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Many thanks to the 2,589 people who signed our paper petition


to the 547 who signed our e-petition on HM Government Website

We await the findings of the Council's review

Introduction The Council's Preferred Option Negative Impact on Shoebury Common Alternative schemes that would have little or no impact on Shoebury Common Shoebury Common, Our Legacy The Risk of Flooding from the Sea
The Council's Alternative Option The BERA Scheme Raising the Promenade


2nd May 2014

Paper Petition to be presented to House of Commons launched

Proposed New Sea Defence at Shoebury Common

To the House of Commons.

The Petition of residents of the UK,

Declares that the Petitioners believe that Southend on Sea Borough Council have granted conditional planning permission to the Councilís preferred option of sea defence at Shoebury Common; further that the Petitioners believe that in a public consultation on the sea defence options, the majority of people who expressed an opinion, including those living in the flood risk zone, opposed the Councilís preferred option; further that the Petitioners believe that, when plans were presented, the Council received 2221 letters objecting to the plan and only 4 letters in support; further that the Petitioners believe that the Council has rejected other schemes of sea defence that would give the same level of protection and be far less damaging to the natural environment and characteristics of this unspoilt and popular area, as well as some being less costly; further that the Petitioners believe that Southend on Sea Borough Council have failed to engage seriously with the people of the area in a fair and impartial way about alternative schemes; and further that an e-petition on this subject has already received nearly 300 signatures.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Government to hold a public inquiry to examine how Southend on Sea Borough Council reached its decision to grant planning permission to its preferred option of sea defence at Shoebury Common and to consider alternative schemes of sea defence which could be adopted.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.

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23rd April 2014

e-petition on HM Government Website launched

10th April 2014

Planning Application made to Southend on Sea Borough Council

Details: Click here to access details on Southend on Sea Borough Council Website
Application Ref:14/00566/OUTM
Address:Land Between Barge Pier Road and Ness Road, Shoeburyness, Southend on Sea, Essex
Proposal:Erect 172 Dwelling Houses and 15000sqm Offices (Class B1) (Outline Application)
Expiry Date for Neighbour Consultations:23rd May 2014
Expiry Date for Standard Consultations:30th May 2014

9th April 2014

Councillors approved the planning application and decided to


Click here to access the Committee Report, document dated Thursday, April 10, 2014

And here to download the Committee Report in .pdf format

6th March 2014

Click here for our Comments on Planning Application 14/00298/BC3M

26th February 2014

Planning Application made to Southend on Sea Borough Council

Details: Click here to access details on Southend on Sea Borough Council Website
Application Ref:14/00298/BC3M
Address:Sea Wall At Thorpe Esplanade And Shoebury Common Road Shoeburyness
Proposal:Raise sea wall between Coastguard Station to East and Shoebury Common (Thorpe Esplanade) to West, earth raising to form embankments with associated access ramps, landscaping and associated works
Expiry Date for Standard Consultations:20th March 2014

Saturday, 25th January 2014

Preliminary drawing for Seawall/Embankment scheme revealed.

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Monday, 6th January 2014

J 2014_01_08.Shifting Shingle - Shoebury Common Beach

Temporary repairs to Garrison seawall completed.

However, on Shoebury Common Beach, Council contractors start moving shingle from west to east, despite the shingle being lower at the western end. Contractors told they could be making a mistake but nevertheless continue. It is not until later in the day, after a 'phone call from Peter Lovett to Southend Council, that contractors start moving the shingle back again. Redistributing shingle, east to west, continues all week on Shoebury Common Beach and then the contractors change location to continue work on Thorpe Bay Beach. On Thorpe Bay Beach, the sand is moved from west to east.

Friday, 3rd January 2014

Environment Agency warnings as high winds and spring tides expected to bring flooding. West coast of Wales badly affected. Large stretches of Southend seafront closed as waves crash over the seawall. Between Chalkwell Avenue and Southend Pier the road was flooded. Spectacular scenes, but the seawall along Shoebury Common was not breached, no overtopping occurred here except by spray. There was no flooding on Shoebury Common itself and the road was not affected when the tide was at its highest, 2pm. It was closed the following day because the sea valve in the groyne, which had been reported as faulty many times before, finally broke under the pressure.

Wednesday, 1st January 2014

Garrison seawall damaged by storms

Monday, 16th December 2013

Public Debate Meeting arranged by Friends of Shoebury Common. Invitation to attend declined by Council officers and local Councillors. Despite this, more than 100 opposed to the Council's proposal gathered to discuss further action.

Wednesday, 12th December 2013

Full Council Meeting: Option A, the Council's preferred option, approved, Council officers directed to go ahead and make application to Environment Agency for funding, also to draw up formal plans. This decision is made by the Tory-led Council despite overwhelming local opposition to the scheme.

Sunday, 9th December 2013

Demonstration on Shoebury Common when more than 200 people gathered to show their opposition to the Council's seawall/embankment scheme

Friday, 6th December 2013

Environment Agency issue severe flood warnings for the East Coast of England, most serious coastal tide surge for 60 years expected. Areas around Norfolk and Suffolk were badly affected and the Thames Barrier raised, but there was no flooding along Shoebury Common frontage

Monday, 25th November 2013

Place Scrutiny Committee Meeting: Preferred option approved. More figures produced showing that the estimated cost over a 30 year period for the preferred option amounts to £15,275,371. This figure is in the region of £2 million pounds more than the estimated costs for the Council's Options B and C.

Tuesday, 5th November 2013

Cabinet Meeting: Cabinet approved the preferred option

Wednesday, 16th October 2013

Place Scrutiny Committee Meeting, Southend on Sea Borough Council: Council's preferred option approved by Tory-led Committee. Council's own report shows estimated costs over 15 years to total, £7,252,000. Report also reveals that Garrison Developments LLP are offering £970,000 towards the scheme dependent on planning consent.

Friday, 4th October 2013

Under the heading, "Seawall To Go Ahead", Echo Newspapers break the news saying,"Southend Council looks set to ignore 80% of residents and push ahead the controversial plans for the two metre high seawall across Shoebury Common"

Thursday, 19th September 2013

Exhibition by Garrison Developments LLP revealing plans for a development on the site of the Old Gunners' Park, an area of some 9.62 hectares, to include between 170 and 180, 2-4 bedroomed houses and some commercial / light industrial usage.

23rd April 2013

A Public Exhibition was held in Shoeburyness from 15th April to 12th May 2013

with a Public Consultation in Shoeburyness High School on 22nd April 2013 at 7pm.

A second meeting was held at the same place on 29th April 2013 at 7.30pm


"Location chosen for the meeting was inadequate to accommodate all who wished to attend"

Southend Echo, April 23rd 2013


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