NEWSLETTER 13.06.2021


Council launches consultation on new draft Air Quality Action Plan

The Council has launched a consultation of its new draft Air Quality Action Plan which outlines the actions the Council will take to improve the air quality of the Borough between 2021 and 2025.

The new draft Air Quality Action Plan is an updated version of the original adopted in July 2018. It has been produced as part of the Council’s statutory duties required by the Local Air Quality Management framework. The plan will prioritise Air Quality Management Areas (AQMA) of which Southend has declared two as well as addressing air quality across the whole Borough.

An AQMA means that, within that area, the levels of a certain pollutant such as nitrogen dioxide are above those required by legislation for health reasons. Where an AQMA is declared, the Council must develop an action plan to improve air quality, in liaison with local residents and businesses within 12 months of the declaration

The consultation is now live on the Your Say Southend website where you can also view the draft Air Quality Action Plan document. The consultation runs until 12 August 2021 and is open to all residents and businesses living or trading in the Borough.

More electric vehicle charging points are to be installed if a new policy is agreed.

New housing developments could have to provide electric vehicle charging points if new planning powers are introduced in the future. The council’s cabinet will consider a report on this matter next week.

The Council declared a Climate Emergency in September 2019 and electric vehicle charging infrastructure is a priority action within the council’s Green City Action Plan, which sets out a five-year plan to work towards net zero carbon emissions.

Speeding up the Disabled Facilities Grant – Disabled residents who need adaptations done to their home could have the work done more quickly, with the council’s cabinet set to discuss a policy amendment to the Disabled Facilities Grant policy. The grant is available to disabled people who are assessed as in need adaptations done to their home to meet their needs and at the moment, all applications are means tested. This was to ensure the funding went to those most in need, but the system has been criticised as complicated, unfair and out of date. The council’s cabinet will discuss a policy amendment to the Disabled Facilities Grant Policy removing means test for grants under £6,000 (£6,500 for a curved stairlift) on Tuesday 15 June. This would quicken the application process for eligible applicants. The report will be discussed at the cabinet meeting on Tuesday 15 June


IOPC Community Event

Join SAVS and the Independent Office for Police Conduct to find out more about the police complaints system.

Date and time: Thursday 17th June 2021, 6pm – 7pm.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) oversees the police complaints system in England and Wales. They investigate the most serious matters, including deaths following police contact, and set the standards by which the police should handle complaints. They use learning from their work to influence changes in policing. They are independent, and make our decisions entirely independently of the police and government.

This informal introductory and information session will provide attendees with a background on the IOPC, the work it does and how it can support residents in Southend. There will also be the opportunity for questions and experience sharing.

This event is open to all professionals and residents in Southend. It will be held via Zoom, if you require guidance or assistance in accessing the event, please email Roger Savage on

Details of how to join the call will be available to you once you have registered for the event via the button below.







Planning Applications week ending 11.06.2021

Erect part single/part two storey rear extension (Amended proposal) _ 171 Caulfield Road Shoeburyness




MOD Report



Date Reason for notification
14-16 June 2021 Explosions may be noticed
17-20 June 2021 Nothing to report


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