Leigh on Sea News

Celebrate Southend’s subcultures at a series of exclusive events

The Beecroft Art Gallery is holding a series of events to celebrate the diversity of subcultures in Southend, from teddy boys to mods, skinheads, punks, goths and everything in between and beyond.

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Funding boost for event organisers

The council is once again offering event organisers and organisations the opportunity to bid for funding to set up events and activities across the borough.

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Preferred bidder announced for Better Queensway scheme

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council’s cabinet are set to approve the selection of Swan Housing Association as its preferred bidder for the major transformation of the Queensway area in central Southend.

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Council increases short-stay parking in Southend

Two mini short-stay carparks are to be trialled on Southend High Street, with short-term parking spaces at another major central car park also increasing.

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Rough sleeper stats drop but there is still more to do

The official number of rough sleepers in Southend-on-Sea has dropped as the effects of new schemes and great partnership working are felt.

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Coach trip exhibition to boost tourism

Members of the Visit Southend team based at the pier attended a major coach operator exhibition in London to promote Southend-on-Sea as a coach and group location for tourists.

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Southend homes in line for winter warmth

Low-income Southend households without central heating could be given help to keep warm this winter.

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Residents have their say on new coastal management scheme for Shoeburyness

Almost 150 people have so far had their say on plans to protect Shoeburyness from tidal flooding and coastal erosion. 

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Impressive GCSE results yet again for Southend schools

Southend students also performed above the national average in Attainment 8, ranking 13th in the country with a score of 52.0 compared to the national of 46.5. This is an improvement on the 2017 score of 50.4. In the Progress 8 measure Southend is ranked 32nd with a score of 0.14 compared to national score of –0.02, again showing improvement from last year’s score of 0.06.

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Investment proposed for extra children’s care home placements

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council plans to increase the number of residential care home placements for children in the local area.

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Youth groups give youngsters somewhere to connect

A community centre is giving young people somewhere to socialise with others their age and get advice and guidance.

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More affordable housing to be discussed

The council’s cabinet are to discuss the potential construction of 56 more affordable homes in the borough.

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Highways works planned for draft council budget

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council will be investing over £26m into improving its roads and pavements over the next 3 years.

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New investment in Pier and roads feature in draft capital budget

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council has revealed its draft capital budget for April 2019 onwards, with £35.3m of new projects being put forward as part of its draft budget proposals for 2019/20.

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New Religious Education syllabus launched for Southend schools

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council is pleased to launch the new agreed syllabus for Religious Education (RE) which will be used in schools from now until 2023.

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New year, new budget

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council will be hosting the annual budget briefing consultation at the Holiday Inn, Southend Airport.

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Waste not, want not this Christmas

As we gather with family for Christmas dinners, wrap presents and decorate our home, that can mean lots of waste. However, you can give the earth a gift this year by reusing and recycling.

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Future ambition for Southend-on-Sea approved

An exciting ambition for the future of the Borough has been approved by Full Council.

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Festive Business competition winners announced

The winners and runners up of the 2018 Best Festive Business competition have been announced, with Salon T winning the public vote. 

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Fly-tipping duo billed more than £2,000

Two Southend-on-Sea residents have racked up a combined bill of over £2,000 for two separate fly-tipping incidents in the borough in 2018. 

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