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  • homeless belongings in doorway
    Article: Jun 21, 2022
    In Chelmsford City Life

    A new city-wide initiative has been launched to make it easier for anyone sleeping rough to get help in Chelmsford.

    Street Support is an established, national scheme running throughout the UK. Cities taking part create a bespoke directory of local homelessness and support services. Now, for the first time, there's a dedicated Street Support website and app for Chelmsford.

  • Article: Jun 15, 2022
    In www.southend.gov.uk

    Outside the Victoria Centre shop fronts, with shoppers walking across the plaza.The council's cabinet has approved more investment into four key projects (Tuesday 14 June, cabinet).

    As part of Southend City Council's commitment to the regeneration of the City Centre, £2m will be used to refurbish parts of The Victoria Centre. This investment will fund improvements to the atrium and Queensway roof, refurbishment to the building exterior, subdivide units for incoming new businesses and see the installation of a new goods lift and car park payment system.

    Up to £1.6m will be allocated to build new cafes on East Beach, Shoebury. It is anticipated that three will be built in total depending on demand, with the option to start with two and add a third in future. In addition £500,000 will fund a new surfaced car park at East Beach to support the investment already made into new paths, lighting, CCTV, toilets, widening the vehicle entrances and installing a height barrier and vehicle flow plates. Finally, just over £300,000 will be used to extend the High Street bollards project to Marine Parade.

    The report also details how £7.2m was invested in Airport Business Park Southend last year, with £6.2m towards construction of The Launchpad. The Launchpad sits at the entrance to Airport Business Park Southend (ABPS) and will champion real innovation in the area for start-ups and SME's. Three storeys in height, it will contain a mix of offices, workshops, research facilities and break out spaces, along with a café and seminar space.

    Cllr Paul Collins, cabinet member for asset management and inward investment, says: "Our ambition to continue to invest in economic recovery, help create jobs and deliver regeneration across the city is not diminished despite the financial challenges we face. Despite those challenges, it is important that we continue to invest in the City and create the conditions for local businesses to thrive and people to have access to local jobs. Investing in The Victoria Centre and East Beach are two great examples of where we are doing exactly that across the area, along with other projects like Airport Business Park Southend, a vital project that is already driving opportunity, prosperity and economic growth of both Southend-on-Sea and the wider region. It is creating more local employment, and providing opportunities for local business to expand and new ones to invest."

    Speaking about The Victoria Centre, Cllr Collins said: "Since we took over The Victoria Centre in December 2020 and showed our intent to support the regeneration of the city centre, we have seen a number of new and varied business uses open up, including the new blood unit, the indoor climbing centre, a new climate hub, and two further units. Our potential lettings are exciting and will further increase its use and attract more people to The Victoria Centre and City Centre in general, as well as providing further job opportunities for local people. The Council is continuing to invest in the building and this work aligns with the Council's objective when we bought it - to revitalise the Centre and the High Street, by creating a more vibrant and mixed-use scheme rather than relying solely on traditional retail uses."

    The cabinet report will now continue through the council's democratic cycle of meetings.

  • Carole Mulroney ()
    Article: Jun 7, 2022


    Yet another devastating blow for Leigh residents and businesses

    From 5 banks to none in 2 years is pretty good going even for an industry which notoriously disregards the needs of local people.

    Now Barclays, following hot on the heels of NatWest, have advised they will be closing their Leigh Branch in September.

  • Carole Mulroney ()
    Article: Jun 7, 2022
    In www.southend.gov.uk

    The first ever Climate Hub in Southend-on-Sea has officially opened its doors to support the council's ambition of reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2030. Located at Unit F15 on the top floor of Victoria Shopping Centre (next to IndiRock), the hub provides a physical space for education and engagement. The aim is to unite residents, businesses, schools, universities, and faith groups in support of the council reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2030 and to embrace the challenges of the Climate Emergency Declaration made in 2019.

  • Article: Jun 7, 2022
    In www.southend.gov.uk

    Refuse collector emptying a blue food waste bin in to a bin lorry, he has a black sack in the other hand.Southend City Cabinet members will discuss feedback given by the waste industry and be asked to agree a two-stage procurement process to get a new recycling, waste and cleansing contract in place by 2024.

    Following Full Council earlier this year, it was agreed that council officers would speak to the leading companies in the waste industry - to help inform the procurement approach and understand current best practice in the sector. This took place in March 2022 through six in-depth 'market engagement sessions' which covered collection methods and frequency, sustainability and the environment, customer experience and education and finances/value for money.

    The two-stage procurement process would see bidders submit two priced outline proposals in late 2022 - one for a full weekly collection service and a second allowing bidders more flexibility in their proposal. Cabinet will then will then be asked to decide on the service model required and frequency of collection ahead of the second stage of procurement. This will need a more detailed proposal which will be evaluated ahead of the awarding of a contract in autumn 2023. A new contract would start in May 2024, with an extension to the current Veolia contract to be put in place in the meantime.

    Cllr Paul Collins, Cabinet member for asset management and inward investment said "These sessions have been incredibly useful for us to better understand the waste sector, the current challenges it faces and how that affects us and help inform our approach to the procurement of this new contract. This report clearly lays out the feedback from the industry, and a two-stage procurement process will allow Cabinet to make an informed choice towards the end of the year about what sort of waste contract we want to go for in the future, taking into account a range of issues including environmental and financial factors alongside frequency and method of collection, for example."

  • Article: Jun 7, 2022
    In www.southend.gov.uk

    Police and community safety officers under the bridge on Southend High Street.A public consultation on stricter rules for anti-social behaviour including the use of bicycles and e-scooters has been launched by Southend-on-Sea City Council.

    A Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) was first introduced to the City in July 2019 for a three-year period to tackle certain types of anti-social behaviour. As the order is now up for renewal, the council has looked at other complaints and issues raised by residents and is seeking their views on whether the order should be extended to cover bicycles, e-scooters and a wider alcohol control area. The existing PSPO includes certain behaviours such as urinating, littering and drinking alcohol, in specific roads and public areas within the City of Southend and the consultation seeks resident's views on renewing it for another three years, with the following additional conditions:

    • Prohibiting cycling (including e-scooters) in pedestrianised areas
    • Extending the drinking control area to include Toledo Road, part of Hilcrest Road and part of York Road.

    Cllr Martin Terry, cabinet member for public protection, said: "The PSPO, while used as a last resort, is an important tool for our officers who have to manage some of the persistent anti-social behaviour they see on their patrols. But the PSPO is only useful if it addresses the problems going on, and we need residents to take part in the consultation and let us know if we've covered everything we need to. People want to visit Southend and feel safe, and importantly, we want to be able to welcome visitors to our City in the knowledge they are going to have a good time and leave, wanting to return. Please help us get this right."

    The consultation can be found on the Your Say Southend website and is open until 5pm on Saturday 25 June.

  • Children eating a school lunch
    Article: Jun 6, 2022

    The government has slashed funding for free school meals for 4-7 year olds in Essex, Southend and Thurrock by £1.5 million in real terms, shocking new figures uncovered by the Liberal Democrats have revealed.

    The party said it is another example of the Conservatives "short-changing our children."

    Children in the Essex County Council area have lost the equivalent of £1,171,603 - more than any other area in the country. Those in Thurrock have lost £154,583 and Southend-on-Sea £138,555.

  • concrete canvas logo (https://chelmsfordforyou.co.uk/concretecanvas)
    Article: Jun 6, 2022

    Chelmsford city centre has been transformed by a festival of street art. "Concrete Canvas" brought incredible murals and artwork to Chelmsford using the city's story as inspiration. Sites across Chelmsford's city centre are now the canvas for striking artworks, forming a diverse trail of street art.

  • Carer ()
    Article: Jun 6, 2022

    This Carers Week, Carers UK (www.carersuk.org) is calling for the UK Government to publish a Recovery & Respite Plan for Unpaid Carers - outlining additional support for carers across a range of areas, including breaks, respite and care services, infection control, identification of carers, financial help, and support to help people juggle work alongside their caring responsibilities. Carers UK is asking everyone to write to their own MP and ask that they support Carers UK's campaign to help ensure that all carers get the support they need. Carers UK has provided a template letter and, if you are currently caring, asks that you add your own personal experience of caring and how it has affected you, before sending it. CLICK HERE to go to the template letter.

  • Article: Jun 1, 2022
    In www.southend.gov.uk

    Black and white spaniel on the beach with a tennis ballPart of East Beach in Shoeburyness has been identified as a potential dedicated dog friendly beach all year round and we have launched a consultation to find out what residents think.

    Residents and visitors are being asked for their views on the proposal, which came about following strong support for part of our beaches to remain open to dogs in a previous consultation.

    The consultation outlines the exact area and explains how, if approved, the area will have dog bins and due to the facilities available and the large amount of space, should not affect the Blue Flag status of the area.

    Cllr Carole Mulroney, cabinet member for environment, culture and tourism, said: "Dog friendly beaches is something that has come up again and again. We are a dog loving nation and I can understand why owners want to be able to combine their love of the seaside with walking their dog, all year round, not just in the out of season months.

    "The survey is very short, three questions in total, so I would urge people to give their views and help the council make an informed decision. There would still be other considerations to make concerning the local habitat and any potential impacts, but we need to know what residents think first, before further work is done."

    The consultation closes at 5pm on Saturday 25 June 2022. Head to the Your Say Southend website and take part.