got a better stereotype than the guy in the middle.[/p][/quote]LOL........straight out of central casting. Should send his cv to Shane Meadows or Mike Leigh..... BarryTanner
  • Score: 0

6:52pm Fri 5 Sep 14

the25man says...

Fine knock them down but where are the Tenants going to be moved to.
Another good reason to knock them down is it will move the drug dealers on.
Also another good reason to flatten them is that there would be less money paid out on repairs less on lighting painting ect.
One draw back to knocking them down is where are all the unmarried mums going to be put
Fine knock them down but where are the Tenants going to be moved to. Another good reason to knock them down is it will move the drug dealers on. Also another good reason to flatten them is that there would be less money paid out on repairs less on lighting painting ect. One draw back to knocking them down is where are all the unmarried mums going to be put the25man
  • Score: -1

1:42am Sat 6 Sep 14

Mike Smith says...

supermadmax wrote:
If you had paid for extras / actors, you could not have got a better stereotype than the guy in the middle.
And just what sort of “stereotype” are you suggesting? For your information, the person you are referring to is not only one of the nicest guys you could meet, he also devotes a lot of his time to helping others for no reward. If you don’t know this person, and have no idea how much he helps his community, then why are you referring to him as a stereotype?
With a username like supermadmax, I suppose I should take this to mean that you are boasting about suffering from some form of insanity, but that will not excuse your inappropriate comments.
Perhaps being a troll is a sign of madness, because who would choose to lurk around websites such as this looking for opportunities to attack people you have never met? The same sort of person who would lie in wait in order to mug an old woman of her pension I guess.
Trolls are such sad pathetic creatures, who obviously have no real lives outside their virtual world. I suspect these people have huge inferiority complexes and poor social skills; maybe you grew up unloved by your parents, or you had a bad childhood, because I am sure trolls lead unfulfilled and boring lives.
[quote][p][bold]supermadmax[/bold] wrote: If you had paid for extras / actors, you could not have got a better stereotype than the guy in the middle.[/p][/quote]And just what sort of “stereotype” are you suggesting? For your information, the person you are referring to is not only one of the nicest guys you could meet, he also devotes a lot of his time to helping others for no reward. If you don’t know this person, and have no idea how much he helps his community, then why are you referring to him as a stereotype? With a username like supermadmax, I suppose I should take this to mean that you are boasting about suffering from some form of insanity, but that will not excuse your inappropriate comments. Perhaps being a troll is a sign of madness, because who would choose to lurk around websites such as this looking for opportunities to attack people you have never met? The same sort of person who would lie in wait in order to mug an old woman of her pension I guess. Trolls are such sad pathetic creatures, who obviously have no real lives outside their virtual world. I suspect these people have huge inferiority complexes and poor social skills; maybe you grew up unloved by your parents, or you had a bad childhood, because I am sure trolls lead unfulfilled and boring lives. Mike Smith
  • Score: 5

12:39am Sun 7 Sep 14

Mike Smith says...

the25man wrote:
Fine knock them down but where are the Tenants going to be moved to.
Another good reason to knock them down is it will move the drug dealers on.
Also another good reason to flatten them is that there would be less money paid out on repairs less on lighting painting ect.
One draw back to knocking them down is where are all the unmarried mums going to be put
So, are you the 25 man because you are 25 and still a virgin? Or are you the guy who knocked up the unmarried mums and your folks don't want them moving in with you?
[quote][p][bold]the25man[/bold] wrote: Fine knock them down but where are the Tenants going to be moved to. Another good reason to knock them down is it will move the drug dealers on. Also another good reason to flatten them is that there would be less money paid out on repairs less on lighting painting ect. One draw back to knocking them down is where are all the unmarried mums going to be put[/p][/quote]So, are you the 25 man because you are 25 and still a virgin? Or are you the guy who knocked up the unmarried mums and your folks don't want them moving in with you? Mike Smith
  • Score: 0

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