newsletter 18.10.2020

SHOEBURY MATTERS – 18.10.2020

 

COVID-19 – As Southend is not part is the Essex County Council Administrative area it is able to make its own decisions re restrictions. Southend-on-Sea remains in COVID alert level MEDIUM (tier 1) and the council will not yet request to be moved into the second tier of the Government’s new national COVID-alert system. However, the Council and its partners remain seriously concerned by the rate of increase in positive cases in Southend-on-Sea (from 13.65 positive cases per 100,000 on 11 September to 47.5 per 100,000 people on 11 October) and are urging local people to redouble their efforts to prevent the spread of Coronavirus and help keep local rates down.

A living Calendar – St Andrew’s and St Peter’s churches are looking to bring a bit of Christmas cheer especially while life is a bit more difficult at the moment. We’re going to create a living advent calendar in Shoebury. The idea is for a different home or business in Shoebury to be illuminated with festive scenes. One scene will be ‘opened’ daily from the 1st December until the 24th December and then remaining to view until the 1st January. The design of each window remains a strict secret until the day it is illuminated and will be unveiled on social media at the same time, allowing those who are shielding or self-isolating to also be able to share in some Christmas cheer.

We’re looking for residents or businesses who are willing to turn one of their windows into a festive scene. If you would like to host a window but are unsure where to begin, please don’t let that put you off. Please email Assistant Curate, Rev’d Hannah Robinson (rev.hannah.robinson@outlook.com) for more information.

The Salvation Army – Last year we helped over 100 individuals within the local area with food and toys who were referred to us at Christmas. We will be helping people once again this year. Should you know of any families or individuals who are struggling at this present time or if you wish to help physically or financially then please  phone 01702 291500.

Highest tides of the year this weekend – Spring tides happen at new and full moons, when the earth, sun and moon align. Today the new moon will be at perigee – the closest approach to the earth. The date when this happens changes from one year to another, but in 2020 it’s only a few weeks after the equinox, so the line of the earth, moon and sun is close over the equator. This combination happens in spring and autumn about once every four years. You can check the tides on any coast with the Anytide app, and find out more about when the biggest tides happen at the National Tides and Sea-Level Facility, part of the NOC.

NHS Volunteer Responders protect the NHS and support those who need to self-isolate in England during the Coronavirus pandemic. We are recruiting more volunteers in specific areas of the country. Registration is now open for NHS Volunteer Responders in specific locations in England.  Information: https://www.goodsamapp.org/NHSvolunteerresponders

Once signed up, you can provide support safely to people who are isolating at home. You can help by delivering groceries and medicines, or by offering friendly conversation over the telephone to someone who is on their own. You can also support our NHS by providing patient transport or by moving supplies and equipment. Volunteers must be over 18, and fit and well with no symptoms.

UPDATE ON A NEW SHOEBURY HEALTH CENTRE

Work continues to progress in relation to Shoebury Health Centre.

* A stakeholder event was held last week to establish a potential list of viable options around this piece of work

* These will be narrowed down and viable options will be costed so a formal review can take place before a decision is made.

* Patient engagement is also key to this piece of work. Engagement events, over a number of years, have taken place and input from patients will be fed into this work and will not be lost.

* A workshop was held in January, with SAVs facilitating the session, where Residents were asked to list priorities for the future of the Locality East development and to get involved in shaping this through networking opportunities in the future.

* The CCGs have continued to engage with Shoebury Residents Association and have attended their AGMS to provide updates on the development.

* Whilst Covid has paused the patient engagement piece, this will be picked up again and CCGs will be working with partners and voluntary sectors to ensure patients views are heard and fed into the review.

SCAMS – a reminder – Always assume it is a scam no matter how convincing!!!

An autumn scene sent in by Sandra

 

Planning applications week ending 16.10.2020

ERECT SINGLE STOREY REAR EXTENSION AND FIRST FLOOR SIDE EXTENSION WITH JULIETTE BALCONY TO SIDE (AMENDED PROPOSAL) 12 CHERTSEY CLOSE

ERECT PART SINGLE/PART TWO STOREY REAR EXTENSION, ALTER ELEVATIONS 76 PENTLAND AVENUE SHOEBURYNESS SOUTHEND-ON-SEA