newsletter 14.02.2021



SOUTHEND HOSPITAL UPDATE – PETER LOVETT – I attended a virtual meeting re Southend Hospital and was amazed at the number of residents that have joined the new Trust (started on 1st April 2020) with over 35,000 members. We have always been proud of our NHS, but was not aware that they are the largest employer in the world. Critical care beds in Southend reached around 200 in January 2021 but is now down to 40 critical care & 40 non evasive beds, with the hope that our hospital will back to normal winter pressure by early March. Well done to every member of the NHS staff. All staff employed on the Covid wards are tested twice a week and do not mix with non Covid wards to avoid any cross-contamination. Our hospital has tried to ensure all cancer patients continue to receive their treatment. Blood tests are now carried out at Havens Hospice. PPE is in good supply with Covid staff being given special masks to ensure they have the best protection. £10m was secured to fund a new extension at the front of Southend Hospital with extra beds. See

They do have 400 staff absent for various reasons, which could be Covid, self- isolation, Mental Health and others. They are being offered support.

When you see the number of local residents giving up their time to support our NHS and working together to ensure we have the best care in the world, it is a proud moment to be British.

Essex-wide Covid-19 Vaccincation Website Launch | MSEHCP

The NHS in Essex launched a new website this week, giving residents the latest information and advice on the local COVID-19 vaccination programme. Set up by Mid and South Essex Health and Care Partnership (MSEHCP), it can be accessed by visiting

The easy-to-use website provides a wealth of reliable and useful information about vaccination, ensuring residents have the most up-to-date information available, including:

  • Guidance on who is currently eligible for the vaccine
  • Where to go for your vaccination
  • How to book a vaccination appointment
  • Information about attending your appointment
  • Advice about symptoms and getting yourself tested for Covid-19


Kursaal Comeback Public Consultation Now Open

“The Kursaal could be…” Cafe | Ice rink | Shops | Gig venue | Food court | Theatre | Bowling alley | Community centre | Skate park | Museum |
Public consultation now open. Just fill it out to have your say. 


Planning applications week ending 12.02.2021

Install a temporary art piece – East Beach Rampart Terrace Shoeburyness (The applicant is METAL (based at Chalkwell Hall. It is part of the 2021 Estuary Event)

Demolish existing storage building at rear and erect single storey detached Warehouse (Use Class B8) – 22 Towerfield Road Shoeburyness Southend-On-Sea

Erect single storey rear extension, install dormer to rear to form habitable accommodation in the roof – 17 Sedgemoor Shoeburyness Southend-On-Sea

Erect single storey side/front extension with porch to front and alter rear elevation – 122 Maplin Way