Lockdown easing from 17 May –

  • Up to 6 people or 2 households will be able to meet indoors and up to 30 people outdoors
  • Pubs, restaurants and cafes are allowed to serve customers indoors
  • Museums, theatres and cinemas can open
  • Hotels, hostels and B&Bs can reopen
  • Adult indoor group exercise classes can restart

Rapid Covid-19 self-test kits

The Council’s community collect initiative is still running which means rapid Covid-19 self-test kits are being offered to everyone living and working in the Borough.

You can collect LFD testing kits from participating pharmacies which can be found on this interactive map.

LFD testing kits will also be available at the following libraries:

  • Southchurch library
  • The Forum, Southend-on-Sea
  • Westcliff-on-Sea library
  • Kent Elms library
  • Leigh-on-Sea library

Visit our Get Tested pages for more information on local COVID-19 testing.


Shoeburyness Leisure Centre is due to reopen after being closed to the public for the past 14 months.  Shoeburyness Leisure Centre – reopens Saturday 22nd for lane and family swim sessions, gym and sports hall court hire

Following detailed risk assessments, initially there will not be any group exercise classes  Shoeburyness due to the social distancing requirements. Group exercise will become available again once the Covid restrictions have been relaxed at the end of June, subject to further progress of the Government’s roadmap.

For more information regarding leisure facilities in the Southend, please go to


BEACH & PARK CLEANS – We have been advised we are now able to organise park and beach cleans again. We will inform you when dates are agreed (and the weather brightens up!)

Southend Emergency Fund Impact Report 31st March

Fund Achievements:
✓ £200,000+ raised
✓ £190,554 given in grants
✓ 64 Southend charities and organisations
✓ 95 grants to support local people facing extreme Covid-related need.
✓ The Fund is an initiative of our community: individuals, faith communities, charities and businesses.
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Go, Grow, Give for #MHAW21 – Trust Links

Trust Links have launched their very own ‘GO GROW GIVE’ campaign. They are inviting people to disconnect from their tech and zoom in on the benefit of being outdoors! The website has their downloadable challenge with ideas to inspire people to ‘GO’ into nature, ‘GROW’ something and ‘GIVE’ back for a positive boost to their wellbeing. Read more

Environmental Hero Packs – Turning Tides & Anglian Water

Anglian Water and the Turning Tides Team at SAVS are excited to offer FREE Environmental Hero Activity Packs to residents in Southend. The packs provide information about how we can look after our Seafront and environment.

Many of us love cooking up a delicious treat for the family in the kitchen, but for Anglian Water’s sewer technicians the ‘dish of the day’ when they get called out to a blockage is food waste and fat.

These can mix together with wipes and other un-flushable items to create a disgusting fatberg which can lead to flooding and pollution of the local environment. Read more



Planning Applications week ending 14.05.2021

Erect single storey side/rear extension – 2 Boundary Way Shoeburyness Essex

Erect two storey side extension and part single/part two storey rear extension, alter elevations – 9 Sedgemoor Shoeburyness Southend-On-Sea

Convert existing attached garage into habitable accommodation and alter front elevation – 9 Sedgemoor Shoeburyness Southend-On-Sea

Hip to gable roof extension, dormer to rear with juliette balcony and rooflights to front (Lawful Development Certificate – Proposed) – 31 Ulster Avenue Shoeburyness

Erect single storey rear extension, projecting 4m beyond the existing rear wall of the dwelling, 2.6m high to eaves and with a maximum height of 3m – 183 Wakering Road


MOD Report


Date Reason for notification
17, 21-23 May 2021 Nothing to report
18 May 2021 Explosions may be noticed
19 May 2021 Smoke may be noticed
20 May 2021 Explosions and smoke may be noticed