TPA activists visited Southend-on-Sea yesterday as part of our national War on Waste campaign.
Having set up camp in the High Street, our team handed out leaflets and books to local residents, finding out from some of them what the real problems were in this sunny part of Essex.
For example, the £51,000 phone bill accumulated by council cabinet members in 2013; and the £1 million paid to sea wall consultants, despite the project lacking planning permission. Residents were angry about wasteful spending, especially since they know budgets are being reduced. The people we spoke to wanted their money spent on essential services, not squandered on wasteful projects.
All in all, the TPA’s afternoon in Southend-on-Sea was most successful. Importantly, the fight against wasteful spending was bolstered by a number of new supporters to our campaign. We look forward to visiting other parts of the UK soon.