newsletter 29.11.2020



Tier 2 – We go into Tier 2 restrictions from Wednesday December 2. We must not socialise indoors with anyone we do not live with or who is not in our support bubble, and the rule of six will apply outdoors. Pubs and bars will only be able to operate as restaurants, and can only serve alcohol with substantial meals. They can open until 11pm, but must take last orders at 10pm and offer table service only. Businesses, including shops can open, in a COVID-Secure manner, other than those which remain closed by law, such as nightclubs. Gyms and leisure centres can also reopen and up to 2,000 spectators will be allowed at live sporting events.

Estuary 2021 – 22 May – 13 June 2021 – Estuary 2021’s mix of large and intimate scale visual art, literature, music and film will take place over 23 days, from 22 May to 13 June 2021, celebrating culture, creativity, recovery and renewal. The festival will host site-specific works in the landscape, alongside animating the wharfs, piers, high streets and venues of key estuary towns including Gunners Park Shoebury.

SHOEBURY COMMON NORTH – CHILDRENS PLAYGROUND: The plans are waiting for approval to proceed with the playground and it is anticipated that work will begin in January 2021 and hopefully finish by Easter 2021, which is great news. The Park depends on volunteers to support the gardeners and Peter Lovett would like to hear from anyone who can spare some time to support with gardening, (hand tools) carrying out basic repairs, planting, etc. Please email and he will set up a meeting with the parks department. If you want to support other Council parks in Shoebury, let us know and we will advise the Council.

From Peter Lovett – MAYA CLOSE / NESS ROAD JUNCTION: As you know Shoebury Residents organised a public consultation with the residents in this area, following a road traffic death at this junction. After sending photos of the inconsiderate parking to the safety office at Southend Council, a plan was drawn up to extend the junction (to give clearer views of the main road) and other changes / signs to improve the layout. I have been chasing the Council ever since but after a direct phone call with the deputy leader (Councillor Ron Woodley) I have been assured that the funding has now been approved and the work will be carried out very soon.

Queensway – There is a consultation re the Queensway development that currently includes the plan to do away with the underpass. We believe that this will disastrous for those of us living this side of Southend. Please send your comments via this link -