Newsletter 13.03.2022


From Peter Lovett – HELP NEEDED:

As you know Shoebury Residents Association has been supporting residents in Shoebury since 1950 so we are now nearly 72 years old.

However, Harry Chandler, our Chairman for many years, has been forced to resign due to Ill Health. John Preston, our Secretary is also wishing to resign, because he has decided to relive his youth by forming a musical group to support local care homes & alike. They have both provided excellent support over many years and we wish them well for the future.

We now need new committee members who can offer some time to fulfil these positions. Duties can be adjusted to suit, but will involve membership secretary, Newsletters, Magazine and helping where you can. John Budge (Treasurer) & I will support you as much as we can. We have other committee members who support our Carol Service, AGM and other events, so you will not be on your own. If you can help, please contact Thank you.


Vice Chair


TABLE TENNIS – There is a table tennis club that meets every Friday afternoon from 1.30pm to 3.30pm in Church Road Shoebury. We are a mixed bunch of players ranging from not bad to very good (none professional!) and we mostly play doubles mixing players around so that everyone gets to partner every other player. It is a very sociable atmosphere with plenty of laughs and a break with tea and biscuits. You only pay when you turn up (£4 or £5 for the two hours depending on numbers). This money pays for renting the hall. If you are interested in having a fun Friday afternoon please phone Reg on 07708331479.

Katrina Palmer’s HELLO to Become Permanent – Originally commissioned in partnership between Waterfronts (England’s Creative Coast) and Estuary 2021 (Metal), HELLO sculpture by Katrina Palmer was intended to stay in place for six months. It’s now been confirmed to become a permanent sculpture in Southend and will be looked after by Southend-on-Sea City Council.

The Queens Platinum Jubilee celebrations – The first event of its kind in history, Southend-on-Sea City Council are encouraging residents to start planning celebrations for Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

In what will be the 70th year of The Queen Elizabeth II’s reign, and as the first ever British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, the Government announced the May bank holiday will be a four-day weekend taking place from Thursday 2 June until Sunday 5 June. The council will be holding a number of public events over the bank holiday weekend, which will include the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacon, which will be lit on Thursday 2 June at 9:45pm, by the Cenotaph at Clifftown Parade.

In addition to this, we will be hosting Music in the Park events each day of the bank holiday weekend at the Bandstand in Priory Park, with all performances featuring local groups, times are as follows;

Thursday 2 June – Jubilee Festival of Brass between 1:00 and 6:00pm

Friday 3 June – The Famous Potatoes between 3:00 and 4.30pm

Saturday 4 June – Southend Vox between 3:00 and 4.30pm

Sunday 5 June – The Show Choir between 3:00 and 4.30pm

On Saturday 4 June Focal Point Gallery will be hosting Creative Open Day x 99 by 19 across The Forum and the outside square, a fun day for all to explore their creatively, filled with artists workshops, performances and screenings. All ages, abilities and backgrounds are welcome at the event free of charge.

The council would also like to encourage communities to celebrate in their own way through a range of activities, which may include street parties. Residents interested in holding a street party must apply for a road closure to keep everyone safe. For more information and to apply for your street party permit please visit: Organising a Street Party – Southend-on-Sea City Council


From Peter Lovett – When we posted the decisions agreed by the Council to use East Beach as the only dedicated beach in Southend for dogs to use for 12 months of the year, we had members query how this will affect our SSSI status. You may remember in the past our Council has refused to consider beach recharges or rock groynes, using the SSSI as their reasons. We therefore agreed to contact Natural England & DEFRA to see what effect this would have.

We wrote to Natural England to check if this agreement would affect our wildlife and this is a copy of their reply.

Dear Peter

Thank you for bringing your concerns about Southend Councils proposals for year round access for dogs on beaches in Southend to the attention of Natural England. We will be contacting Southend Borough Council and ask for more information about which beaches they are actually proposing to open all year round to dogs, this information in itself is vital if we are to present a robust and informed response to the Councils proposals.

If these are known to support breeding shore birds or significant numbers of waders in winter we will advise the Council accordingly.

Kind regards

Chris Keeling Lead Advisor

Natural England Essex Area Team:


Planning Applications week ending 11.03.2022

Remove basal and epicormic growth to a height of 4m to one Oak Tree (T1) on public highway adjacent to 150 Churchfields to carry out a Tomograph assessment – this will be carried out at 0.5m and 4m, to assess the condition of the inner stem (Application for works to Trees subject to a Tree Preservation Order) – 150 Churchfields Shoeburyness Essex


Change of use from nursing home (Class C2) to mixed use dwellinghouse at 51 Elm Road, 7 bed HMO to ground and part of first floor of 52-53 Elm Road and office/storage space to part of first floor of 53 Elm Road – Joseph House Nursing Home 51 – 53 Elm Road Shoeburyness