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SOUTHEND-ON-SEA COUNCIL OF THE YEAR

YOUR OFFICIAL COUNCIL MAGAZINE www.southend.gov.uk

ISSUE 24 Autumn 2012

Library book festival will have youngsters spellbound  PAGE 10

Jazz and comedy launch Pier Cultural Centre

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Great opportunities! Don't miss out! Contact us today to find out more about courses this Autumn term. You can enrol either in person, over the phone, online or by post!

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■ Art & Craft Art Life Drawing Intro Clothesmaking Basic Drawing Development Drawing Pen And Ink Illustration Improve Your Piano Skills Painting Watercolour Ink Landscape Pottery Handbuilding Throwing Workshop Clothesmaking Basic Contemporary Stained And Fused Glass Creative Writing Beginners Drawing An Introduction Drawing Life Life Drawing And Portraits Painting From The Masters Painting Watercolour Beginners Singing Jazz And Pop Solo Stained Glass Beginners Bead The World Painting Egg Tempera Icons Illuminations Painting Watercolour Coastal Landscapes Sampler Quilts Drawing And Painting Workshop Knitting Beginners Pottery Handbuilding Throwing Beginners Acrylic And Oil Beginners Drawing Mixed Media Sewing Machine Skills Basic Cardmaking Christmas Cards

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■ Computing IT Computing Stage 3 IT Tame Your Laptop! IT Computing Stage 1 IT Computing Stage 5 IT Photoshop Intermediate IT Computing Stage 2 IT Photoshop Beginners IT Excel Spreadsheet 2010 Workshop IT Genealogy Trace Your Family Tree

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■ Floristry Floristry & Flower Arranging Development

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■ Family Learning Whatever Together Drawing Whatever Together Soap Making Whatever Together Tai Chi

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■ Fitness Pilates Beginners Chi Ball Colour Therapy Beginners Yoga Beginners (Leigh Community Centre) Chi Kung (Qigong) Beginners Tai Chi Beginners

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■ Food Cake Decorating Sugar Modelling

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■ Humanities History Of Arts 2012 Later Stuart Worlds Archaeology Of Saxon Essex History Of Music 2012 Classical Civilisation History Of Art 2012

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■ Modern Languages & Communication Skills Greek Beginners W130Y12 Italian Intermediate 1 W138Y12 Spanish Advanced 1 W136Y12 Spanish Advanced Conversation B159Y12 French Beginners W232Y12 French Intermediate 1 E224Y12 Spanish Beginners W234Y12 Spanish Intermediate 1 E226Y12 German Beginners W329Y12 Italian Advanced Conversation A315Y12 Spanish Advanced Conversation W324Y12 Spanish Intermediate 2 A317Y12 Spanish Intermediate 2 W318Y12 Italian Advanced Conversation A425Y12 Spanish Advanced 1 A427Y12 French Beginners A529Y12 Latin Beginners A628Y12 Spanish Advanced 2 A620Y12 Makaton Beginners 3 And 4 E221Y12 Italian For Holidays A623Y12

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For more information on any of the above courses, please contact us on:

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Southend Adult Community College Ambleside Drive, Southend on Sea, Essex SS1 2UP Email: info@southend-adult.ac.uk


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Community spirit is amazing legacy of Summer 2012 By Council Leader Councillor NIGEL HOLDCROFT

COUNCIL OF THE YEAR 2012

Autumn 2012 N E W S & F E AT U R E S Major reforms of health and social care . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Fragrance of glory in Southend’s sea air . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Council provides life-changing support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

WHILST at times the weather may have been disappointing I am sure that this summer will remain in our memories for many years with both the Olympics and Paralympics on our doorstep. Particularly memorable was the visit of the Olympic Torch which was cheered on by thousands as it made its way through the streets of Southend. On reaching the seafront it was greeted by a choir of more than 2,000 local school pupils and adults singing the specially written Anthem: Let Your Light Shine. It was a joyous moment which not only celebrated the 2012 Olympics, but also showcased the town. Many congratulations to all who were involved. Other highlights included Sparks Will Fly, which brought a colourful carnival atmosphere to the seafront giving the crowds the chance to dance, fish, sing, swim, sail, run, walk, and watch the procession; and Village Green, which saw 31,500 people enjoy the celebrations in Chalkwell Park, with acts ranging from live bands to African drummers and Bollywood dancers. There have been numerous other events – many of them free – which have demonstrated once again what a diverse and exciting community we have in the town. Finally if you have not as yet had the opportunity to visit the new cultural centre at the end of the Pier or the renovated and reopened Priory in Priory Park I would strongly recommend you to do so. Best wishes, Nigel.

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Monitoring of the airport’s operations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Preparing for tough financial challenge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Olympic magic comes to town . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 WIN a gents watch worth £299 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 School celebrates its own diamond jubilee . . . . . . . . . 14 Philanthropic work of community fund . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Accolade for homelessness project . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

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Website boost for independent living products . . . . . . . 17 Shaping the future of library services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Changes to the welfare benefits system . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 What’s On Sea . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20/21 Know your councillors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22/23 Recycling food can be a gardening boon . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

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THE way that health and social care is delivered in the UK is changing from April 2013 with a number of Government reforms aimed at streamlining services and making them more relevant locally. Responsibility for Public Health services will transfer to local authorities, Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) will take charge of commissioning local health services and all health and social care services will be led by the local Health and Wellbeing Board. Here, Outlook takes a look at how these changes will impact residents in Southend…

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HE Health and Wellbeing Board will bring together for the first time, leaders of the local health and care system – with the Southend Clinical Commissioning Group, local councillors, social care providers, public health and local Healthwatch at the core – to work with a common purpose to drive improved services and outcomes. Southend’s shadow Health and Wellbeing Board has compiled a nine-point plan to improve the health and wellbeing of the people of the Borough. This strategy goes out to public consultation from 1 October. A workshop involving community and voluntary groups also helped shape the strategy, which has ambitions for:  A positive start in life  Promoting healthy lifestyles  Improving mental wellbeing  A safer population  Living independently  Active and healthy ageing  Protecting health  Housing  Maximising opportunity The consultation closes on 31 December. Results will then be compiled and go before the Board, which is set to become permanent next April as part of the Government’s health reforms. Councillor Lesley Salter, Executive Councillor for Adult Social Care, Health and Housing, said: “We want all people in Southend, whether children or adults, to experience healthy lifestyles, to achieve their potential and to live fulfilling lives. So it’s vital they help us identify any

Encouraging active lifestyles including participation in sport is one of the priorities of the Health and Wellbeing Board.

gaps to give us a more rounded strategy which will encompass everything we aspire to for a happier and healthy Southend. “Clearly one of the tasks is to prioritise what we do so I’d urge everyone to take a look at the strategy and give us their views.”

 Residents will be able to view and comment on the Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy at www.southend.gov.uk/ healthandwellbeing or if they want it in an alternative format they can call 01702 215008 and choose option 1.

Group to champion patients’ interests ON a wider level, communities will also have a stronger voice through the creation of national and local Healthwatch groups to champion patients’ interests at all levels of the system. As a unitary authority, the Council is responsible for establishing a local

Healthwatch, which will run as an independent body. These organisations will consist of local individuals and community groups and will ensure public involvement in the commissioning, provision and scrutiny of care services. Healthwatch will also

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provide health complaints advocacy, advice and information to enable people to make choices about health and social care. Information on how people can get involved with the local Healthwatch will be available in the spring.

Services will transfer to the Council PUBLIC health programmes which aim to tackle the major causes of premature deaths and ill health – such as helping people to stop smoking – currently fall under the responsibility of the Primary Care Trust but will transfer to the Council from April 2013. The public health team is already working in very close partnership with the Council, and this joint working will be cemented from next April when local authorities take on their new responsibilities. The local public health team will be supported by a new national body – Public Health England – who will offer support and advice to local authorities to assist them in discharging their new duties. Director of Public Health for Southend Andrea Atherton said: “This will be an excellent opportunity to ensure joint working between central government, the present public health system and local authorities, to deliver better health outcomes in our local area.”

Key role in purchasing THE new Southend Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) will be tasked with buying in health services for the local communities – a role currently undertaken by the Primary Care Trust (PCT) From next April, The Southend CCG will cover a population of more than 180,000 across the Southend-on-Sea Borough and will be responsible for ensuring the delivery of local, high quality services that meet the specific needs of the population. The Group will aim to work directly with patients, giving them a wider choice and more of a say in where, when and how they will receive healthcare.

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Southenders Tom Daley pictured during a training session at Southend Swimming and Diving Centre. College Tutor Helen Black is hoisted high in celebration by colleagues after she had been shortlisted for Trainer of the Year in the Nursery World Awards 2012.

Southend sea air fuels Tom to Olympic glory WHAT do you do if you’re Tom Daley and you’ve slightly lost your mojo at the Olympics? Simple – return to the rejuvenating sea air of Southend, collect your thoughts and then dive your way into sporting history. The teenage pin-up must have been feeling the pressure as he and his synchro partner narrowly missed out on a medal at the start of competition. Not in the best of form, the 18-year-old escaped the bubble of London 2012 for the comfort of the Park Inn Palace Hotel and three days more fine-tuning at the Team GB training base – the world class Southend Swimming and Diving Centre. To further escape the pressure cooker of expectation, Tom and his mates enjoyed strolls on the sea front, a deck chair on the beach and they may even have sampled the town’s famous Rossi’s ice cream. He went to the cinema to see Ted and chilled out

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watching his mum Debbie and brothers William and Ben play mini golf. Adoring female fans left pictures, messages of support and requests for autographs at Garon Park as Tom felt the love in Southend and rediscovered the form that made him a world champion at just 15. Buoyed by his Essex break, it was back to Stratford to launch himself off the 10-metre board in the individual event to win a coveted bronze medal. Perhaps Southend helped. Perhaps it was just Tom’s own determination to make his dad, who died last year, proud. Whatever the reason, Southend salutes Tom and his achievement. And already his legacy is a growing number of inquiries from children who want to join the 250 aged six and upwards who are learning to dive in Southend. Maybe we’ve already found the next Tom Daley. We can but dream.

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OUTHEND is Number One in the East of England for the quality of early years childcare provided across the public, private and voluntary sectors. The town is top-ranked by the Department of Education’s new online Foundation Years benchmarking tool, which measures the percentage of settings rated good or outstanding by Ofsted. Sue Cook, the Council’s Interim Corporate Director for Children and Learning, said: “I am proud that Ofsted has recognised the achievements of child care providers supported by the Council in ensuring young children have access to very high quality childcare and early education experiences. “Ensuring children have a good start in life is our ambition in Southend and the quality and range of childcare provision across the Borough is key to making this happen.” Parents and carers across the town are offered a wide choice through a

variety of settings including pre-schools, full day care nurseries, childminders, independent schools and nursery classes in maintained schools. The idea is to help people achieve a fulfiling work and life balance. It comes as research shows that high quality early years provision has a lasting positive impact on child outcomes. Key to maintaining high standards of quality for the town’s childcare and early years workforce is the professional training provided by Southend Adult Community College where tutor Helen Black has just been shortlisted as Trainer of the Year in the Nursery World Awards 2012. Her nomination highlights the 95 per cent success rate of her students and praises her for “going that extra mile” for her students while also “making a difference to learners’ lives”. The College works in partnership with the Council’s Early Years Team who ensure the content of courses are up to date and relevant.

FOUR GREEN FLAGS FLYING IN BOROUGH FOUR parks in Southend – Chalkwell, Belfairs Park and Nature Reserve, Southchurch and Priory – have won laurels again by clinching prestigious Green Flags for the second year running. To win the sought-after accolade, the parks had to pass tough tests including being judged on how the park is managed and maintained, the level of community involvement, conservation and heritage, and environmental sustainability.


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A place where vulnerable

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AFEGUARDING arrangements and services for looked-after children in Southend have been given a glowing seal of approval by Ofsted. Inspectors rated the Council outstanding in five areas including: ● Making sure children and young people are safe and feel safe – the authority is only one of four in the country with this rating ● Partnership working ● The capacity to improve, ambition and prioritisation

Twelve areas were rated good while a further three were adequate with the inspection report praising sustained improvements in services, good financial management and improved outcomes. The report noted that in all the individual cases examined by inspectors, children were robustly safeguarded and none were found to be at risk of harm. James Courtenay, Executive Councillor for Children and Learning, said: “I am delighted the Ofsted inspection team gave our

services such a ringing endorsement. The Council and its partners have made significant progress towards ensuring Southend is one of the safest areas of the country for children and young people to live. “The report has highlighted some areas where we still need to improve and we won’t be resting on our laurels. “But it is overwhelmingly positive about the arrangements the Council has in place for vulnerable and looked after children.”

Case Study

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My key worker made me realise what I was doing to myself and the risks I was exposing my little girl to.

FORMER CANNABIS USER AMBER

Key Worker Helen Rudman chats with Amber and her daughter Hope in Southchurch Hall Park.

Vital support ‘turned my life around’ FORMER cannabis user Amber has her worried mum and the child protection team at Southend Council to thank for helping her turn her life around when she fell pregnant. She had been living with other drug users but moved to a hostel and then a refuge when her daughter Hope, now two, was born. They are now back home. The 21-year-old said: “Overall the Council has been really supportive and helpful. My key worker made me realise what I was doing to myself and

the risks I was exposing my little girl to.” Now planning college courses and a future in childcare, she added: “My little girl is a lot happier now and I can see a future for myself.” Key worker Helen Rudman, who has worked with Amber for more than 16 months, said:“Amber is now able to meet her daughter’s needs and ensure she is the priority. This has been a challenging two years for the family but now Amber and her daughter have the potential for a rich and fulfilling life.”

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Election date set for Essex’s new police and crime supremo PEOPLE in the Borough will be able to vote for Essex’s own Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) this autumn. The election will take place on Thursday, November 15 and anyone over 18 is eligible to vote. It is the first time ever that the public across England and Wales have been able to elect police and crime commissioners. The successful candidates will be accountable for how crime is tackled in their police force area. The aim of the PCC role is to ensure the policing needs of their communities are met as effectively as possible, bringing communities closer to the police, building confidence in the system and restoring trust. Locally, the PCC will be responsible for overseeing policing on behalf of more than 1.7 million people in Essex. The historic election will use the Supplementary Vote system, which means people going to the polls will be asked to choose first and second preference candidates. Anyone who is not yet registered to vote and wants to take part in this election must do so over the next few weeks. The deadline to return the Register of Electors household form and be eligible to vote is 31 October which is also the deadline for postal vote applications. The cut-off date for proxy vote applications is 7 November. All candidates wishing to stand for the Election must declare their interest by noon on 19 October. For more information visit www.essex. police.uk/authority/ involving_you/ police_and_crime_ commissioner.aspx.

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A conservator works on cleaning up an Anglo-Saxon bowl found at Prittlewell.

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OUTHEND’S Prittlewell Prince is attracting international attention – with an earlier-than-expected return to his “home town” on the horizon as a result. A German museum which is borrowing some of the Prittlewell artefacts for a high-profile exhibition has agreed to gift Southend-on-Sea Borough Council its air-conditioned display cabinets in return. The “tit for tat” deal means that valuable treasures, currently housed in the Museum of London, will be shown in Southend in May 2013 and January 2014 before and after the planned showing in Germany. The Diozesan Museum in Paderborn is planning to recreate the Anglo-Saxon Prince’s tomb for its exhibition entitled The Christianisation of Medieval Europe and it will pass its model on to Southend for display. Peter Vadden, the Council’s Group Manager of Cultural Services, said: “The arrangement is not costing us anything at all and it means we can bring the finds back

home sooner rather than later. The museum has offered to cover all costs and they are happy to pass on their Photographs courtesy exhibition afterwards as of the Museum of London Archaeology. well as making a donation to the research on the Prince.” Meanwhile research in Britain on the finds is proceeding well, with 25 leading Saxon specialists making good progress under the leadership of Professor Chris Scull of Cardiff University. The Council’s pre-exhibition display will outline the latest research findings alongside some exhibits that don’t need an air-conditioned environment, more information about the Prince and items such as glass vases which were found. Peter added: “The German exhibition will help to raise the profile of the Prince in the international museum fraternity in a big way.” Above right, an artist’s impression of the Prince’s tomb which the Diozesan Museum is planning to recreate. The artifacts pictured left are a Byzantine flagon, a Byzantine silver spoon and right, French gold coins from the 7th Century.

Council is closely monitoring airport’s operations

Council Head of Planning and Transport Andrew Meddle on monitoring duty at Southend Airport.

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REGULAR checks are being carried out by a newly established Council working party to make sure London Southend Airport is operating within the terms of its planning permission. Data from the airport’s own noise-monitoring equipment is supplied to the authority for analysis on a monthly and quarterly basis so it can deal with any issues or complaints. The Council can take action if levels are exceeded or night time flight arrangements covering 120 flights per calendar month are breached. Head of Planning and Transport Andrew Meddle said:“Part of the planning permission and its

associated legal agreement put measures in place to ensure that the appropriate restrictions were imposed on the number, timings and direction of flights, the aircraft that can operate and when they may do so as well as restrictions on engine testing. “Noise monitoring forms part of the on-going monitoring of the airport and equipment has been installed and a noise complaints procedure is handled by the airport operator in line with the approach taken at other regional airports.” A cross-party members group has been established to formally monitor the airport’s compliance.


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HE toughest financial challenge yet faces Southend-on-Sea Borough Council as it looks to achieve government imposed spending cuts in 2013/14 of £13 million pounds. Department heads are already looking at efficiencies while trying to protect front line services but with savings of £61 million already made over the last seven years that is becoming harder and harder. Head of Finance & Resources Joe Chesterton said: “We are under significant pressure alongside all other local authorities in setting next year’s budget. “It will be our toughest challenge in setting a budget so far. Our predicament is the national economic position and that we’re facing a massive reduction in Government funding during this period of austerity alongside a major shake-up in how Government funding is to be allocated to councils in the future. “It doesn’t help that we’re also being asked to introduce the new local council tax support scheme next year that’s putting a significant hole in our finances from reduced Government funding. “We also face the loss of Government funding for the grant we received for freezing

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TOUGHEST CHALLENGE council tax in 2012/13. “Of the £13 million pounds we’re being required to save next year about half of this is directly down to less Government funding. “We will try to minimise the impact on our employees by redeploying staff, deleting vacant posts and utilising voluntary redundancy. “We’re not using the position we’re in as an excuse. Our hands are tied. We are being forced into this position by the Government.” Five major projects previously established across the Council to

deliver savings and efficiencies have now been reduced to three as the Council refocuses its efforts to achieve the vital savings required from across the whole Council. Further work is being done to renegotiate contracts, alternative service delivery is being examined and a company has been set up by the Council to sell its spare telephony capacity and maximise income from community equipment. In addition, all Council departments and teams will be reviewing their services to determine whether they need to be reduced or redesigned to lower costs.

Better uptake of school vaccinations STAFF involved in school immunisation are delighted that partnership work across the Borough has led to marked improvements in immunisation rates for two important vaccination programmes – Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and the school-leaver booster. Close working between school nurses, public health, the child health records department and staff and students in local secondary schools has increased the uptake of HPV vaccine to a record 90 per cent of eligible girls, and has improved the uptake of the school-leaver booster to one of the best in the region. The HPV vaccination was introduced into secondary schools in 2008 for girls to prevent the development of cervical cancer and consists of three vaccinations. It is currently given to girls in Year Eight (12 and 13 year-olds). The school leaver booster is particularly important as it is the final dose of vaccine to give full protection against three serious diseases – diphtheria, tetanus and polio.

Partnership project will help wildlife and woodland BUILDING work is due to start soon on the Belfairs Woodland Centre as part of a £1.9 million partnership project to boost unique ancient woodland and wildlife. Due to open by summer next year, the single storey, timber-clad centre costing £800,000 will play a key role in the scheme involving Essex Wildlife Trust and Southend-on-Sea Borough Council. The idea is to improve wildlife habitats across the landscape from Belfairs to Hadleigh and Daws Heath and help people access and enjoy the countryside. These woodlands are home to a wide variety of plants and animals such as bluebells, the declining dormouse and the rare Heath Fritillary butterfly. A full-time Education and Community Officer as well as a Woodland Ranger will recruit volunteers and work with schools as they arrange activities and events at the centre’s classroom and exhibition space. People will have the opportunity to take

Studying architects’ plans for the Belfairs Woodlands Centre at the site where it is to be built are, left to right, Essex Wildlife Trust’s Southend Environmental Project Manager Louise Morris, Council Parks Technical Officer Paul Jenkinson and Executive Councillor for Culture and Tourism Derek Jarvis. part in wildlife surveying, identification courses and practical work courses. They will also be able to enjoy heritage trails and history walks. The Council has contributed £250,000 to the scheme and is among 25 funders including the Heritage Lottery Fund. Essex

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Wildlife Trust launched its own appeal and raised over £65,000. The Trust’s CEO John Hall said: “We are very happy to be working in partnership with Southend-on-Sea Borough Council to make this special place better for wildlife for the future and for the people of Essex.”

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HE Forum Southend-on-Sea – the Borough’s new £27 million library and learning facility – is already nurturing new skills and providing job opportunities thanks to main building contractor Wates Construction. As part of its work, Wates pledged to provide apprenticeships, stage community days and host 70 work experience days for students and school pupils. Fifteen young people not in employment, education or training have already visited the site as part of a two-week introduction to the construction industry devised by the firm. Adult apprentice Lauren Kelly is studying an NVQ in Administration on site after switching from a stop-gap career in retail. The 20-year-old said: “I left college in 2010 and couldn’t get an office job so I ended up in retail. Then this opportunity came up and the money is much better. I’m a lot happier now and getting the experience I need.” From banking to building – Anthony Ajorgbor is also

Administration Apprentice Lauren Kelly at work in the Wates offices at the Forum construction site. Below, a general view of the site.

enjoying a career switch. Quick to recognise Anthony’s potential when he started working on site as a general labourer, Wates offered to put him through NVQ Level 2, 3 and 4 training to broaden his construction skills. The 44-year-old said: “I’ve worked in banking, for Jobcentre Plus and in security but I have always been a hands-on person – so in the past I haven’t really been doing what I prefer. “I’m really enjoying it and the opportunity to do my NVQ training is great. I’m hoping to get my Level 2 within a year and would like to progress to becoming a site manager or a foreman.” The Forum is a partnership project between the Council, the University of Essex and South Essex College. Being built on the site of the former Farringdon multi-storey car park, it forms the centrepiece of a new public square being created just off the High Street.

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Fun and magic

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AUTHORS, poets and well-known book characters are joining in the fun during the month-long Children’s Book Festival at Southend Library. Now in its third year and designed to encourage a love of reading, the latest festival starts on 6 October when book character Winnie the Witch and her cat Wilbur join young wizards and witches in fancy Nine-year-old dress for a magic potions Charlotte Long joins in party. the fun by dressing up as Children with a book character Winnie the disability can enjoy a Witch at Southend Library. multi-sensory story telling Charlotte is also pictured session on the 13th while on the front cover of

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Roald Dahl’s Big Friendly Giant is celebrated on the 20th. Children’s author and illustrator Sarah Dyer will create a book with invited schools on the 23rd. Family storyrhymes and a Dictionary of Dads poetry performance by local poet Justin Coe are staged on 27 October, a fairytale storybook “mash-up” takes place on the 30th and it’s spooky stories on 31 October. For full details of times, admission charges and how to book, go to southend.gov.uk/ book festival.


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OLYMPIC SPECIAL

Olympic swimmer Mark Foster carries the torch through a packed town centre.

Former diver Ming Dong, who is disabled after a training accident.

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ENS of thousands of people celebrated as the Olympic Torch Relay visited Southend on an unforgettable day that rekindled the spirits after a damp summer. People waved flags, blew whistles and cheered their hearts out as enthusiasm burned brightly for the iconic symbol of the London 2012 games. Five-times Olympic swimmer Mark Foster was one of the Torchbearers. The World Champion freestylist went to school in Westcliff-on-Sea and began his swimming career in Southend.

Other Torchbearers included 16-year-old schoolgirl Sophie Richies who ran the leg along the seafront, where onlookers were greeted by a 2,000 strong choir made up of pupils and adults. They sang a specially-commissioned piece of choral music called Anthem: Let Your Light Shine, developed by community arts group Metal. Following the historic July 6 event, Southend and the Anthem performance has gone on to feature in a BBC documentary about the UK-wide Torch Relay, which can be viewed through the broadcasters’ iplayer. The Olympics are set to leave a lasting cultural and supporting legacy long after the games themselves.

No more so than the world-class Southend Swimming and Diving Centre, which played host to the British Olympics Diving Team prior to the games. The Council’s Executive Councillor for Culture and Tourism Derek Jarvis said: “It was a fantastic spectacle and the art and cultural projects school pupils have worked on will fire their creative juices for years to come – I’m sure. “Having international class facilities like the diving centre on the doorstep and organising events such as Anthem should inspire people of all ages. Featuring in the BBC documentary is a real feather in our cap and testimony to the hard work that went into the event in Southend.”

All smiles in the patriotic crowds.

Risk groups urged to have a jab

PEOPLE who are in at-risk groups are being urged to have a free seasonal flu jab to protect themselves against the virus this coming winter. Those who are aged 65 or over, living in a residential nursing home, caring for older or disabled people or pregnant are being advised to contact their GP or a practice nurse. People with a variety of medical conditions are also advised to have the jab. ● For more details visit www.nhs.uk/flu or call NHS Direct on 0845 4647.

£7m school opens for new term PUPILS starting the academic year in September at Hinguar Community Primary School in Shoeburyness will enjoy a brand-new learning environment. A £6.9 million new school is opening on New Garrison Road, Gunners Park, to replace the old premises on Hinguar Street which date back to 1886. The three-storey school has been built to a contemporary design and features a spacious school hall, flexible learning spaces and a sports field as well as a new nursery facility. The new build will provide a modern, fit-for-purpose learning environment and opportunities for greater community use.

The 2,000 strong choir who performed Anthem – Let Your Light Shine.

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Top Jazz trumpeter Digby Fairweather helped to get Cultural Centre on the pier off to a flying start.

Polish Arts Festival hits a new level INTERNET link ups between Southend and Poland took this year’s Polish Arts Festival in the town to a whole new level. The Polonaise on the Pier “Big Dance” was synchronised with a similar event on Sopot Pier and screened live via skype – though the Southend performance was forced indoors by bad weather. Mayor, Councillor Sally Carr, travelled to Sopot in August to officially launch the festival with the ceremony broadcast live on the web using the same technology which streams pop concerts. Sister events saw five UK writers travel to Gdansk with five Polish counterparts coming to Southend to produce translated short stories for a literature “Read Off”. Other events included a summer-long exhibition on Southend Pier of work by Polish sculptor Robert Sobicinski, a two-day accordion marathon at City Beach and daily screenings at the Kursaal Gallery Space of Polish short films. Festival Director Doug Hunter, from organisers Hungry Arts, said:“It’s been great and the live internet link ups were brilliant even though the Big Dance was forced indoors because it was blowing a gale.”

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COMPETITION Acclaimed jazz singer Tina May in full flow at the inaugural jazz concert at the Cultural Centre.

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OUTHEND Pier’s new landmark Cultural Centre is already proving a big hit now launch events have taken place at the venue a mile out to sea. A packed programme of shows and activities has already taken place with more planned after the £3 million pre-built centre was lowered into place from a barge in a two-hour operation as part of the refurbishment of part of the Pier destroyed by fire in 2005. The new centre features a multi-purpose hall with seating for 185, an artists’ studio, a café and an outdoor terrace. Council Group Manager for Enterprise and Tourism Scott Dolling said: “The Cultural Centre opened in a flourish with Southend’s first ever comedy festival which promises to be a regular part of the annual programme in the town. “We then had a jazz evening and seaside art exhibition featuring the work of local artists and photographers. Looking forward, we have theatre, more music and, of course, spooky Halloween events planned. The centre has received much attention and already some expressions of interest as a venue for private parties and even weddings.” Executive Councillor for Culture and Tourism Derek Jarvis said: “It’s got off to a great start and I’ve been delighted to see the café so busy. The wave shaped roof is iconic and the glazed north and south elevations give you a fantastic view back to land and out to sea. The architects, builders and everyone involved at the Council are to be congratulated. “It’s great for events and exhibitions. I’m also hoping the business community will embrace it. What a wonderful location for business conferences and brain storming sessions. It’s already helping us increase foot fall on the Pier which was the aim.”

Left, jazz fans Paul Clarke and Simonne Davis of Southend pictured on the Pier prior to the concert. Right, a violinist in the concert orchestra.

Gentlemen’s Rotary watch worth £299 AN elegant gentlemen’s Rotary strap watch, pictured above, worth £299 is the top prize in our Autumn competition sponsored by Sarah Beth Jewellers in The Royals Shopping Centre. Sarah Beth Jewellers, an independent establishment offering a wide range of watches, jewellery and gifts for all tastes and budgets, has been open 20 years this year. In celebration of the anniversary, 20 runners up prizes are also on offer – each will receive a 20 per cent discount voucher to use this year. To be in the running for a prize, all you need to do is answer the following questions – the answer to which can be found in this issue of Outlook: What is the date of the Christmas lights switch-on in Southend town centre? What prestigious honour has been bestowed on Southend’s Homeless Action Resource Project?

A section of the audience at the jazz concert – pictured against a stunning backdrop of sea and the Southend shoreline at twilight.

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To enter please send your answers on a postcard, along with your name, address and day-time telephone number, to: Jewellery Competition, Media and Communications, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, Civic Centre, Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea, SS2 6ER, or email outlookcomp@southend.gov.uk. The deadline for entries is Friday 26 October. Terms and conditions apply – see www.southend.gov.uk/outlook. While you’re sending your entry, please let us know your thoughts on what you like and what you would like to see more of in Outlook magazine. ● The winner of our Summer competition to win a year’s free travel on Arriva buses is Carmen Woods of Leigh-on-Sea.

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Top Jazz trumpeter Digby Fairweather helped to get Cultural Centre on the pier off to a flying start.

Polish Arts Festival hits a new level INTERNET link ups between Southend and Poland took this year’s Polish Arts Festival in the town to a whole new level. The Polonaise on the Pier “Big Dance” was synchronised with a similar event on Sopot Pier and screened live via skype – though the Southend performance was forced indoors by bad weather. Mayor, Councillor Sally Carr, travelled to Sopot in August to officially launch the festival with the ceremony broadcast live on the web using the same technology which streams pop concerts. Sister events saw five UK writers travel to Gdansk with five Polish counterparts coming to Southend to produce translated short stories for a literature “Read Off”. Other events included a summer-long exhibition on Southend Pier of work by Polish sculptor Robert Sobicinski, a two-day accordion marathon at City Beach and daily screenings at the Kursaal Gallery Space of Polish short films. Festival Director Doug Hunter, from organisers Hungry Arts, said:“It’s been great and the live internet link ups were brilliant even though the Big Dance was forced indoors because it was blowing a gale.”

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COMPETITION Acclaimed jazz singer Tina May in full flow at the inaugural jazz concert at the Cultural Centre.

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OUTHEND Pier’s new landmark Cultural Centre is already proving a big hit now launch events have taken place at the venue a mile out to sea. A packed programme of shows and activities has already taken place with more planned after the £3 million pre-built centre was lowered into place from a barge in a two-hour operation as part of the refurbishment of part of the Pier destroyed by fire in 2005. The new centre features a multi-purpose hall with seating for 185, an artists’ studio, a café and an outdoor terrace. Council Group Manager for Enterprise and Tourism Scott Dolling said: “The Cultural Centre opened in a flourish with Southend’s first ever comedy festival which promises to be a regular part of the annual programme in the town. “We then had a jazz evening and seaside art exhibition featuring the work of local artists and photographers. Looking forward, we have theatre, more music and, of course, spooky Halloween events planned. The centre has received much attention and already some expressions of interest as a venue for private parties and even weddings.” Executive Councillor for Culture and Tourism Derek Jarvis said: “It’s got off to a great start and I’ve been delighted to see the café so busy. The wave shaped roof is iconic and the glazed north and south elevations give you a fantastic view back to land and out to sea. The architects, builders and everyone involved at the Council are to be congratulated. “It’s great for events and exhibitions. I’m also hoping the business community will embrace it. What a wonderful location for business conferences and brain storming sessions. It’s already helping us increase foot fall on the Pier which was the aim.”

Left, jazz fans Paul Clarke and Simonne Davis of Southend pictured on the Pier prior to the concert. Right, a violinist in the concert orchestra.

Gentlemen’s Rotary watch worth £299 AN elegant gentlemen’s Rotary strap watch, pictured above, worth £299 is the top prize in our Autumn competition sponsored by Sarah Beth Jewellers in The Royals Shopping Centre. Sarah Beth Jewellers, an independent establishment offering a wide range of watches, jewellery and gifts for all tastes and budgets, has been open 20 years this year. In celebration of the anniversary, 20 runners up prizes are also on offer – each will receive a 20 per cent discount voucher to use this year. To be in the running for a prize, all you need to do is answer the following questions – the answer to which can be found in this issue of Outlook: What is the date of the Christmas lights switch-on in Southend town centre? What prestigious honour has been bestowed on Southend’s Homeless Action Resource Project?

A section of the audience at the jazz concert – pictured against a stunning backdrop of sea and the Southend shoreline at twilight.

View it – do it online: www.southend.gov.uk

To enter please send your answers on a postcard, along with your name, address and day-time telephone number, to: Jewellery Competition, Media and Communications, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, Civic Centre, Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea, SS2 6ER, or email outlookcomp@southend.gov.uk. The deadline for entries is Friday 26 October. Terms and conditions apply – see www.southend.gov.uk/outlook. While you’re sending your entry, please let us know your thoughts on what you like and what you would like to see more of in Outlook magazine. ● The winner of our Summer competition to win a year’s free travel on Arriva buses is Carmen Woods of Leigh-on-Sea.

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Planning permission granted for iconic £35m cliffs museum PLANNING application has been granted for the building of an iconic £35 million Museum of the Thames Estuary to be built into the cliffs above the town’s seafront. The eye-catching venue will showcase for the first time the geology and history of the estuary through the ages, showing the social, cultural and economic impact it has had regionally and nationally. Centrepiece of the exhibition will be a 7th century Anglo-Saxon burial unearthed by chance at Prittlewell in 2003 which has shed light on a member of the East Saxon ruling elite – since dubbed the Prittlewell Prince. Exhibitions will be split into themed areas, which will look at time periods such as Roman, Anglo-Saxon, Medieval and World War II. The exhibitions will also highlight other aspects such as the estuary as a seaside resort, its famous people and wildlife and its economic impact. Plans for the museum include a 230-space car park and a top quality restaurant in the attraction. It’s anticipated that the project will be completed some time between 2018 and 2020. Architects AEW have designed a reinforced concrete and steel frame that will hold the museum’s exhibition space, which will be sunk into the cliffs. The windows will “float” in the cliff side, visible from the shore as “eyelids” looking through the re-instated Victoria gardens on the cliff. Public consultation on the project has influenced the plans and many people who have inspected the proposals have welcomed the fact that the “Cliffs Museum” would not affect the panoramic estuary views from the Cliff Town area. Nick Harris, the Council’s Head of Culture, said:“The museum will provide a unique history of all aspects of the Thames Estuary from its formation up to the present day and look at the vitally important role it played in the development of Southend.”

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CHANGING STYLES: Prince Avenue pupils Toni Dore, aged seven, and Tequila Weeks, aged 10, show how school uniform styles have changed in 60 years. They are pictured in front of a display of class photos from down the decades.

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school whose 60th anniversary year coincided with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee organised a series of right royal celebrations. As a highlight of a week-long jamboree at Prince Avenue Primary, Prittlewell, an open day was held featuring an exhibition of old school photos and memorabilia including old punishment books. Ex-pupils and former members of staff were invited along to share their memories at the event which was attended by the Mayor and the local MP. The following day the children enjoyed a 1950s-style lunch with jam sandwiches and traditional songs and on the last day of the week there was a tea party for the whole school.

A commemorative school photograph was staged, with each pupil wearing a special “1952-2012” polo shirt in the original school colours. “We have taken the opportunity to mark the Diamond Jubilee, the Olympics and the school’s own anniversary with a lasting feature,” said Head Teacher William Hill. “A series of mosaics have been planned for the main entrance and foyer, with the design taken from children’s ideas and drawings during the anniversary week.” Bunting made by pupils adorned the school buildings during fun activities and competitions, and the flagpole originally commissioned for the Queen’s Coronation was replaced.


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ORE people are being encouraged to donate to worthy causes through The Southend Community Fund – the charity set up by former Mayor Howard Briggs more than 10 years ago. The £500,000 raised since then pays out £25,000 a year in interest and at least 50 causes have benefited over the years from grants totalling £136,000. Now trustees want to build on Howard’s original vision of a lasting endowment scheme so individuals, companies and groups are being urged to consider setting up associate funds. Groups and causes are being reminded they can apply for support as trustees also try to grow the fund through gifts and legacies. The Council’s Group Manager for Policy and Partnerships, Lysanne Eddy, said: “We want to increase community philanthropy and community involvement in our town and believe endowment funds are the way forward to funding this endeavour. The Southend Community Fund is there for our present and future residents and if we’re all prepared to

work hard together, we can assure a better future for those most in need of support.” Southend Citizens Advice Bureau has had four awards from the fund. The first three helped the continued employment of much needed staff while the fourth transformed the telephone service for the benefit of CAB users. Bureau Manager Trish Carpenter said: “The difference this financial support has made is immeasurable. We can’t thank The Southend Community Fund enough.” The fund has donated £4,000 to the Homeless Action Resource Project (HARP),

Southend Citizens Advice Bureau Volunteer Gateway Assessor Michelle Goddard uses the new telephone system which was funded with the help of a grant from The Southend which supports Community homeless people in Fund. Southend. Spokesman Stephen Colyer said: “The fund plays a vital role within our local community by helping those who help others who are less fortunate and disadvantaged. Their support is invaluable.” For more information on grants and how to donate funds or set up a linked endowment, please visit thesouthendfund.org.uk.  HARP win a Queen’s Award – see page 16

Vote set to take place on proposal for business improvement district A Business Improvement District (BID) is being proposed to help boost the economic success of the town centre and seafront. The scheme is based on a popular national model, which involves the Council and other organisations working together to make improvements on agreed priorities. If the proposal is agreed the BID will be introduced in April 2013 and will aim to deliver a five year

programme of improved and new services for the area. These could include widening the scope of the Christmas lights, a town centre “app” for smart phones, and a discount scheme to encourage shoppers. It would also pave the wave for a Street Rangers scheme, increased marketing and wider participation in the Town Link security radio system. The BID is being proposed by the Town Centre Partnership,

which is made up of key retailers along with the Essex Chamber of Commerce, Southend University, South Essex College and seafront traders. New initiatives would be paid for by business ratepayers in the district boundaries making a financial contribution. All members of the affected business community will receive ballot papers for a vote on the BID, which will take place in November.

New powers to better control roadworks NEW powers enabling the Council to better control and co-ordinate roadworks come into force with the introduction of a new permit scheme on 5 November. Utility companies will in future have to apply for permission to dig up a road. At the moment they just inform the Council of their work. The permit scheme covers every road in the Borough not just the major routes.The dedicated Council team operating the scheme will be fully funded from permit scheme application fees and will have the power to refuse permission. Companies breaking the

rules will face fines of up to £5,000. Mehmet Mazhar, the Council’s Group Manager of Highways and Traffic Management, said: “Roadworks are sometimes unavoidable but the disruption they cause can be hugely frustrating for road users and pedestrians alike as well as costing businesses time and money. We are determined to tackle the problem.” For details of roadworks visit www.southend.gov.uk/roadworks.

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National award for youth work SOUTHEND Youth Council has won a national award for being youth led. It was recognised in the Youth on Board awards scheme run by the British Youth Council for its role in leading community campaigning on issues affecting young people. Youth Mayor Zeeshan Mitha said: “The award recognises the contributions of everyone involved with Southend Youth Council in helping make a difference to the lives of young people throughout the Borough.” Open to all young people aged 11 to 19, the Youth Council meets once a month. Successful recent campaigns include raising the child fare age on Arriva buses from 14 to 16.

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Services showcase A partnership forum, which was the first of its kind to be held in the Borough, helped to showcase the range of services that support children with disabilities. The event called SPIN – Southend Providers Information Networking – was attended by professionals from nearly 40 organisations as well as parents of young people with additional needs. SPIN, which took place in August at Christchurch Church in Thorpe Bay, was organised by the Council and Southend Association of Voluntary Services (SAVS).

Funding for apprentices FUNDING has been secured to subsidise salaries for 50 new full-time apprentices. The Council has secured the money through its ONTrack Team and will fund £1,500 of the first year salary of apprentices aged 16 to 24-years-old in two instalments. For more information contact the Council’s 14-19 Adviser, David Coleman, on 01702 215007 ext 4387 or via email at apprenticeships@ southend.gov.uk.

Volunteer bird watch VOLUNTEERS have been thanked after Avocet chicks fledged at a Leigh-on-Sea nature reserve run by Essex Wildlife Trust. The Avocet is a striking coastal wading bird but thieves target its eggs. This year more than 80 volunteers took part in a watch co-ordinated by the Trust, along with the Council, at the nesting site at Two Tree Island.

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Joanna Ruffle, the Council’s Head of Human Resources, with the Municipal Journal award certificate.

Training Administrator Keith Pantaleon and Customer Services and Complaints Manager Charlotte McCulloch who have both received internal training to take up their new posts.

Staff engagement initiative scoops top accolade THE Council was “highly commended” in the Workforce Transformation category at the 2012 Municipal Journal (MJ) Achievement Awards. A strategy to keep staff engaged and fully involved in

improving their working practices caught the eye of the judges. An internal talent pool helped to redeploy 60 council staff whose jobs were redundant. Twenty-one apprentices were

hired and there was investment in staff development. Entrants were judged on their ability to show how they have built a productive workplace through employee engagement and motivation.

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HE Homeless Action Resource Project (HARP) has received The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in its 10th year of operation. The honour was announced to coincide with Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations early in the summer. The charity was nominated for the accolade by the Council and was visited by the Lord Lieutenant of Essex, Lord Petre, as part of the assessment process. He recommended approval to a local judging panel, who in turn sent a citation to the national Award Committee for endorsement. HARP, which provides a day centre service based in Valkyrie Road, Westcliff-on-Sea, operates a range of services for the homeless and people who have difficulty in retaining housing tenancies. It also offers emergency night shelter and supported housing for up to 72 people. The charity has 26 paid staff backed up by 35 volunteers. It also gives life skills training to service users and funds supported accommodation for people receiving treatment for substance abuse. Staff also perform cooking, cleaning and reception duties,

Service user Kevin Frame enjoys lunch at HARP’s day centre in Westcliff-on-Sea.

distribute food and clothing and help to run organised activities. In 2011, HARP helped more than 1,500 people overcome problems and return to normal community life. Council Deputy Leader John

Lamb said: “What a fantastic achievement it is for HARP to receive the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. I see the award as testimony to the fantastic dedication and hard work of its staff and volunteers.”


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Website supplies enhance

Southend Equipment Supplies Website Developer Phil Webster with some of items on sale which help people live more independent lives.

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new website has been launched selling items that will help with everyday tasks and enable people to live more independent lives. The Southend Equipment Supplies (SES) site is an online shop stocking everything from long handled sponges, toothpaste squeezers, button hooks and easy to use garden tools. There are also leisure and recreational products such as large print playing cards and card holders to make it easier to deal or shuffle. The site, which can be visited at www.southendequipmentsupplies.co.uk, has been set up to help everyone from the elderly and frail to those with arthritis or poor eyesight. The service will help them live enhanced and more independent lives. The online shop has been set up by the Council’s Community Equipment Service which provides items and equipment to

support elderly people being discharged from full time support or those in palliative care. These items include commodes, walking aids, hoists and manual handling equipment. However, the SES website will focus on low-end items that provide simple or practical help and do not require an assessment to be used. All profits will be ploughed back into the

Council’s funds. SES Website Developer Phil Webster said: “The website went live this month and it is a bit of a venture into the unknown for the Council, but we are hopeful it will be popular with the public.” “It has been set up to help a wide range of people and will encourage many to lead more independent lives.”

Join new online panel and shape Southend’s future... LOCAL people interested in playing a key role in shaping services and communities in Southend are being urged to sign up for the Council’s new online Residents’ Panel. It will carry out polls, post questionnaires and encourage panel members to contribute to forums and discussions groups with feedback on anything from community safety to local parks and budgets to cultural services. Suzanne Wright, the Council’s Engagement Advisor, said:“In challenging times, we’re asking you what you want from services in our Borough by putting together a residents’ panel. We want people like you to join and tell us what Southend needs. “The panel aims to be a large

Volunteer Fiona Finn in Cluny Square urban park which she helped to paint. Now Fiona plans to join the online Residents’ Panel. group of Southend’s residents from all backgrounds who will tell us about the services and issues affecting them. This is just one of the ways we get to hear the views of communities in Southend. “Our aim is to put our residents at the heart of everything we do. Your views are essential in helping us make

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decisions about the way we can improve our services for you. “We want to make sure that what we provide is what you need, want and expect from your local Council.” The Residents’ Panel will be run by the Council and shared by other local public sector organisations. Members will have to live in Southend.

If you are interested in becoming a member, register at www.southend.gov.uk/ residentspanel. For more information Do it contact Online Suzanne Wright on 01702 215000 ext 5896 or email haveyoursay@southend.gov.uk.

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Tributes to five retiring head teachers FIVE head teachers, who have retired after decades of service between them, have been praised for their calibre of expertise and commitment. Marianne Turner has bid a fond farewell as the Blenheim Primary School Head after 14 years service and has been replaced by the current deputy Darren Woolard. Angela Saville – who led Hamstel Junior School out of an Ofsted status of “Notice to Improve” – is leaving for a headship in Basildon, while Ros Ferdinand is retiring after eight years at Porters Grange Primary and Nursery and will be replaced by Crystal Collier. John Duprey who notched up 30 years at the helm at Belfairs High School will be replaced by Bev Williams, and Andrew Baker – with 22 years’ service at Westcliff School for Boys – is passing on the baton to his deputy Michael Skelly. Jane Theadom, the Council’s Head of School Support and Preventative Services, said: “We appreciate the work of all those who are leaving their posts. They have shown utter commitment and determination to improving the life chances of children. “We are also delighted to welcome five new head teachers to the Southend education community. They will bring new ideas and wide-ranging experiences to our team.” ● South Essex College has appointed Angela O’Donoghue as its new Principal and Chief Executive. Angela, who has more than 30 years’ experience in education, was the former Principal of Sunderland College and previous to that the Principal of BSix Brooke House Sixth Form College. Also, Professor Anthony Forster has taken up the post of Vice-Chancellor of the University of Essex. Professor Forster, previously The Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Durham University, joined the University of Essex in August.

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Members of “The Chatty Readers” – a Skills for Life reading initiative which is held at Southend Central Library.

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HE Council is undertaking a thorough review of all the library services in Southend, beginning this month. In September next year, the Central Library is set to relocate to the town centre with the opening of The Forum Southend-on-Sea, a £27 million state-of-the-art library and learning facility in the centre of the town. With this in mind the Council is now considering the future of the whole library service, with a view to ensuring it meets the needs and priorities of residents in years to come. Nick Harris, Head of Culture at the Council, said: “Our libraries are well loved by residents and provide excellent services, which include reading groups, children’s reading schemes and the celebrated mobile library as well as the traditional lending and borrowing of books. “However, so much about how people use libraries is changing, not least with the development of

e-books. Additionally, all Council services are under pressure to cut costs and the library service is no exception. “In recent years we have invested in self service facilities at all our library branches and, as well as saving money, this has freed up our library staff, enabling them to have better interaction with customers – such as providing expert advice. Our services must continue to evolve if they are to stay fit for purpose and be financially sustainable.” A cross-party member working group has been established to oversee a broad review of all elements of the library service, which will include extensive consultation with residents. Nick added: “No decisions have been made about any changes to services. The first stage of the review will be to ask residents what their priorities are and what they value most. It is these views that will shape the future of Southend’s library services.”

Tell us what you think about Southend Library Services The Council wants you to help shape the future of library services in the Borough. ■ Tell us what you think of Southend Library Service ■ We want to hear from all parts of the community about how you use the service and what makes it important to you ■ Visit: www.southend.gov.uk/libraryreview for more information


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Pupils in last year’s reception class at Darlinghurst Primary which has now been extended to create extra school places.

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VERY Southend child starting school this September has been guaranteed a place. The full provision is in large part due to a detailed strategy drawn up well in advance by the Council. Robust planning has included monitoring the birth rate, which has risen by 20 per cent in the last eight years. New housing developments have been identified using information from the Planning Department and historical trends have been studied to calculate the numbers of additional pupils that will arise. “The Council has been planning over a number of years to ensure we are in a good position to satisfy the demand for school places,” said Sue Hadley, Head of Children’s Commissioning and Learning Infrastructure. “We submitted proposals in 2010 outlining the expansion plans that were needed to provide full provision in Leigh and central areas of the Borough.”

As a result, extra places have been provided at a number of primary and junior schools including Darlinghurst, Hamstel and Westborough. Further provision is planned at Milton Hall and St Mary’s C of E. Darlinghurst Primary Head Teacher Bob Knight said: “We have been fortunate that we have the land to be able to expand, we are flexible and adaptable, and we enjoy the challenge of welcoming more children to our lively school which offers opportunities for all.” While it is not always possible to meet the first choice of every parent, the Council’s aim is to offer a place at a school within walking distance. Spare capacity does not remain in the areas of high demand, and if pupils move into Southend after September they may have to travel further. Sufficient places for Southend children have been planned for 2014 and the Council is currently drawing up a capacity plan for 2015.

New era dawns for waste management WASTE management in Southend is entering a new sustainable and environmentally friendly era now the Council has signed a £100.9 million partnership deal with a consortium. Southend-on-Sea Borough Council and Essex County Council, as the Essex Waste Partnership, awarded a 25-year contract to Urbaser and Balfour Beatty.

The consortium, subject to gaining permission, plans to build a Mechanical and Biological Treatment facility meaning less household, trade and non recyclable waste will go to landfill. The facility will provide up to 250 job opportunities and 85 full-time posts when it is completed and becomes operational in summer 2015.

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Changes to welfare benefits system will start next April RESIDENTS are being made aware of major changes to the welfare benefits system in a bid to make it fairer and more simple. Three of the most significant changes are taking place in the next few months and relate to Council Tax support, the introduction of a Benefits Cap and a Housing Benefit Size Criteria. As of 1 April next year Council Tax benefit will be replaced by local Council Tax Support provided through the Council. The scheme will continue to support people, and aims to give protection to the elderly and vulnerable, but also has to take into account a 10 per cent reduction in funding due to budget cuts. This has led to the Council looking at two options: either increase Council Tax by 2.5 per cent across the board or reduce the level of support. Both ideas have gone out to public consultation and a decision will be made in December. The Benefit Cap is a Government-led initiative aimed at reducing the welfare bill and at encouraging people into work. It will cap benefits at £26,000 a year – or £500 a week – for couples and families with children, and £18,200 – or £350 a week – for single people. Again, this will come into effect at the start of next April. The Housing Benefit Size Criteria involves assessing the accommodation needs of people in social and council housing. For instance a couple with one child are judged to need a home with two bedrooms. Anyone who lives in a property larger than they need will have their benefits cut – by 14 per cent for a home with one extra bedroom and by 25 per cent if their home has two bedrooms more than they need. The Council’s Benefits Team has been working with landlords and social housing organisers to carry out assessments throughout the summer and into the autumn ahead of the change next April. Full and upOnline to-date details are available by visiting www.southend.gov.uk/ benefit/changes.

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What’s On Sea A GUIDE TO KEY AUTUMN EVENTS IN SOUTHEND

Selected Saturdays to 17 Nov

Sat 29 Sept

Mon 8 – Sat 13 Oct

FARMERS MARKET

SINGING DAY WITH BRIAN KAY

SOUTHEND AMNESTY

Southend High Street, 8:30am-4pm. A traditional ‘Farmers’Market’is hosted in the town centre with bright market stalls selling traditional farming produce providing an opportunity for people to purchase local, freshly-cultivated goods including meats, cakes, vegetables, herbs, condiments and much more. Early attendance is strongly advised. 01702 215011

Southend High School for Girls, 11-5.30pm. A day singing Mozart’s wonderful Mass in C minor K427. 01702 215011 ext. 5624

Southend Central Library Foyer, 9am-7pm Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm Sat. Amnesty International works to eradicate grave abuses of human rights.This display will highlight the work of a particular contemporary campaign. Posters, leaflets and petitions will be available as will details on how you can make a change. www.amnesty.org.uk

Every Saturday until 3 Nov BIG SATURDAY NIGHTS Adventure Island. Each Saturday night Adventure Island will have the UK’s top tribute acts performing, party DJ playing games and handing out giveaways to the lucky winners.With half price wristbands from 6pm and FREE entertainment throughout the evening, this really is a top night out for all of the family. 01702 443400

Sat 22 – Sun 23 Sept

Sun 30 Sept SAXOLOGY Southend Bandstand, Priory Park, 3-5pm. Saxology is renowned for its rich and diverse repertoire, flawless technique and imaginative musicianship. 01702 215011 ext. 5624

Sun 30 Sept VISIT THE VULCAN DAYS Southend Airport, 10am-4pm. Visitors will be able to get a close-up view of Vulcan XL426 and talk to the volunteers who look after her.There will also be the chance to climb inside the Vulcan’s cockpit and see at first-hand the cramped conditions in which XL426’s five-man crew had to work. 07903 154171

BUSKING ON THE PIER

Every Saturday until 22 December

Southend Pier, 12-4pm. Listen up! Talented musicians are set to sing up a storm on Southend Pier on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 September. 01702 618747

BOOT CAMP Grassed area opposite Westcliff Casino, 10-11am. A fun fitness club for over 16’s. 01702 215011

Sun 23 Sept

A TIME AND A PLACE

SOUTHEND WIND ORCHESTRA Southend Bandstand, Priory Park, 3-5pm. The Southend Wind Orchestra has rapidly built a reputation for excellence. Its membership includes some very talented young musicians and experienced players. 01702 215011 ext. 5624

Mon 24 – Sat 29 Sept SOUTHEND ZIMBABWEAN NETWORK Southend Central Library Foyer, 9am – 7pm Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm Sat. Seeking to facilitate and support the needs of the Zimbabwean community in Southend, this display will inform you of the activities and events planned throughout the year. Many opportunities exist to strengthen and increase your network of friends, so drop by and discover them! 01702 215011

Every Monday until 29 Oct DISABILITY CLUB Southend Leisure & Tennis Centre, 6-8pm. Various sports for 9 to 19 year olds. 01702 613000

Sat 6 Oct – Sat 15 Dec Beecroft Art Gallery, 10am-1pm, 2pm-5pm. A recent donation of 19th century etchings and lithographs to the permanent Beecroft collection has inspired this wonderful exhibition.These works provide a snapshot of life, industry and architecture of Southend and its surrounding towns and villages. 01702 215011 www.southendmuseums.co.uk

Sat 6 Oct – Sat 15 Dec CHRISTMAS CRACKER FEATURING HASHIM AKIB Beecroft Art Gallery. A delightful collection of crafts including hand-made jewellery, ceramics and textiles as well as a new exhibition of work by the incredibly popular Southend artist, Hashim Akib; a perfect chance to secure that unique Christmas gift. 01702 215011. www. southend museums. co.uk

The acclaimed Sacconi String Quartet will be performing at The Plaza Fri 12 Oct Centre, Southchurch JOHN LILL – SOUTHEND COUNCIL Road, on the evening CONCERT SERIES of Friday 16 The Plaza Centre, Southchurch Road, 8pm. November. International concert pianist John Lill will present a programme of music by Mozart, Schumann, Chopin and Beethoven. The performer – awarded a CBR in 2005 for services to classical music – has appeared on most of the world’s concert platforms as both a recitalist and as a concerto soloist; he regularly performs at the BBC Proms and at London concert halls. This is the first of the Council’s 2012-13 Concert Series, which will feature eight concerts from October 2012 to June 2013.The series operates a scheme whereby Council Club Members can take advantage of reduced priced tickets for all the concerts in the series; membership of the Council Concert Club is just £7 (£6 concessions).The series continues in January and concerts in 2013 will include The Songmen,The Cranleigh Quintet, Locrian Piano Quartet and Antony Peebles. All tickets can be ordered online at www.southend. gov.uk/concerts. Tickets for the John Lill concert are available to Concert Club Members at £7 (£6 concessions) and non members can purchase tickets for £9.50 (£8.50 concessions).

Southend Pier Enjoy ghostly tales after dark when the special Pier train will take you to the Pier head for some ghostly stories.Watch out behind you! You are invited to come in fancy dress! 01702 618747

Sat 20 Oct SOUTHEND BOOK & ARTS FAIR Victoria Plaza Shopping Centre, 10am-4pm. The fair will feature local writers and reading groups, with live mic poetry recitals from members of Southend Poetry Group. People of all ages are invited to come and see what delights the written word and local arts and crafts in the town have to offer. www.facebook.com/SouthendBAF

Sat 27 Oct – Sun 4 Nov FRIGHT FANTASTIC HALF TERM OF HORROR

SPACE EXPLORATION

Adventure Island Adventure Island will be taken over by zombies and other gruesome creatures over the October half term, with their famous trick or treat door, spooky scare zone for the brave and whispers of a brand new Scare attraction coming in 2012! www.adventureisland.co.uk

Southend Central Museum, 10am-5pm Tue-Fri, 10am-1pm & 2-5pm Sat. An exhibition featuring space-related art and artefacts from space exploration. 01702 215011 www.southendmuseums.co.uk

Sat 13 Oct – Sat 3 Nov IAN TREHERNE PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION Beecroft Art Gallery, 10am-1pm, 2pm-5pm. Landscapes that capture the movement in our daily lives and the emotions they evoke. 01702 215011 www.southendmuseums.co.uk

Fri 19 & 26 Oct & Fri 2 Nov Southend Pier. Enjoy watching horror films in the new Pier Cultural Centre. Over 18s only. 01702 618747

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CHILDREN’S GHOST TRAIN

Sat 13 Oct – Sat 26 Jan 2013

ADULT FRIGHT NIGHT

There’s a chance to climb into the cockpit of this Vulcan XL426 on Visit the Vulcan Day at Southend Airport on Sunday 30 September.

Sat 20 & 27 Oct & Sat 3 Nov

Tue 30 Oct – Fri 2 Nov SPACE CRAFT Central Museum, 10am-3.30pm. Enjoy a host of space related craft and brush up your skills as an artist with the assistance of a space artist! 01702 215011 www.southendmuseums.co.uk

Sat 3 Nov ZOMBIE WALK Southend Pier, 3pm. The White Bus presents their first ever Zombie Walk. Open to all, you are welcome to come along, get made up in best zombie style and


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Christmas lights switch on is a cracking start to festivities

stagger all the way back along the Pier, up Pier Hill & into the Park Inn Palace Hotel for a screening of the hilariously scary (but youngster friendly) Carry On Screaming. 07981 824283

Tue 10 Nov – Sat 8 Dec NIKI CORNISH PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION Beecroft Art Gallery, 10am-1pm & 2-5pm. Niki Cornish is a visual communicator whose silent voice captures the essence of nature and the spirit of humanity. 01702 215011 www.southendmuseums.co.uk

Wed 14 Nov FREE LUNCHTIME CONCERTS – AQUILO TRIO Civic Centre,Victoria Avenue, Southend, 12.15pm. The Aquilo Trio (flute, clarinet & piano) will present a 45 minute concert as part of the Council’s series of free lunchtime concerts running throughout the year from September to July. Future concerts include Tony Compton (accordion), strings trios, piano trios, and voice and piano recitals. The performers are largely young musicians who have completed their musical studies and are staring their careers as professional musicians.

Fri 16 Nov SACCONI STRING QUARTET – SOUTHEND COUNCIL CONCERT SERIES The Plaza Centre, Southchurch Road, 8pm. The Sacconi String Quartet will present an evening of music by Mozart, John Ireland and Debussy. The quartet was formed in 2001 at the Royal College of Music and has subsequently forged a successful career performing widely across the UK and in Europe and the US. Tickets are available to Concert Club Members at £8 (£7 concessions) and non members can purchase tickets for £10 (£9 concessions).

Sat 17 Nov CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR & LIGHTS Southend High Street, 8.30am-5.30pm. There will be a varied programme of music and entertainment throughout the day warming up the crowds ready for the big light switch on at 5pm. 01702 215011

Wed 21 Nov THE SKY’S DARK LABYRINTH WITH DR. STUART CLARKE

Southend Central Library, 7.30pm. A talk explaining the complex world of astronomy to the general public. 01702 215011. www.stuartclark.com

Sat 24 & Sun 25 Nov and all weekends in December before Christmas SANTA ON THE PIER Southend Pier Children can visit Santa in his grotto on the Pier and every child will receive a gift. Normal Pier admissions apply. Pre-booking is essential. Please call Southend Visitor Information Centre on 01702 618747 to book a place. 01702 618747

THE town centre will be transformed into a winter wonderland for this year’s Christmas lights switch-on. The FREE event, on Saturday, 17 November, promises fun for all the family with a spectacular programme of entertainment that will get the festive season off to a cracking start. There will be an wide range of entertainment leading up to the switch on at 5pm. BBC Essex and Heart will be broadcasting live and there will be a varied programme of music and entertainment on the Spectacular Stage in Victoria Circus between

12.30pm – 3.30pm. There is also The Royals Fairytale Christmas Parade which will take to the High Street at 1pm at Victoria Circus. To round off the day there will be a fireworks spectacular at 5.30pm. The event will also offer the perfect opportunity to pick up a range of unusual and unique gifts. Throughout the day the High Street will be taken over by a Christmas Farmers and Craft Market that will be offering a wide selection of seasonal delights and treats. The market will be on the High Street every Saturday from 17 November to 22 December and also Sunday 23 and Monday 24.

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Sat 24 Nov TUDOR CHRISTMAS Southchurch Hall, 10am-3pm. Admire the yule log and evergreens that decorate the Hall. Enjoy mulled wine and the opportunity to buy crafts, jams, chutney and speciality gifts from the stalls. Carol singers from the local school will perform at lunchtime. 01702 215011. www.southendmuseums.co.uk

Fri 30 Nov LEIGH-ON-SEA CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SWITCH-ON Leigh-on-Sea, 4.30-9.30pm. A great event for all the family offering various stalls, street entertainment, a children’s fairground and live music throughout the night. See Leigh’s much loved procession travelling from Marine Parade along Rectory Grove, Broadway West, the Broadway and finishing in Leigh Road. 01702 716288

Sat 1 Dec CAROLS FOR CHRISTMAS/FESTIVE FUN DAY Southend High Street Featuring roaming street performers, fun Christmas workshops for children, Santa cycle ride, Arriva ‘story’bus and even a mini farm for parents and children to enjoy! 01702 447031

 For more details on up and coming events and ones that did not make this listing, log onto the Council’s events website at www.visitsouthend.co.uk.

COUNCIL DIARY ■ Children & Lifelong Learning Scrutiny Committee: Monday 17 September, 6pm. ■ Community Services & Culture Scrutiny Committee: Tuesday 18 September, 6.30pm. ■ Economic & Environmental Scrutiny Committee: Thursday 20 September, 6.30pm. ■ Council: Thursday 11 October, 6.30pm. ■ Development Control Committee: Wednesday 17 October, 2pm.

■ Cabinet: Tuesday 6 November, 2pm. ■ Development Control Committee: Wednesday 14 November, 2pm. All meetings are held at the Civic Centre, Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea. Details of all Council meetings are available at www.southend.gov.uk/ councilmeetings. Youth Council meetings take place on the first Wednesday of every month in the Council Chamber at the Civic Centre, 5pm-7pm.

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To find out which Ward you are in please visit www.southend.gov.uk/whereilive

The Council normally has 51 Councillors elected to represent you. There are 17 wards, each with three elected members. See the map to find out which councillors represent you.

Your Councillors BELFAIRS WARD

BLENHEIM PARK

Cllr Stephen Aylen (Ind)

Cllr Fay Evans (Con)

Cllr Lesley Salter (Con)

Cllr James Courtenay (Con) Cllr Graham Longley (LD)

Cllr Duncan Russell (LD)

16 Woodside, Belfairs, Leigh-on-Sea SS9 4QU Tel: 01702 527747 cllraylen@southend.gov.uk

192 Highlands Boulevard, Leigh-on-Sea SS9 3QX Tel: 01702 558657 cllrevans@southend.gov.uk

4 Chadwick Road, Westcliff-on-Sea SS0 8LS Tel: 01702 432364 cllrsalter@southend.gov.uk

14 Eros Avenue, Southend-on-Sea SS2 5LP Tel: 01702 611669 cllrcourtenay@southend.gov.uk

15 Lindisfarne Avenue, Leigh-on-Sea SS9 3NR Tel: 01702 480713 cllrrussell@southend.gov.uk

CHALKWELL WARD

28 McDivitt Walk, Leigh-on-Sea SS9 5UD Tel: 01702 520234 cllrlongley@southend.gov.uk

EASTWOOD PARK WARD

Cllr Richard Brown (Con) Cllr Stephen Habermel (Con) Cllr Ian Robertson (Con)

Cllr Trevor Byford (Con)

Cllr Andrew Moring (Con) Cllr Chris Walker (Con)

16 Cherrybrook, Thorpe Bay SS1 3QZ Tel: 01702 584003 cllrbrown@southend.gov.uk

2 Badgers Close, Westcliff-on-Sea SS0 0AP Tel: 01702 437274 cllrbyford@southend.gov.uk

554 Woodgrange Drive, Southend-on-Sea SS1 3EL Tel: 01702 585957 cllrmoring@southend.gov.uk

256 Rayleigh Road, Eastwood SS9 5XL Tel: 01702 528027 cllrwalker@southend.gov.uk

6 Leas Gardens, Southend-on-Sea SS0 8JL Tel: 01702 478354 cllrhabermel@southend.gov.uk

68 Thorpe Hall Avenue, Thorpe Bay SS1 3AU Tel: 01702 584580 cllritrobertson@southend.gov.uk

KURSAAL WARD

LEIGH WARD

Cllr Louise Burdett (Con)

Cllr Judy Mcmahon (Lab)

Cllr Anne Jones (Lab)

Cllr Alan Crystall (LD)

Cllr Barry Godwin (LD)

Cllr Peter Wexham (LD)

144 Alexandra Road, Southend-on-Sea SS1 1HB Tel: 01702 430309 cllrburdett@southend.gov.uk

37A Pleasant Road, Southend-on-Sea SS1 2HQ Tel: 01702 462489 cllrmcmahon@southend.gov.uk

2 Hastings Road, Southend-on-Sea SS1 2DR Tel: 01702 460952 cllrannejones@southend.gov.uk

16 Cliff Parade, Leigh-on-Sea SS9 1AS Tel: 01702 474047 cllrcrystall@southend.gov.uk

63 Steyning Avenue, Southend-on-Sea SS2 4TW Tel: 01702 589318 cllrgodwin@southend.gov.uk

119 Vardon Drive, Leigh-on-Sea SS9 3SH Tel: 01702 715981 cllrwexham@southend.gov.uk

MILTON WARD

PRITTLEWELL WARD

Cllr Dr Maria Caunce (Con) Cllr Julian Ware-Lane (Lab) Cllr Jonathan Garston (Con)

Cllr Mary Betson (LD)

Cllr Mike Grimwade (LD)

Cllr Ric Morgan (Ind)

Fairlight Lodge, 37 Park Road, Westcliff-on-Sea SS0 7PQ Tel: 01702 430684 cllrcaunce@southend.gov.uk

11 Byfield, Eastwood SS9 5TG Tel: 01702 524026 cllrbetson@southend.gov.uk

94 Eastwood Old Road, Leigh-on-Sea SS9 4RS Tel: 01702 520642 cllrgrimwade@southend.gov.uk

5 Hobleythick Lane, Westcliff-on-Sea SS0 0RP Tel: 01702 432361 cllrmorgan@southend.gov.uk

37 Nelson Road, Leigh-on-Sea SS9 3HX Tel: 01702 472144 cllrware-lane@southend.gov.uk

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23a Clifftown Parade, Southend-on-Sea SS1 1DN Tel: 01702 335017 cllrjgarston@southend.gov.uk


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SHOEBURYNESS WARD

SOUTHCHURCH WARD

Cllr Mike Assenheim (Ind) Cllr Roger Hadley (Con)

Cllr Anne Chalk (Ind)

Cllr David Garston (Con)

Cllr Ann Holland (Con)

Cllr Brian Kelly (Con)

76 Elm Road, Shoeburyness SS3 9RD Tel: 01702 291720 cllrassenheim@southend.gov.uk

94 High Street, Shoeburyness SS3 9AS Tel: 01702 295449 cllrchalk@southend.gov.uk

237 Maplin Way North, Southend-on-Sea SS1 3NY Tel: 01702 584278 cllrdgarston@southend.gov.uk

7 Silchester Court, Silchester Corner, Gt Wakering SS3 0PX Tel: 01702 580855 cllrholland@southend.gov.uk

10 Withypool, Shoeburyness SS3 8BH Tel: 01702 585015 cllrkelly@southend.gov.uk

33 Mountbatten Drive, Shoeburyness SS3 8UY Tel: 01702 294945 cllrhadley@southend.gov.uk

ST LAURENCE WARD

ST LUKES WARD

Cllr Mark Flewitt (Con)

Cllr Ted Lewin (LD)

Cllr Adam Jones (Con)

Cllr Brian Ayling (Ind)

Cllr Sally Carr (Con)

Cllr Paul Van Looy (Ind)

11 Borman Close, Leigh-on-Sea SS9 5UJ Tel: 01702 510463 cllrflewitt@southend.gov.uk

19 Little Thorpe, Thorpe Bay SS1 3RN Tel: 01702 586359 cllrlewin@southend.gov.uk

23 Mucking Hall Road, Barling Magna SS3 0NH Tel: 01702 216658 cllrjones@southend.gov.uk

108a Ennismore Gardens, Southend-on-Sea SS2 5RB Tel: 01702 461840 cllrayling@southend.gov.uk

42 Marcus Avenue, Southend-on-Sea SS1 3LA Tel: 01702 586231 cllrcarr@southend.gov.uk

54 Arlington Road, Southend-on-Sea SS2 4UW Tel: 01702 615658 cllrvanlooy@southend.gov.uk

THORPE WARD

VICTORIA WARD

Cllr Alex Kaye (Ind)

Cllr Mike Stafford (Ind)

Cllr Ron Woodley (Ind)

Cllr Margaret Borton (Lab) Cllr Ian Gilbert (Lab)

Cllr David Norman (Lab)

470 Woodgrange Drive, Southend-on-Sea SS1 3ED Tel: 01702 588432 cllrkaye@southend.gov.uk

124 Parkanaur Avenue, Thorpe Bay SS1 3JD Tel: 01702 586265 cllrstafford@southend.gov.uk

91 Tyrone Road, Southend-on-Sea SS1 3HD Tel: 01702 588662 cllrwoodley@southend.gov.uk

85 Rochester Drive, Westcliff-on-Sea SS0 0NJ Tel: 01702 348817 cllrborton@southend.gov.uk

41 Vernon Road, Leigh-on-Sea SS9 2NG Tel: 01702 470215 cllrdnorman@southend.gov.uk

WEST LEIGH WARD

18 Avenue Road, Westcliff-on-Sea SS0 7PW Tel: 01702 339765 cllrgilbert@southend.gov.uk

WEST SHOEBURY WARD

Cllr Nigel Holdcroft (Con) Cllr Gwen Horrigan MBE (Con) Cllr John Lamb (Con)

Cllr Tony Cox (Con)

Cllr Liz Day (Con)

Cllr Derek Jarvis (Con)

7 Sylvan Way, Leigh-on-Sea SS9 3TU Tel: 01702 214008 cllrholdcroft@southend.gov.uk

Flat D Mill Lodge, West Road, Shoeburyness SS3 9DP Tel: 01702 297039 cllrcox@southend.gov.uk

5 Withypool, Shoeburyness SS3 8BH Tel: 01702 586185 cllreday@southend.gov.uk

66 Leitrim Avenue, Shoeburyness SS3 9HF Tel: 01702 292744 cllrjarvis@southend.gov.uk

15 Hazelwood Grove, Leigh-on-Sea SS9 4DE Tel: 01702 524333 cllrhorrigan@southend.gov.uk

77 Vardon Drive, Leigh-on-Sea SS9 3SJ Tel: 01702 483908 cllrlamb@southend.gov.uk

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council Cabinet

WESTBOROUGH WARD

Cllr Paul Collins (LD)

Cllr Martin Terry (Ind)

Cllr Dr Vel (Ind)

219 Green Lane, Leigh-on-Sea SS9 5QN Tel: 01702 512239 cllrcollins@southend.gov.uk

66 Victoria Road, Southend-on-Sea SS1 2TF Tel: 01702 619655 cllrterry@southend.gov.uk

61 Thorpebay Gardens, Thorpe Bay SS1 3NP Tel: 01702 580640 cllrvelmurugan@southend.gov.uk

Find it – do it online: www.southend.gov.uk

■ Nigel Holdcroft (Leader) ■ John Lamb (Deputy Leader with special responsibility for Regeneration and Enterprise) ■ Derek Jarvis (Culture and Tourism) ■ James Courtenay (Children and Learning) ■ Lesley Salter (Adult Social Care, Health and Housing) ■ Tony Cox (Public Protection, Waste and Transport) ■ Andrew Moring (Corporate Support Services) ■ Jonathan Garston (Planning) AUTUMN 2012  Outlook

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Catherine Crabb and her children Lewis and Aleisha tip the contents of their blue food recycling caddy into composting bins at their allotment at Canterbury Avenue.

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Most of my food waste goes to make compost at my allotment and it’s something my whole family joins in with.

CATHERINE CRABB

Food waste helps the

garden grow K

EEN recycler Catherine Crabb hates to see anything going to waste – her new kitchen even has built-in recycling bins so her whole family can join in. So easy is it that she is now encouraging more people in Southend to take up the food waste challenge in particular and help cut back on the mountains of food thrown out each week. The mum-of-two, who signed up for the Council’s Food Waste Week earlier this year, said: “I’ve always been into recycling. My mum and dad are from that generation who hated to waste anything so I was brought up the same way. Most of my food waste goes to make compost at my allotment and it’s something my whole family joins in with. “My husband Nick does his bit and we teach our children Aleisha and Lewis what can be recycled where. We’ve even taught them about avoiding unnecessary packaging and wrappers. “We’re all consumers and they’re the consumers of the future so they’re growing up

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with a recycling mindset and knowing how easy it is. My neighbours join in for instance and I even offer to take food waste from them to compost. “The Council has produced loads of useful information leaflets so everyone can do it really. It’s just a case of making it a part of your daily routine.” Food waste is collected separately every week in Southend through the blue food waste collection scheme and with the caddies provided it could not be easier to recycle fruit and veg, peelings, meat, fish bones and even tea bags. Since the service started in Southend in 2008, around 11,600 tonnes of food waste has been collected for composting – the equivalent to 770 double-decker buses. Once collected, the waste is composted at an in-vessel composting facility and spread on agricultural land.  For more details visit the Council’s website www.southend.gov.uk/foodwaste.

Make a note of opening hours RESIDENTS are being asked to make a note of changes to opening hours at Southend’s Household Waste Recyling Centres (HWRCs). The Borough is served by two HWRCs – one in Stock Road, Southend, the second in Leigh Marshes, Leigh-on-Sea. Residents can use them for recycling of items from glass bottles, to newspapers and magazines and garden waste. Up until 31 October, the two sites will be open from 9am to 5pm weekdays and 8am to 5pm at weekends. However the Leigh Marshes site will be closed on Wednesdays and Stock Road on Thursdays. From 1 November, both sites will be opened from 9am to 4pm weekdays and 8am to 4pm at weekends. Leigh Marshes will remain closed on Wednesdays and Stock Road on Thursdays. Both sites will be open from 9am on Bank Holidays, except for Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day when they will be closed. For more details about recycling visit www.southend.gov.uk/recycling.

Report it – do it online: www.southend.gov.uk

Outlook Issue 24 Autumn 2012  

Official Southend-on-Sea Borough Council magazine.

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