“Colchester is not Chelmsford, and we don’t want to be”
YEARS ago I spoke to Lee Scordis about the graffiti on a new bridge in the Hythe area and he was belligerent and said nothing could be done as it was private property.
I asked him if he could contact the owners of the bridge and have the graffiti removed and nothing was done and he made that impossible.
I contacted Will Quince, who I knew I could get a better response from, and the graffiti was removed.
I told Lee Scordis that it was important for the public to feel safe and to keep this at bay and the situation, as everyone knows, with the graffiti in the Hythe is horrible.
I didn’t feel taken seriously by him and at the time his attitude shocked me.
Now reading his attack on Bob Russell, I am not surprised (Gazette Letters, July 27, “Sir Bob offers no solution for the city”).
What did Bob Russell do for this city? He is revered here for his hard work and caring attitude.
Let me explain, Mr. Scordis, that Colchester is not Chelmsford, and we don’t want to be.
Every time I called Essex County Council I was given ridiculous answers to simple problems. Traffic problems in the Dutch Quarter were not alleviated by Essex County Council, in fact made worse by playing with signage or the lack of it.
A woman told me to “move out”. She also said Colchester is like Chelmsford now? No, this is not the case.
Our sidewalks are ridden by delivery drivers and taxis and we have dangerous two-way traffic on a side street.
We have near misses every day because there are no speed limit signs. We need 20mph signs in the Dutch Quarter and we asked and got nothing.
At the top of Maidenburgh Street there aren’t enough kiosks so small cars and scooters delivering food are bombarding our street like a cut. Nothing was done.
It is true to say that our opinions did not matter to Essex County Council.
You’ve made Brook Street even more polluted and congested and it’s a narrow street with crowded housing on either side. Imagine their lungs!
Those parking on Ryegate Road (with park permission) have access from the High Street and if St Nicholas Square continues there will be no way back.
Your ideas are dangerous and not well thought out.
The Dutch quarter is already oversubscribed on the parking lot. There are not enough parking spaces in an area designed for Dutch weavers, not for modern traffic. Even the parking signs on Maidenburgh Street are so few, people unknowingly park and get tickets, but that’s more revenue, right?
The blocking of Queen Street is ridiculous.
Again dangerous and thoughtless and causes great grief to residents.
Bob Russell is approachable and loves and respects our city unlike others who are simply concerned about their personal gain and power.
He doesn’t live in the past.
Electric bikes are misused and left everywhere and beep late at night and are a nuisance.
People on the sidewalks are in danger every day from bicycles on the paths and shopping areas.
Wake up Mr. Scordis, it’s Colchester, not Chelmsford and we love him that way. You’re probably spending too much time in Chelmsford to figure it out.
The people of this town have suffered since Essex County Council took over and ignored them.
Dutch Quarter, Colchester