Newsletter 09.01.2022



Supporting Family Carers

A carer is someone who provides unpaid care and support to a family member or friend who has a disability, mental or physical illness, substance misuse issue or who needs extra help as they grow older.


Southend Council fund your Carers First team in the borough to offer free support to carers. This could be providing a break for carers, helping them navigate the social and health care services and giving them vital information to access other support and equipment. Please have a look at our e-leaflet if you’d like to find out more.


There are many caring roles, such as someone who cares for a loved one with dementia, a parent carer of a child with special needs or looking after someone who has a mental health diagnosis – we’re here to help.


Give us a call or email us to register and access support:

0300 3031555


You’ll find more information for carers on our website:


Festival shines new light on our new City

A trail of incredible installations is set to light up Southend in 2022 as part of the first ever Southend LuminoCity Festival of Light, bringing four dazzling nights of wonder to the soon-to-be city. Eight fantastic large-scale interactive light installations will pop up at iconic landmarks in and around the town centre and seafront in February, thanks to the Southend Tourism Partnership and Southend-on-Sea Borough Council.

The LuminoCity installations have been around the world including New York, Dubai, Lyon, Moscow, Baltimore, Jerusalem, Amsterdam, Romania, Berlin, Denmark, Moscow, Singapore, to name a few. One of the installations is set for its UK premiere. The free four-night event will give residents and visitors the opportunity to view Southend-on-Sea in a new light. Date to be advised.

‘Ambitious and exciting’ capital investment programme to drive Borough into city

£46m new investment proposed for the council’s capital programme over the next five years. Further investment in Southend Pier, refurbishing our coastal defences, upgrading fire safety systems, updating existing council-owned properties and a further £10m investment into the soon-to-be city’s roads and pavements all form part of an additional £46m investment proposed for the council’s capital programme over the next five years (Cabinet item 9, 13 January).

It is proposed to add £10m to the road and pavement improvement budget for 2026/27, building on the £10m per year already planned up to March 2026, bringing the total level of investment to £60m over six years.

Plans also include £335,000 to enhance East Beach car park by widening the existing entrances and exits, install a height barrier and vehicle flow plates. The footway entrance would be improved to include street lighting and improved access for pedestrians and cyclists. The car parking area would be future proofed to ensure that electric vehicle charging can be accommodated. A phase two is also set to follow.

The draft budget will be considered by the council’s cabinet on Thursday 13 January, the council’s three scrutiny committees at the start of February, with the final budget to be discussed and approved at Full Council on Thursday 24 February.


Planning Applications week ending 07.01.2021 (plus previous 2 weeks)

Dormer with juliet balcony to rear and convert loft into habitable accommodation, install rooflights to front (Lawful Development Certificate-Proposed) – 253 Elm Road

Hip to gable rood extension with dormer to rear to form habitable accommodation in roof and install rooflights to front (Lawful Development Certificate-Proposed) – 32 Linton Road Shoeburyness Southend-on-sea

Demolish existing conservatory and outbuilding to rear, erect single storey rear extension, swimming pool and outbuilding to rear (Amended Proposal) – 8 The Terrace Shoeburyness Southend-on-sea

Erect single storey front extension and single storey side extension, replace boundary wall to front with wooden fencing – 139 Aylesbeare Shoeburyness Essex

Retain temporary art piece and associated explanatory signage as a permanent installation –HELLO – East Beach Rampart Terrace Shoeburyness

Erect part single/part two storey side and rear extension, install juliette balconies to rear, alter elevations (Amended Proposal) – 69 St Andrews Road Shoeburyness