SHOEBURY MATTERS 06.09.2020

SHOEBURY MATTERS – 6.09.2020

Southend Pier – Visitor numbers to the world’s longest pleasure pier have been bouncing back since reopening in July, and visitors are being urged to visit the pier and seafront this bank holiday weekend as the summer draws to a close. The world’s longest pleasure pier was out of use since lockdown for the Coronavirus pandemic began back in March, with it officially reopening to visitors Monday 6 July. Since then, visitor numbers have surpassed the 65,000 mark, but with the pier trains in their last summer before being replaced with new, eco-friendly pier trains next year, visitors are being reminded today could prove to be one of the last opportunities this summer to ride the iconic trains.

ASDA Trolleys – last week’s newsletter included the fact that I had written to the manager of Asda’s complaining about the increase in trolleys being left in streets. I did not receive a reply but I personally have not seen any and I hope it is because they have taken some form of action.

EAST BEACH – From Peter Lovett – Following several posts about the state of East Beach & the amount of rubbish left, I contacted all three Councillors & and this is a reply from Councillor Nick Ward. ‘Veolia are responsible for the east beach area, and we had extra bins placed on east beach to help with the problem. I have been on East Beach on a number of occasions this summer and have watched the amount of people and the teams cleaning up during the day the problem is not Veolia but the people who visit and refuse to clear up. We need more enforcement officers that can fine people that leave there rubbish and waste. This is what I am aiming for by firstly ban the BBQs then getting better enforcement to patrol the areas.’ EAST BEACH TEAM’

Following discussion with Carl Hanser and reading posts about the rubbish and the general outlook over the last 6 months on Facebook there is no doubt it needs some tender loving care. From experience working with Shoebury Common, having a team of residents working positively with Pier & Foreshore, Veolia, Council, Councillors & Uncle Tom’s, we have secured a good working relationship to keep the area clean & tidy. We must avoid criticism and make sure we support them. Shoebury Residents are prepared to support a team of volunteers with pickers, Hi-Viz jackets, hoops etc. I will ask Carl to be Team Leader, but he will need some support from others members. Are you are willing to support this challenge? Please email shoeburyresidents@gmail.com if you want to help. The main thing is keeping track of the problems & then seeing what can be done to resolve them. Thank you

SOUTHEND’S legendary illuminations could be making a return, with discussions underway on early proposals. The shining and twinkling lights delighted families and daytrippers for decades, before being removed.  Now the stakeholder group and tourism partnership is holding talks to bring back the loved attractions – with top attraction bosses saying it’ll help the town’s Covid-19 recovery. The group of 40 members, including council bosses, seafront traders and business leaders, are working to improve the seafront and boost the town following the pandemic’s impact.

Shoebury Characters – Larry Gains was born in Ontario, Canada on 12 December 1900. He took up boxing at around the age of twenty and travelled to Britain on a cattle ship making his professional début in London as “The Toronto Terror” in June 1923. Gains was considered one of the top heavyweights of his era, but was denied the opportunity to fight for the British Championship and the World Championship due to the rules against black boxers competing for the titles, instead competing for the ‘Coloured Heavyweight Championship of the World’, a title that he won in 1928 and 1935. In December 1938 he defeated Welsh champion George James on points. In 1939, with the advent of World War II, Gains joined the British Army as a physical training instructor. He served as a Sergeant Major in the Pioneer Corps in the Middle East. His last fight was a defeat to Jack London in June 1942. After boxing, Gains had a succession of low-paid jobs. In 1950 he was working as a labourer in Shoeburyness. Gains later went on to be the singer/drummer in a hotel band.

Planning Applications week ending 04.09.2020

ERECT PART SINGLE/PART TWO STOREY SIDE AND REAR EXTENSION, FORM VEHICLE CROSSOVERS TO FRONT ONTO HIGH STREET (AMENDED PROPOSAL)  – 67 HIGH STREET SHOEBURYNESS SOUTHEND-ON-SEA

HIP TO GABLE ROOF EXTENSION, ERECT DORMER TO REAR WITH JULIETTE BALCONIES, ERECT SINGLE STOREY REAR EXTENSION, PART SINGLE/PART TWO STOREY SIDE EXTENSION, ALTER ELEVATIONS – 17 STROMA GARDENS

ERECT SINGLE STOREY REAR EXTENSION, ALTER ELEVATIONS (PART- RETROSPECTIVE) – 10 CHELDON BARTON SHOEBURYNESS SOUTHEND-ON-SEA

MOD report

 

Date            Reason for Notification
7 September 2020 Explosions may be noticed
8-10 September 2020 Explosions may be noticed earlier than usual, 08:30
11 September 2020 Gunfire may be noticed
12 & 13 September 2020 Nothing to report

 

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