In an interesting cabinet reshuffle at Southend Council, the councillor responsible for
controversial transport and planning schemes across the borough in the past couple of years, has
swapped roles with her Social Care, Housing and Health colleague.
Anna Waite - who received a death threat from an unnamed source in the lead up to the local
elections - swaps portfolio responsibilities with Mark Flewitt.
Around 20 protesters have marched through part of Southend this afternoon (3 May) to demonstrate
against, what it calls, the council's "pursuit of inappropriate schemes for the town".
Several groups were represented including Stop Airport Expansion Now (SAEN), Saxon King in Priory
Park (SKIPP), Plane Stupid, Priory Park Preservation Society (PPPS), South East Essex Greenpeace
and South East Essex Friends of the Earth.
Tree felling began at Cuckoo Corner in Southend overnight. These pictures were captured at 11.30am
on Saturday (20th March). The threatened trees will all be pulled down this weekend and Priory
Crescent road will be shut to traffic. You can read the full story here.
It's been confirmed that protestors at Camp Cuckoo in Southend have left the site. The decision
came just hours after a judge at the High Court ruled the group had no legal rights to be at the
junction of Priory Crescent and Victoria Avenue.
Saxon King in Priory Park spokeswoman Patsy Link confirmed to longpier.
Did you know the tourist industry contributes £300m to the Southend economy? To mark British
Tourist Week, the borough's council will be outlining its plans for a fun-filled summer of sand,
sea and exciting events on Thursday (Mar 18).
Around 18% of the town's workforce is directly involved in tourism or tourism-related
industries, making it one of the borough's key business sectors.
Conservatives in Southend have released two new computer generated images of the proposed new
development at Cuckoo Corner, suggesting protest groups are "scaremongering" over the multi-million
Protestors are currently camped out near the roundabout, campaigning against the removal of trees,
to make way for the development.
Here at Longpier.com, we're delighted to welcome Rachel Charman editor of Councilbust - a site for
independent reporting of politics in the Southend borough. Rachel will write a number of opinion
pieces for Longpier.com, and her knowledge of the workings of Civic Centre will be crucial in the
lead up to the local and national elections.