Don’t visit Southend this weekend, says council

Southend Council is reminding visitors to stay away from the seaside again this weekend.

The Don’t Visit Southend campaign continues to run and the council’s seafront car parks remain closed. Parking in seafront bays from Leigh to Shoeburyness is banned, and a traffic order enabling the road to be closed if necessary remains in force.

Parking bays in Shoeburyness (Promenade Road, Ness Road, George Street, High Street (Shoebury), Dane Street and Rampart Street) also remain suspended.

The Cinder Path, which runs along the seafront from Chalkwell train station to Old Leigh, stays closed. The council will continue to monitor all areas of the borough and if any problems arise with social gatherings, will work with relevant partners and take appropriate action to protect the general public.

As has happened previously, the council’s community safety officers and parking enforcement officers from APCOA will be working hard with the police to keep people safe and well across the borough.

Other discouragement tactics include:

  • Targeted social media adverts urging people to stay at home to save lives.
  • Encouraging residents to share their #StayHome selfies instead of seafront selfies.
  • Displaying text on variable message screens to discourage drivers and visitors.

Cllr Ian Gilbert, leader of the council, said: “We all need to stay strong and not undo all the good work we have done so far. With the weekend approaching, and the Government’s stay at home restrictions extended, I want to remind people again to take heed of the advice and not to visit.

“The message is still the same – Don’t Visit Southend. Stay away, stay home and save lives.

“We will still be here when this is all over and we look forward to welcoming you then. I would also urge residents to only exercise locally and only visit the seafront if they live in close proximity.”

Cllr Kevin Robinson, Cabinet Member for Business, Leisure and Tourism, said: “Our seafront remains closed for business at the moment.

“Please Don’t Visit Southend, please come and see us when we are all through this, when we will very much be open for business once again.”

James Duddridge, MP for Rochford and Southend East, said: “Thank you to everyone who is doing their bit by staying at home. The more we adhere to these rules, the sooner we will be able to beat coronavirus and get back to a level of normality. So until this is over, please don’t visit Southend.”

The council has also issued advice on organising and attending ‘stay at home’ street parties. For more information visit: www.southend.gov.uk/stayathomestreetparty

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