SHOEBURY MATTERS

 

SHOEBURY MATTERS – 13.09.2020

Litter pickers – Many thanks to Carl Hanser and the team who took part in the East beach litter pick Friday. This is Sophie who helped alongside her mother Elsa. They also had a productive walk back to their house in time for black bag collection.

St Mary the Virgin Parish church – The church placed an advertisement in the September magazine regarding coffee mornings. I have been told these gatherings are very friendly and enjoyed by those seeking good company. They are not taking place at present but, when the resume, we will notify you via this newsletter. I met Pat and Tony from the church yesterday while delivering the magazine and they gave me a handful of 2020 pocket diaries produced by the church. If you would like one please email shoeburyresidents@gmail.com (first replies will be successful)

Southend Council would like to thank the vital community groups, centres and those who have gone out of their way to be good neighbours over the last six months. Many of these great stories would go unheard so we have launched the Good Neighbours scheme where people can share their experiences, learn from each other and continue to encourage those who would like to help others, to raise their hands and get involved. Individuals and groups have come together to help those in need, and support people who need a friendly voice at the end of the phone, a bit of shopping done, their dogs walked and many other seemingly small but hugely impactful activities. Some of these groups have added their stories to the new Your say Southend website, where there is a section for anyone to add their Good Neighbours story.

Shoeburyness HUB151 is one of the Southend community groups and organisations that not only stayed open during the height of the lockdown, but that actively ramped up their work in supporting the community around it. Carolyn Warner, who runs the group said, “Having set up a site called ‘Sew 4 Community’ a team of expert sewers were drafted in, all voluntarily donating their time to make scrubs and uniforms for hospital staff. A box was placed outside the hub and scrubs were donated to the point that it was regularly overflowing. Material was donated via social media, and all scrubs were delivered to hospitals and care homes.”

Shoebury High School – As you are aware schools are back action. My grandson started senior school for the first time at Shoebury High. He was apprehensive before going but, after his first week, his comments were – ‘I enjoyed my first week. Three of my class were in my class at Thorpedene. We have hand sanitisers that we use when we walk into class and when we walk out. We don’t walk from classroom to classroom. We stay in our classroom and teachers come to us so we don’t move around the corridors. I have made new friends and maths is my favourite lesson’

Michelle Gray –I would like to introduce myself; My name is Michelle Gray. I have previously been a volunteer for the A Better Start Southend (ABSS) project since 2017 and now work as part of the ABSS Engagement Team here at Southend Association of Voluntary Services. My new role is to support individuals, groups and organisations who would like to apply for the Community Ideas and Development Fund. This fund is to enable at least two or more parties to come together and apply for either the Seed Fund which is up to £5,000 or the Grow Fund which is between £5,000 and £10,000. The fund is looking for your creative innovation that has the potential to become the big idea your community needs for the long term. Attached is information this fund and the launch workshop dates. You will be able to book onto these via my email – MGray@savs-southend.co.uk

Letter from James Duddridge – ‘Following on from my previous correspondence, I felt it important to provide you with a progress update in relation to the concerns raised about the Southend East Community Academy Trust. I was pleased to learn that officials from the Department for Education and the Education and Skills Funding Agency have been working with Trust leadership, and agreed that action was needed in a number of areas. This included the strengthening of existing governance arrangements and the independent appointment of a new Chair of the Trust. Having met with Karen Dovaston, I found her to be very professional and I believe her to be the right person for the job, I welcome her appointment. I now feel that the Trust have the opportunity to move forward in a positive and progressive manner, with the correct governance and management structure in place. I hope that this helps to clarify the current situation. I will continue to remain in direct contact with both the Trust and the Department for Education, and would like to share the attached letter from my recent meeting with Karen (attached)

Caroline Reynolds, Senior Economic Development Officer SOS Borough Council – I have been made aware of the following campaign  -https://www.buylocalfoodanddrink.co.uk/ it encourages people to buy local which requires local businesses to register on the site. I have asked them to provide me with some more information about the campaign and their plans and as soon as I have something I will share it with you. In the meantime if we can get a good range of businesses registered we can start to do some social media directed at our residents.

Marina for Gunners park – You may have read in the Echo, heard a rumour or seen a post by an individual on Facebook headed ‘Marina for Gunners Park? Opinion.’  Andrew Armstrong (park ranger) commented on the Facebook post – ‘No one has consulted with the current tenanted landowner Essex Wildlife Trust. The area is a managed wildlife reserve’. The main aim of Essex Wildlife Trust is to preserve the habitat of wildlife and so hopefully it will remain just an idea (as it has in the past) because it suggests the loss of acres of Gunners Park enjoyed by wildlife and the many residents of Shoeburyness who use this lovely area for recreation.

Southend libraries are now open – From Friday 11 September residents can visit their local libraries to browse for their favourite novels and books. The service will allow residents to make use of the libraries once again whilst there will be measures in place supporting Government guidance around social distancing. All libraries will be open to the public for browsing from 10am – 4pm Monday to Saturday. The number of people inside any library at any given time will be limited to ensure social distancing can be maintained, and visitors will be urged to try and limit visits to 20 minutes where possible. Face coverings should also be worn when visiting the sites with hand sanitizing stations available in all sites. To request an item for click and collect, or to find out more, please visit our Library pages or telephone 01702 215011.

SCAMS – Criminals are experts at impersonating trusted organisations and manipulating people into parting with their money or personal information. You are reminded to stop and take a moment to think before parting with any money or information, in case it’s a scam.  Taking a moment to stop and think before parting with your money or information could keep you safe. Always challenge. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you. Contact your bank immediately if you think you’ve fallen for a scam and report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or at www.actionfraud.police.uk

HARP, Southend’s homeless charity, is doing Harvest Festival differently this year so that local people can still collect food for them despite continued restrictions in place due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Each Harvest, schools, churches and other community organisations across South Essex normally collect food donations for the local homeless people housed and supported by HARP. This year, with many of those schools and organisations are unable to undertake their usual collections due to the pandemic, the charity is inviting you to become a HARP Community Champion and coordinate a food. You can sign up to be a HARP Community Champion. Or if your school, church or community group would like to arrange a Harvest collection, send us an email. supportercare@harpsouthend.org.uk

Flu Vaccination – Knowledge & Attitudes – In the run up to winter, local health and care partners want to make sure they do everything they can to prevent avoidable illness. The health system is still battling the coronavirus and while the flu vaccine will not protect from getting coronavirus, it will reduce flu-related illness and ease stress on health services during this pandemic. The Government is also planning to offer the flu vaccine to more people in the population including everyone over 50. That’s why it’s important that we understand your feelings around the flu vaccination. This survey will take no more than 10 minutes to complete. https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Flu_Southend

 

Planning applications week ending 12.09.2020

INSTALL DORMER TO FRONT TO FORM HABITABLE ACCOMMODATION IN THE LOFTSPACE – 14 HERONGATE SHOEBURYNESS SOUTHEND-ON-SEA

CROWN LIFT TO 3.5 METRES ALL ROUND, REDUCE BY UP TO 3 METRES TO SUITABLE GROWTH POINTS AND SHAPE TO LEAVE A BALANCED CROWN TO ONE COPPER BEACH TREE (T1) (WORK TO TREES COVERED BY A TREE RESERVATION ORDER) – FLORA 4B REMBRANDT CLOSE SHOEBURYNESS

ERECT SINGLE STOREY REAR EXTENSION – 250 MAPLIN WAY NORTH ERECT PART SINGLE/PART TWO STOREY REAR EXTENSION, FIRST FLOOR SIDE EXTENSION, EXTEND FRONT TO FORM PITCHED ROOF AND INSTALL ROOFLIGHTS TO FRONT – 31 WATERFORD ROAD SHOEBURYNESS

 

MOD report

 

Date            Reason for Notification
14 & 15 September 2020 Gunfire and Explosions may be noticed
16 September 2020 Explosions may be noticed
17 September 2020 Explosions may be noticed earlier than usual, 08:30
18-20 September 2020 Nothing to report