newsletter 06.03.2021


Southend-on-Sea Borough Council has agreed a budget for 2021/2022. The budget delivers additional investment for the town and key front line services. It  help to invest over £4m extra into supporting our most vulnerable residents and meeting additional demand in children’s and adult social care services including over £2.5M for a range of adult services, £590,000 for looked after children, £150,000 to help drive the recruitment of local foster carers and £25,000 for the reintroduction of a small school uniform grant for eligible children under exceptional circumstances.

The budget also introduces for the first time a programme of budget transformation reviews up to 2025/26 to ensure services continue to provide the right support and value for money to residents in the most efficient way.  Some of the key capital investments agreed over the next five years include £50m for local roads and pavements, and £28m to maintain and ensure the council’s 5,900 homes remain at decent home standards. In total, over £53m will be invested in the council housing stock, which will be funded through the housing revenue account (HRA), including £6m to continue the council’s affordable housing acquisitions programme. There will also be £10m invested for an additional 100 affordable homes for social rent as part of the Better Queensway project. These investments give the council an ambitious but realistic capital programme of over £178m from 2021/22 to 2025/26. To enable this budget investment Council tax will rise by 1.99%, with a further 2% solely to be used to support adult social care services (3.99% in total).  There are also a number of time-limited investments including £600,000 to continue the council’s school improvement programme and £262,000 per year for the next three years to help bring empty properties back into use as part of the council’s Empty Home Strategy and commitments.

Southend’s Director of Public Health is encouraging parents and carers to get their children tested to support the safe return of all school pupils from tomorrow. They are urging all school aged pupils and their family to use the Borough’s rapid testing sites ahead of the classrooms returning. This is to keep schools safe and protect the wider community from asymptomatic people, those without symptoms, from unknowingly spreading the virus.


Southend is one of the only authorities in the country to have set up a school-only LFD testing site to support schools, which is located at Southend Leisure and Tennis Centre in Eastern Avenue. There are also public community LFD testing sites at University Square, Southend, St Aiden’s Church in Leigh-on-Sea and Shoebury Youth Centre in Shoeburyness. If your child travels into a Southend-on-Sea school but your family lives out of Borough, please check the website of your local authority for community testing sites near to your home before the return to school next week.

‘We are encouraging all school-aged children to take an asymptomatic test at one of the following sites which are open seven days a week and accessible to all. You can book a test online or simply turn up.’

What Next? Planning Beyond Covid – Southend Association of Voluntary Services will be holding a number of events on the week starting 15th March to help facilitate and promote conversations around plans ‘beyond Covid’, and how groups and organisations can be supported in the short to mid-term. There will be a networking session 17th March Register on line –

New Parking Charges explained – See attached summary from peter Lovett


Planning applications week ending 05.03.2021

Erect single storey rear extension and convert of garage to habitable accommodation – 18 Chesterman Road Shoeburyness Essex

Erect single storey front extension and alter elevations (Amended Proposal) – 8 Fitzwarren Shoeburyness Southend-On-Sea