Today a local taxi driver offered to “give me the knowledge” about
Before going out I had a coffee with some of the staff from the taxi office. They spoke about crime. Recently two of their drivers have been attacked. We do need more police on the streets. They said that drugs are a really big problem. We also discussed immigration. They see the pressure that extra people are putting on services.
In the cab we went to Felmore and Vange. Areas where many houses and roads are in dire need of repair. I heard how a neighbourhood pub had been pulled down for housing – robbing the area of a meeting place. I was taken to where 2 recent murders have happened. But all the cabbies were full of praise for some of the headteachers.
We went past the sewage works, which still cause a stench for residents, and up to John Barron MP’s constituency to see where the new
Back through the town centre and past the station into
On to Pitsea Hill where I heard the driver’s concerns about the proposed travellers site and finally back to Pitsea itself where we discussed all the areas for new building that we had passed. Obviously we hadn’t been everywhere but it was incredibly helpful.
Thank you Steve and all the crew for letting me see the town through your eyes. I hope that whoever is selected on Thursday will keep in close contact with their cabbies. They do a great job.