Newsletter 15.11.2020



A letter to Peter Lovett from James Duddridge, – Thank you for your email regarding the recent unauthorised traveller sites in Southend. Each time one of these sites are established, I ensure that I am in contact with Southend Borough Council and Essex Police to monitor the situation.

As you may be aware, the Government is consulting on measures to criminalise the act of trespassing when setting up an unauthorised encampment in England and Wales. My Ministerial colleagues are also consulting on other measures to strengthen police powers in order to tackle unauthorised encampments. The consultation survey has now closed, and Ministers are currently analysing feedback. I, like you, await the Government’s response and look forward to scrutinising any decisions that are taken. However, I will always pass on concerns raised by constituents to my Ministerial colleagues to ensure the Government receives as much information on the effect that unauthorised sites cause to local communities.

Whilst Parliament is responsible for making legislation, it is down to the police to enforce it. I can confirm that I have written to Chief Inspector Ian Hughes, Southend District Commander, regarding your comments on why there has been a lack of police action. As soon as I receive his response, I will, of course, contact you again.


Crossing at Shoebury Common (email from Cllr Jarvis to peter Lovett)

The Traffic and Regulations Working Party sits alongside the Cabinet Committee and is chaired currently by Cabinet Member Cllr Woodley and fellow Cabinet Members Cllr Robinson and Cllr Terry who formally agree and ratify recommendations coming from the Working Party.

At a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on 24th February 2020 a Petition on behalf of Local Residents seeking more formal crossings of the Eastern Esplanade.  The meeting noted that “the petition sought additional pedestrian crossings in Eastern Esplanade. There were however, other locations along the whole Of the B1016 which included Eastern Esplanade, Thorpe Esplanade and Shoebury Common Road that could benefit from additional formalised pedestrian crossings“

Officers were requested to review the crossing facilities on the whole of the B1016 and identify locations for crossings and report back to Traffic Regulations WP and Cabinet Committee. At meeting of the Cabinet Committee on 2nd Nov this subject was revisited. Not much progress has been made for obvious reasons but a Report on the section of the Eastern Esplanade from the Kursaal to around Ocean Beach was considered. Again the whole length of the B1016 was mentioned.

You can access the Agenda and Papers and the minutes to see what was agreed – – Top Right Hand Corner – council services Menu – About the Council – Meetings – Meetings – Committees – Cabinet Committee – 2nd Nov Agenda Decisions – Printed decisions – Scroll through to minute 12 (You will see it will return to the Committee in 6 months’ time and that Shoebury Common on the B1016 is included.)

Estuary 2021 and Creative Estuary invite you to ‘Virtual Media Launch’

Please join us to hear about two extraordinary and interlinked projects, which form part of an ambitious long-term plan that celebrates the lives, landscapes and histories of the Thames Estuary, and that will make the region the world’s largest creative corridor.

Estuary 2021, which will announce the first details of its programme, is funded by the Cultural Development Fund through Creative Estuary. Creative Estuary represents a major transformative programme to build the cultural and creative capacity of the region. 26 November 2020, 9.30am – entry form available at this site

Support grants available for Southend businesses forced to close in second lockdown – Businesses which have been ordered to close for four weeks due to the national COVID-19 restrictions may be eligible for a government grant of up to £3,000.

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council will be able to provide these grants across the borough. Businesses that are eligible include those that have been required to close during the 4-week lockdown from 5 November 2020 to 2 December 2020 and which are in the non-essential retail, leisure, personal care, sports facilities and hospitality sectors. The amount of grant available is as follows: Further information and a link to the application form, please visit

Help to raise money for Triple T’s! – Do you shop at the Co-op and have a Co-op membership card? You can collect in store for £1 and register on line or sign up below and select Turning Tides as your cause you wish to support.  Every time you shop at the Co-op, 1% of what you spend on Co-op branded products and services can help raise funds for Turning Tides Triple T’s project.   It can potentially raise us thousands over the next year so please spread the word to your friends and family!  Triple T’s is one of three causes in our community which Co-op Members can select to support between now and 23 October 2021. The more members who select us and shop with Co-op, the more funds we’ll receive. The link to your cause profile page is

Alternatively you can join online at or by downloading the Co-op app.


A new specialist Counselling Service for Young People aged 5 to 18 years (or up to 25 if in receipt of an Education, Health and Care Plan) has recently been. The campaign is in response to an increased demand for mental health support for children and young people.

Young people will have varied experiences of the lockdown period.  For some, it will mostly have been a safe and enjoyable time. For others, it will have been challenging or traumatic. Children may be anxious about returning to the classroom and the transition from home to school may be stressful. Some children may have worries about COVID-19, have experienced a bereavement, a change in family circumstances such as unemployment, friendship and relationship issues and bullying. They may feel very uncertain about their future.

If you want access to this service or know someone who does, please send an email –

Possible scam from a member – ’I don’t know if this was a scam or not but was a bit iffy a delivery man knocked at my house and ask me to take in a small envelope for next door , I said no as he wanted my date of birth to sign for it twice and to prove it was me I was going to have to prove by showing him some identification , so I said no and shut door.’

Planning applications week ending