newsletter 28.02.2021


Free and active support sessions for unpaid carers – Unpaid carers will get free physical activity sessions after Southend-on-Sea Borough Council teamed up with Sport for Confidence to provide support. Sport for Confidence are providing tailored virtual sessions for carers that supports physical, mental and social health through activities and exercise. All sessions will be active, fun, accessible and free. Sessions will be taking place on Mondays and Thursdays via Zoom, so you can join in from your own home. The project gives carers the opportunity to access great support from the coaches and occupational therapists from Sport for Confidence and to connect with other carers.

Four part plan to lift lockdown – 1: From 8 March all schools in England are to reopen and recreation in a public space will be allowed between two people. From 29 March – Outdoor gatherings of either six people or two households will be allowed.

2 will be no earlier than 12 April, will see the opening of non-essential retail; personal care premises such as hairdressers and nail salons; and public buildings, including libraries and community centres. Indoor leisure facilities such as gyms will also reopen (but only for use by people on their own or in household groups); as will most outdoor attractions and settings including outdoor hospitality venues, zoos, theme parks, and drive-in cinemas.

3, no earlier than 17 May, the government will look to continue easing limits on seeing friends and family wherever possible. This means that most legal restrictions on meeting others outdoors will be lifted – although gatherings of over 30 people will remain illegal. Indoors, the Rule of 6 or 2 households will apply – the Government will keep under review whether it is safe to increase this.

4 which will take place no earlier than 21 June, the government hopes to be in a position to remove all legal limits on social contact and hope to reopen remaining premises, including nightclubs, and ease the restrictions on large events and performances that apply in Step 3

From Peter Lovett re last council meeting – Heated discussions took place last night, but the vote was as expected, with the budget being approved. Your Council Tax will be increased by just under 4%.

Parking charges have been the main concern with businesses desperate to return, having suffered serious losses in the pandemic will now have to accept visitor parking charges in the centre promenades (Warwick Road to Maplin Way) being increased by around 100%, with the 1 hour increasing from £1.20 to £2.50. Southend will be split into 4 zones with Shoebury being in zone 2 remaining at £1 per hour. They were going to increase the time period from 8.00am until 10.00pm, but after huge criticism from the Cliffs & other restaurants etc, it will remain 8.00 am until 6.00pm, with the daily charge then being reduced from £24 to £18. It is hard to find the latest details and although they said the overall charges have dropped by 61%, it will raise at least another £1m in revenue? Now that it has been approved I will try to get further information.

At present the Victoria Shopping Car park is only £1.90 for 2 hours. Places like Clacton, Brighlingsea, Dovercourt are much cheaper with some only charging during the summer and with special rates for residents and with Beach Hut Owners only paying £20 / year. You never know it may increase visitor numbers to Shoebury?

To help residents, they propose a residents pass although visitors will also have access to this as well. The cost is £8.50 month or £102 / year. Obviously if you use it every day then it will cost you 28 pence per day for 3 hours free parking. It starts on April 1st 2021, so you have time to digest how useful this will be for you. It should be noted that you will need the App to register each time you park and you can pay more to park longer than 3 hours. We are told the total cost to set up this scheme is £360,000 which includes £90,000 paid to consultants.




Planning applications week ending 26.02.2021

Erect single storey side extension – 85 Churchfields Shoeburyness Essex

Single storey rear extension (Lawful Development Certificate- Proposed) – 10 Sharnbrook Shoeburyness Southend-On-Sea

Erect single storey extension to south elevation of SECAT house and relocate existing timber canopy, patio and fence to west elevation, erect twin-bar fence to south elevation and replace existing roof to match new extension (certificate of lawful development – proposed) – Thorpedene Primary School Delaware Road Shoeburyness

Erect single storey rear extension – 19 Sedgemoor Shoeburyness Southend-On-Sea

Demolish existing beach hut and erect replacement beach hut (amended proposal) – Beach Hut 553 Shoebury Common Road Shoeburyness