newsletter 20.12.2020



CHRISTMAS 2020 – WHAT ABOUT OTHERS? – From Peter Lovett

Following a virtual meeting with Better Start yesterday, which includes Home Start & Family Action – I have been asked to remind our residents who are pregnant or with children from 0 to 3 years old, that there is help available should anyone need it. Southend has fantastic groups & charities that want to help so please contact us at so we can pass your details onto these organisations who have the ability and funds to make a difference.

We have already seen one fantastic member who has offered to cook an extra Christmas dinner for one of our lonely & isolated residents. Perhaps this is our chance to make sure that our immediate elderly or isolated neighbour is OK. Now we are in Tier 3, this will create serious problems for those that are isolated. Please keep safe & do what you think is right for you & your family.

Attached – Local community Police statistics

BEWARE OF VACCINATION SCAMS – With the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine residents are warned of criminals seeking to exploit the pandemic further. Essex Trading Standards have warned that the messages ask residents to click a link in order to book their vaccination, before proceeding to take personal details and payment requests. The Covid-19 vaccination is free and you will never be asked for payment. In other parts of the country, people have also received phone calls to book non-existent ‘vaccine appointments’. They are asked to confirm their booking by pressing a number on their phone which results in them being billed by their provider.

If you receive this email delete it! They will not have got your email address from any sender! Never miss a parcel delivery again. Your parcel number 9163941155. We tried to deliver your parcel today but you weren’t in or there was no safe place to leave it. Your action is required. If this item is unclaimed by the return date, then it will be returned to sender. The first and second delivery attempt was free of charge. To schedule a new delivery, a shipping fee must be paid. Please click on ‘get started’

Christmas refuse collection

Normal collection Thursday 24th = No change

Normal collection Friday 25th = Tuesday 29th

Normal collection Tuesday 29th December = Wednesday 30th

Normal collection Wednesday 30th = Thursday 31st

Normal collection Thursday 31st = Saturday 2nd

Normal collection Friday 1st = Monday 4th

Bee Happy – A Strategy for Bees and other Pollinators

The parks, fields, gardens, open spaces, allotments, and farmland across our town rely on the service pollination provides. Pollinators including bees, butterflies, hoverflies, wasps, beetles and flies are vital contributors to our landscapes, our economy and our food industry. Evidence has shown that one-third of pollinating insects have seen population declines in parts of the UK from 1980 to 2013, which is particularly the case among rarer species, such as solitary bees (Powney et al., 2019). Action must be taken to promote the conservation of all pollinators. This strategy provides a framework for Southend-on-Sea Borough Council to improve the overall status and reduce losses in the diversity of pollinator species within the borough. Complete the survey –

Council is new owner of Victoria Shopping Centre The Council has bought the Victoria Shopping Centre for £10m, demonstrating its commitment to the future of Southend town centre and giving it a significant property ownership stake in the High Street.

The purchase demonstrates the Council’s long-term commitment to the town centre and presents opportunities to drive changes to the centre and help the regeneration of the High Street. The price the Council is paying, having been up against a number of other bidders, reflects the market conditions and the significant challenges around retail, and is below the original asking price. The centre last changed hands in 2016 for over £24m. Funding for the purchase will come from the council’s current £22.3m strategic and regeneration acquisitions budget.

Extra financial help for winter – A scheme to give vulnerable households financial peace of mind over the winter months has been launched thanks to additional Government funding. Within the Government criteria, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council will use the winter Covid grant scheme to support those who receive free school meals, free childcare for two-year-olds, adult and young carers being supported by the Council, people being supported in homeless schemes and those with no recourse to public funds.

The £573,000 allocated to Southend-on-Sea by the Government is intended to cover food and household bills, throughout the winter until 31 March 2021.

Southend Emergency Fund also has grants of up to £3,000 to give out before Christmas to organisations working with clinically extremely vulnerable people and vulnerable families. For more information and an application form, visit the Southend Emergency Fund website.

Free 2021 pocket diaries for SRA members. Just reply to this email and I will drop one through your letter box


Planning applications week ending

Demolish former disused garage sites to rear of 16 Eagle Way (Site 1A) and former compound site (Site 1B) and redevelop sites comprising of 5 terrace dwellinghouses with associated parking and amenity space (site 1A) and erect four storey block of 16 self-contained flats with communal garden and cycle store to rear, lay out associated parking and form additional vehicular access to north of site (1B) on to Eagle Way – Garages At Eagle Way Shoeburyness

Form new first floor with pitched roof, convert part of loftspace into storage, erect new staircase for access and two external fire escapes – 11 Towerfield Road