Leigh on Sea News

Major investment to be injected into Southend town centre in 2020

Major projects and initiatives to overhaul the open spaces in and around Southend town centre between now and April 2021 are underway.

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Rochford Road northbound closure ahead of The Bell junction work

Access onto Rochford Road northbound from The Bell junction will be prohibited for 12 weeks as diversionary gas works are undertaken as part of The Bell junction improvement works.

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Draft council budget focused on people, homes, roads and environment

More care for those that need it, more council housing, more road repairs and more trees and greenery are at the centre of the council’s proposed budget for 2020/21.

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Road and pavement repairs key part of proposed budget

Roads and pavements across the borough are set for resurfacing following the inclusion of a further £3.2m in the council’s proposed capital budget, which will be discussed by the council’s cabinet next week (Thursday 16 January).

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Toy Drive changes up a gear following early donations

The sixth annual Toy Drive is in full throttle as council elves find themselves overwhelmed with gifts and donations just two weeks into the charity project, and the elves are urging for more. 

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Carriageway closures at The Bell junction

A weekend road closure and subsequent three-week northbound lane closure at Hobleythick Lane are planned to allow underground electricity cables and gas pipes to be moved before work takes place on improving The Bell junction.

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Creating a clean energy future for Leigh-on-Sea

Energy infrastructure in Leigh-on-Sea is being investigated following Southend-on-Sea Borough Council’s recently declared climate change emergency.

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Pop-up street store for clothes swap project

A street store is coming to The Victoria shopping centre next week for one day only as the council and Veolia promote European Week for Waste Reduction.

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Are you registered to vote?

Residents of Southend-on-Sea need to make sure they register to vote by midnight Tuesday 26 November so they can vote in the General Election this December.

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Taxi drivers join us in protecting our children from county lines and child exploitation

Taxi drivers across the borough of Southend are being trained to spot the signs of child exploitation, in a programme designed to crack down on county lines activity. 

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Challenging the Essex Girl stereotype

A portrait photography and oral history exhibition challenging the stereotypes associated with Essex girls is due to open in Southend.

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Planned November highways works

Up to seven roads across the borough are planned for repairs and resurfacing throughout November as the council continues with its planned winter highways works programme.

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Lest we forget – Remembrance Day Service

Southend-on-Sea’s annual Remembrance Day commemoration takes place on Sunday 10 November at the Southend Cenotaph.

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Council invests over £5m to continue council housing drive

Over £5m is being invested to provide more local council housing. 

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More support needed to tackle climate change

More Government support is needed to help make Southend-on-Sea carbon neutral by 2030, according to the council’s cabinet member for environment.

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Strategy to protect Essex coastline to be considered

The council’s cabinet is to consider a countywide strategy to protect important natural habitat sites along the Essex coast.

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National award for council’s Benefits Team

The council’s Benefits Team have been given national recognition as they scooped a national award for their performances and achievements.

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Queensway residents get first look at initial plans for future

Over 40 local residents of the current Queensway estate got a special preview of initial concepts of how the Better Queensway regeneration could take shape in the future.

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Southend measles update

The latest update from Southend Borogh Council on cases of measles at Southend Hospital.

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First glance of Queensway regeneration plans

Initial concepts of how the Better Queensway regeneration could take shape will be exhibited at locations around the borough for the public to view from next week. 

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