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SOUTHEND-ON-SEA COUNCIL OF THE YEAR

YOUR OFFICIAL COUNCIL MAGAZINE www.southend.gov.uk

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Busy time ahead as Council addresses budget challenge By Council Leader Councillor NIGEL HOLDCROFT

COUNCIL OF THE YEAR 2012

Winter 2012 N E W S & F E AT U R E S Celebrity chefs food fight at pier café . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Personal Assistant proves a life changer . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

CHRISTMAS is always an exciting time of year in Southend-on-Sea, and a great opportunity to showcase everything that’s best about the Borough. There is a packed programme of festive events, great shopping and a vibrant nightlife as everyone looks forward to the big day. It is a busy time of year for the local authority too, not least because this is when we look ahead and plan our budgets for the coming financial year. In a couple of weeks’ time we will hear from the Government what our financial settlement will be for 2013/14, and that will tell us how much money we will, or will not, have to spend on services. In Southend we have planned carefully over the years and have anticipated as best we can the budget cuts we have needed to make. We have reorganised and boosted efficiency to save money, where possible, without cutting jobs and services. But the savings continue to bite and the challenges are bigger than ever. Rest assured we will make the very most of the money available; we will protect services where we can and look after our residents as best we can. I’m sure 2013 will be an eventful and exciting year in Southend-on-Sea, as more of our projects to regenerate the Borough move forward or come to fruition. I wish all of you and your families an enjoyable Christmas and a happy, peaceful and prosperous New Year.

Course is boosting job-seekers’ prospects . . . . . . . . . . 12 Paralympic star aims to inspire others . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

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New world record for Southend Pier . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Clampdown on antisocial behaviour at flats . . . . . . . . 15 WIN a family ticket for Cinderella panto . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Community Champions shine like diamonds . . . . . . . . 17 Special 100th birthday gift for Palace Theatre . . . . . . 18 Pupils delight as new £6.9m school opens . . . . . . . . 19 Green scheme to cut home energy bills . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

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Exceptional efforts recognised with STARS awards . . . . 21 More over-65s take up cycling to keep healthy . . . . . . . 22 Church groups to provide shelter for rough sleepers . . 25 Borough scoops top Clean Britain award . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 What’s On Sea . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28/29 Know your councillors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30/31

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Outlook is written, designed and produced by Smith Davis Press in partnership with Southend-on-Sea Borough Council. The information contained in this publication has been accepted from the contributors in good faith, and whilst every effort has been made to ensure accuracy at the time of going to press, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council cannot accept responsibility for any errors, misrepresentations or subsequent changes. Whilst all possible care is taken in the preparation of this publication, no responsibility for loss occasioned by any person acting as a result of the material contained herein can be accepted by Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, the authors or the publisher. Southend-on-Sea Borough Council does not endorse any of the products or services advertised within this publication. Printed by PCP.

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Southenders HAUNTING ATMOSPHERE: how the seafront might look in ghost film.

Work starts on eco-friendly centre FAMILIES will be able to enjoy more of a Borough beauty spot when an eco-friendly centre at Belfairs Park opens next summer. A groundbreaking ceremony performed by the Worshipful the Mayor Councillor Sally Carr marked the start of work on the Woodland Centre. The project is being funded

by organisations including companies from the timber trade, private individuals and an £855,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The centre is being built using sustainable materials and energy efficient technology and will be a base for activities and events in the park’s woodland.

Spooky sounds on the seafront at midnight... SPIRITS are always high on the Southend seafront on Christmas Eve... but how many revellers know the spirit world might be just as active on that special night? For every year, around midnight, in the streets around the Royal Mews, the sound of a horse clip-clopping over long-covered cobbles and the calls of a coachman geeing up the animals can clearly be heard. Anyone brave enough to witness the ghostly noises can even smell the leather of the harnesses and the sweat of the horses. Many have witnessed the “haunting” which only takes place at this time of year. This and more supernatural secrets of the Borough’s best known spots are revealed in Haunted Southend by local author Dee Gordon. The book contains fascinating stories of haunted

houses, churches and rectories, commercial buildings, watering holes and even a section on seven phantom dogs. There are tales of hauntings and exorcisms, sinister black shadows, unexplained music, a “grumpy graveyard ghost” and many more supernatural stories, told to Dee by locals. The author – who leads a University of the Third Age Writing Group every fourth Friday of the month, 2pm to 4pm, at Shoebury Baptist Church, Caulfield Road – said: “This book is intended to report local experiences, to entertain readers, to look into mysteries and is for everyone with an open mind and a curiosity about life and death. “Believers will have their faith reinforced, and the sceptical will have something to think about.”

Robbie’s return inspires IT was an emotional evening all round when rock megastar Robbie Williams played an intimate gig at Southend’s Cliffs Pavillion to celebrate 15 years as a solo artist by going back to where it all began. It was one of just three UK venues on the mini tour and allowed 2,300 fans to see Robbie up close and personal. And there wasn’t a dry eye in the house when Robbie dedicated his world

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famous hit Angels to Matthew Hall, aged seven, of Bishop’s Cleeve, near Cheltenham, who died three years ago from a rare neurological condition called Battens Disease, and whose mother, Mel, was in the audience at the Cliffs. Mel said: “Tributes like Robbie did make the journey we are on a little more bearable and keeps me inspired to raising awareness for the cure of this rare disease.”

Resident Majzoub Ali, aged 71, completes an online questionnaire about the future of library services during a visit to Southend Central Library.

Shaping future library services M

ORE people are being urged to have their say on the future of library services in Southend now that a three-stage review is well underway. Views and ideas are being taken right up to the 6 January closing date of the first phase of public consultation. So far there has been a good response rate with people going online, completing the questionnaires in libraries or by writing in. Future needs and priorities are being looked at as stage one of the review gathers the facts on branches, mobile services and the profile of service users. Key at this stage is finding out how the whole community uses the library service. Stage two, during the first half of 2013, will see responses analysed and proposals drafted ahead of more public consultation between March and June, giving members of the

public a further chance to have their say. Any plans will go before the Cabinet for approval before being implemented in the autumn. The Council believes libraries are important; however current financial challenges coupled with changes in the way people have been using the libraries over the years means that the Council needs to look at how the service is provided in future years.

 To have your say, simply visit www.southend.gov.uk/libraryreview and fill out the easy-to-follow questionnaire or you can send your views to the dedicated email address libraryreview@ southend.gov.uk. Paper copies of the questionnaire can also be picked up from any of the Do it Borough’s libraries Online or the Civic Centre.


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Work starts to stablise cliff slip at seafront

PIER CAFÉ WITH A GENEROUS HELPING OF CELEBRITY CHEF STARDUST: Jimmy Doherty and Jamie Oliver at the café on Southend Pier – now the Council are looking for a new and exciting use for the food outlet.

Photograph by David Loftus.

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OTENTIAL tenants are talking to the Council after celebrity chef Jamie Oliver and his mate Jimmy Doherty’s latest TV show breathed new life into an unused café on Southend Pier. The Essex duo, who spent many a happy hour there in the 80s, rebranded it Jamie and Jimmy’s Food Fight Club to film a four-part series being broadcast on Channel Four. Film star Gwyneth Paltrow joined in the fun on location at the café as invited audiences watched them cook up a storm

during the series that also involved road trips to source local dishes and ingredients and then abroad to battle it out in France, Italy or Germany. For Jamie it was his second food-based visit to Southend in a year and a return to his roots after he once famously revealed that he had been conceived on the Pier. He said: “Jimmy and I have been mates for as long as I can remember and so it’s brilliant to be making a series with him. We’ve got up to a load of mischief already on the road in Europe and we’ve been back to good old

Essex.” The café is owned by the Council and has been empty since the summer when the new Cultural Centre opened. Scott Dolling, the Council Group Manager for Enterprise and Tourism, said: “We want the catering offer on the Pier to match and exceed our visitors’ expectations. Jamie Oliver being here is inspiring lots of new thoughts and there are several options being considered for the future of this venue.” Jamie and Jimmy’s Food Fight Club, created by Fresh One Productions airs in November.

Lifeguard training courses being staged at leisure centre OVER 16s signed up to special lifeguard training during half term. The National Pool Lifeguard Qualification course was on offer at Shoeburyness Leisure Centre. It taught resuscitation, first aid, hazards and risks, accident prevention, water-based rescue

skills, fitness and teamwork The qualification is required by every leisure centre which employs lifeguards. For more information on future courses contact the leisure centre on 01702 293558 or email shoeburyness@parkwoodcommunityleisure.co.uk.

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WORK is underway to stablise the cliff slip on Southend seafront. The slip area has been closed to the public for almost a decade. Nearly 80 concrete piles, each up to 36 metres long, are being driven into the top of the slope to stabilise it and help prevent further slippage. The ground level of the slope is also being reduced. The cliffs have a long history of instability dating back over 100 years, although the most serious slip occurred in 2002 and destroyed the Bandstand Restaurant. Balfour Beatty, which is carrying out the works, has set up a site office on Clifftown Parade and members of the public can call in to find out about the scheme’s progress. Construction traffic routes are being monitored and there are restrictions in place regarding noise intrusion, which also cover the loading and unloading of materials. ● Further information can be found on the website: www.soscliff.co.uk or from www.facebook.com/ sos.cliffstabilisation or Twitter:@SoS_Cliff

Purple flag celebration SOUTHEND celebrated being the place for an excellent night out with a bang. The Borough was given Purple Flag status to show it is a clean, fun, safe place to go in the evening. Family entertainment including a fire and light show, live music and a seafront fireworks spectacular were staged to mark the town’s recognition. Executive Councillor for Waste, Public Protection and Transport Tony Cox, said: “What happens in Southend after dark is every bit as vital to the economy of the town as what occurs during daylight hours. “The event was our official celebration of Purple Flag status and all that Southend has to offer by way of night time entertainment. It was a great night out for all the family.”

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Primary School Admissions September 2013 If you have a child born between 1st September 2008 and 31st August 2009 he or she is due to start school in September 2013. The closing date for applications is

15th January 2013 The Primary School Admissions booklet and online applications are available on:

www.southend.gov.uk/admissions

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If however you would prefer a paper copy of the admissions booklet please contact the Customer Service Centre: Telephone: 01702 215000 Email: admissions@southend.gov.uk Customer Service Centre, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, Civic Centre, Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea SS2 6ER.


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Personal Assistant has given Tom new

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Having a Personal Assistant has been really good for me. It helps me get out and about and do more things in the community.

LEASE OF LIFE

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OM Murray plays a full part in community life – thanks to the help he receives from a Personal Assistant. Tom, 23, who has cerebral palsy, gets out and about to an extent that he wouldn’t have dreamed of four years ago. As well as studying English and Maths at Southend Adult Community College, he is a Governor at the college. At the same time he is a member of a Standards Leadership Group at South Essex Homes, in one of whose bungalows he lives. His busy schedule has been made possible with the support of his Personal Assistant who he employs under a scheme backed by Southend-on-Sea Borough Council. The Council is set to use its new SHIP website to launch a Register of Personal Assistants, and a “match making” service where people with care needs and CRB-checked Personal Assistants will be able to advertise their availability. Tom also receives a Personal Budget agreed with the Council’s Adult Social Care Services, which allows him to make choices in his life. He said: “Having a Personal Assistant has been really good for me. It helps me get out and about and do more things in the community. I have always been interested in community life and it is great to be able to get involved with policies and procedures as a member of a residents’ group.” Tom’s Personal Assistant visits him once a

Tom enjoys a cuppa at his home in Southend.

week, enabling him to go into Southend town centre and further afield. He is also visited by carers twice or three times a day. Tom added: “My Personal Budget means I am free to spend the money on what I want, while I am receiving care.”

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We are excited about having the products, information and experience in place to support new and existing cyclists. RICHARD TWOMEY

RECYCLED CYCLES FOR SALE: Richard Twomey at the new Comfy Saddle cycle hub at Southend Central Station.

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new cycle hub at Southend Central Station is set to spread the message of the benefits of sustainable transport to the travelling public. The hub is named The Comfy Saddle and will offer information, equipment and accessories to people who already choose to travel by sustainable transport – notably cycling – as well as advice to those who might consider trying it. The initiative is the brainchild of Richard Twomey, who already runs the Council-backed Re-Cycle Centre on Brunel Road, off Progress Road, in west of the Borough. The Comfy Saddle will be a part of a social enterprise called Sustainable Motion CIC. The organisation will be more flexible in promoting cycling among other forms of sustainable transport, and will be less reliant on grants. Located opposite the ticket office inside the station, the Comfy Saddle is focused on employing

local talent such as trained technicians and apprentices in an extension to an already successful volunteer programme. The hub is focused on offering items that assist people in overcoming their reservations to choose a more sustainable form of transport. Bicycles produced at the Re-Cycle Centre will also be offered for sale at The Comfy Saddle. The Re-Cycle Centre is a project that receives unwanted bicycles from the public, renovates them with the help of volunteers and sells them at low cost back to the community. “We are excited about having the products, information and experience in place to support new and existing cyclists,” said Richard. “But we will also be giving advice on other forms of sustainable travel including walking, trains and buses, and helping people with their personal travel planning.”

Householders urged to fit smoke alarms FIREFIGHTERS are urging householders to fit and check their smoke alarms. In the 12 months to September 2012 Essex County Fire and Rescue Service attended 858 accidental house fires – but 247 of the properties were not protected by smoke alarms. Divisional Officer Neil Fenwick said: “It is

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staggering to think that such a large proportion of the homes that suffer a fire do not have any working smoke alarms installed. “Smoke alarms cost just a few pounds and take minutes to fit so there is no excuse for not making sure that your family are properly protected.”

Drop-in advice sessions to support local entrepreneurs DROP-IN sessions are being launched to help new businesses with a range of advice and support. The Council and enterprise organisation NWES are staging the sessions at the Tickfield Centre between 10am and 4pm on Thursday 29 November and Thursday 31 January. No appointment is needed for the get-togethers, which offer advice on everything from starting a business, to developing a business plan and securing finance. The Council’s Deputy Leader and Executive Councillor for Enterprise and Regeneration, Councillor John Lamb, said:“We are very keen to capitalise on the enthusiasm of local entrepreneurs by offering free support. “We need to guide those who want to run their own enterprises by helping them make the most of their prospective plans and giving them the very best advice we can.”

Champions share best practice GREEN champions from across the Borough attended Southend’s first ever Community Recycling Conference. It is hoped that sharing best practice and showing that many residents really do care about the environment will help the Council hit tough recycling targets of 60 per cent by 2015. Alex Moore, of Leigh-on-Sea, who is one of more than 200 Recycling Champions in the Borough, said: “Recycling really isn’t a load of rubbish. “We all really should be doing it and I’m hoping that I can encourage others to do the right thing.” ● For more information on Recycling Champions or recycling in general, please visit www.southend.gov.uk/ recyclingchampions.


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It’s the WIGGO EFFECT

MUMS GET ON THEIR BIKES: Monday Morning Mums Club members at Heycroft Primary School, left to right, Alison Towning, Dawn Sutton, Bikeability Instructor Angela Lock, Marion Gunn and Michelle Coughlan. Below right, Olympic champion and Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins who has helped to inspire the cycling boom.

Cycling boom time in the Borough

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YCLING in Southend has been cranked up a gear in the wake of the London 2012 Olympic Games – and what has become known as the “Wiggo Effect”. The gold medal successes of cycling stars like Bradley Wiggins – affectionately known as Wiggo to his fans – Sir Chris Hoy, Victoria Pendleton and Laura Trott are helping to boost the number of people turning to pedal power in all areas of life. More residents are hopping on their bikes to get fit, travel to work, go to school or even enjoy a leisurely Sunday afternoon ride along the picturesque seafront. National statistics show that Wiggins’ high-profile success in the Tour de France, followed up by the gold rush at the Olympics, has translated into increased enthusiasm for cycling. Southend-on-Sea is no exception, with more people signing up to many of the innovative schemes on offer under the Cycle Southend banner. These include the Monday Morning Mums Bike Rides to Heycroft Primary School, regular

Tuesday morning rides, which are attended by people as old as 83, and the Muckers Off Road Mountain Bike Group, which meets every Saturday morning and now has 181 members. Another major success is the Re-Cycle Centre, on Brunel Road, which repairs and restores donated bikes and sells them on at affordable prices. Cycle Southend Marketing and Promotions Manager Collette Kemp said: “It is fantastic to see the popularity of cycling increase in the wake of the Olympic Games and Bradley Wiggins’ successes. It is our aim to not only maintain this popularity but build on it in Southend. “The Re-Cycle Centre is an indicator of this popularity. It has found it hard to keep up with the huge demand for affordable bikes. As soon as the technicians fix them up and put them on display they are sold. So we need people to keep donating their unwanted bikes.” Southend is the perfect place to take up cycling. The mainly flat seafront is a great place for beginners and families to ease themselves in. And because the popular Estuary Trail runs

through the Borough it means enthusiasts can pedal further afield on the network and enjoy the wider south and east of England in the saddle. Organised cycle activities take place throughout the year ranging from children’s Bikeability holiday events, to “Be Bright, Be Seen” winter safety courses.  For more details about Do it routes and events visit Online www.cyclesouthend.co.uk.

People in ‘at risk’ groups urged to get a free flu vaccination PEOPLE at greatest risk from flu are being urged to protect themselves this winter by getting a jab. Anyone can catch the illness, which can prove very serious for people aged 65 or over, pregnant women and

those with health conditions such as severe asthma, heart complaints and diabetes. Flu jabs are free for people in these groups and anyone who has not had one should contact their family doctor. The flu vaccine changes

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every year to fight the latest strains of the virus, so even people who had a jab last year need another one this year. Dr Andrea Atherton, Director of Public Health at NHS South Essex, said: “Flu can increase the risk of developing more serious illnesses such as

bronchitis and pneumonia. “It can knock you off your feet and make it hard to look after the kids or go to work. “If you’re in any of the ‘at risk’ groups the flu jab is completely free and is a safe way of protecting you and your family in a matter of minutes.”

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Course is helping job-seekers see a big

Natalie Fairbanks with her new Curriculum Vitae which was improved with the help of coaching she received on a course with SeeJobGroup.

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NOTHER course is being held to help job-seekers find employment after the first run was hailed a success. Social enterprise SeeJobGroup has launched the second of its 12-week SeeChange plans at Southend Central Library to increase job searching skills, boost confidence and self-esteem. Eighteen people attended sessions and more than 60 per cent went on to find paid employment, voluntary work placements, work experience or chose to go back into education. SeeJobGroup Director Jane Dring said: “Our fresh and inspiring approach links people who are in a similar situation by creating a ‘mini community’. Feedback tells us we are meeting a real need with a real solution for change. “Our group workshops cover all aspects of successful job searching from CVs through to interviews, and individual coaching gives us quality time with each person to set and achieve goals. We believe this combination, and the positive feedback we receive, makes the SeeChange plan so uniquely powerful for job-seekers.” Jane and Co-director Andy Bater meet at the library at 9.30am on Wednesdays. Facilities include access to computers and the internet, book resources and library staff support.  For more information, or to register, call 07957 498340 or email info@seejobgroup.com.

Adapting CV was key to finding employment NATALIE Fairbanks spent months looking for employment when she returned to the UK after working in Chile. The 33-year-old was faced with a number of difficulties but found the hardest thing was getting her CV in shape. After spending time with SeeJobGroup, she has not only produced a Curriculum Vitae to impress employers, she has also secured a marketing job for a charity in London. Natalie, from Westcliff-on-Sea, said:“I found it really hard when I came home and had to find a job. My CV was adapted to suit employers in Chile and they look for

different things to companies over here. I was looking for a few months but my CV was so bad that I wasn’t getting any interviews. “The sessions at the library taught me how to tailor my CV to specific employers and explained what I needed to do in an understandable way. “Now I know how to sell myself and I’m really pleased to have got a job. It was always my dream to work in London, now I’m doing it. I am really grateful for everything the group has done for me – it really has made a difference to my life.”

Businesses set to back improvement district BUSINESSES look set to back plans for a scheme to help boost the economic success of Southend town centre and seafront. Companies have been voting for the Business Improvement District – known as BID – which is based on a popular national model and involves the Council and other organisations working in partnership to make priority improvements. As Outlook went to press, BID organisers

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were awaiting the results of a month-long ballot on the proposals – but early indications point to a positive outcome . If it is given the green light, businesses will pay an extra 1.5 per cent in business rates. It is hoped this will raise £500,000 a year to spruce up the town and make it more attractive to shoppers. The district will cover every major shopping area in the town centre stretching from the

new Tesco site off Short Street in the north to the Cultural Centre at the end of the Pier in the south. The BID is being co-ordinated by the Town Centre Partnership, which is made up of key retailers, Essex Chambers of Commerce, University of Essex and South Essex College. It is set to start in April 2013 and continue for five years and is expected to involve more than 360 businesses.


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Photographs at the Copper Box courtesy of Maurice Smithson.

ARALYMPIC star Anna Sharkey hopes her London 2012 experience can inspire others with disability in Southend to reach for the stars just like she has. The visually impaired 24-year-old, who works as a physiotherapist at Southend University Hospital, is an elite athlete and member of the Team GB goalball squad. In her sport, a team of three wearing blackout blindfolds hurl a heavy ball with a bell inside as they try to out score the opposition. Referring the team’s Olympic performance, she said: “We went out to Sweden in the quarter final. We were so evenly matched and it went to golden goal. “They scored first so that was

massively disappointing. But the whole Paralympic experience was brilliant. I love performing in front of a crowd and to have 7,000 cheering us on was out of this world.” Anna hopes that a goalball team can be established in Southend though she is too busy at the moment to start one herself. Her advice to other people with disability in Southend is simple: “It’s to follow your dream. It can happen. It happened to me. I’ve had the best experience. “It takes hard work and commitment but whatever your dream, sport or anything else, it starts with you.”

Anna Sharkey (number one) celebrates with her goalball team mates after a Team GB victory at the Copper Box venue in Hackney during London 2012 Paralympics.

Back home in Southend after her London 2012 exploits, Team GB goalball star Anna Sharkey.

Anna Sharkey shoots for goal during a match at the Copper Box.

New scheme aims be to ‘streets ahead’ in battle to combat deprivation and inequality FAMILIES in Southend are being identified for help through a new £1.4 million scheme that aims to tackle deprivation and inequality. Over the next three years, the Streets Ahead programme will help 420 families face up to their complex needs and issues. Building on previously successful initiatives like Think Family and the Family Intervention Project, the Council and its partners will provide tailored support to reduce offending by minors, improve school attendance, get adults into work and off benefits and cut antisocial behaviour. Dedicated key workers, who will be target

led and able to use sanctions, will challenge families on domestic violence and substance abuse and support them with any mental health and personal development issues. Working alongside them, a network of community workers drawn from Kursaal, Victoria, St Luke’s, Shoeburyness, Milton and Blenheim wards will help communities pinpoint issues. They will then support residents, the public and voluntary sectors in a bid to resolve the problems. The Council’s Project Lead, Carol Compton, said:“We believe that by providing families with the means, confidence and skills to help

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themselves, we can inspire them to break the inter-generational cycle of problems and improve their life chances. “By doing this we will also be able to reduce the significant cost to the taxpayer of reacting to these issues. We aim to tap into local knowledge and release capacity and enthusiasm by bringing local people into the heart of this work. “And, through working with communities, we have a real opportunity to mobilise local people to address the challenges of deprivation, social exclusion and disengagement.”

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CCLAIMED as the world’s longest pleasure pier, Southend’s 1.34-mile iconic landmark now has another global record. It has officially been recognised as having the world’s longest pier railway – a title which has won a coveted place in the 2013 edition of Guinness World Records. The narrow gauge railway, which is owned and operated by the Council, provides daily public transport from the shore to the Pier Head where a new Cultural Centre was opened in summer this year.

Executive Councillor for Culture and Tourism, Councillor Derek Jarvis said:“We are thrilled by this achievement, because we’re told that only eight per cent of the records collected go on to be featured in Guinness World Records. “It is yet another way to help keep Southend and its well-loved heritage in the public eye. Southend Pier welcomes around 250,000 visitors each year, and this August with the arrival of the new Cultural Centre, 60,000 visitors came – the highest number since 2007.”

OLYMPIC LEGACY is new interest in volunteering INTEREST in volunteering is on the increase, thanks to a legacy left by the Olympics. Southend Association of Voluntary Services (SAVS) helped to train and deploy almost 300 volunteers for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and almost 90 per cent of them have returned questionnaires saying they would like to continue volunteer work. The organisation has also seen more people coming forward to inquire about volunteering. Business Development Manager Jo Mcpherson said:“When you watched the Olympic ceremonies, it was always the volunteers who got the biggest cheers. They worked so well together and the feedback we had from them was incredible. Not

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The Sir John Betjeman train travels along the pier against the backdrop of Southend seafront.

only has the experience helped many of them to make friends and build their confidence, their stories have also inspired other people to give it a try.” Jacqueline Trew, from Westcliff, who volunteered at London Southend Airport and mountain biking venue Hadleigh Farm, said: “Everyone should volunteer once, even if it’s just for a short time, just to experience what it is like. “The atmosphere at the Olympics was fantastic and I met some amazing people. Volunteering has put me on a new track in life and opened a lot of doors with regards to networking.”  To find out more, call SAVS

on 01702 356000.

Southend’s famous Pier gains another global title

The Pier Railway service is provided by two diesel trains – one named Sir John Betjeman and the other Sir William Heygate – on a single track with a passing loop. It started life in 1851 as a horse-drawn tramway and in 1890 an electric tramway was installed. In 1949 the rolling stock was replaced with four London Underground-style trains, but in 1978 the electric railway ceased operation because of track deterioration and high repair costs. The current railway system was launched in 1986.

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LOCKWATCH – the partnership scheme designed to tackle antisocial behaviour and the fear of crime – is being rolled out to more residential tower blocks in Southend. Launched in May to improve the lives of people at Cecil Court and Beaver Towers, it is now being introduced at Longbow Flats and Bewley Court, both in Southchurch. Community Safety Roadshows are being staged involving the Council, the Police, Essex Fire and Rescue Service and the Southend Dog Warden. The idea is to encourage experienced residents to take ownership of any issues and concerns so they become a voice for their block and a single point of contact to channel issues and concerns through. Simon Ford, Community Safety Partnership Manager, said: “This is a prime example of community engagement at its very best and demonstrates the value of partnership working.” Neighbourhood Policing Inspector Brad Dickel said: “I am very pleased at the feedback from the meetings so far and will continue to listen to the concerns of residents and do all I can to tackle problems head on.” Sister scheme Dogwatch has been running since June with more than 100 dogs already micro chipped for free by the

COMMUNITY ACTION: Emma Lee, a resident at Longbow Flats where the Blockwatch initiative has been introduced, is pictured with Community Engagement Officer Mick Holland and Special Sergeant Michelle Hill, outside the flats. Inset right, a poster promoting the Dogwatch scheme which is encouraging responsible dog ownership. Council with chips supplied by the Dogs Trust charity at special events around the Borough. The scheme was set up to encourage responsible dog ownership. Owners are encouraged to join a membership scheme so they can share information about missing or stray animals and report any dog-related antisocial behaviour.  For more information, call Mick Holland at the Community Safety Unit on 01702 464199, email southendnhw@aol.com or visit www.southendcdrp.co.uk.

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Specially-designed flats and support services help older people preserve their independence

Free fitness events on Pier

OLDER people requiring person-centred care and support services within the community are set to move into two sets of specially-designed flats which will preserve their independence. The two Extra Care schemes are based at the former sheltered housing complexes Longmans, near East Beach, Shoeburyness, and Westwood, in the Belfairs area of Leigh-on-Sea. The complexes have been remodelled and refurbished to provide 15 one-bedroom flats in each scheme. People moving in will have access to 24-hour care provided on site by Care UK. The care will be provided in a flexible way so that it can change to

RESIDENTS aged 50 and over were treated to free fitness sessions on Southend’s iconic Pier. Sessions in line dancing, exercise to music, yoga and much more were offered by Active Life UK, who organise fitness activities and campaigns across the Borough. For further information email sarah@activelifeuk.com or telephone 07740 626226.

meet the needs of individuals living there, so avoiding the need for them to move into other accommodation such as residential care. The flats have been adapted so that anyone who is wheelchair-dependent can move freely around and they are flexible enough to be adapted further if people’s requirements change over time. The care and support is sensitive to the individual needs of tenants who may have a physical disability or suffer with dementia. ● Residents who wish to enquire further about the Extra Care provision must firstly make contact via the Council Access Team at the Civic Centre on 01702 215008.

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Initiatives are being launched to raise awareness of dementia and provide advice.

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SERS of mental health services are to be consulted on how improvements can be made to their treatment and support. Research has found people with mental health problems and their carers want more responsive and personalised services. Proposals on what improvements can be made will be detailed in the South Essex Joint Mental Health Strategy, with a draft due to go out for consultation at the start of next year. The first year of the strategy will focus specifically on providing a set of integrated services for people in Southend. Five aims have already been identified. They include making it easier for people to gain access to services, reducing waiting times for primary care therapy and counselling, providing more support to help people recover from mental health problems and improving the way teams respond to a crisis. GPs will also be given help to become more confident when dealing with mental health problems. The strategy is being put together by Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, NHS South Essex and other partners.

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ORE than 50 unsung heroes have been crowned Diamond Jubilee Community Champions for their ‘remarkable” contribution to improving local people’s lives in Southend. Members of the public nominated their personal champions for recognition in one of the Council’s initiatives to celebrate the Queen’s 60th year on the throne. Mayor of Southend, Councillor Sally Carr, presented award certificates to the Community Champions at a special reception in September. She said: “We were delighted to give our terrific Diamond Jubilee Community Champions the recognition they truly deserve and publicly pay tribute to the remarkable service they give. “It has been wonderful to hear the stirring accounts of the very many ways people in Southend are helping each other every day. We also want to thank everyone who came forward with nominations to share their gratitude for the assistance they and others receive.” A total of 54 champions – ranging in age from 16 to 92 – were chosen by an awards panel. As well as a certificate marking their efforts, each received a copy of a commemorative Programme of Events held across the Borough in 1953 to highlight the Queen’s coronation. Charlotte Olden holds her Diamond Jubilee Community Champion certificate outside the Connexions building in Cluny Square where the community group she set up is based.

One of the aims of the new Mental Health Strategy is to reduce waiting times for counselling sessions. An event will be staged to promote its launch and encourage people to come forward to contribute their views. A series of public meetings will also be held, and documentation will be made available online. Work is also taking place to raise awareness of dementia and to help more people with the condition receive a diagnosis. As part of the south east Essex dementia strategy, a new information page has been

developed on the Council website providing information and advice for people who may be worried about problems with their memory or concerned about the early signs of dementia. The webpage at www.southend.gov.uk/dementia includes details of organisations that can be contacted for support. The south east Essex dementia strategy – Living Well With Dementia – can also be downloaded from the site.

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Diamond Jubilee Community Champion Bert Goodbourn with his watercolour paintings which he sells to raise money for Southend University Hospital.

Bert finds new ways of fundraising WHEN former merchant seaman Bert Goodbourn suffered a heart attack and strokes that confined him to a wheelchair, it did not stop him fundraising for local causes – he just changed tactics. Instead of doing parachute jumps and climbing mountains to raise funds, Bert started running quizzes, organising sponsored walks along the seafront, church fetes and selling his watercolour paintings. Since 2001 he has raised £11,000 for Southend University Hospital’s heart and stroke units and two years ago set up The Village, a local charity that brings

together people of all ages with disabilities. Based at the Avro Centre near the airport, The Village provides a wide range of activities, sports, outings and transport for over 50 members. “It’s lovely to receive an award, but my real reward is helping other people to achieve things and seeing the happiness it brings,” said 79-year-old Bert, who lives in Leigh-on-Sea. The grandfather-of-two’s next fundraiser is a fete at Westleigh Baptist church on 15 December and he is planning a mammoth sponsored tour by train next year.

Charlotte takes up a community challenge TEENAGER Charlotte Olden has taken a hands-on approach to improving her community. Over the past two years she has helped to set up and run St Luke’s Youth Community Challenge, inspiring young people to host their own events and activities – and the results can be seen throughout the Cluny Square area. The efforts of Charlotte and her team saw the creation of Cluny Summer Pavillion in just five days and a successful Christmas meal for

elderly people, an event which is set to be repeated again this year. Charlotte, aged 18, who was praised in her nomination for her “positive” and “caring” approach to other young people, said:“It was a complete shock to be named a community champion but it is lovely to get an award and it means a lot to me. “I don’t run the group to get recognition, I do it for the community. We have run all sorts of events, especially over the summer, and the kids love getting involved. That alone is enough to make me happy, but this is the icing on the cake.” The group is based at the careers service Connexions building in Cluny Square.

EASTENDERS star Shane Ritchie returns to Southend’s Pantoland this year following a sell-out run 12 months ago... and Outlook readers have an opportunity to win a coveted family ticket. The TV and stage funnyman – Albert Square’s Alfie Moon – plays a leading role in the spectacular production of Cinderella at the Cliffs Pavillion. The show runs from Friday 21 December and has already achieved record early ticket sales. For your chance to win a ticket for four, just answer the following question: What part will Shane Ritchie play in this year’s performance of Cinderella? Clue: the answer is in the advert on page 23 – oh yes it is! To enter the competition, please send your answer on a postcard, along with your name, address and daytime telephone number, to: Cinderella 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 closing date for entries is Friday 14 December. ● 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.

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Proposals to improve mental health services U

SERS of mental health services are to be consulted on how improvements can be made to their treatment and support. Research has found people with mental health problems and their carers want more responsive and personalised services. Proposals on what improvements can be made will be detailed in the South Essex Joint Mental Health Strategy, with a draft due to go out for consultation at the start of next year. The first year of the strategy will focus specifically on providing a set of integrated services for people in Southend. Five aims have already been identified. They include making it easier for people to gain access to services, reducing waiting times for primary care therapy and counselling, providing more support to help people recover from mental health problems and improving the way teams respond to a crisis. GPs will also be given help to become more confident when dealing with mental health problems. The strategy is being put together by Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, NHS South Essex and other partners.

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ORE than 50 unsung heroes have been crowned Diamond Jubilee Community Champions for their ‘remarkable” contribution to improving local people’s lives in Southend. Members of the public nominated their personal champions for recognition in one of the Council’s initiatives to celebrate the Queen’s 60th year on the throne. Mayor of Southend, Councillor Sally Carr, presented award certificates to the Community Champions at a special reception in September. She said: “We were delighted to give our terrific Diamond Jubilee Community Champions the recognition they truly deserve and publicly pay tribute to the remarkable service they give. “It has been wonderful to hear the stirring accounts of the very many ways people in Southend are helping each other every day. We also want to thank everyone who came forward with nominations to share their gratitude for the assistance they and others receive.” A total of 54 champions – ranging in age from 16 to 92 – were chosen by an awards panel. As well as a certificate marking their efforts, each received a copy of a commemorative Programme of Events held across the Borough in 1953 to highlight the Queen’s coronation. Charlotte Olden holds her Diamond Jubilee Community Champion certificate outside the Connexions building in Cluny Square where the community group she set up is based.

One of the aims of the new Mental Health Strategy is to reduce waiting times for counselling sessions. An event will be staged to promote its launch and encourage people to come forward to contribute their views. A series of public meetings will also be held, and documentation will be made available online. Work is also taking place to raise awareness of dementia and to help more people with the condition receive a diagnosis. As part of the south east Essex dementia strategy, a new information page has been

developed on the Council website providing information and advice for people who may be worried about problems with their memory or concerned about the early signs of dementia. The webpage at www.southend.gov.uk/dementia includes details of organisations that can be contacted for support. The south east Essex dementia strategy – Living Well With Dementia – can also be downloaded from the site.

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WIN

a family ticket for ALL-STAR PANTO

Diamond Jubilee Community Champion Bert Goodbourn with his watercolour paintings which he sells to raise money for Southend University Hospital.

Bert finds new ways of fundraising WHEN former merchant seaman Bert Goodbourn suffered a heart attack and strokes that confined him to a wheelchair, it did not stop him fundraising for local causes – he just changed tactics. Instead of doing parachute jumps and climbing mountains to raise funds, Bert started running quizzes, organising sponsored walks along the seafront, church fetes and selling his watercolour paintings. Since 2001 he has raised £11,000 for Southend University Hospital’s heart and stroke units and two years ago set up The Village, a local charity that brings

together people of all ages with disabilities. Based at the Avro Centre near the airport, The Village provides a wide range of activities, sports, outings and transport for over 50 members. “It’s lovely to receive an award, but my real reward is helping other people to achieve things and seeing the happiness it brings,” said 79-year-old Bert, who lives in Leigh-on-Sea. The grandfather-of-two’s next fundraiser is a fete at Westleigh Baptist church on 15 December and he is planning a mammoth sponsored tour by train next year.

Charlotte takes up a community challenge TEENAGER Charlotte Olden has taken a hands-on approach to improving her community. Over the past two years she has helped to set up and run St Luke’s Youth Community Challenge, inspiring young people to host their own events and activities – and the results can be seen throughout the Cluny Square area. The efforts of Charlotte and her team saw the creation of Cluny Summer Pavillion in just five days and a successful Christmas meal for

elderly people, an event which is set to be repeated again this year. Charlotte, aged 18, who was praised in her nomination for her “positive” and “caring” approach to other young people, said:“It was a complete shock to be named a community champion but it is lovely to get an award and it means a lot to me. “I don’t run the group to get recognition, I do it for the community. We have run all sorts of events, especially over the summer, and the kids love getting involved. That alone is enough to make me happy, but this is the icing on the cake.” The group is based at the careers service Connexions building in Cluny Square.

EASTENDERS star Shane Ritchie returns to Southend’s Pantoland this year following a sell-out run 12 months ago... and Outlook readers have an opportunity to win a coveted family ticket. The TV and stage funnyman – Albert Square’s Alfie Moon – plays a leading role in the spectacular production of Cinderella at the Cliffs Pavillion. The show runs from Friday 21 December and has already achieved record early ticket sales. For your chance to win a ticket for four, just answer the following question: What part will Shane Ritchie play in this year’s performance of Cinderella? Clue: the answer is in the advert on page 23 – oh yes it is! To enter the competition, please send your answer on a postcard, along with your name, address and daytime telephone number, to: Cinderella 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 closing date for entries is Friday 14 December. ● 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.

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Theatre centenary marked with special celebrations CELEBRATIONS have been staged to mark the Palace Theatre’s centenary. A £50,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund supported a programme of activities, including a variety gala, a film project involving local schools, an open day and a community play. The theatre in London Road, Westcliff, seated 1,500 people when it opened on 21 October, 1912 and has been known by

Another reason for the Palace theatregoers to be chair-ful... THE Palace Theatre is to have comfy new seats in the stalls – replacing the existing ones which are decades old and were acquired second-hand from another theatre. To allow the seating work to take place, the theatre will be closed from Thursday 27 December until Saturday 12 January. Executive Councillor for Culture and Tourism Derek Jarvis said:“The brand new seats will improve customer satisfaction and ensure comfortable viewing for the Palace Theatre audiences for many years to come. The seats are a fitting and lasting 100th birthday present to this historic theatre. “We apologise for any inconvenience this closure may cause. However, the existing seats really do need to be replaced. They have been there in the stalls since 1986 but are actually much older than that because they were acquired second hand.”

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several names over the years. It was given to the people of Southend in 1942 and was extensively redecorated and redeveloped thanks to help from the Council in the 1970s and 1980s. Events have also taken place to celebrate 80 years since the Palace temporarily operated as a cinema for five months. Visitors were taken back to the Thirties with the screening of films from the

CINEMA SERVICE THIRTIES-STYLE: pictured in period outfits to celebrate the cinema anniversary are current Palace Theatre staff, left to right, Marketing Assistant James Wareham, Community and Education Manager Emily Malcolm, Front of House Assistants Jemma Perrin, Claire Brooks and Ann Whittington and House Manager Georgie Perkins. On far right is actor Robert Holden who played the Cinema Commissioner on the day.

cinema’s opening week in 1932. Staff donned outfits from the era and a period cocktail bar was set up. A party was held on the Palace’s anniversary, with members of the public invited to take backstage tours and view an archive of posters, programmes and photographs. The Palace Theatre Club and Southend Theatres worked together for over a year to put the events together.

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ESIDENTS’ views have brought about a groundbreaking initiative between the Council and local landlords aimed at tackling antisocial behaviour in the community. The project will see the Council working closely with the South East Alliance of Agents and Landlords (SEAL) and other local agencies to introduce borough-wide practical measures to improve the management of private sector housing, as well as communication and co-operation. The initiative follows lengthy public consultation on proposals to “get tough” on landlords to combat antisocial behaviour in specific areas of Southend. But after listening to residents’ concerns, the Council has decided to work with SEAL and to extend the scheme across the entire town. The initiative is expected to lead to greater co-operation between the Council, residents and landlords. Regular meetings will be held between the parties.

SEAL Board Member Martin Ransom said: “Although it is still in its early stages, this is going to be a fantastic initiative. “I really do think the partnership will go a long way towards improving the management of private sector housing. “It will be a learning curve but a better relationship has already helped all the organisations involved to understand how each other work. “That is helping us to address some issues around evictions to offer more help for people involved by arranging meetings between Council tenants and other bodies to resolve issues at an earlier stage. “In another instance, a councillor came to us with a complaint about a property and we were able to solve the problem with the landlord.”  More details about SEAL, including how to become a member, can be obtained by emailing info@southeastalliance.org.


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New school is a boon for pupils and community P

UPILS are delighted with the new facilities at Hinguar Primary School and Nursery, which opened in September. The £6.9 million new school on New Garrison Road in Shoeburyness replaces the old premises on Hinguar Street which date back to 1886. The youngsters have settled quickly and are enjoying the spacious school hall, flexible learning spaces, a swimming pool, external play areas and a sports field as well as a new nursery facility. “They have been saying that what they like about their new school is the space, and the light and airy feel of their classrooms,” said Headteacher Vivienne Stevens. “The school routines are now well-established and visitors will see a calm, purposeful learning atmosphere.” The first term has seen the pupils learning about the new school, developing outdoor learning and finding out about their new community. Early projects include burying a time capsule in the school grounds, working with Essex Wildlife Trust to develop nature areas and setting up a school allotment. The new building has areas which can be zoned off securely after school to allow them to be used by the local community. It has also been built with solar panels on the roof

which will provide the school with electricity. The school was officially opened in late October by the Mayor, Councillor Sally Carr, who unveiled a commemorative plaque. Executive Councillor for Children and Learning James Courtenay said: “The stunning new school is a wonderful facility for the pupils and also for the community in Shoeburyness.”

Celebrating the opening of the new £6.9m Hinguar Primary School and Nursery are pupils Eleanor, aged eight, and seven-year-old Ethan.

WELCOME TO HINGUAR 10-year-old pupil Joshua pictured at the entrance to the new school.

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Pupil Alfie, aged eight, pictured at one of the outdoor play areas with another view of the school in the background.

Pupils Tilly, aged seven, and 11-year-old Jack in the school library.

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THE Council will be open for business as usual over the Christmas and New Year period, with the following exceptions. On Monday 24 December the Customer Service Centre will be open from 8.45am to 3.30pm. It will be closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day and will reopen on 27 December, resuming normal opening hours, which are Monday to Friday 8.45am to 5.15pm. The centre will be closed for the New Year’s Day bank holiday on Tuesday 1 January. Residents are reminded that many Council services can be accessed online, 24/7 at www.southend.gov.uk.

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Practical use for Christmas food leftovers WHETHER it is Brussels sprouts, roasted chestnuts or turkey stuffing, almost all households across Southend will unavoidably create food waste during the festive period. But all this food waste can be reprocessed into a high-quality compost and be put to good use if it is recycled using the blue food waste collection bins provided to households in the Borough. Simply wrap any food waste in sheets of newspaper to create individual “parcels”, or use compostable liners, and place them in the blue food waste collection bin. Present the bin on your scheduled collection day – don’t forget that your collection day may alter during the Christmas and New Year period (see page 27) – and it will be collected for composting. If you require a blue food waste kitchen caddy or collection bin, go to www.southend.gov.uk/ foodwaste or call the Council on 01702 215006. ● For recipe ideas, tips and advice for using your leftovers during Christmas please visit www.lovefoodhatewaste.com.

Well prepared for the snow A top-tip list of strategies to cope with the snow can be found on the Council’s website. Residents are being encouraged to prepare for snowy and icy conditions, take extra care, avoid non-essential journeys and support elderly or vulnerable neighbours. Karon Grant, Environmental Care Team Manager, said:“We are quite ready for severe winter weather. We have 2,000 tonnes of salt grit in stock and have identified the priority routes for gritting, based on keeping major roads, bus routes and other busy thoroughfares clear and accessible. “However, residents can play their part in keeping Southend moving by clearing the paths outside their properties and using grit – available from bins around the Borough – for Do it public highways Online where it is safe to do so.” ● More details can be found at www.southend.gov.uk/ wintergritting.

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South Essex Homes Energy Officer Adam right, and Senior Site Manager Lenny Rush, second Feliha talk with residents Ronald Squires and his wife Constance about the planned work to make Coun cil homes more energy efficient. They are pictured outs ide the eco-hut information centre in Peartree Close.

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£1.2 million project to turn Council houses “green” has been launched in Southend helping residents cut their heating bills and bringing work for building firms. Under the ReallySmartHouse project, the Council, working with South Essex Homes and architects The Facility, is fitting 45 properties with carbon-reducing measures. The improvements are planned for selected properties in Lornes Close, Peartree Close, Cokefield Avenue and Pantile Avenue and will not only make the houses warmer but also increase their lifespan.

The measures aim to cut carbon emissions by 40 per cent and interventions include photovoltaic solar panels, ground source and air source heat pumps, smart metering, advanced window systems, additional insulation and LED efficient lights. In selected properties energy from the solar panels will provide electricity whereas in others “phase change” material, which absorbs heat during the day and then emits it during the night, is being fitted to walls and ceilings. The energy efficiency project will run over two years

Inside the eco-hut South Essex Homes Resident Involvement Team Leader Hayley Allen shows drawings of planned energy efficiency works to resident Dennis Kerner.

and is being match-funded by the East of England European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). As part of the project 70 small and medium-sized enterprises in the building and construction trade will be assisted to take advantage of green business opportunities. An eco-hut built on low-energy principles has been situated on Peartree Close enabling locals to go along to discuss the project with members of the project team.


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CULTURAL CENTRE lifts

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NNOVATIVE Council initiatives took centre stage at a glittering STARS awards evening which paid tribute to Southend’s unsung heroes. The massive effort to literally lift a complete Cultural Centre on to the end of the Borough’s iconic Pier scooped the Innovation Award, sponsored by Danfo UK Ltd, beating off strong challenges from projects which were just as impressive. The partnership between the Council, architects White Arkitekter, design team Sprunts and contractors Kier saw the 200-tonne structure built in Tilbury before being floated down the Thames by barge. The inch-perfect operation using a specialist crane from Holland to lift the Cultural Centre building into place hit the national headlines. The Pier Cultural Centre was given a run for its money by three

other deserving, innovative initiatives: ● The Really Smart Housing Project, a £1.2m match-funded project to improve the energy efficiency of council-owned properties; ● Laura Clarke, of the Children and Learning Department, who has worked tirelessly to help children, young people and families to access a range of activities through the Short Break service and ● Customer Service Triage, which has managed to reduce the need for face-to-face customer contact by 35 per cent by installing self-service computer terminals at the Civic Centre. Council Chief Executive Rob Tinlin praised all the innovators. He said: “So much of what this Council has achieved in recent years has been down to innovative thinking. “Such trying economic

Flashback to the moment the steel structure of the Cultural Centre was lowered into place at the pier head.

Robert Grimwood, Projects Manager for sponsors Danfo UK Ltd, centre, presents the Innovation award and certificate to Strategic Projects Manager Mark Murphy, left, and Mechanical Engineer Neil Pointer who accepted the accolade on behalf the Pier Cultural Centre Project at the STARS awards evening. circumstances call for people to think what has previously been unthinkable in order to achieve what we have set out to achieve. “In that respect our staff have stepped up to the mark and delivered great things – the Pier Cultural Centre is a fine example which has brought a lasting legacy to Southend.” Speaking at the ceremony, Rob added: “These awards recognise the excellent work that is done day in, day out, by the individuals and teams of this Council. “Due to the current financial situation these

are not the easiest of times to sustain the delivery of the high quality services the residents of the town have come to expect. “The STARS award winners have continued to deliver those services and give high quality customer care by going the extra mile for the people and businesses of Southend. “It is their efforts which are helping us to achieve our goal of creating a better Southend, and led to us being recognised nationally as the LGC’s ‘Council of the Year’ for 2012. “We value and applaud their commitment, their ambition and their unstinting efforts in the most difficult of circumstances, and the positive impact this has had on our communities.”

Crematorium team win Mayor’s Award for excellent customer feedback

Mayor, Councillor Sally Carr, second right, and Marc Miller, Managing Director of the Stockvale Group which owns sponsors Adventure Island, third from the right, present the Mayor’s Award to members of the Council Crematorium team, who won the accolade for their “consistent and overwhelmingly excellent” customer feedback. They are, left to right, Margaret Barber, Steve Bansden, Anna Bowhay, Robert Knight, John Hubbard, Kevin Elliot, Mike Callaghan, Brian Gutberlet and Lee Pilsworth.

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Volunteers offer a pool of expertise ORGANISATIONS throughout Southend are being offered volunteering support from a pool of expertise. Southend Association of Voluntary Services has had an influx of volunteers looking to help with administrative or befriending roles in the Borough. A spokesperson said:“Many volunteers look for roles that fit with their current skills and knowledge or that may enhance and add to their skill. “Some volunteers might be looking for a change of career direction and would like to explore a new area of work and by volunteering they can add to their CV and gain some experience. “The one thing all volunteers have in common is that they are looking to help out in the community and give something back to a local charity or community group.” ● Any not for profit group that could benefit from a volunteer’s support should contact 01702 356000 or email admin@savs-southend.co.uk.

Loos are top of the pots EIGHT public conveniences in the Borough have won gold awards in the prestigious national Loo of the Year awards. And these spotless saviours of penny spenders are not just tucked away toilets used by the few. They are all in very busy areas of the town, offering maximum relief. Following Southend’s right royal flush, all eight amazing gold standard comfort stations will now be judged against Britain’s other leading loos at the grand finals in December of the competition run by the British Toilet Association.

FUN EVENTS SOUTHEND needs volunteer Sport Makers to help the Borough build on the 2012 Olympic legacy by organising fun events in the community. Everyone who takes part will receive training and a free Adidas Sport Maker kit. For more information call Susannah on 01702 356008 or visit www.sport makers.co.uk.

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Council Senior Transport Planner Sue Goss interviews cyclist Peter Baldwin, aged 84, in Southend town centre as part of the SaMERU survey of elderly road users.

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ORE over 65s are being encouraged to take up cycling as part of an active lifestyle. An initiative aimed at improving road safety has found some elderly Southend road users cycle two to three times a week. But Cycle Southend believes more can reap the health and social benefits. Project Co-ordinator Paul Mathieson said: “It is important to think about alternatives to the car and stay active in later life. Cycling is a social activity and can reduce the occurrence of heart disease and diabetes but elderly people also need to feel safe on the roads. “We already provide support for cyclists regardless of their age but we are looking at how we can encourage more over 65s to get involved by tailoring special training and bikes to them.” The Council is one of six

partners from five countries contributing to the Safer Mobility for Elderly Road Users (SaMERU) initiative. Around 330 people from across the Borough have been surveyed on their travel habits and asked what they think needs to be done to reduce the number of casualties on the roads. Results show older people take most of their trips out by car, but a large proportion also travel by

bus. Recommendations on what can be done to improve road safety and encourage cycling will be outlined at a conference in Southend in March.  To contact Cycle Southend, call 01702 215003 ext 5338 or visit www.cyclesouthend.co.uk. For more information about SaMERU, email sameru@ southend.gov.uk.

Bid to promote green travel RESIDENTS interested in helping to promote green travel solutions learned more about a big Borough drive to promote buses, bikes, walking and trains. A day-long conference at the Tickfield Centre gave information about the Ideas in Motion initiative, which promotes sustainable transport and encourages people to consider alternatives to the private car. Executive Councillor for Public Protection, Waste and Transport Tony Cox said: “It’s in all our interests to encourage people to travel as sustainably as possible.”


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Adaptations make HOME LIVING easier C

HANGES have been made to make it easier for disabled people to get improvements made to their homes. Southend-on-Sea Borough Council has teamed up with Papworth Trust Home Solutions to provide disabled facilities grants to enable people to maintain their independence by continuing to live in owner occupied or privately rented homes. The Council grants help towards the cost of work such as installing stairlifts for people who cannot get upstairs or level-access showers for those who find it difficult to get into the bath. Disability charity Papworth Trust has been working with the Council to improve and adapt homes for nearly four years, but the Trust is now managing the whole grant process for major adaptations from arranging the Occupational Therapist visit, to helping with the paperwork and getting the work done. Jacqui Lansley, Head of Community Strategy and Development for the Council, said: “Our approach to partnership working and investment in major adaptations has already led to a reduction in the waiting time for grants.” Larry and Ruth Neville recently had a new level-access shower fitted at their home in Leigh-on-Sea. Ruth has dialysis three times a week and was finding it difficult to use her bath. She said: “Not only does the bathroom look nice, but is gives me the independence to stay at home. “If I had any questions about the grant application or the planned work, then the Papworth Trust staff were always at the end of a telephone to give me advice.” Papworth Trust works with the Council to assess whether an occupational therapy assessment is required and staff can assess what people would need to pay towards the adaptations because the grants are means-tested. Help is available on a no obligation basis and staff can also check people are receiving all the benefits they are entitled to.  For more information, call 01702 530300 or email homesolutionssouthend@papworth.org.uk.

Mrs Ruth Neville pictured in the level-access shower which has helped to give her the independence to stay living at her home in Leigh-on-Sea. The shower seat pulls down from the wall.

More progress in adult social care services IMPROVEMENTS have been highlighted in the second annual Local Account report on adult social care services in Southend. It records how 65 per cent of people in the Borough are now being helped to live in the community with greater choice and control of their personal budgets while 84 per cent of people requiring support were given care to help them recover and regain their independence following a stay in hospital. The revamped Dial-a-Ride transport service for people with disability now has more than 400 users.

Vulnerable people continue to be supported through the Warm and Well-on-Sea Partnership and the Shared Lived project. In the coming year, an intensive support team for dementia sufferers is being recruited while a review of older people’s residential care in Southend is due to report in early 2013. To see the full account, visit www.southend.gov.uk/ localaccount. Hard copies are being made available at the Central Library, the Council’s Customer Service Centre and Southend Association of Voluntary Services.

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JAMIE FROM WESTCLIFF WE’VE GOT PEOPLE WHO CAN SHOW YOU THE EASIEST, QUICKEST AND CHEAPEST WAYS TO GET TO WORK

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF YOUR FAVOURITE FORM OF SUSTAINABLE TRAVEL? SEND US YOUR IDEA AND YOU COULD WIN A PRIZE IF USED IN FUTURE PROMOTIONS! Please ask anyone with good ideas to send them to ideasinmotion@southend.gov.uk or telephone 01702 212946

Recycling Champion Steve Bright who lives in Leigh-on-Sea gets his four-year-old grandson Leo Noakes into the recycling habit.

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ECYCLING household waste makes sense – not just from an environmental point of view, but financially as well. That’s the message from the Council with experts pointing out that the alternative of using landfill is very expensive. For every tonne of waste which is sent to landfill, a landfill tax is levied – and this tax increases by £8 per tonne every year. Currently landfill tax is £64 per tonne and when other overheads for disposing of waste to landfill are taken into consideration, the total costs can escalate to more than £100 per tonne. With the amount of waste to landfill projected to be in excess of 37,000 tonnes this year the cost will amount to more than £2.3 million in tax alone, and more than £3.7 million when all costs are included.

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“Not only does household recycling allow valuable raw materials to be re-used, saving energy and preventing biodegradable waste from decomposing in landfill sites to produce the harmful greenhouse gas, methane – it is also sensible from a financial point of view,” said Miranda Valenzuela, Waste and Recycling Officer. “So the more that’s recycled in the pink recycling and clear textile recycling sacks, blue food waste bins, garden waste bins and sacks, and at the Household Waste Recycling Centres, the more savings can be made from the public purse. “By ensuring that recyclable waste is not disposed of in the black refuse sacks, we can all help to ensure that the waste that we produce doesn’t cost the earth.”

Fifty per cent milestone RESIDENTS In Southend have reached an exceptional environmental milestone – by recycling half their waste. In May to July they recycled or composted more than the weight of 660 double deck buses which amounted to more than 50 per cent of the waste produced in the Borough. Most of the material was recycled by people using their pink recycling sacks for paper, cardboard, household plastic packaging, glass bottles and jars, cans and tins – as well as their blue bins for food waste such as vegetable and fruit peelings, plate scrapings and tea bags.


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Churches offer winter beds for ROUGH SLEEPERS C

HURCH groups and a homeless charity are joining forces with the Council to help rough sleepers in search of a roof over their heads during the winter months. Seven churches in the Borough will throw open their doors to offer sleeping facilities and hot food to those in need from November to January. The Council is providing funding for sleeping bags and camp beds while supporting the role of a co-ordinator. Local authorities have a statutory responsibility to provide somewhere out of the elements for people sleeping rough, when the temperature falls to zero degrees centigrade or below for three consecutive nights. The Council started working with faith groups last year – but this is the first time facilities will be available every night. People wanting to sleep at one of the churches need to register on the same day with the Homeless Action Resource Project (HARP), co-ordinators of the referral process, at their Day Centre on Valkyrie Road, Westcliff. “The initiative drastically reduces the chance of people dying on the streets during cold weather,” said Phill Warren, the Council’s Housing Needs Manager. “We encourage the volunteers who are staffing the church shelters to gather information about people who might be willing to engage with us at some stage later, to pursue long-term solutions to their housing issues.” Rev. Rick Williams, one of the organisers of the initiative, said: “We will be catering for around 20 people a night, making sure people will get a hot meal, somewhere to sleep and a breakfast.”

READY TO GIVE ROUGH SLEEPERS A WARM BED THIS WINTER: pictured at St Andrew’s Church in Westcliff with sleeping bags are, left to right, Rev. Rick Williams, John Simmonds of the Free Church and Council Housing Needs Manager Phill Warren.

Homeless teenager played piano during stay A 19-year-old with a musical gift was one of the most memorable beneficiaries of last year’s joint initiative with Southend’s faith groups. The homeless teenager called Tom arrived at one of the churches seeking shelter after his temporary accommodation had burned down. It took him only a few minutes to find his

way over to a piano and begin an impromptu recital.“He was a really talented player,” recalled Rev. Rick Williams. “He gave us a concert every night. Tom had been kicked out of his home by his parents and he was in desperate need of a roof over his head. I’m sure his stay with us improved his confidence.”

Volunteers provide invaluable family support THEY provide an invaluable support to families who are going through challenging times. Where children are at risk or parents are struggling with lifestyle issues, they visit homes to provide back-up and advice. Southend’s Community Service Volunteers (CSV) are a vital link in the town’s network of support for families going through difficulties. The CSV initiative in the town consists of Volunteers in Child Protection (ViCP), funded by the Council, and Volunteers in Parent Mentoring, fund by the Department for Education. Council-based CSV managers help to identify where support is needed – working

with Children’s Social Services and locality panels – and recruit, train and supervise volunteers drawn from the community. The Volunteers in Child Protection scheme was set up in 2003 following the public inquiry into the death of Victoria Climbie. The CRB-checked volunteers go into homes which may have already been assigned a social worker, and they support children who are on a Child Protection Plan or a Child in Need plan. They also give advice, support and encouragement to families who have been identified under a Common Assessment Framework. Volunteers in Parent Mentoring, meanwhile,

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offer befriending and advocacy to families that are facing challenging issues. They provide an understanding listener for stressed parents. “The volunteers also give hands-on, practical support,” said Charmaine Lawledge, ViCP Project Co-ordinator.“Where people are unable to cope with day-to-day life they help to build up their esteem. They build relationships, and because they are not seen as a threat they are very well received.”  Would you like to become a CSV volunteer? A recruitment drive is underway so phone Cathie Whitehead on 01702 215007 ext 4205 if you are interested.

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Mayor of Southend Councillor Sally Carr views her civic diary online.

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Mayor’s diary is now online T

HE Mayor of Southend’s diary can now be accessed online. Three weeks’ worth of diary engagements at a time are now viewable at the click of a mouse. The initiative, designed to make the Mayor’s busy diary accessible to a wider audience, means people can check details of charity events and other functions – not all of them open to the public. Southend’s Mayor is the busiest in

Essex, with up to 600 engagements a year. The diary can be downloaded from the Council’s website, from www.southend.gov.uk/mayor. Stacy Marx, the Mayoral Services Officer, said: “The facility is really helpful to people who want to know the full range of the Mayor’s engagements. The diary will give a better understanding of how busy the Mayor is from month to month.”

Borough schools invited to join in a feast of Christmas musical fun

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A festive feast of free musical delights is promised in Southend as Christmas approaches. Schools are invited to bring their choirs or bands to entertain residents, visitors, family and friends in the foyer bar at the Cliffs Pavilion, Westcliff, throughout December. The fun takes place during lunch time on Monday 10, Friday 14, Monday 17 and Friday 21. Billed as the 12 Days of Christmas, this popular free endeavour is part of Southend-on-Sea’s Legacy 2012. It features children and young people from five-years-old upwards, singing and playing a whole range of Christmas carols. Another key date in the 12 Days of Christmas series is a

community carol concert at Southend Bandstand in Priory Park, Victoria Avenue, on Sunday 23 December. For this event the Southend Band, clad in Edwardian era clothes and accompanied by local singers, will perform an hour-long Carol Singalong from 2pm until 3pm.

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NATIONAL ACCOLADE for being clean and tidy S

OUTHEND-ON-SEA Borough Council has received a top “Clean Britain” award for the third time running. The town’s public spaces and highways were assessed against key criteria including general litter, chewing gum and graffiti during an unannounced visit. As a result the Council obtained a four star rating at the 2012 Clean Britain Awards. Highlights of the inspectors’ report included praise for Chalkwell Park, judged to be “fantastically clean and tidy,” effective manual and mechanical sweeping and washing, and good provision of litter bins throughout the town. Shoebury Common beach was judged to be “really clean and tidy,” and Leigh-on-Sea was described as being maintained extremely well. The Council was commended for its cleansing procedures which are clearly working well overall.

The Clean Britain Awards are run annually by the Chartered Institution of Waste Management in association with the British Cleaning Council. Meanwhile, the Council’s Benefits team has scooped a gold award for Excellence in Staff Development in a national competition. They were judged to be the best in Britain by the Institute of

Revenues, Rating and Valuation. The award recognises the way the team trains partners including the Citizens Advice Bureau, residents, local landlords, a housing support organisation and a homelessness charity to work with the complex regulations surrounding benefits. It is the second national success for the Benefits team – last year it won a Customer Service Award.

Council Waste Management Team Leader Imran Kazalbash holds the Clean Britain award in Chalkwell Park with, left to right, Waste and Recycling Officer Miranda Valenzuela, Cory Environmental Supervisor Tim Davis, Community Clean Grafitti Operative Ian McIlwain, Gardeners James Locket and Gordon Wren and Cory Senior Supervisor Emma Bourne.

Revised Christmas and New Year 2012/13 2010/11

Normal collection day

Revised collection day

Collection Dates

Tuesday 25th December

Thursday 27th December

2 days

Wednesday 26th December

Friday 28th December

2 days

Thursday 27th December

Saturday 29th December

2 days

Friday 28th December

Monday 31st December

3 days

Monday 31st December

Wednesday 2nd January

2 days

Tuesday 1st January

Thursday 3rd January

2 days

Wednesday 2nd January

Friday 4th January

2 days

Thursday 3rd January

Saturday 5th January

2 days

Friday 4th January

Monday 7th January

3 days

Monday 7th January

Tuesday 8th January

1 day

Tuesday 8th January

Wednesday 9th January

1 day

Wednesday 9th January

Thursday 10th January

1 day

Thursday 10th January

Friday 11th January

1 day

Friday 11th January

Saturday 12th January

1 day

Days late

For more information call 01702 215006 or visit www.southend.gov.uk/recycling Say it – do it online: www.southend.gov.uk

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

Until Saturday 8 Dec NICKI CORNISH PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION Beecroft Art Gallery Tue-Sat,10am-1pm,2pm-5pm. A visual communicator, whose silent voice captures the essence of nature and the spirit of humanity.

Until Saturday 15 Dec A TIME AND A PLACE Beecroft Art Gallery Tue-Sat,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.The prints, on display for the first time, will be complemented by photographs, taken by local photography group 20/20 of the same locations today.These will be a valuable addition to the town’s history and a fascinating look at how little and much the area has changed. 01702 215011 www.southendmuseums.co.uk.

Until Saturday 15 Dec CHRISTMAS CRACKER FEATURING HASHIM AKIB

Every Saturday & Sunday 1-23 Dec SANTA ON THE PIER

PAUL BUCK ‘IN THE DISAPPEARING MIST THE GIFT WHISPERS’ Focal Point Gallery,Mon-Fri,9am-7pm, Sat 9am-5pm

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

Fri 30 Nov LEIGH LIGHTS SWITCH-ON Leigh-on-Sea, 4.30pm-7.30pm. A great event for all the family, offering various stalls, street entertainment, a children’s fairground and live music throughout the evening. See Leigh’s much loved procession travelling from Marine Parade along Rectory Grove, Broadway West, the Broadway and finishing in Leigh Road.The Leigh lights will be switched on along the Broadway at 6.30pm. 01702 716288. www.leighonseatowncouncil.gov.uk.

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TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS

Sat 1 Dec FESTIVE FUN DAY Southend High Street,11am-5pm Join the crowds for tons of Downfall – one of the paintings by Hashim festive fun and entertainment, Akib which feature in the Christmas Cracker including roaming street exhibition at the Beecroft Art Gallery. performers, fun Christmas workshops for children, Santa cycle ride, Arriva ‘story’bus and even a mini farm Thur 6 Dec for parents and children to enjoy the delights of a LATE NIGHT CHRISTMAS SHOPPING range of animals! The Festive Fun Day is Central Museum, 5pm-6.15pm. supported and sponsored by the Town Centre Don’t miss a marvellous opportunity to solve all Partnership, the Royals Shopping Centre, your Christmas shopping dilemmas in one place. Southend-on-Sea Borough Council and the Keep an eye on our Facebook page for the magic Victoria Shopping Centre. word which will give you a 10% discount on all your purchases on the night. Sat 1 Dec www.facebook.com/southendmuseums BETTY BLUE EYES VINTAGE & www.southendmuseums.co.uk HANDMADE FAYRE Leigh-on-sea Community Centre, 10am-4pm. Sun 9 Dec Stalls, vintage tea room. FREE entry.

appearing at the Plaza Centre on 18 January – one concerts in the Southend Council Concert Series.

Until Saturday 26 January

Mon-Fri 10-21 Dec

Southend Pier This Christmas, 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.

Beecroft Art Gallery,Tue-Sat, 10am-1pm, 2pm-5pm. A delightful collection of crafts including handmade jewellery, ceramics and textiles as well as a new exhibition of work by the incredibly Every Saturday 1-22 Dec popular Southend artist Hashim Akib. BOOT CAMP Akib brings great energy and life to all his work. Grassed Area opposite Westcliff Casino,10am-11am. His current exhibition at the Beecroft Art Gallery A fun fitness club for over 16’s. is full of his trademark vibrant acrylics, some Mondays, 3-24 Dec wonderful studies include autumn trees and the DISABILITY CLUB fashions of Leigh High Street. Many of his works Southend Leisure and Tennis Centre, are available to buy and would brighten any 6pm-8pm. home.Visit the Beecroft for a perfect Various sports for 9-19 year olds. chance to secure a unique Christmas 01702 613000. gift. 01702 215011 Acappella group www.southendmuseums.co.uk. The Songmen will be

Until Saturday 22 Dec

member of Southend Girls’Choir,Southend Vox is a new energetic adult community choir for the town.

WHITE CHRISTMAS WITH SOUTHEND GIRLS’ CHOIR AND SOUTHEND VOX

Palace Theatre, 7pm. Don’t miss this Christmas Choral Extravaganza - a feat of seasonal favourites guaranteed to get you in the right mood for the Christmas festival. Southend Girls’Choir enjoy an international reputation on the concert platform performing at the BBC Proms and, this year, in Washington, Philadelphia and New York in a two-week concert tour. Under the direction of a founder

Southend’s Cliffs Pavilion bar area will resound to the joyful sound of children’s voices during the last 2 weeks of the school term, as local schools take up the invitation to be part of ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’. School choirs and music groups will entertain customers and visitors to the theatre during the lunch time, with performances taking place on most days between 12pm and 2pm.

Fri 14 Dec SOUTHEND BOYS’ & GIRLS’ CHOIRS CEREMONY OF CHRISTMAS CAROLS Holy Trinity Church, Southchurch, 8pm.

Sat 15 Dec ITALIAN FOOD MARKET Southend Town Centre, 8am-5pm. An Italian Food Market selling authentic high quality foods imported from Italy. From fresh parmesan, to olives stuffed with garlic, to extra virgin olive oils, just some of what Italia In Piazza has to offer. www.italiainpiazza.com

Sat 15 Dec CAROLS ON STRAND WHARF Strand Wharf at Old Leigh-on-Sea, 6pm-7pm. This Christmas, enjoy carol singing by the community, accompanied by Belfairs School. A wonderful evening for all ages. 01702 716288.

21 Dec – 6 Jan CINDERELLA Cliffs Pavilion Various performances including matinees The enchanting rags-to-riches tale of Cinderella will be transformed from page to stage in a production complete with an abundance of


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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). All tickets can be ordered Colourful Christmas online at costumes and www.southend. entertainment are just part gov.uk/concerts. of the excitement in the

town centre for the Festive Fun Day on 1 December.

Wed 13 Mar FREE LUNCHTIME CONCERTS EBAN STRING TRIO

Council Chamber, Civic Centre, 12.15pm

Fri 22 Mar LOCRIAN PIANO QUARTET – SOUTHEND COUNCIL CONCERT SERIES

comedy, stunning sets, fabulous costumes and the magical pantomime moment when Cinderella swaps her rags for a ball gown and heads to the Ball!

Sun 23 Dec SOUTHEND BAND COMMUNITY CAROL EVENT Southend Bandstand, 2pm

Mon-Sat, 28 Jan – 28 Feb DISPLAY OF SPARKS WILL FLY BEADS Royals Shopping Centre

Wed 16 Jan FREE LUNCHTIME CONCERTS TONY COMPTON – ACCORDION Council Chamber, Civic Centre, 12.15pm. Lunchtime concert performers are largely young musicians who have completed their musical studies and are starting their careers as professional musicians.

Fri 18 Jan THE SONGMEN – SOUTHEND COUNCIL CONCERT SERIES

£7 (£6 concessions). All tickets can be ordered online at www.southend.gov.uk/concerts.

Sun 27 Jan

Fri 18 – Sun 20 Jan

Civic Centre,Victoria Avenue, Southend

LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD – A FAMILY PANTOMIME

Wed 13 Feb

Palace Theatre, Fri 7.30pm, Sat 2.30pm & 7.30pm, Sun 2.30pm. Presented by The Wednesday Players

Fri 18 – Sun 20 Jan

HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY SERVICE

FREE LUNCHTIME CONCERTS - SOUTHEND PIANO TRIO – JANE COMPTON, LORRAINE KELLY & RONI ROTHWELL Council Chamber, Civic Centre, 12.15pm

HORROR-ON-SEA FILM FESTIVAL

Fri 22 Feb

Park Inn Palace Hotel A weekend of horror you will not want to miss! Including local filmmaker Pat Higgins’Amicus tribute “Nazi Zombie Death Tales”;“INBRED”, from Alex (“Cradle of Fear”/”Pervirella”) Chandon; prolific genre veteran Michael J.Murphy’s “ZK3” and “Bloody Cuts”, Ben Franklin’s anthology, inspired by classic series’such as “The Twilight Zone”.Film tickets cost £5 each or a three-day pass can be purchased for £50. Tickets available from the Visitor Information Centre on 01702 618747. www.horror-onsea.com

Plaza Centre, 8pm. The Cranleigh Quintet is a new woodwind ensemble formed in 2011 by members of the music staff at Cranleigh with the aim of enabling everyone to hear and appreciate live, interesting and diverse music. Programme will include Beethoven Bossa Nova - arrangement for wind quintet, Piazzolla Libertango, Franz Danzi Quintet, Farkas Early Hungarian Dances from 17th Century, Gershwin I Got Rhythm (arr. Skirrow).The Council’s concert series operates a

Fri 25 – Sat 26 Jan WINTER FOLK

AND ALE Plaza Centre, FESTIVAL 8pm Pier Cultural The Songmen Centre are quickly Southend Pier will gaining an Carol concerts are being held host this brand new enviable throughout the Borough on the event featuring reputation as one of run-up to Christmas. traditional music,dance the UK’s finest and and seasonal real ales. most versatile acappella Friday night’s programme will groups.They possess a wealth feature Ceilidh with The Famous of experience from the worlds of Potatoes.Various local performers will entertain classical, sacred and popular music and balance throughout Saturday afternoon and in the evening their love for the old renaissance masters with a Jack Forbes will be presenting his Rolling Down passion for exciting contemporary composers the River and other maritime themes.Friday through commissioning and performing their tickets cost £8,Saturday tickets £9.A festival pass own original material.The Council’s concert for both days can be purchased for £15.00.All series operates a scheme whereby Council Club tickets include Pier entrance and use of Pier trains. Members can take advantage of reduced priced To reserve tickets go to www.visitsouthend.gov.uk tickets for all the concerts in the series; or call 01702 618747. membership of the Council Concert Club is just

THE CRANLEIGH QUINTET – SOUTHEND COUNCIL CONCERT SERIES

COUNCIL DIARY ■ Development Control: Wednesday 12 December, 2pm ■ Council: Thursday 13 December, 6.30pm ■ Children & Lifelong Learning Scrutiny Committee: Monday 28 January, 6.30pm ■ Development Control: Wednesday 9 January, 2pm ■ Cabinet: Tuesday 22 January, 2pm ■ Economic & Environmental Scrutiny Committee: Thursday 31 January, 6.30pm ■ Community Services & Culture Scrutiny Committee: Tuesday 29 January, 6.30pm

Plaza Centre, 8pm. The internationally acclaimed pianist Leslie Howard is joined by three members of the Locrian Ensemble in a highly attractive programme of classical and romantic piano quartets. Howard is best known for being the only pianist to have recorded the complete solo piano works of Franz Liszt, a project which included more than 300 premiere recordings. Programme: Mozart Piano Quartet No. 2 in E-flat major, K. 493; Schubert Adagio and Rondo Concertante in F, for piano quartet, D.487; Schumann Piano Quartet in E flat major, Op. 47; A Rubinstein Piano Quartet No. 2 in E-flat major, K. 493.The Council’s concert 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). All tickets can be ordered online at www.southend.gov.uk/concerts.

 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.

■ Development Control: Wednesday 6 February, 2pm ■ Cabinet: Tuesday 12 February, 2pm ■ Council: Thursday 28 February, 6.30pm ■ Development Control: Wednesday 6 March, 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)

41 Shillingstone, Southend-on-Sea SS3 8BY 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 202879 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 202861 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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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 202862 cllrborton@southend.gov.uk

41 Vernon Road, Leigh-on-Sea SS9 2NG Tel: 01702 202897 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 711299 cllrvelmurugan@southend.gov.uk

Pay 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) WINTER 2012  Outlook

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Outlook Issue 25 Winter 2012  

Official Southend-on-Sea Borough Council magazine.

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