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PlastiCity returns to help businesses and schools reduce, reuse and recycle plastic

PlastiCity returns to help businesses and schools reduce, reuse and recycle plastic

Date: 21/07/2021

PlastiCity are back and working with local businesses and schools to look at plastic waste and how to reduce, reuse and recycle more.

Councillors to discuss anti-poverty plan for Southend

Councillors to discuss anti-poverty plan for Southend

Date: 21/07/2021

An anti-poverty plan is set to be developed with key stakeholders with cabinet councillors discussing a report about food justice and tackling poverty next week

Impact of COVID-19 discussed as Annual Public Health report is presented to Cabinet

Impact of COVID-19 discussed as Annual Public Health report is presented to Cabinet

Date: 20/07/2021

The latest annual report from the director of public health at Southend-on-Sea Borough Council will be presented to Cabinet on Tuesday 27 July 2021 (item 6).

Cabinet to discuss making part of Hamlet Court Road a conservation area

Cabinet to discuss making part of Hamlet Court Road a conservation area

Date: 20/07/2021

The decision to make the northern section of Hamlet Court Road (south of the London Road) into a designated conservation area will be discussed by cabinet on 27 July.

Key worker permit to end next month

Key worker permit to end next month

Date: 16/07/2021

A temporary parking permit for NHS health and care workers carrying out essential work during the Coronavirus pandemic will stop at the end of July.

Paint issue means pier train delay

Paint issue means pier train delay

Date: 16/07/2021

The installation of the new electric pier trains, which were scheduled for a summer 2021 launch has been delayed due to an issue with paint sourced by the contractor, Severn Lamb.

Parks and open spaces consultation now live

Parks and open spaces consultation now live

Date: 15/07/2021

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council has launched a consultation to find out what people want to see in their parks and open spaces, and how these areas could better meet the public’s needs.

Illegal cigarettes and tobacco products seized from shops in Southend

Illegal cigarettes and tobacco products seized from shops in Southend

Date: 15/07/2021

Large quantities of illegal cigarettes, hand rolling tobacco and illegal flavoured tobacco have been seized following coordinated raids on shops in Southend.

‘Safe To Play’ safeguarding campaign goes live in Southend

‘Safe To Play’ safeguarding campaign goes live in Southend

Date: 14/07/2021

Local sports coaches, clubs and physical activity providers across Southend have this week received new augmented reality cards and awareness training as part of an innovative safeguarding campaign to help keep those involved in sport safe.

New controlled bollards for our High Street safety and security

New controlled bollards for our High Street safety and security

Date: 13/07/2021

A new upgraded bollard system is to be installed that will improve safety and increase security measures at all vehicle entrances to Southend High Street.

Look out for your household canvass

Look out for your household canvass

Date: 07/07/2021

As part of the council’s annual voter registration canvass, households will soon be contacted by the Electoral Services team. Residents will be contacted by email, form or letter.

Further £5m investment confirmed for Southend’s roads and pavements

Further £5m investment confirmed for Southend’s roads and pavements

Date: 06/07/2021

A further £5m is being invested into the Borough’s roads and pavements this year, taking the total to £10m in 2021/22.

Mayor to raise progress flag in support of Southend Pride week

Mayor to raise progress flag in support of Southend Pride week

Date: 05/07/2021

Southend’s Mayor will raise the progress flag at Porters Civic House on Monday 12 July to mark the start of Southend Pride week.

Survey shows 83% support for new PSPO in Leigh-on-Sea

Survey shows 83% support for new PSPO in Leigh-on-Sea

Date: 02/07/2021

A new public space protection order (PSPO) could be introduced from Chalkwell seafront to Leigh-on-Sea to reduce anti-social behaviour after 83% of survey respondents showed support for it.

Council hops on to support Hares About Town

Council hops on to support Hares About Town

Date: 01/07/2021

Two of the hares in the Hares About Town Art Trail – Rusty and Hare’s Magic – are being sponsored by Southend-on-Sea Borough Council.

Southend-on-Sea set to host prestigious women’s cycling race

Southend-on-Sea set to host prestigious women’s cycling race

Date: 29/06/2021

Southend-on-Sea is set to host the fourth stage of world-renowned cycle race, The Women’s Tour, in October 2021, welcoming hundreds of elite level female athletes to the Borough as part of the prestigious event.

Can you Make Southend Sparkle?

Can you Make Southend Sparkle?

Date: 21/06/2021

Make Southend Sparkle is running a community campaign to encourage residents and businesses to take pride in the town during the first two weeks of July.

Schoolchildren: please keep testing

Schoolchildren: please keep testing

Date: 18/06/2021

Southend’s Director of Public Health is requesting parents and carers continue to encourage the young people in their household to test regularly following a recent slight rise in infection rates within schools.

Tell us the priorities for SEND children and young people in Southend-on-Sea

Tell us the priorities for SEND children and young people in Southend-on-Sea

Date: 18/06/2021

A survey has been launched giving young people, families and professionals the chance to have their say on the priorities for the new Southend SEND Strategy for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

Key worker permit extended until end of July as council supports NHS and care staff

Key worker permit extended until end of July as council supports NHS and care staff

Date: 18/06/2021

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 the end of July.

Appreciation for our community volunteers

Appreciation for our community volunteers

Date: 02/06/2021

Volunteers Week 2021 has arrived, and Southend-on-Sea Borough Council would like to thank and celebrate our community volunteers for their hard work and dedication throughout the year.

Taxi drivers given free face coverings for passengers

Taxi drivers given free face coverings for passengers

Date: 27/05/2021

Taxi drivers across Southend-on-Sea have been given free face coverings to hand out to their passengers free-of-charge.

Protect, respect, enjoy this bank holiday weekend

Protect, respect, enjoy this bank holiday weekend

Date: 27/05/2021

With lockdown restrictions having eased further, a bank holiday weekend approaching and warmer weather predicted, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council are urging residents and visitors to be respectful whilst having fun.

CENSUS SCAMS STILL CIRCULATING

CENSUS SCAMS STILL CIRCULATING

Date: 27/05/2021

Residents are reminded to be aware of 2021 Census scams which continue to circulate following the closing date of March 21st.

Planned June highways works

Planned June highways works

Date: 26/05/2021

Up to four roads across the borough are planned for repairs and resurfacing throughout June as the council continues with its planned highways works programme.

Great British Spring Clean set to take over the town

Great British Spring Clean set to take over the town

Date: 26/05/2021

A national campaign to get local people involved in cleaning up their community is set to launch this week – and here is how local groups can get involved.

CAUTION ON HOLIDAY BOOKINGS AS TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS EASED

CAUTION ON HOLIDAY BOOKINGS AS TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS EASED

Date: 21/05/2021

As lockdown and travel restrictions ease and we are all eager to get away, residents are reminded to be vigilant when booking holidays as £2.2m was lost to holiday fraud last year - an average of £1,242 per victim.

New Mayor for Southend-on-Sea

New Mayor for Southend-on-Sea

Date: 21/05/2021

The 100th Mayor of Southend-on-Sea has taken the chains as Cllr Margaret Borton was inaugurated as first citizen of the Borough.

Southend Pass proving popular with residents and visitors

Southend Pass proving popular with residents and visitors

Date: 21/05/2021

The Southend Pass has been used over 20,000 times in less than two months since its launch, with town centre and seafront car parks being visited the most and over 2,000 passes bought in total so far.

Residents asked for views on powers to tackle anti-social behaviour

Residents asked for views on powers to tackle anti-social behaviour

Date: 18/05/2021

Residents are being asked if powers should be introduced to tackle anti-social behaviours in Chalkwell and Leigh-on-Sea.

Libraries help support mental wellbeing through the power of reading

Libraries help support mental wellbeing through the power of reading

Date: 18/05/2021

A new campaign is set to launch in Southend libraries which looks to tackle loneliness and support mental health during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the town’s recovery.

International recognition given to Southend for its award-winning beaches

International recognition given to Southend for its award-winning beaches

Date: 17/05/2021

Southend-on-Sea has been commended for the quality and management of its beaches after five beaches were awarded the Blue Flag and all eight beaches were given a Seaside Award.

First ever virtual Faith and Belief Festival to celebrate cultural diversity of the Borough

First ever virtual Faith and Belief Festival to celebrate cultural diversity of the Borough

Date: 14/05/2021

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council's Faith and Belief Network, SAVS and Southend Museums are organising the first ever virtual Faith and Belief Festival to celebrate the cultural diversity of the Borough.

Borough prepares for further easing of lockdown restrictions

Borough prepares for further easing of lockdown restrictions

Date: 13/05/2021

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council welcomes further easing of lockdown measures from 17 May but urges residents and visitors to remain cautious.

Remaining leisure centres in the Borough set to reopen

Remaining leisure centres in the Borough set to reopen

Date: 13/05/2021

The Council’s leisure operator has confirmed plans to reopen the remaining three leisure centres in the Borough and restart indoor group exercise classes at Southend Leisure and Tennis Centre.

Vital safety barrier works completed across Southend-on-Sea

Vital safety barrier works completed across Southend-on-Sea

Date: 12/05/2021

Work to install new pedestrian and road safety barriers across the Borough has been completed, as part of a £440,000 investment from the council’s capital investment programme.

Visitors welcomed back to cultural venues with world class exhibitions

Visitors welcomed back to cultural venues with world class exhibitions

Date: 12/05/2021

Cultural venues in Southend are set to start reopening their doors to the public following confirmation by the Government that the country will enter step three of the roadmap to recovery.

FOSTER CARE FORTNIGHT: Southend Fostering Service needs local heroes to help transform lives

FOSTER CARE FORTNIGHT: Southend Fostering Service needs local heroes to help transform lives

Date: 07/05/2021

As part of Foster Care Fortnight (11-23 May), Southend-on-Sea Borough Council’s Fostering Service are searching for much-needed local heroes to become foster carers and help transform lives of children and young people.

Elections 2021 - Vote Safe Southend

Elections 2021 - Vote Safe Southend

Date: 05/05/2021

Voters will see additional safety measures in place at polling stations tomorrow (Thursday 6 May).

Protect, respect, enjoy - have fun but please be respectful this bank holiday

Protect, respect, enjoy - have fun but please be respectful this bank holiday

Date: 30/04/2021

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.

Help make a difference to youngsters this summer holiday

Help make a difference to youngsters this summer holiday

Date: 30/04/2021

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

 Planned May highways works

Planned May highways works

Date: 30/04/2021

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.

Council chief executive to take up new job at London Councils

Council chief executive to take up new job at London Councils

Date: 28/04/2021

Alison Griffin, chief executive of the council is to take up a new job as chief executive of London Councils this summer.

Pier investment continues as work starts on pier head and new trains take shape

Pier investment continues as work starts on pier head and new trains take shape

Date: 26/04/2021

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.

UK Community Renewal Fund open for bids

UK Community Renewal Fund open for bids

Date: 23/04/2021

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.

Council initiative sees rapid coronavirus test kits delivered to Southend mosques

Council initiative sees rapid coronavirus test kits delivered to Southend mosques

Date: 22/04/2021

A new Council initiative is underway to ensure diverse communities across the Borough have equal access to coronavirus testing facilities.

Positive start for the HAF programme

Positive start for the HAF programme

Date: 21/04/2021

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 pupils get one of top three choices of primary school for September

96% of pupils get one of top three choices of primary school for September

Date: 16/04/2021

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.

Register to vote for local elections and have your say

Register to vote for local elections and have your say

Date: 14/04/2021

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 to carry out work at Leigh Marina

UK Power Network to carry out work at Leigh Marina

Date: 13/04/2021

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.

As retail returns – please ‘Visit Southend Safely’ and plan ahead

As retail returns – please ‘Visit Southend Safely’ and plan ahead

Date: 09/04/2021

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.

‘Imagining a New Future’ exhibition comes to Southend High Street

‘Imagining a New Future’ exhibition comes to Southend High Street

Date: 08/04/2021

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.

Plans announced for reopening of Southend leisure facilities

Plans announced for reopening of Southend leisure facilities

Date: 31/03/2021

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.

Local Elections 6th May 2021

Local Elections 6th May 2021

Date: 26/03/2021

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.

Please stay safe over the Easter holidays

Please stay safe over the Easter holidays

Date: 26/03/2021

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 to go purple to promote Census 2021

City Beach to go purple to promote Census 2021

Date: 18/03/2021

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 Pass available to buy from next week

Southend Pass available to buy from next week

Date: 18/03/2021

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.

Southend-on-Sea supports national day of reflection

Southend-on-Sea supports national day of reflection

Date: 18/03/2021

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.

Grants available to improve town centre shop fronts

Grants available to improve town centre shop fronts

Date: 18/03/2021

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.

Key worker permit extended until June as council supports NHS and care staff

Key worker permit extended until June as council supports NHS and care staff

Date: 18/03/2021

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.

Innovative new sexual health service comes to Southend

Innovative new sexual health service comes to Southend

Date: 17/03/2021

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.

Highways investment programme scheduled for 2021/22

Highways investment programme scheduled for 2021/22

Date: 17/03/2021

The first roads and pavements set to benefit from increased investment into the Borough’s highways have been announced.

Free PPE available for unpaid carers

Free PPE available for unpaid carers

Date: 17/03/2021

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.

Southend records highest Make your Mark turnout in the Region

Southend records highest Make your Mark turnout in the Region

Date: 17/03/2021

Make Your Mark, run by The UK Youth Parliament and the British Youth Council, has released the results for 2020’s virtual voting event.

Houses bought by council to ease homelessness and reduce waiting list

Houses bought by council to ease homelessness and reduce waiting list

Date: 17/03/2021

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

Council awarded grants for vital repairs to its most cherished and historic buildings

Council awarded grants for vital repairs to its most cherished and historic buildings

Date: 16/03/2021

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% attendance for first week back at school after lockdown

94% attendance for first week back at school after lockdown

Date: 16/03/2021

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.

New security initiatives introduced in Old Town, Leigh-on-Sea

New security initiatives introduced in Old Town, Leigh-on-Sea

Date: 10/03/2021

Several security initiatives are being introduced to the Old Town area of Leigh-on-Sea to heighten security and safety in the area.

Thousands of new trees and shrubs being planted across the Borough

Thousands of new trees and shrubs being planted across the Borough

Date: 10/03/2021

Work is well underway to plant more trees and shrubs across the Borough.

Emergency fund available to support vulnerable residents

Emergency fund available to support vulnerable residents

Date: 02/03/2021

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.

Befriending scheme launched for former homeless people

Befriending scheme launched for former homeless people

Date: 02/03/2021

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.

Town Centre improvements taking shape

Town Centre improvements taking shape

Date: 02/03/2021

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.

A budget to help us ‘recover and thrive’ is approved

A budget to help us ‘recover and thrive’ is approved

Date: 26/02/2021

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’.

Southend Pass available to all

Southend Pass available to all

Date: 26/02/2021

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).

Official annual rough sleeper count announced

Official annual rough sleeper count announced

Date: 26/02/2021

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.

Big thanks to the council’s parks and waste and street cleansing teams

Big thanks to the council’s parks and waste and street cleansing teams

Date: 25/02/2021

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.

   Seafront car parks to reopen on 29 March

Seafront car parks to reopen on 29 March

Date: 24/02/2021

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.

Free and active support sessions for unpaid carers

Free and active support sessions for unpaid carers

Date: 22/02/2021

Unpaid carers will get free physical activity sessions after Southend-on-Sea Borough Council teamed up with Sport for Confidence to provide support.

Conservation plans for Hamlet Court Road up for review

Conservation plans for Hamlet Court Road up for review

Date: 19/02/2021

A public consultation is being launched seeking residents’ views on the proposals to designate Hamlet Court Road as a Conservation Area.

Council highlights proactive work to get empty homes back into use

Council highlights proactive work to get empty homes back into use

Date: 18/02/2021

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.

Household waste collection catch up operation

Household waste collection catch up operation

Date: 17/02/2021

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.

Dog control orders set for Cabinet discussion

Dog control orders set for Cabinet discussion

Date: 16/02/2021

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.

Free parking after 6pm set to stay as part of amendments to parking proposals

Free parking after 6pm set to stay as part of amendments to parking proposals

Date: 16/02/2021

The council’s cabinet have today agreed changes to draft parking charge proposals that were announced in January.

Revealed: Pop-Up High Street Jobcentre to Help Southend’s Covid-19 Recovery

Revealed: Pop-Up High Street Jobcentre to Help Southend’s Covid-19 Recovery

Date: 11/02/2021

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.

Waste collection update – collections continue but please bear with us

Waste collection update – collections continue but please bear with us

Date: 10/02/2021

Weekly waste collections in Southend-on-Sea are continuing despite the challenging weather conditions, but the council is informing residents to expect some delays.

Holiday opportunities for eligible school children and young people in Southend-on-Sea

Holiday opportunities for eligible school children and young people in Southend-on-Sea

Date: 09/02/2021

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.

 Southend Pass set to be available to all

Southend Pass set to be available to all

Date: 09/02/2021

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.

Cliff stabilisation works at Belton Way East

Cliff stabilisation works at Belton Way East

Date: 05/02/2021

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.

LAD scheme launched to help homeowners in Southend save money on energy

LAD scheme launched to help homeowners in Southend save money on energy

Date: 28/01/2021

Homeowners in Southend may be able to take advantage of funding to make homes warmer and energy bills cheaper this winter.

George Street toilet block to be refurbished

George Street toilet block to be refurbished

Date: 28/01/2021

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.

 Census 2021 fast approaching

Census 2021 fast approaching

Date: 26/01/2021

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.

Junction improvement work at Bournemouth Park Road

Junction improvement work at Bournemouth Park Road

Date: 26/01/2021

Improvement works has begun on Bournemouth Park Road and Eastern Avenue, which will convert the junction to traffic signal control.

Southend Pier still a major attraction despite 2020 closures

Southend Pier still a major attraction despite 2020 closures

Date: 25/01/2021

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.

Health and wellbeing consultation is launched

Health and wellbeing consultation is launched

Date: 22/01/2021

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.

Irresponsible property owners handed £100,000 in fines

Irresponsible property owners handed £100,000 in fines

Date: 21/01/2021

A Southend-on-Sea property owner and the letting agent responsible for managing it have been handed a combined fine of over £100,000.

Vulnerable children have Christmas to remember thanks to kind donations

Vulnerable children have Christmas to remember thanks to kind donations

Date: 18/01/2021

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.

Council’s £190,000 of support covers free school meals for first two weeks of term

Council’s £190,000 of support covers free school meals for first two weeks of term

Date: 15/01/2021

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council has spent £190,000 to fund free school meal vouchers over the last two weeks.

Heavy and prolonged rain can cause surface water issues

Heavy and prolonged rain can cause surface water issues

Date: 15/01/2021

With heavy rain yesterday, the council is reminding local people that excessive rainfall and high tides can cause surface water issues across the Borough.

Look out for your household notification letter

Look out for your household notification letter

Date: 15/01/2021

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.

Plans for net zero emissions by 2030 - going green in Southend

Plans for net zero emissions by 2030 - going green in Southend

Date: 12/01/2021

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).

Investment to aid the most vulnerable

Investment to aid the most vulnerable

Date: 08/01/2021

An extra £3.6m is set to be spent on children’s and adult social care in 2021/22.

Look out for your household notification letter

Look out for your household notification letter

Date: 08/01/2021

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.

Southend SEND Independent Forum

Southend SEND Independent Forum

Date: 07/01/2021

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.

New tree policy for a Green Borough and a Green Future

New tree policy for a Green Borough and a Green Future

Date: 07/01/2021

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.

Draft council budget focused on investments into key projects and services

Draft council budget focused on investments into key projects and services

Date: 07/01/2021

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).

£50m investment proposed for pavements and roads over the next five years

£50m investment proposed for pavements and roads over the next five years

Date: 07/01/2021

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).

New parking charges proposed as part of draft budget

New parking charges proposed as part of draft budget

Date: 07/01/2021

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 and care workers can get free parking with temporary permit scheme

NHS and care workers can get free parking with temporary permit scheme

Date: 05/01/2021

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.

Annual parking pass will be available from April 2021

Annual parking pass will be available from April 2021

Date: 05/01/2021

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.

Seafront car parks closed – Don’t Visit Southend

Seafront car parks closed – Don’t Visit Southend

Date: 30/12/2020

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.

2020 Southend Best Festive Business competition winners announced

2020 Southend Best Festive Business competition winners announced

Date: 23/12/2020

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.

Council supports phased return to school in January

Council supports phased return to school in January

Date: 22/12/2020

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.

Southend-on-Sea to enter Tier 4 restrictions on Sunday

Southend-on-Sea to enter Tier 4 restrictions on Sunday

Date: 19/12/2020

The Government has announced that Southend-on-Sea will be placed into tier 4 restrictions at 00:01 on Sunday 20 December.

Key milestone for Bell junction upgrade

Key milestone for Bell junction upgrade

Date: 18/12/2020

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.

Gift the earth this Christmas with responsible recycling

Gift the earth this Christmas with responsible recycling

Date: 18/12/2020

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.

Pollinator strategy creating a buzz in Southend

Pollinator strategy creating a buzz in Southend

Date: 17/12/2020

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.

Council is new owner of Victoria Shopping Centre

Council is new owner of Victoria Shopping Centre

Date: 16/12/2020

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.

Government announces that Southend-on-Sea will move into Tier 3 on Wednesday

Government announces that Southend-on-Sea will move into Tier 3 on Wednesday

Date: 14/12/2020

The Government has announced that Southend-on-Sea will be entering tier 3 restrictions at 00:01 on Wednesday 16 December.

Southend LEAP into action this winter

Southend LEAP into action this winter

Date: 08/12/2020

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.

Local artists promote shop safely messages across the Borough

Local artists promote shop safely messages across the Borough

Date: 04/12/2020

Artwork created by local artists will be popping up around the town promoting keeping safe whilst returning to the Borough’s shops.

Do your research before buying a new pet this Christmas

Do your research before buying a new pet this Christmas

Date: 02/12/2020

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.

Shop Local this Christmas and support local businesses

Shop Local this Christmas and support local businesses

Date: 02/12/2020

Shoppers are being encouraged to “Shop Local” and support Southend-based businesses in the run up to Christmas.

Deck the shops with decorations – Best Festive Business returns

Deck the shops with decorations – Best Festive Business returns

Date: 02/12/2020

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.

Free festive parking extended across the Borough

Free festive parking extended across the Borough

Date: 01/12/2020

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.

Number of Southend-on-Sea venues to re-open this week

Number of Southend-on-Sea venues to re-open this week

Date: 01/12/2020

Leisure and cultural venues will reopen this week following the Government’s announcement of the national tier system.

Cabinet report outlines updated business proposals for £575m Better Queensway regeneration

Cabinet report outlines updated business proposals for £575m Better Queensway regeneration

Date: 01/12/2020

A report outlining the updated business proposals for the Better Queensway regeneration project will be discussed by councillors this week.

Tree-mendous planting season - and you can get involved

Tree-mendous planting season - and you can get involved

Date: 27/11/2020

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.

Illegal cigarettes and tobacco seized from shop in Southend

Illegal cigarettes and tobacco seized from shop in Southend

Date: 27/11/2020

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 asked for views on plans for first phase of £500m Better Queensway regeneration

Residents asked for views on plans for first phase of £500m Better Queensway regeneration

Date: 27/11/2020

Residents of Southend-on-Sea are being asked for their thoughts on plans for the first phase of the £500m Better Queensway regeneration scheme.

Your waste, your responsibility

Your waste, your responsibility

Date: 26/11/2020

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 organisations may be eligible for £3,000 infection control grant

Community organisations may be eligible for £3,000 infection control grant

Date: 24/11/2020

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.

Delivering ‘Better Planet Schools’ across Southend

Delivering ‘Better Planet Schools’ across Southend

Date: 20/11/2020

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

Views sought on Borough’s conservation areas

Views sought on Borough’s conservation areas

Date: 20/11/2020

Local residents are being asked to give their views on the Borough’s 14 conservation areas.

Please don’t fly-tip outside charity shops

Please don’t fly-tip outside charity shops

Date: 19/11/2020

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.

Youth Council take part in ‘Make your Mark’

Youth Council take part in ‘Make your Mark’

Date: 18/11/2020

Southend Youth Council members have taken part in this year’s virtual Make your Mark voting, organised by the British Youth Council.

Course to help residents into work in the care sector

Course to help residents into work in the care sector

Date: 17/11/2020

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.

Sutton Road cemetery – memorabilia and maintenance on lawn graves next year

Sutton Road cemetery – memorabilia and maintenance on lawn graves next year

Date: 16/11/2020

Maintenance and improvement works are to take place in the lawn graves area at Sutton Road cemetery from Monday 8 March 2021.

Reading challenge for children throughout winter

Reading challenge for children throughout winter

Date: 13/11/2020

Children across Southend are being invited to join the Winter Mini Challenge and become a reading hero.

Lane and road closures planned for essential A127 works

Lane and road closures planned for essential A127 works

Date: 12/11/2020

Two overnight road closures will be in place this weekend as Eurovia carry out essential maintenance work along stretches of the A127.

Access, parking and landscaping improvements at Southchurch Park East

Access, parking and landscaping improvements at Southchurch Park East

Date: 12/11/2020

Major works have been completed to create a much-improved parking area at Southchurch Park East car park.

Council seeks views on dog control orders

Council seeks views on dog control orders

Date: 10/11/2020

The council is reviewing all potential dog control measures within the Borough and wants to hear what residents think.

Waste services to be carried out as normal during latest restrictions

Waste services to be carried out as normal during latest restrictions

Date: 09/11/2020

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.

Consultation launched on school admission arrangements for 2022/23

Consultation launched on school admission arrangements for 2022/23

Date: 06/11/2020

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council is consulting on proposed admission arrangements for community schools in the Borough for the school year 2022/23.

Parents urged to wear face coverings on school run to protect others

Parents urged to wear face coverings on school run to protect others

Date: 05/11/2020

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.

Libraries closed but Click and Collect and home delivery set to continue

Libraries closed but Click and Collect and home delivery set to continue

Date: 05/11/2020

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.

Southend leisure centres and tourism venues to close following national restrictions

Southend leisure centres and tourism venues to close following national restrictions

Date: 04/11/2020

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.

Residents and businesses asked for their input into private landlord licence consultation

Residents and businesses asked for their input into private landlord licence consultation

Date: 03/11/2020

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.

Food voucher scheme launched for adult college learners

Food voucher scheme launched for adult college learners

Date: 02/11/2020

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.

Brexit back on the agenda as end of transition period nears

Brexit back on the agenda as end of transition period nears

Date: 28/10/2020

The council’s cabinet will receive an update on Brexit and the end of the transition period at its meeting next week

New local approach to tracing positive Coronavirus cases

New local approach to tracing positive Coronavirus cases

Date: 28/10/2020

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.

Conservation plans for Hamlet Court Road up for review

Conservation plans for Hamlet Court Road up for review

Date: 27/10/2020

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.

Council prepares for once in a decade national census

Council prepares for once in a decade national census

Date: 27/10/2020

The council’s cabinet will hear how preparations for the national 2021 census are underway at its meeting next week (Cabinet, Tuesday 3 November).

New future for adult community college to be considered

New future for adult community college to be considered

Date: 27/10/2020

The council’s cabinet is to discuss proposed changes to how Southend Adult Community College is run (Cabinet, Tuesday 3 November).

Yet another record-breaking year for Southend’s parks

Yet another record-breaking year for Southend’s parks

Date: 26/10/2020

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.

Dedicated website launched for Southend pier

Dedicated website launched for Southend pier

Date: 26/10/2020

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

Please stay safe this Hallowe’en

Date: 23/10/2020

Please Stay safe this Hallowe’en is the message as families gear up for the annual festival of frights next week.

Honour the fallen whilst protecting the living

Honour the fallen whilst protecting the living

Date: 23/10/2020

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.

Short film asks smokers to #Quit4Covid with help from Smokefree Southend

Short film asks smokers to #Quit4Covid with help from Smokefree Southend

Date: 22/10/2020

A powerful short film has just been released by Smokefree Southend, the council’s dedicated stop smoking team, encouraging smokers to #Quit4Covid.

COVID-19 Hospitality Business update 20/10/2020

COVID-19 Hospitality Business update 20/10/2020

Date: 20/10/2020

Requirements on Businesses within the Hospitality Sector during the Emergency Period

Southend-on-Sea remains at COVID MEDIUM alert at current time

Southend-on-Sea remains at COVID MEDIUM alert at current time

Date: 16/10/2020

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

No request to move COVID alert tiers yet as local community urged to intensify efforts

No request to move COVID alert tiers yet as local community urged to intensify efforts

Date: 16/10/2020

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.

Hate crime awareness week

Hate crime awareness week

Date: 16/10/2020

It's a crime to exhibit hateful behaviour toward someone because of their race, religion, gender identity or disability. If you witness or experience this please report it: call us on 01702 215000 and ask for a hate crime ambassador or call 999 in an emergency.

Information on travelling and mixing households between COVID medium and high alert level areas

Information on travelling and mixing households between COVID medium and high alert level areas

Date: 16/10/2020

Please see below information on COVID-alert levels and how it affects travel and household mixing across those areas:

Council partner with Google Digital Garage to deliver free digital skills webinar

Council partner with Google Digital Garage to deliver free digital skills webinar

Date: 15/10/2020

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.

Rise in coronavirus cases prompts public health appeal

Rise in coronavirus cases prompts public health appeal

Date: 09/10/2020

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.

Agreement for 100 extra affordable homes in Better Queensway regeneration

Agreement for 100 extra affordable homes in Better Queensway regeneration

Date: 09/10/2020

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).

 Please Stay Safe Southend

Please Stay Safe Southend

Date: 09/10/2020

Message from Krishna Ramkhelawon: Director of Public Health

Different route for 2020 Toy Drive

Different route for 2020 Toy Drive

Date: 08/10/2020

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.

National campaign aimed at improving air quality

National campaign aimed at improving air quality

Date: 07/10/2020

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.

Landmark agreement reached to see new stadium and homes built

Landmark agreement reached to see new stadium and homes built

Date: 03/04/2020

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.

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