Blog: Down Your Way with Danny
Date posted: 05-05-2012
“Just recently I had an occassion to walk through, Fortin Close which is just off Foyle Drive in South Ockendon, where there are bungalows for the elderly and disabled members, of our communtiy live, each of the bungalows have been especially adapted for the tenents needs.
I noticed that most of the footpaths leading into the small estate of bungalows, are riddled with pot holes and deep cracks, and one footpath is sinking exposing the cement base, these cracks and pot holes are an bad accident waiting to happen, not only for the elderly tenents, but for the children and parents who, go to and from Somers Heath Primary School, inside the estate the footpaths are lifting because of the tree roots which are lifting the footpath, there are several roots sticking through the very thin tarmac and are actually growing through the holes, the same trees are blocking out all of the suns rays, which causes darkness for the entire day, on other gardens there are trees that are, lifting up grass lawns by sending out there roots looking for water.
One garden as a very large cherry tree in the front garden, which is leaning towards two bungalows, because of the rain soaked grassed lawns, it could collapse into the bungalows, if there was gale force wind blowing, these trees have been reported several times to the council and the three Belhus Ward councillors over the years, surely its time to cut the offending trees down, or severly prune them, so that day light can enter at least three bungalows again, it will cost a large fourtune if the tres do collapse or somebody as a fall on the cracked pavenments around the small estate, which is cheaper rebuilding several bungalows or repaying an insurance company for a broken leg on one of the pavements on the estate.
Further along Foyle Drive, I notice two men digging holes in the grass in Dilkes Park, I walked up to seewhat they were doing, and noticed that they had planted, a brown plastic tree trunk which had a sign board on it, it had a message which said, welcome to Dilkes Park!, the two men moaned that they had to work between rain showers to put the signs up, I spoke to several dog walkers, and asked them, what they thought about the new plastic tree trunks, one said it will amuse the thugs that get in the park at night, it will give them some else to vandalise, and perhaps leave the childrens ply area alone for a while, another dog walker said I think its typical of the council, to pretent they havent got any money to spare, then thousands of pounds on stupid things that dont matter to people, after all anybody living in this area knows it is called Dilkes Park or Woods, she went onto say the Belhus councillors probably spend money, on their pay rises and allowances, she as been waiting for eight weeks with a broken toilet system, having to flush it with a bucket, they told her they haven’t got the money to replace it for her, so she asked for a housing inspector to come out, and see it on the grounds of Health and Safety.
It seems that everybody I spoke to, are not very happy with the performance of the three Belhus ward councillors, their main complaint is they all promise, to do something but don’t anything for them, well nothing new there then, and the only reason some of the residents voted for Sue Gray was, there wasn’t any leaflets from other candidates, so they just voted for her, because they know the name, but they dont know her, because she is just a voice at the end of the telephone.