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Closures and changes to Southend Borough Council's Services & Facilities due to Coronavirus

Updated 15/05/20. Source

Please note that waste collections are currently operating as normal. We do have contingency plans in place, and will communicate those if/when those plans are required. The Household Recycling Centres are closed. 

In line with Government advice, we have made the decision to close the following venues, to help protect our staff and the public during the coronavirus outbreak. Further details and future re-opening will be given when necessary.

  • The Civic Centre (apart from Registration services)
  • The Cliff Lift
  • Cliffs Pavilion
  • Palace Theatre
  • Southend Pier and Visitor Information Centre
  • Prittlewell Priory and Visitor Centre
  • Central Museum
  • Focal Point Gallery
  • Beecroft Gallery
  • Southchurch Hall
  • Library services at the Forum and all branches, the Home Library Service, library delivery service (to care homes).
  • Belfairs Swim Centre
  • Chase Sports and Fitness Centre
  • Shoeburyness Leisure Centre
  • Southend Leisure and Tennis Centre
  • The Tickfield Centre 
  • All playgrounds and outdoor gyms
  • start to bowls and cricket season has been suspended

Council Update 27/3/20. 

The service changes are as follows:

  • Highways grass cutting and shrub pruning – suspended
  • Tree works – routine tree inspections, tree planting and tree pruning suspended
  • Outdoor sports facilities – Public use is suspended and maintenance will be reduced
  • Parks – Maintenance reduced
  • Open green spaces (other than parks) – Maintenance reduced
  • Play areas – All play areas have been closed. Safety inspections will continue but will be reduced
  • South Essex Homes sites – Maintenance of green spaces reduced with a focus on keeping emergency exits clear.
  • Schools – Reduced grass cutting and pruning with a focus on keeping emergency exits clear.
  • Emergency responses to situations such as fallen trees will be maintained.
  • Litter picking and bin emptying in green spaces will continue, as will the watering of new trees. Works at the council’s cemeteries and

Council Update 15/05/20.

Promenade to be widened and car parks reopened

Western Esplanade will be temporarily widened for pedestrians and cyclists from Saturday 16 May, in response to national changes to lockdown, and to allow local people to safely enjoy the seafront.

The widened promenade will be created from Chalkwell to the Pier, and will be made possible by a contraflow system which will still allow cars to travel in both directions, but reduce lane width by keeping parking bays along Western Esplanade suspended. Other seafront car parks will re-open.

Members of the public are asked to self-enforce social distancing whilst queueing for and using any public or private facilities, and use MOBON, the parking app which allow cashless and contact free payment for parking.

Recycling centres set to reopen next week with strict measures in place

The Borough’s two household waste recycling centres will be reopened to the public next week (Monday 18 May), but only for essential visits and with strict social distancing measures in place to ensure visitors and staff are kept safe.

Residents should only visit the site if they are unable to safely store their waste at home, without it causing a risk to public health, or are unable to dispose of the waste through alternative options. These include using the online bulky waste portal, signing up to the weekly chargeable garden waste service or adding to your normal weekly collection.

There will be strict social distancing controls in place to keep all visitors and site staff safe. This will include restricting the number of vehicles allowed on site at any one time. There are likely to be long queues, so please only visit the site if your household waste really needs to go to the recycling centre right now. If it could be stored safely away at home, please do so.

Belfairs golf course will reopen at the end of the month

Council staff are making the course playable again and making any required modifications to make the course safe for players and staff.

When the course opens the following restrictions will apply:

  • Only two players will be allowed to play a round together
  • People must telephone the Starters Hut on 01702 525345 to book a tee-time
  • Golfers must keep strictly two metres apart and must follow the guidelines set out for everyone’s safety when the course reopens.

Golfers must keep strictly two metres apart and must follow the guidelines set out for everyone’s safety when the course reopens.