Reps are here to help those in Aveley

Thurrock Gazette: In the community – street reps in Aveley In the community – street reps in Aveley

THE community of Aveley is embracing a street rep programme that gets to the root of local issues.

People who have a problem, whether it be a fallen fence, pothole, parking or similar, can raise their concerns with a rep who will pursue the council for an answer.

Sharon McGovern, 53, an author and rep, said: “People trust us because they trust we’ll look at the problem. It’s about communities, going back to the old times when we were like an extended family.”

Rep Teresa Webster, 47, said: “We want to make it better for the community. We want to see more reps so more people can help.”

If you can help out, call Thurrock Council on 01375 652652.

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8:52am Fri 21 Feb 14

poortaxpayer says...

Once upon a time we had something called an elected Councillor where such problems could be reported - you know those people who receive £8,000+ in expenses and allowances and are supposed to be elected to represent their communities and chase local issues such as potholes, parking and repairs etc.

Sounds a great idea having street reps but all it will do is make the people we elect to represent us even more lazy and invisible. The people of Aveley supposedly have 3 elected Councillors - costing £25,000 in expenses and allowances per year - if street reps are going to chase around doing ll the ward work exactly what will the 3 Aveley Councillors do? Apart from turn up to a few Council meetings and collect their expenses and allowances?

Cllr Wendy Herd already has one of the worst attendance records for Council meetings - I think street reps will just encourage Councillors to become even more lazy.
Once upon a time we had something called an elected Councillor where such problems could be reported - you know those people who receive £8,000+ in expenses and allowances and are supposed to be elected to represent their communities and chase local issues such as potholes, parking and repairs etc. Sounds a great idea having street reps but all it will do is make the people we elect to represent us even more lazy and invisible. The people of Aveley supposedly have 3 elected Councillors - costing £25,000 in expenses and allowances per year - if street reps are going to chase around doing ll the ward work exactly what will the 3 Aveley Councillors do? Apart from turn up to a few Council meetings and collect their expenses and allowances? Cllr Wendy Herd already has one of the worst attendance records for Council meetings - I think street reps will just encourage Councillors to become even more lazy. poortaxpayer
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2:07pm Fri 21 Feb 14

aerobic1 says...

THIS is what I have been campaigning for a very long time, to have something like this in Grays town centre - there are a few of us residents plus shop keepers who I know would make a good group. I give people time and listen to their problems and then email the council or relevant organisation but feel very alone in this. I like to see the elderly and vulnerable plus people making a living in town, have issues sorted, quickly. Who agrees?
THIS is what I have been campaigning for a very long time, to have something like this in Grays town centre - there are a few of us residents plus shop keepers who I know would make a good group. I give people time and listen to their problems and then email the council or relevant organisation but feel very alone in this. I like to see the elderly and vulnerable plus people making a living in town, have issues sorted, quickly. Who agrees? aerobic1
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2:31pm Sun 23 Feb 14

poortaxpayer says...

aerobic1 wrote:
THIS is what I have been campaigning for a very long time, to have something like this in Grays town centre - there are a few of us residents plus shop keepers who I know would make a good group. I give people time and listen to their problems and then email the council or relevant organisation but feel very alone in this. I like to see the elderly and vulnerable plus people making a living in town, have issues sorted, quickly. Who agrees?
This is what your elected councillors who between them take £600k in expenses and allowances are meant to be there for. If you have a problem speak to your councillor not an unpaid volunteer. Make your councillor work for their community instead of allowing them to shirk their responsibilities.
[quote][p][bold]aerobic1[/bold] wrote: THIS is what I have been campaigning for a very long time, to have something like this in Grays town centre - there are a few of us residents plus shop keepers who I know would make a good group. I give people time and listen to their problems and then email the council or relevant organisation but feel very alone in this. I like to see the elderly and vulnerable plus people making a living in town, have issues sorted, quickly. Who agrees?[/p][/quote]This is what your elected councillors who between them take £600k in expenses and allowances are meant to be there for. If you have a problem speak to your councillor not an unpaid volunteer. Make your councillor work for their community instead of allowing them to shirk their responsibilities. poortaxpayer
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