newsletter 06.03.2022


Speech made by The Prince of Wales to mark Southend-on-Sea becoming a City

The Prince of Wales delivered a speech in the council chamber on Tuesday 1 March during the historic moment Southend-on-Sea officially became a city.

Read the full speech

If you weren’t able to make it, or you want to relive the excitement of the day we have some great videos on our YouTube channel celebrating our amazing city!

From Peter Lovett – I was honoured today to be invited to the celebrations at Sands by the Sea to represent the residents of Shoebury, where His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall formally confirmed our City status from the Queen. His Royal Highness visited the Civic Centre where Lady Amess received the first “Freedom of the City”. They then visited the Pier to unveil the new eco-friendly Pier train, which was named after Sir David Amess MP.

The various Charities & Associations were divided into groups, with 5 or 6 being selected from each group to be introduced to the Royals. We were told how much time they spent with the crowds outside Sands and they showed similar effort to really listen to every person they spoke to inside, extending their tight program by a good 20 minutes. They expressed how Southend had shown its determination to support others with community spirit and wished us every success for the future. Whatever our views are, this is surely a day to unite and find ways to support Southend in being a united City for others to follow.


WE NEED TO TALK: – We had a meeting with Healthwatch to share your concerns about the lack of doctors available in Shoebury. We asked for a new Health centre, so this is your chance to offer your opinions

Healthwatch Southend, your voice about health and social care, wants to know how easily local NHS and social care services communicate with you if you have difficulties because of sight, hearing or other issues.

Under the Accessible Information Standard, if you need help with communication during your appointments or admissions, you should be asked about this and a record placed on your notes. If you agree, this information can also be shared with other NHS or social care bodies involved in your care. You should be given information in a way that meets your needs.

We’re asking local groups and individuals about what their experience has been like? We’d like to hear about good and not so good examples, so that we can work with local NHS and social care services to improve the way health and social care staff help you. Contact us by email on using the contact form on our website, or calling (01702) 416320.

If you, or someone you know has communication difficulties, you might like to use one of these downloadable cards to take to an appointment:…/create/001-comm-card


03 MAR CAN YOU HELP JUST RIDE SOUTHEND? – Just Ride Southend sessions are run by volunteers and we are looking for some new crew members to join our Saturday team! Just Ride Southend is a registered, not for profit charity, who run an inclusive cycling project based on Garons athletics track for everyone to access cycling in a fun, traffic environment. Volunteers are needed to help set up and run regular sessions at the Garons athletics track as part of our Saturday team. Training will be provided. We are looking for volunteers who are physically able but no experience needed. Commitment: between 1 & 4 days per month as part of a team rota (Sat) 9.00am-13.00pm. If you are interested we’d love to hear from you! Please email us at or call/text 07971 774479 subject: Volunteering


Planning Applications week ending 04.03.2022

Erect new dwellinghouse on land to rear of 29 Blackgate Road with associated amenities, layout parking to front and form new vehicle crossover onto Peel Avenue 29 Blackgate Road Shoeburyness Essex

Erect part single/part two storey side and rear extension – 2 Warrior Square Road Shoeburyness Southend-on-sea

Single storey rear extension (certificate of lawful development – proposed) – 38 Herbert Road Shoeburyness Southend-on-sea

Erect first floor side extension (Amended Proposal) – 161 Church Road Shoeburyness Essex

Erect single storey rear extension, projecting 6m beyond the existing rear wall of the dwelling, 3m high to eaves and with a maximum height of 3.95m – 100 Wakering Avenue Shoeburyness Southend-on-sea


MOD Report

Date Reason for notification
7 & 8 March 2022 Explosions may be noticed earlier than usual, 08:30
9 & 10 March 2022 Gunfire may be noticed
11 March 2022 Nothing to report
12 & 13 March 2022 Some Public Right of Way routes closed