New Shoebury East Beach units already in demand

Businesses are already queueing up to take on the three new cafés planned as part of the regeneration of Shoebury’s East Beach.

All three units for East Beach are now being officially advertised for rent.

They will be built on the site of a former café which burnt down more than 20 years ago but so far a spade is yet to hit the ground.

Stephen Wakefield, Independent councillor for Shoebury, said early advertising will allow the council to see how many potential lease holders come forward.

He said: “The council is finding out how much interest there is and whether they build two or three cafes.

“Work is set to start in the next couple of months I believe. There has been quite a lot of interest already.

“I think we could sell three or four times – they might be quite hard to start up but they will attract more people to East Beach and it will become easier.

“They don’t have to just be cafes. They could be takeaways in quieter months.”

Cllr Wakefield added: “They don’t all have to be the same. We’ll have to see who comes forward but we could have an upmarket one and one or two basic or middle of the road ones.”

The cafés are part of a £2 million regeneration scheme and will feature sail-like canopies for outdoor dining, and could even be licensed to sell alcohol.

A toilet block on the beach, which includes a large greensward, is being renovated, and improvements are being made to a large car park area.

The cafés, which have been given planning permission, will be in a staggered row and are designed with pitched green roofs, similar to nearby beach huts.

Windows will be triple glazed to keep out the fierce East Beach wind on cooler days.

Steel poles will hold eight shade sails over outside patios.

The cafés are being marketed by Ayers & Cruiks, Southend.

Christine Sexton

Local Democracy Reporter