NEWSLETTER 1.08.2021


AGM – It was decided at our last committee meeting that we should not hold a public AGM meeting again this year. As per our constitution one of the items that would have been disclosed at the AGM is the financial account details as audited at the end of the previous year. It was agreed at our meeting that we should send this as an attachment to all our members (see attached)

Free Home Testing Kits – SAVS is working in partnership with the Southend Public Health Team to distribute FREE Home Testing Kits to the community. Kits are available to any VCFSE group supporting residents in Southend. There is minimal reporting required (date, post code and number of kits provided) and the kits can be collected from the SAVS building. If you are interested, please email Roger Savage on

Free pop-up YOGA classes for adults, kids and SEN (till 24th August). In collaboration with Active Essex. See website for details –

Southend-on-Sea Feel Good Festival – As lockdown restrictions continue to ease up nationwide, in collaboration with Southend Borough Council, Everyone Health is hosting a summer health and wellbeing event called ‘’Feel Good Festival Southend’’. The event date is on Friday 20th August 2021, at Garon Wellbeing Park, 11am – 5 pm. We intend for this to be an annual event. The aim of the festival is to raise awareness of local health and wellbeing services. We hope the event will be a fun way to educate local people on the importance of moving more, eating well, keeping safe and being social.

Big changes could be coming for the council’s highways team with updated policies for dropped kerbs and highways enforcement set to be discussed by cabinet. The report (item 15, Tuesday 27 July), sets out a recommendation to update the vehicle crossover policy, including the requirements for approving a new dropped kerb to allow for off-street parking, how applications are processed, what enforcement powers the council would have, and when they could use them. The report also recommends adopting a new policy which looks at how the council’s newly formed highways enforcement team would enforce correct use of crossovers, as well as encroachment, obstruction, and interference with the public highway to reduce the risk to highway users and to reduce the amount spent on costly repairs.

Currently, all matters related to appeals for the installation of dropped kerbs comes under the decision-making powers of the Traffic Regulations Working Party. However, cabinet agreed in July 2020 that a review would be undertaken regarding the decision-making process, including a best practise review of other local authorities to understand how to improve the service.

If approved, the new vehicle crossover policy would delegate powers for making decisions on new dropped kerbs to the head of highways for the council. It would also see the establishment of a new panel comprising of the head of traffic and highways, a council engineer independent of the original decision and the relevant ward councillors who will consider the written evidence from the applicant and decide if the council has correctly refused a vehicle crossover, or if the decision should be overturned.

Waste collection delays – Collections are being carried out as quickly as possible, with crews doing additional hours and weekend work, but still face some disruption whilst our waste partner, Veolia, manages workloads with reduced staffing due to COVID self-isolation. Black sack and food waste are being prioritised, but some areas may have their recycling and garden waste collected later or the next day.




Planning Applications week ending 30.07.2021

Erect dormers to front and rear with rear balcony to form habitable accommodation in the loftspace, erect single storey side/rear extension with balcony over, extend attached garage to side, erect canopy to front with first floor extension over – 177 Bishopsteignton Shoeburyness Essex

Erect conservatory to rear – 10 Parsons Lawn Shoeburyness Southend-on-sea

MOD Report



Date Reason for notification
2 August 2021 Explosions may be noticed
3 August 2021 Explosions may be noticed earlier than usual, 08:30
4 & 5 August 2021 Gunfire and Explosions may be noticed
6 August 2021 Nothing to report
7 & 8 August 2021 Restrictions on some Public Right of Way routes




Best wishes