NEWSLETTER 19.09.2021


Record-breaking numbers for our pier – Southend Pier welcomed over 74,000 visitors in August, the highest number of visitors since records began 14 years ago. With Schools’ Days on Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th, and Public Days on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th September – the HMS Leigh Bravest Pier in the World Event brings to life the amazing lives and events that makes Southend such a culturally rich borough.  The Royal National Lifeboat Association will also be there holding their brilliant displays and open days as part of this event!  Come see how they could save you if you were lost at sea!  Guests can learn about the guns that protected our shores come and talk to member of the Royal Artillery Association who will be there with WW2 armaments, visit the HMS Leigh Memory Garden and bring their own stories and photographs to share. The HMS Leigh Podcast will accompany visitors while they walk the 1.3 miles of Southend Pier, with readings, music and poetry from WW2. Both young and old alike can learn about their ancestor’s role in Dunkirk, D-Day and saving shipping from dangerous technology. You may come to understand why a massive ship full of unexploded ordnance is still waiting for the unwary in the Estuary, or just come to taste the pleasure of the Spam™ Fritter! We are expecting to be busy over the weekend so if people want to be sure of being able to visit, please buy your ticket from

Small businesses in Southend can now benefit from expert support to guide them through pandemic recovery, thanks to a new partnership with the Council and The Federation of Small Business (FSB). Southend-on-Sea Borough Council is investing £10,000 to subsidise business memberships. Applications are now live and are being offered on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. Around 180 to 210 self-employed, micro and small businesses with up to ten employees will be able to access the subsidised FSB membership. Members benefit from a range of services, covering everything from legal and human resource advice to insurance services, debt recovery, cyber protection and access to funding opportunities. They can also access a variety of networking and support events. To enquire about joining via the FSB and Southend Borough Council subsidised membership scheme, please visit –

The Local Plan – New housing developments, roads, jobs, the environment… tell us what you want from your borough in the future, as we create our Local Plan. Visit –

Hamlet Court Road in Harmony Festival on Sunday 19th – 11am to 3pm

Priory Park Bandstand on Wednesday 22nd – 1pm to 4pm

Southend Town Centre – Victoria Plaza on Thursday 23rd – 11am to 2pm


WATERSIDE DUSK PERFORMANCES CLOSE ESTUARY 2021 – SILT: created by Arbonauts, the artists Helen Galliano and Dimitri Launder will be performed in the tidal pool on East Beach, Shoeburyness on Fri 24 and Sat 25 September 2021 at 6pm each evening. These events bring to a final close the second edition of Estuary 2021, the large-scale arts festival that celebrates the lives, historical impact and landscape of remarkable Thames Estuary. For more information, visit our festival website.  If you would like to book a place for SILT, please RSVP to our guest list at





One of our members wanted to alert you to a loft insulation scam going around that we have been targeted by several times now. The fraudsters claim that your insulation is problematic and that the government have declared a lot of existing glass fibre insulation to be a health hazard. They offer to come to your home free of charge to inspect – before saying the fibre insulation needs to be removed and replaced at a cost of around £1700. Suffolk Trading standards have conducted independent surveys into this and report that there is no benefit to having the fibre removed and have advised residents to contact the Citezens Advice Consumer Service if they are approached (

Planning Applications week ending 17.09.2021

Reduce encroachment over neighbour by 1.5-2m to one Sycamore Tree (T1) in rear garden (Work to Trees covered by a Tree Preservation Order) – 10 The Terrace Shoeburyness Southend-on-Sea

Erect single storey rear extension – 59 Horseshoe Crescent Shoeburyness Essex

Erect single storey rear extension – 179 High Street Shoeburyness

Erect single storey side extension and single storey rear extension – 26 Parsons Lawn Shoeburyness Southend-on-Sea


MOD Report


Date Reason for notification
20 & 22 September 2021 Explosions may be noticed
21 September 2021 Gunfire and Explosions may be noticed
23-26 September 2021 Nothing to report