One of the most visually stunning parts of the Southend borough is set to benefit from a £70,000
A series of works will take place, intended to improve the western side of Two Tree Island in Leigh
on Sea, for wildlife and people. Workers will be on site to improve the Nature Reserve, including a
package of wildlife surveys, new information boards, footpath improvements, scrub management works,
enhancing the lagoon for wading birds and new field trail guides.
Do you have strong opinions about how the heart of Southend should develop, grow and prosper - but
wondered what part you could play in making your ideas a reality?
It's time to make your voice heard. The Southend-on-Sea Town Centre Partnership is meeting at the
Park Inn Palace Hotel, at the top of Pier Hill, on Thursday 22 April (3pm), and members want all
town centre and seafront traders to come along and give their views on the future of the town
A brand new radio station for south Essex launches later today (1 April). Essex Radio is an
internet based station, and three quarters of its presenters are from Southend.
The station goes on air at 8pm tonight and the station will resurrect - amongst other shows - the
famous 'Club Essex' segment on the weekends.
A landlord from Southend has been prosecuted, after leaving his tenants for ten months with no
heating, hot water or downstairs lighting.
Southend Magistrates fined Mr John Squires, of South Crescent £2,000, ordered him to pay £1,010
costs and a £15 victim surcharge, after he admitted failing to repair a defective heating and
water system in his property at Dolphins, Westcliff.
It's been revealed that Southend's iconic Cliff Lift will return to action this summer.
The carriage for the funicular will be reinstalled on Tuesday (23rd March) as the restoration works
near completion. It was closed in 2003 due to technical problems. Since that date, regulations
governing its operation have changed, requiring modifications before it could reopen.
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.
It's been announced that Southend will not be the first 'City of Culture'.
The south Essex resort had bid for the inaugural title for 2013, but the Government says
only four towns will compete in the final - they are Birmingham, Londonderry, Norwich and
Culture Minister Margaret Hodge revealed the line-up after bids from 14 listed cities were
scrutinised by an independent judging panel.
Metal and TAP - art groups in the Southend area - are offering 28 artists / creative practitioners
the opportunity to work on presentation skills in a new five week programme. Each participating
artist will be asked to create their perfect 3 minute presentation to convey the essence of their
work or a particular idea or piece.
It's a subject often stigmatised, it's incredibly difficult to talk about and both women and MEN
can become a victim. Now, a major campaign, aiming to highlight the help available for those at
risk of domestic abuse in Southend and surrounding areas, is being launched.
All this week, members of Southend Domestic Abuse Forum – which represents a range of
agencies in the borough – will be in the foyer of Southend Civic Centre, Victoria Avenue,
Southend, to give out information on domestic abuse and offer details of the services in Southend
that respond to this.
A highly original Playful Garden is Southend's innovative entry to this year's prestigious RHS
Hampton Court Flower Show.
The garden, appealing to children and adults, features an upside-down garden, an underground garden
where children can crawl through a Perspex tunnel for a worms-eye view of the colourful roots of
carrots and beetroots growing, and bamboozling bamboo to hide in.
Monday 1st March 2010 will go down in local history as a very important date. 50 years after
closing its doors to tourists, Southend's Palace Hotel has reopened after a multi-million pound
redevelopment. The iconic building, overlooking the world's longest pleasure pier, represents a
major boost for the regeneration of the area.
Local band The Jons have been named the winners of Southend's Battle of the Bands.
In a musical spectacular, The Jons saw off competition from Lazarus Rose, Vacant Touch and The
Peppermint Apes to win the seven-week competition, organised by Southend Radio 105.1.
The Jons, whose music is described as an infectious blend of bouncy ska, punk and indie, wowed
the crowds at Southend's Marine Parade on Saturday night (31 October), with hundreds of fans
enjoying their energy-charged performance, and then taking part in a text vote to make them the
Thanks to everyone who's been sending in photographs and videos of the snow. We've had scores of
pictures and we're keen for more, so please keep emailing them to email@example.com
and the best will appear on the site.
One of the most useful research tools for football finance writing is the "Football
Management" site run by Dr. John Beech of Coventry University. Dr. Beech took ten days off
recently, and came back to an in-tray" of HMRC-related football fun which would have blocked out
the light from his office windows.