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 On this day - November  27

Face coverings are already mandatory in healthcare settings, GP surgeries, hospitals and on public transport. They are also recommended when sharing cars with those outside of your household, and when you find yourself unable to maintain a 2 metre distance indoors with others from outside your household.

 To be effective, face coverings should:


cover both your nose and mouth

fit comfortably but securely against the side of the face

be secured to the head with ties or ear loops

include at least two layers of fabric, ideally three

unless disposable, it should be able to be washed with other items of laundry according to fabric washing instructions and dried without causing the face covering to be damaged

Users should heed the following guidance when putting on and taking off face coverings:


wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser before putting a face covering on and before removing a face covering

avoid wearing face coverings on your neck or forehead

avoid touching the part of the face covering in contact with your mouth and nose, as it could be contaminated with the virus

change the face covering if it becomes damp or if you’ve touched it

only handle the straps, ties or clips

do not share with anyone else

if single-use, dispose of it carefully in a residual waste bin and do not recycle

if reusable, wash it in line with manufacturer’s instructions at the highest temperature appropriate for the fabric

wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser once removed

Krishna Ramkhelawon, the council’s director of public health says: “Each and every one of us has a role to play in reducing the spread of the virus. This latest guidance on face coverings should ensure that community related transmission of the virus is further reduced.



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Parents have been asked by Southend-on-Sea Borough Council to help the community stay safe by wearing a face covering on the school run.

In a letter sent on 16 October, parents are encouraged to:

 Wear a face covering (unless exempt) when dropping and picking up children from school

 Keep one metre distance from others if you are wearing a face covering (two metres if not)

Leave the school vicinity as soon as possible, whilst maintaining the rule of six.

Face coverings are largely intended to protect others, not just the wearer, against the spread of infection because they cover the nose and mouth, which are the main confirmed sources of transmission of virus that causes coronavirus infection (COVID-19).

 While every school has carried out risk assessments and taken steps to ensure the ongoing safety of children, staff, parents and the wider community, parents are now being asked to play their part.

 The letter, which was sent to every parent via their school, is below. A small number of face masks have been given to each school to hand out to those parents who are able to wear one, but forgot to bring theirs.

 Cllr Anne Jones, cabinet member for children and learning, said: “We felt there was a need to write the letter due to the number of parents who are standing very close together while dropping off or collecting their children. Although parents are outdoors when they do this, and we know that it can be very hard to socially distance at the school gates, there is still a risk of transmission outdoors that can be reduced greatly by wearing a face covering.

 “Schools have worked incredibly hard to maintain the safety of the classroom with bubbles, hand sanitiser, staggered start and finish times, and a range of other measures depending on their individual circumstances.

 “But now we need the help of parents. We are asking those who are able to, to please wear face coverings during the school run and keep at least one metre apart from others too and two metres if you are not wearing a covering. Please also leave the school area as soon as possible, maintaining the rule of six.







Parents asked: please wear face coverings on school run to protect others

A consultation has been launched to find out what people think about regulating the private landlord sector in Southend-on-Sea with a licencing scheme.

 The consultation is asking for people’s views about private landlords paying a fee in order to regulate the private tenancy market.

 Benefits if you are a landlord include:

  A fairer environment for you, ensuring that the same standards of accommodation and management are delivered across all private rented homes

Reducing of the gap between good and poor landlords, raising professional standards and improving public opinion

Support during the scheme, offering services and partnerships that meet your needs

Benefits if you are a private tenant include:

 Improved standards of property, security and decency

Increased safety in your own home and protection from illegal evictions

Better information on your rights and expected standards in your home

Better protection of vulnerable tenants

There are also benefits for the wider community, including improved partnership working, which should lead to more effective tackling of issues, such as anti-social behaviour and dangerous housing conditions, plus improvements to the town overall for example, better maintenance of outdoor areas.

 Cllr Ian Gilbert, leader of the council with a responsibility for housing, said: “Delivering a selective licensing scheme that drives up the quality of housing in Southend and protects tenants is a key priority for us.

 “Despite the difficult circumstances, I am pleased that we are still able to progress this work which is important to the town. In order to take this forward, we really need people involved in the private rental sector to help us by completing this survey, whether it be online, on paper or over the phone.”

 Initially discussed by councillors at the end of 2019, the scheme was shelved during the Coronavirus lockdown but has since been revitalised.

 The consultation launched Monday 2 November and closes on Monday 11 January 2021. To find out more visit:



A consultation has been launched to find out what people think about regulating the private landlord sector in Southend-on-Sea with a licencing scheme.






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The number of CCTV Cameras in Southend-on-Sea may have reached 14,000, with 1 camera for every 13 people as the popularity of public surveillance, home CCTV and doorbell camera use in Southend-on-Sea increases.

  “It won’t come as a shock to most people that the number of CCTV Cameras in Southend-on-Sea has hit a new record high, driven mainly by residents installing home CCTV in the last year. The popularity of doorbell cameras is relentless”, explains James Ritchey from Southend-on-Sea CCTV company

  The number is rising year on year as the cost of technology comes down and the popularity of sub £200 surveillance camera systems and doorbell cameras increases. Anxiety over lockdown and the increase in mail order purchases has driven the use of DIY CCTV systems at home for monitoring and security purposes.

  “The technology is getting much cheaper, and when we look at the number of doorbell cameras, DIY CCTV and Home CCTV systems being installed by Southend-on-Sea homeowners currently, we recon the numbers have risen a lot this year”, explains Ritchey.

  The difficulty is in calculating just how many CCTV cameras there are in Southend-on-Sea.

  There is no exact number available as to how many CCTV cameras there are in Southend-on-Sea, as a camera does not need to be officially registered – anyone can install CCTV to protect their property. now thinks that as many as 1 camera per 13 Southend-on-Sea residents is where the number lies based on historical data and the upsurge in camera use in 2020.

Generally, there are 4 types of CCTV camera systems used in Southend-on-Sea:

 Local Authority/Council/Police CCTV camera monitoring systems

Corporate and business CCTV Systems

Home CCTV Systems

Non-installed Doorbell and wireless cameras

Surprisingly though, based on National averages almost 96% of the total number of cameras in Southend-on-Sea are owned by private businesses and homeowners – not the Government.

 “These numbers may send shivers down the spine of those worried about state monitoring, however the Government controls less than 4% of the total CCTV cameras in Southend-on-Sea – most are just homeowners protecting their property”, concludes James Ritchey from





There are now 14,000 CCTV Cameras in Southend-on-Sea

Residents are being urged not to leave their unwanted household items outside charity shops as they face the risk of being fined for fly-tipping.

  As part of the national restrictions in place, non-essential shops are closed other than for click and collect. This includes charity shops.

  Over the past two weeks, there has been a substantial increase in items being left by their doors as people clear their homes out. This constitutes fly-tipping, and as such, anyone found to be leaving items outside charity shops could face a £400 fine.

 Unlike when the country went into national lockdown in March, Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC) remain open for public use. For opening times, please visit Residents can also put textiles and clothes out on their usual collection day

 If residents wish to support the charity concerned, they are being urged to consider storing unwanted items temporarily until the shops re-open, which will be much more beneficial to the charity. Chargeable bulky waste collections can also be booked online at

 Cllr Carole Mulroney, cabinet member for environment and planning, said: “It is disappointing to see the rise in the number of charity shops being left with unwanted items on their doorstep. This not only leaves those responsible open to a fine, it also shows a lack of understanding of the severity of the current situation. Leaving your home to dump items outside a charity shop is not essential.

 “I appreciate many people may be clearing their homes out whilst they spend time at home and think they are being helpful by leaving things outside charity shops. However, I must ask that anyone doing so keeps any unwanted items in a safe place until the charity shops reopen, or visit the Household Waste Recycling Centres, which remain open through the current restrictions. Alternatively, use the textile collection if appropriate or book a bulky waste collection online.”

 For more information regarding waste services throughout the Coronavirus outbreak, please visit



Please don’t fly-tip    outside charity shops

The Council’s cabinet will get an update on the excellent progress being made on plans to redevelop Roots Hall and to develop a new stadium and housing at Fossetts Farm (Cabinet, 24 November).

 An agreement and proposed transactions between Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, Citizen Housing LLP and Southend United Football Club that will enable the project to go ahead are being recommended for approval - subject to independent financial review, a review by the council’s external auditors, further legal advice, and councillors agreeing to grant access over land at Jones Memorial Ground (for which the council is trustee) to provide access for supporters on match days.

 The project will see a new stadium delivered at Fossetts Farm alongside a new rental community comprising 850 homes under an agreement with the Council.  Further homes will be developed under separate agreements with other parties.  

 The residential development at Fossetts will include uses that will benefit the new community, such as convenience store, café and co-working space.

 Roots Hall will be redeveloped into 502 new homes for rent, again under an agreement with the Council, once the football club has relocated to the new stadium at Fossetts Farm.

 All the housing delivered with the Council would be for rent including 30% at affordable rent at or below Local Housing Allowance levels.  The agreement would also secure an important long-term income for the Council.

 Plans for both of the Roots Hall and Fossetts Farm sites are subject to the planning process.  

 Cllr Ian Gilbert, leader of the council, says: “I am very pleased that such good progress has been made on this landmark agreement since April and it is being recommended that detailed negotiations are completed subject to final due diligence, which we expect to be completed before full Council at the start of December.

  “The Council has worked closely with the football club and its partners over an extended period to move this project forwards and I want to thank everyone involved for their hard work on this so far. Subject to the planning process, this project would not only see much needed new homes built, but also enable the new stadium to be built for the football club along with the threat to the town centre from the previously proposed retail element taken away.

 “We need to build more homes as a Borough, and we want more affordable rented homes that meet the needs of local people.  As we look to the future and recovery from COVID-19, this sort of investment is vital and will be a big boost to the local economy, create local jobs and boost confidence in Southend-on-Sea as a place that wants to move forwards. This will also generate an income stream to the council which we can reinvest in vital local services.

 “We also want to see a new football stadium and have always recognised the importance of the football club to the Borough. We are therefore pleased to be a big part in enabling them to deliver their new stadium and to help secure the Club’s future.  This is a win-win situation and excellent news for the Borough.”  

 Citizen Housing LLP specialises in partnering with both the public sector and landowners to deliver housing-led regeneration schemes.  Jack Martin, spokesman for Citizen Housing LLP said: “We at Citizen Housing LLP are delighted with the progress that has been achieved since April.  We look forward to continuing to work with our partners at Southend-on-Sea Borough Council to bring these exciting developments to fruition.”

Southend United Football Club Chairman, Ron Martin commented: “This is the culmination of a great deal of good work over 7 months by the Council, the Club and its partners.  This announcement represents a beacon of light to guide the Club’s future prosperity off the pitch enabling its success on the pitch.  Life has been tough, over the past 2 years, for the club’s supporters.  Hopefully this will add some cheer in knowing we can build a secure long term future and together, with a little more work from us all, continue the re-building on the pitch ASAP.”

Exciting plans for new football stadium and homes becoming a reality

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Community and voluntary organisations are being supported to put infection control measures in place, so they can reopen within Government guidelines, to ensure the prevention of infection. Grants of between £100 and £3,000 are being made available.

  The infection control grant can be used to fund salaries and volunteer expenses where staff are isolating in line with government guidance. This includes staff or a member of their household who are waiting for a test, they are self-isolating due to testing positive for COVID-19, they are quarantined prior to receiving certain NHS procedures or they are attending a GP or pharmacy to be vaccinated against flu outside of their normal working hours.

  This grant cannot be used for other running or core costs, such as utility bills.

  Interested organisations will be required to show how the funding will contribute to implementing infection control measures. Interested organisations are asked to send an expression of interest email to [email protected] The email should include details on how the funding contribute to putting infection control measures in place, a full list of items and their costs.

   Councillor Trevor Harp, cabinet member for health and adult social care said: “We recognise the immense value community organisations and the voluntary sector provide in our society, and our hope is that this grant enables these organisations to reopen in a safe way.

    “This funding can be put towards refurbishments of community buildings, however this must be for the purpose of infection control measures, for example to enable social distancing. It could help pay for digital equipment if it will be used to prevent infection, or even steps to limit the use of public transport by volunteers. Please do enquire if you think your organisation may be eligible, so we can together help community groups to continue with the valuable work they do, in a covid-secure way.”



Community organisations may be eligible for £3,000 infection control grant

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council is urging all residents and businesses across the Borough to act responsibly when disposing of their waste, or risk facing a fine.

 During the Coronavirus pandemic, the council has seen several incidents of anti-social behaviour and fly-tipping linked to residential and business waste collections. This has included waste being left out on non-collection days, leaving out bulky waste items which cannot be picked up as part of the regular waste collections, and fly-tipping in communal areas.

 Some businesses have also been identified as illegally disguising their business waste as household waste for collection, instead of arranging for their waste to be legally disposed of by an appropriate waste company.

  Cllr Carole Mulroney, cabinet member for environment and planning, said: “I am encouraging anyone throwing out waste in the Borough to do so correctly and play their part in helping to keep our town safe and clean. When waste is incorrectly handled or disposed of, both residents and businesses risk a fine, or even a prosecution. It also leads to contamination which means materials cannot be recycled, so they have to go to landfill and consequently costs more to dispose of. Please remember, if you are not sure how to dispose of waste correctly to contact us or visit our website for advice.

“We will always seek to provide advice in the first instance, but when this advice is ignored, we will not hesitate in pursuing further enforcement action. Businesses are reminded that they must make arrangements for the disposal of their own waste and must not use the weekly household collections. Residents must also ensure they present waste on their allocated collection day.”

 Residents are also reminded that they can arrange the collection of any bulky items such as furniture or white goods through Veolia, the council’s recycling and waste contractor, by visiting


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1295 - November 27 is Lancashire Day - to commemorate the day in 1295 when Lancashire first sent representatives to Parliament, to attend the Model Parliament of King Edward I.

1966 - The first Lancashire Day to commemorate the day in 1295

1967 - President de Gaulle said ‘Non’ to British entry into the Common Market.