newsletter 30.01.2021


COVID UPDATE MEETING 29th JANUARY 2021 from Peter Lovett – Positive tests are coming down being 413 per 100,000 but ITU beds are still very high, although not all taken up by Covid patients.

Interesting to note that if you have a positive test this is 99.8% accurate. It is only when you have a negative test that it becomes only around 75% accurate. We should have another testing site coming on board (Garons).

Although they still recommend booking at the Shoebury testing centre, they said you are allowed to walk in and be tested as well.

Southend is 3rd highest in the South of England for the vaccine roll-out with around 800 / 1,000 vaccines a day and a total of 26,000 by Sunday.

The Pfizer jab is the most common used in Southend, although may be different in Rochford and other areas.

Despite what we were told before people with underlying health conditions like type 2 Diabetes may be in group 6 for vulnerability, so please check the website for details.

We were also asked to encourage any group or organisation that can share information to support their members or group, to join up to the Southend Community Connectors.

George Street toilet block to be refurbished – The toilets at East Beach are to get a complete refurbishment that will modernise the block and create a new changing place and disabled facility.  The existing block has been earmarked for refurbishment and will be funded through the council’s capital programme. Following a competitive procurement process, Alfa Electrical were selected to carry out the work. Work is due to start on Monday 1 February and be completed by the end of March. The East Beach foreshore toilets will be open to the public whilst these works take place.

From Tin Team – Shoebury Tin Team will be making their first collections next week either on the 1st Thursday or Saturday of Feb. Look out for a flyer through your door. If your road is not yet covered by Tin Team you can drop any donations for the food banks to The Hub in West Road at any time.

Scheme launched to help homeowners in Southend save money on energy – Homeowners in Southend may be able to take advantage of funding to make homes warmer and energy bills cheaper this winter.

The scheme aims to help low-income homes keep warm by improving the energy efficiency rating and reducing energy bills. Residents across the borough who meet the eligibility criteria below are encouraged to apply, as part of the Warmer Homes Local Authority Delivery (LAD) programme.

Household income must be less than £30,000 and the energy efficiency rating of the house must be E, F or G. Residents can find out the energy efficiency rating of their homes by looking on the EPC Register, entering their postcode and selecting their house from the list. The Warmer Homes team undertake a free energy assessment of your home and help with accessing grant funding for any energy efficiency improvements.

A number of energy efficiency measures are available such as: Solid wall and other insulation options/ Low carbon heating/ Door improvements/ Smart heating controls

Residents who match the eligibility criteria can get in touch with the Warmer Homes team by phoning 0800 038 5737 for free, or by visiting Warmer Homes website.

Gunners Park flood plain – Peter Lovett was interviewed last Thursday on BBC Radio Essex. It was concerning the issue of flood water in Shoeburyness. You can listen online


Our Facebook members have been great sharing details of crime & fraud so that residents have advanced warning so we can protect ourselves & our neighbours. Even more amazing is the videos & photos you have posted which clearly shows activities of crime and deception taking place or offering evidence that could be used if a crime took place at another time or place. I have received tremendous support from the Southend District Commander Ian Hughes. I now have a direct contact with a Community Safety & Engagement officer and through her to PC Cheung, who is our Community Officer for Shoebury.

It is so important that the evidence posted is directed to where it can result in a reduction in crime and that is the police: If you are worried or unable to cope online, then use us as your point of contact by emailing Here is some advice I received:

1 – 999 Should be used in an emergency when there is a need for urgent Police assistance: – when it’s an emergency/ a crime is in progress/ someone suspected of a crime is nearby/ when there is danger to life/ when violence is being used or threatened

2 – 101 Should be used to report non-emergency incidents where an immediate Police response is not necessary for example reporting criminal damage to a wall that has happened sometime overnight and enquiries can be completed in slow time or for advice.

3 – Livechat – This is available through the Essex Police Website daily between 7am and 11pm and allows the person reporting to have a live exchange with an operator, this facility should be used to report non-emergency crime.

I have posted below the link to the Facebook post, which has a video that clearly demonstrates how to use the system. You may also find how informative their Facebook site is and what a variety of information it provides.

Crimes can also be reported online, again this is for non-emergency incidents and this is a form which can be filled in and is electronically sent to the police.

The Police are trying to encourage people to use Live Chat as much as possible rather than calling 101 as this can have long wait times…/videos/133622308348884


Planning applications week ending 29.01.2021

Fell one sycamore tree (T1), crown reduce by 0.5m one sycamore tree (T2) and remove one limb from a hawthorn tree (T3) to front, cut back encrouchment to mixed hedge (H1) and reduce encroachment to car park at rear to one black locust tree (T4) (Application for works to trees in a Conservation Area) – 3 Warrior Square Road

Reduce and shape by approximately 2m two Cherry Trees (T1 and T2) in rear garden – 76 Horseshoe Crescent Shoeburyness Southend-On-Sea

Erect single storey rear extension, projecting 4m beyond the existing rear wall of the dwelling, 3m high to eaves and with a maximum height of 4m – 36 Yarnacott