Voters will see additional safety measures in place at polling stations tomorrow (Thursday 6 May).
With lockdown restrictions having eased and a bank holiday weekend approaching, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council are urging residents and visitors to be respectful whilst having fun.
Charities, schools and local businesses are being asked to come forward and help provide a summer of fun for children and young people in Southend-on-Sea
Up to eight roads across the borough are planned for repairs and resurfacing throughout May as the council continues with its planned winter highways works programme.
Alison Griffin, chief executive of the council is to take up a new job as chief executive of London Councils this summer.
Southend Pier, which has welcomed 12,000 visitors since it reopened 12 April, is set for a new look and feel this summer, with £2.5m of capital investment starting on the pier head and the new pier trains set for a summer unveiling.
Local organisations in Southend-on-Sea can apply for a share of £3m which has been made available by the UK Government to support recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.
A new Council initiative is underway to ensure diverse communities across the Borough have equal access to coronavirus testing facilities.
The Council is recognising and thanking our local organisations, charities, and schools for delivering the Holiday activities and food programme (HAF) for Southend’s children and young people.
96% of children in Southend-on-Sea will start primary school in September 2021 in one of their top three preferences, with 85% at their first-choice school.
Residents of Southend-on-Sea need to make sure they register to vote by midnight on Monday 19 April so they can vote in the local elections this May.
UK Power Network (UKPN) will be carrying out essential work on a new service connection for Leigh Marina from Tuesday 13 April to Friday 30 April, meaning multi-way traffic signals will be in place that will affect traffic flow and access to council services in the area.
A new campaign has been launched to encourage people to ‘Visit Southend Safely’ as the government confirmed lockdown restrictions can continue to ease on Monday 12 April with stage 2 of the government’s roadmap out of lockdown.
Focal Point Gallery is delighted to announce a display of drawings, photos, video, poetry and text created by local residents during 2020 on the theme of ‘Imagining a New Future’, which will be presented along Southend High Street.
Members of Southend Leisure and Tennis Centre can now attend outdoor fitness sessions in groups of six as Fusion Lifestyle begin their reopening plan this week, in line with the Government’s roadmap.
The Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner elections, Local Government elections and Leigh-on-Sea Town Council Elms ward by election are taking place on Thursday 6 May 2021. Polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm.
The Director of Public Health in Southend-on-Sea has written to all parents and carers in the Borough to thank them for their support in the full return to school and urge them to be cautious over the Easter holidays.
City Beach in Southend on Sea will join more than a hundred buildings and landmarks across England and Wales by lighting up purple to celebrate the upcoming census and its importance to communities.
Southend residents and visitors will be able to buy the Southend Pass from next week, as the council introduces the scheme which could see parking cost as little as 28p a day.
The Mayor of Southend-on-Sea and Leader of the Council are encouraging the local community to mark the national day of reflection being held next week.
Businesses based in and around Southend town centre can now apply for a grant of up to £5,000 to enhance their shop fronts as the council looks to invest and improve the town centre shopping area.
A temporary permit allowing NHS health and care workers carrying out essential work during the Coronavirus pandemic to park in all the Borough’s council owned car parks and on street bays has been extended until June.
A new innovative sexual health service is due to be launched in Southend-on-Sea on Thursday 1 April 2021. The new provision will give residents access to a 24/7 digital service through which they can manage their sexual health.
The first roads and pavements set to benefit from increased investment into the Borough’s highways have been announced.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is now available to all unpaid carers who look after relatives or friends but live in separate properties, following updated Government guidance.
Make Your Mark, run by The UK Youth Parliament and the British Youth Council, has released the results for 2020’s virtual voting event.
The council has bought a further 13 new properties in 2020/21 - 10 to add to its existing council housing stock for those on the councils’ homeseeker’s register and three to help ease homelessness
Southend-on-Sea Borough Council has been awarded grants from Heritage England for urgent maintenance and repairs to some of the Borough’s most cherished and historic buildings.
94 per cent of primary and secondary school children in Southend-on-Sea returned to the classroom last week following the easing of national Covid-19 restrictions.
Several security initiatives are being introduced to the Old Town area of Leigh-on-Sea to heighten security and safety in the area.
Work is well underway to plant more trees and shrubs across the Borough.
Southend-on-Sea Borough Council is encouraging local charities and groups to apply to the Southend Emergency Fund (SEF) – which is aiding local charities and organisations who support extremely vulnerable people in Southend-on-Sea.
A new befriending scheme designed to help former rough sleepers successfully adapt to life in their new homes has been launched by Southend Churches Community Support and Southend-on-Sea Borough Council.
Plans to improve the town-centre end of London Road and Victoria Circus have taken another step forward as the majority of the London Road work has now been completed as part of the project to improve the town centre.
Southend-on-Sea Borough Council has agreed a budget for 2021/2022 that will help the Borough deliver its shared ambition for the future, protect frontline services and ensure investments into major projects that will ‘help the Borough recover from the pandemic and thrive into the future’.
The Southend Pass will be offered to residents from outside the Borough as well as local residents following agreement at Full Council last night (Thursday 25 February).
The number of people sleeping on the streets of Southend-on-Sea is down to single figures according to statistics from the annual rough sleeper count.
The council’s cabinet member for environment and planning has given her appreciation and thanks to hardworking frontline council staff for their continued dedication in providing key services throughout the Coronavirus pandemic.
Following the Government’s announcement of its roadmap out of lockdown, the council plans to reopen all seafront car parks and parking bays from Monday 29 March.
Unpaid carers will get free physical activity sessions after Southend-on-Sea Borough Council teamed up with Sport for Confidence to provide support.
A public consultation is being launched seeking residents’ views on the proposals to designate Hamlet Court Road as a Conservation Area.
As part of Empty Homes Week 2021, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council are highlighting the work taking place to tackle the Borough’s empty properties.
Following disruption to collections due to the snowfall last week, Veolia are putting additional resources into collecting all recycling and waste collections missed, as well as carrying out this week’s collections.
Plans to renew the Borough’s dog control orders through a new public space protection order are set to be discussed by Cabinet (item 9, Tuesday 23 February), with a recommendation to undertake further research and discussions regarding a proposed dog-friendly beach.
The council’s cabinet have today agreed changes to draft parking charge proposals that were announced in January.
A new, temporary Jobcentre is to be set up in Southend High Street in a bid to help local people impacted by the pandemic back to work.
Weekly waste collections in Southend-on-Sea are continuing despite the challenging weather conditions, but the council is informing residents to expect some delays.
Local children’s and young people’s charities, providers and schools are being asked to get involved with a holiday activity scheme for eligible children and young people in Southend-on-Sea.
The Southend Pass is set to be offered to residents from outside the Borough too, as the cabinet member for transport looks at boosting visitor numbers for the summer season.
Following a recent routine survey at Belton Way, the council’s highways department have identified areas of slope instability, meaning ground investigations need to be carried out ahead of essential stabilisation works.
Homeowners in Southend may be able to take advantage of funding to make homes warmer and energy bills cheaper this winter.
The George Street toilets at East Beach, Shoeburyness are to get a complete refurbishment that will modernise the block and create a new changing place and disabled facility.
Residents in Southend-on-Sea will soon be asked to take part in the national census 2021 survey, which will provide a snapshot of modern society in Southend-on-Sea.
Improvement works has begun on Bournemouth Park Road and Eastern Avenue, which will convert the junction to traffic signal control.
Visitor numbers to the world’s longest pleasure pier in 2020 topped some of 2019’s figures, despite various restrictions in place due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
A consultation has been launched seeking residents’ views on the council’s new health and wellbeing strategy, which sets out how the Health and Wellbeing Board should prioritise the delivery of health and wellbeing services.
A Southend-on-Sea property owner and the letting agent responsible for managing it have been handed a combined fine of over £100,000.
Over 1,400 vulnerable children had a Christmas present to open on the big day, thanks to the incredible generosity of local residents and businesses.
Southend-on-Sea Borough Council has spent £190,000 to fund free school meal vouchers over the last two weeks.
With heavy rain yesterday, the council is reminding local people that excessive rainfall and high tides can cause surface water issues across the Borough.
Households in Southend-on-Sea will shortly be receiving a letter from the council asking residents to check that the information held on the electoral register is correct.
An updated action plan to push forward and support the council’s aim of reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2030 is set to be discussed by Cabinet (14 January, item 20).
An extra £3.6m is set to be spent on children’s and adult social care in 2021/22.
Households in Southend-on-Sea will shortly be receiving a letter from the council asking residents to check that the information held on the electoral register is correct.
A new Forum to give parents and carers of children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) an independent voice in Southend-on-Sea has been appointed by the Department for Education.
Southend-on-Sea Borough Council has produced a new tree policy setting out how it will manage its trees across the Borough, which will be considered by the council’s cabinet next week.
More investment into caring for our most vulnerable children and adults, local housing, economic recovery, the green agenda, and a major focus on fixing pavements and roads are at the centre of the council’s proposed budget for 2021/22 (item 7, 8 and 9, Cabinet, 7 January).
A major increase in investment into local pavements and roads is being proposed as part of the council’s capital investment programme for 2021 to 2026 (Cabinet, 14 January, item 9).
Southend-on-Sea Borough Council’s cabinet is to consider changes to parking charges as part of its draft budget for 2021/22 (Cabinet, 14 January, item 9).
NHS health and care workers carrying out essential work during the Coronavirus pandemic can now apply for a free temporary permit that allows them to park in all the borough’s council owned car parks and bays.
A new parking permit, enabling local residents to park in any council-owned car park or on-street parking bay for up to three hours at a time, for only 28p a day (£8.50 per month), will be available from April 2021. Residents are being encouraged to sign up now for e-updates and more information on the scheme prior to launch.
Southend-on-Sea Borough Council is urging local people to stay at home and visitors to stay away to help protect lives and to protect the NHS following an exponential rise in positive Coronavirus cases.
The winner and runners-up of the 2020 Southend Best Festive Business competition have been announced, with Chantilly Lace Bridalwear from Westcliff-on-Sea winning the public vote.
Southend-on-Sea Borough Council has written to all local schools saying it will support them if they wish to have a flexible and phased return for the first week of term in January.
The Government has announced that Southend-on-Sea will be placed into tier 4 restrictions at 00:01 on Sunday 20 December.
Work on the Bell Junction is progressing well, with the work for the new dedicated slip road onto Rochford Road set to commence in the new year.
With the festive season approaching, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council and their recycling and waste contractor Veolia are encouraging residents to think green over this festive season.
Southend-on-Sea Borough Council is seeking residents’ views and comments on an updated pollinator strategy, which looks at improving and increasing habitats for pollinators across the borough.
Southend-on-Sea Borough Council has bought the Victoria Shopping Centre for £10m, demonstrating its commitment to the future of Southend town centre and giving it a significant property ownership stake in the High Street for the first time.
The Government has announced that Southend-on-Sea will be entering tier 3 restrictions at 00:01 on Wednesday 16 December.
As the temperature drops, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council have once again teamed up with the Local Energy Advice Partnership (LEAP) to help residents save money and keep warm this winter.
Artwork created by local artists will be popping up around the town promoting keeping safe whilst returning to the Borough’s shops.
Southend-on-Sea Borough Council is supporting the Government’s ‘Petfished’ campaign to encourage residents to do their research before buying a pet this Christmas.
Shoppers are being encouraged to “Shop Local” and support Southend-based businesses in the run up to Christmas.
Small businesses across Southend-on-Sea are being encouraged to get involved in a festive competition, which could win them a free promotional video worth £500.
All council run car parks across the Borough will be free on Thursdays after 4pm for late-night shopping and all day on Sundays until Christmas.
Leisure and cultural venues will reopen this week following the Government’s announcement of the national tier system.
A report outlining the updated business proposals for the Better Queensway regeneration project will be discussed by councillors this week.
With national tree week fast approaching, we would like to remind residents they can help increase the number of trees in the town by planting in their gardens.
Nearly 2 kilograms of illegal rolling tobacco and 9,000 illegal cigarettes have been seized as part of a joint operation between Southend Trading Standards and Essex Police.
Residents of Southend-on-Sea are being asked for their thoughts on plans for the first phase of the £500m Better Queensway regeneration scheme.
Southend-on-Sea Borough Council is urging all residents and businesses across the Borough to act responsibly when disposing of their waste, or risk facing a fine.
Community and voluntary organisations are being supported to put infection control measures in place, so they can reopen within Government guidelines, to ensure the prevention of infection. Grants of between £100 and £3,000 are being made available.
Pupils from Earls Hall Primary School gained an unexpected surprise when they returned to school after the recent half-term holidays – a green wall had been added to the outside of their school building
Local residents are being asked to give their views on the Borough’s 14 conservation areas.
Residents are being urged not to leave their unwanted household items outside charity shops as they face the risk of being fined for fly-tipping.
Southend Youth Council members have taken part in this year’s virtual Make your Mark voting, organised by the British Youth Council.
Residents with an interest in starting up a career in the care sector are being urged to register their interest in a successful career-starting project.
Maintenance and improvement works are to take place in the lawn graves area at Sutton Road cemetery from Monday 8 March 2021.
Children across Southend are being invited to join the Winter Mini Challenge and become a reading hero.
Two overnight road closures will be in place this weekend as Eurovia carry out essential maintenance work along stretches of the A127.
Major works have been completed to create a much-improved parking area at Southchurch Park East car park.
The council is reviewing all potential dog control measures within the Borough and wants to hear what residents think.
The borough’s two household waste recycling centres (HWRCs) will remain open and household collections will continue as usual during the current restrictions, in line with the most recent Government update.
Southend-on-Sea Borough Council is consulting on proposed admission arrangements for community schools in the Borough for the school year 2022/23.
Parents have once again been asked by Southend-on-Sea Borough Council to help the community stay safe by wearing a face covering on the school run.
Following the Government announcement of a period of national lockdown (commencing today, Thursday 5 November), the council is pleased to announce that residents will still have access to the Click and Collect library service.
Leisure centres in Southend-on-Sea will be temporarily closed to the public from Thursday 5 November, for the duration of the Government’s planned four-week national lockdown.
A consultation has been launched to find out what people think about regulating the private landlord sector in Southend-on-Sea with a licencing scheme.
A new support project for students at Southend Adult Community College will see free food and drink made available for any student that may be struggling during the pandemic.
The council’s cabinet will receive an update on Brexit and the end of the transition period at its meeting next week
A new approach to local test and trace has started this week, as part of changes agreed nationally. It is hoped that the changes will help more contacts to be traced and prevent the spread of Coronavirus.
Part of Westcliff could become the Borough’s newest conservation area under plans being considered by Southend-on-Sea Borough Council’s cabinet next week.
The council’s cabinet will hear how preparations for the national 2021 census are underway at its meeting next week (Cabinet, Tuesday 3 November).
The council’s cabinet is to discuss proposed changes to how Southend Adult Community College is run (Cabinet, Tuesday 3 November).
The council is delighted to announce that it now boasts seven award winning parks as the town celebrates achieving a record number of Green Flags.
A new website dedicated to Southend pier has been launched to provide information on the history of the pier, upcoming events and raise the profile of our most famous visitor icon.
Please Stay safe this Hallowe’en is the message as families gear up for the annual festival of frights next week.
Residents are being urged to ‘honour the fallen whilst protecting the living’ as remembrance services across the country are altered this year to ensure the safety of local communities.
A powerful short film has just been released by Smokefree Southend, the council’s dedicated stop smoking team, encouraging smokers to #Quit4Covid.
Requirements on Businesses within the Hospitality Sector during the Emergency Period
Southend-on-Sea remains in COVID alert level MEDIUM (tier 1)and the council will not yet request to be moved into the second tier of the Government’s new national COVID-alert system
Southend-on-Sea Borough Council will not yet request to be moved into the second tier of the Government’s new national COVID-alert system.
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Southend-on-Sea Borough Council are teaming up with Google Digital Garage to offer a free live training webinar for individuals and businesses on 22 October 2020.
Southend-on-Sea Borough Council’s Director of Public Health is reminding residents of the importance of social distancing and urging those with symptoms to stop the spread by self-isolating and booking a test.
A legal agreement to deliver 100 extra affordable homes at social rent levels as part of the Better Queensway regeneration will be discussed at a special cabinet meeting next week (6 October).
Message from Krishna Ramkhelawon: Director of Public Health
With Christmas fast approaching (yes, really), in a year none of us could have anticipated, the council’s annual Toy Drive is set to launch this month to provide some Christmas joy for vulnerable children across Southend.
Southend-on-Sea Borough Council is proudly supporting National Clean Air Day, the UK’s largest air pollution campaign aimed at improving air quality across the country.
An agreement has been reached between Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, Citizen Housing LLP and Southend United Football Club, enabling the redevelopment of Roots Hall for 502 new homes for rent, and the delivery of a new stadium at Fossetts Farm - with new homes proposed to replace an out-of-town retail development.