Newsletter 1.11.2020

Shoebury Park – has retained its Green Flag award this year. The Green Flag awards recognise well maintained parks and green spaces across the country, and Shoebury Park is one of Southend’s parks that have featured in the awards frequently over the past few years, showing off the spectacular green spaces available to residents and visitors throughout the year.



Council prepares for once in a decade national census – The council’s cabinet will hear how preparations for the national 2021 census are underway at its meeting next week (Cabinet, Tuesday 3 November). The census is a once-in-a-decade survey and is due to take place in England and Wales on Sunday 21 March 2021. It is vital for local areas as it helps calculate Government grants allocated to councils. It provides the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales. The census asks questions about people, their household and their home. The census will give us the most accurate, up to date snapshot of Southend-on-Sea and the needs of our residents. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) is responsible for delivering the census in England and Wales and they want the 2021 census to be ‘digital first’ and for as many people as possible to fill their questionnaire in online in 2021. People will be able to complete it anywhere on any device. However, although online response is encouraged, everyone will have the option to complete a paper form if they wish.

The last census took place in 2011. The 2011 census population estimate for Southend-on-Sea was 173,600. Southend-on-Sea achieved a headline household return rate of 91 per cent in 2011. The England household return rate was 94 per cent. The ONS also produces mid-year estimates of the resident population of England and Wales every June. The estimates roll forward the population found by the previous census, one year at a time by accounting for births, deaths, international migration and internal migration. These mid-year population estimates are broken down by local authority, sex and age. The 2019 mid-year population estimate for Southend-on-Sea was 183,100.

Hinguar School – Looking through our archives I discovered a gem of a book – ‘The School in Hinguar Street’ (150 years of Hinguar Community Primary School). It contains some great pictures, details and anecdotes dating from 1862 to 2012 and was published by the Shoebury Society in 2012. This photo below appears on page 93



Planning applications week ending 30.10.2020