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Southend Pier gets the green light

The Pier and Foreshore Working Party today agreed to move forward with plans for the Pier Head.

Based around the award winning scheme the work will be phased and funded by Southend Council. The Conservative lead Council has put £3m, into the capital budget to move the Pier forward. Following the fire the decking has been repaired, the station rebuilt, fire precautions installed and much more as well. Currently the windbreaks are being extended and ongoing repairs are funded.

The new scheme will see the structure strengthened and extended for a new pavillion that will be multi use from Conferences to cultural performances from weddings to childrens parties from classrooms to artist studios officers will now look at how best to use the space which will also include a restuarant and or a cafe. The award winning schemedesigners  have already, as part of the bid submission, done a lot of work and their proposals are feasible to be built, hence the decision to work with the winners.

Chairman John Lamb said it was really important to move the Pier on hence the £3m budget which the Conservative Cabinet had provided as an initial sum.

Cllr Anna Waite said we want something for everyone at the end of the Pier, this will provide a great covered space that can be used for all sorts of things, once this is underway we can look to the next phase so that little by little over the next few years we can provide the town with a Pier to be proud of.

To Market or not?

Southend’s Conservative Cabinet has called for a report into whether or not the town requires a market and if so what sort and where.

Types of market

Open markets– as in Cambridge-cambridge_market_place[1]

Cambridge is a fixed stall market that opens most days, similar is Romford open 3 days and Rochford, Rayleigh and Roots Hall open one day per week.

Closed Markets as in Chelmsford under the car park and possibly more similar to York Road Market-cbc3653_(r)_image[1]

This is also similar to the market in Newcastle where the first M&S was.


A halfway market under a permanent waterproof awning but open at the sides is another possibility. I have seen these in Spain and Italy where they are often used for different styles of markets on different days like farmers market, bric a brac, books etc.

The other question the Cabinet is asking is where, should it be in the town centre if so where, should it be on the edge of the town and again if so where?

Clearly location and style will determine the cost of setting it up and thus stall rental charges, will there be traders that will want to pay for a permanent stall either inside or out, would traders prefer long or short easy in easy out leases?

Currently nothing has been ruled in or out so do please comment below or fill out the poll and let me know your views.