Southend Borough Council is your primary authority and
responsible for matters such as waste collection, maintenance of the roads and
pavements, looking after the parks, providing street lighting and many other
services which your council tax pays for.
With Southend being such a large town, back in 1996, a group
of Leigh residents, worked hard to form a local level of government to have an
overall responsibility for the well-being of the Leigh-on-Sea community, the
result, Leigh-on-Sea Town Council.
Our work falls into three main categories:
- Representing the Leigh-on-Sea community
- Delivering services to meet local needs
- Striving to improve the quality of life in the Town
How do we do this?
Leigh-on-Sea Town Council has a committee
structure with different responsibilities. Each committee meets regularly
and anyone is welcome to attend. Below is just a sample of some of the
work we do:
- Manage and market the Community Centre
- Administer two allotment sites over 20 acres
- Organise lots of events for the Town - Leigh Lights, Maritime Festival, Spring Festival, Carols on Strand Wharf, Community Centre Holiday programme, monthly Farmers Market
- Review every single planning application in the Town and make a recommendation to the Borough for their consideration
- Run a volunteer programme
- Installed the Bonchurch Outdoor Gym
- Installed and manage the Skate Park
- Redeveloped and manage Strand Wharf as a community space
- Organise the Christmas lights and hanging baskets displayed throughout the Town
- Helped Save the Library
- Fund a school crossing patrol
- Run a community transport scheme for the over 60s living within the Town boundary
How do we pay for it all?
It does cost a little extra to live within the boundary of Leigh-on-Sea Town Council but having been recently recognised as the 4th best place to live in England, we hope you think it is worth it! All the extras we provide towards improving the community are collected through your council tax. This is a sum of money called a `precept and is calculated by us based on what it costs to provide the facilities and services for our residents.
Who makes the decisions?
The Council is made up of 16 elected councillors representing the 7 wards of Leigh-on-Sea Town Council. They are responsible to the residents they represent and can be contacted directly on any matter. They are not paid but have a passion to be involved in the community. Councillors have three main areas of work:
- Decision-making through attending meetings and committees
- Monitoring, making sure that their decisions lead to efficient and effective services
- Getting involved locally depending on what the councillor wants to achieve and how much time they have available
The Democratic Process
Leigh-on-Sea Town Council is the most local part of our democratic system and the closest to the public. You can play a part in aiding the Council run to the best of its capabilities:
- Look out for potential councillors - do you know someone passionate about our Town, wishing to be a voice for the community and effect real change? Maybe it is you!
- Nominate a candidate. Being a town councillor is an enjoyable way of contributing to the community and helping to make it a better place to live, work and visit. On average, councillors duties will occupy them for about three hours a week. Obviously there are some councillors who spend more time than this - and some less. There are a few rules as to whether you can be a councillor. The basic ones are:
- You have to be a British citizen, Commonwealth citizen or European Union citizen and 18 years or older on the day you become nominated for election
- Live or work within 3 miles of the locality
- You cannot stand for election if you are the subject of a bankruptcy restriction order or interim order, within five years before the day of an election been convicted in the UK of any offence and have had a prison sentence for a period of over three months
- See what a difference you can make at election time by voting for a councillor that will best represent your interests and aspirations for the community and be the best community leader for Leigh-on-Sea
Our offices are situated on the ground floor of Leigh Community Centre and are open for enquiries Monday to Thursday 9am - 5pm and Friday 9am - 4.30pm.