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Tree-mendous gift from OVO energy helps to green local park | Southend-on-Sea Borough Council


Children from Thorpe Greenways School have helped plant 250 trees in Southchurch Park East as the Council seeks to make the borough cleaner and greener.

The trees have been donated to the Council by OVO, the Council’s partner in its own energy initiative, Southend Energy.

The tree planting comes as the Council prepares to launch ‘Make Southend Sparkle’, a pioneering initiative to bring together community groups, businesses and the council to make our neighbourhoods cleaner and greener.

Mary Betson, Executive Cllr for Enterprise, Tourism and Economic Development, said: “I am delighted that we were able to use our links with OVO through Southend Energy – which has already attracted over 3,000 local customers in less than a year – to introduce further greenery into a local park.

“We are very grateful to them for donating these trees and I look forward to more of them being planted across the Borough.”

Reg Platt, Senior Manager from OVO said: “We pride ourselves on our green credentials, providing 33 per cent renewable energy as standard in both OVO’s and Southend Energy’s tariffs, along with our competitively priced Greener plans which are 100 per cent renewable.

“That is why we were delighted to support the Council by donating these trees as it prepares to launch its Make Southend Sparkle campaign.”

Since its launch in May last year, OVO has saved over 3,000 customers an average of £287 on their energy bills whilst increasing the percentage of renewable energy these households use.

To find out if you can save, please visit www.southendenergy.co.uk

Refurbishment of Household Waste Recycling Centres | Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC) | Southend-on-Sea Borough Council‏

If you visit the Household Waste Recycling Centres during February and March 2016 you will notice some exciting improvement works that will provide a better recycling and customer experience.

Work will begin at Stock Road on the 15th February 2016 and at Leigh Marshes on the 29th February 2016, with works at both sites planned to be completed by the 18th March 2016. During this period the sites will continue to be open as usual.

The improvements will include:

  • reducing waiting times
  • Increased on-site parking
  • Increased recycling provision
  • Revamped site signage and line marking

Additionally, both sites will be equipped with new CCTV cameras and ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) in order to monitor the frequency of visits by all vehicles, to help identify unauthorised business waste and for the prevention of crime.

A new re-use scheme in partnership with a local charity will be provided. This will include a shop on the Stock Road site to sell items back to the community and a reuse collection service from Leigh Marshes.

The sites will be clearly signed whilst these works are underway and you will be given updates and direction from site staff, so as to avoid any potential confusion. Whilst we anticipate that there will be minimal disruption to visitors, we would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience which might be caused.

An indicative drawing of Stock Road site improvements can be viewed by clicking here

An indicative Leigh Marshes drawing can be viewed by clicking here

Frequently Asked Questions about the refurbishment can also be viewed by clicking here

Further information about the changes can also be found on Veolia’s dedicated web site at: http://www.veolia.co.uk/southend/hwrcs or by contacting Veolia on the following number: 0203 567 6955.

See the Southend Borough Council website for more information.

Biking boost for youngsters this Easter


A special bike course this Easter will teach nine to 14-year-olds the vital skills needed for safe and confident cycling.

This level 2 Bikeability training at Chalkwell Park runs from 9am until 1pm on Monday and Tuesday 4th and 5th April, and participants must attend both sessions.

During the course they will learn how to control their bikes, how best to position themselves on the road and how to manoeuvre at junctions.

This will help build their confidence to make journeys on quiet roads, such as trips to school, shops or friends.

The training which costs £30 begins at 9am with everyone meeting at the car park in Chalkwell Park, Chalkwell Avenue, Westcliff, SS0 8NA.

Those taking part are advised to wear suitable clothing, bring a drink, and waterproofs if necessary.

Executive Councillor for Public Protection, Waste and Transport, Councillor Martin Terry said: “This is a really important course to introduce children and young people to the best ways to keep safe on their bikes, and enjoy cycling confidently.

“It is essential to teach these skills early on to make sure youngsters develop their crucial road awareness right from the beginning. Our Bikeability training is delivered by the Council’s expert tutors.”

To book a place, please visit: www.cyclesouthend.co.uk

For more details or any queries, please email: cyclesouthend@southend.co.uk or call: 01702 215595/215338

Fayre and Share – forthcoming events

The Fayre and Share project will create inspired events where local independent businesses can sell a mix of unique and unusual goods.


Please make contact of you are interested in a stall for our first taster event on the 26th March . Tables are £20 . We are looking for 10 vintage 10 craft and 7 green.


Visit the facebook page for further details of this and other events, including the Valentine Vintage Fair outlined below.


fayre and share vintage event

Green Open Communities – Community Energy Event

Places are limited, but if this is of interest you can book your place by getting in touch with Ashwin Patel on 01702 212805 or emailing ashwinpatel@southend.gov.uk. Additional information the events can be found here: http://ukcec.org/green-open-communities-southend

MaxiGreen “Raising Public Awareness” Conference on Wednesday 11 June 2014 at the Holiday Inn, Southend-on-Se a Essex.

Matt King posted in Southend-on-Sea in Transition

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Matt King 19 May 12:52

Essex Wildlife Trust and Southend-on-Sea Borough Council would like to invite you to the MaxiGreen “Raising Public Awareness” Conference on Wednesday 11 June 2014 at the Holiday Inn, Southend-on-Sea Essex.

Entry is free and lunch will be provided, however booking is essential.

The MaxiGreen project began in September 2011 and is a group of European authorities and organisations who have been working together to improve a collection of green spaces and heritage areas that have been neglected over the years.

There will be three guest speakers discussing the issues of raising awareness of our green heritage and key environmental issues; and there is opportunity to participate in workshops on communication and publicity, awareness raising and delivering successful campaigns.

We are very pleased to welcome the following guest speakers at the conference:

Professor Germaine Greer
Germaine Greer, academic and author, has a passion for wildlife and environmental issues and will be speaking about her extensive career of raising public awareness of important issues.

Professor Jules Pretty, University of Essex
Jules Pretty, noted East Anglian academic, environmentalist and author of the award winning book ‘This Luminous Coast’ and the forthcoming book ‘The Edge of Extinction’, will be speaking about consumption patterns, well-being and nature, and the need for green economies.

Dries Gorissen, Agency for Nature and Forests, Flemish Government
Dries Gorissen is the Head of Land Management for the Agency for Nature and Forests in Limburg, Belgium and will be speaking about a large nature project called Bosland where stakeholder participation and involvement of the public is one of the main objectives.

To book on the conference you will need to register using the link below.


Arrival from 8.30am with the conference beginning at 9.30am. The conference will close by 5pm.

Places are limited so book now to ensure your place.

MaxiGreen | June Conference


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Southend Energy – are you ready to join the local energy revolution?!

The first meeting to test the idea of Southend Energy took place last Thursday 27/02/2014 in the Olde Trout

Southend Energy so far is a spark in the eye of a group of people who are having a vision for an Energy Autonomous Southend-on-Sea. A Southend-on-Sea where energy conservation schemes and renewable energy generation projects have resulted in all Southend’s residents’, buildings’ and  businesses’ energy needs being meet locally which increase local resilience against impacts of volatile global energy markets and which support a thriving economy.

Get on board and get in touch. Next networking meeting at Forum library after the East of England Low Carbon conference at 18:00.

Initially the group hopes to organise meetings to learn about energy conservation and generation and start projects locally.

Join the Facebook group, leave comments below or email Southend in Transition.

See Mind Map from meeting and imagine the possibilities…


The CREST: Schools and Community Energy Conference 5th March 2014

The CREST: Schools and Community Energy Conference is Southend on Sea Borough Council’s fourth annual low-carbon and sustainability conference, which will take place throughout the afternoon of Wednesday 5th March 2014 at the Forum, Southend on Sea
The first session of the Conference focuses upon schools as an example of how a successful energy efficiency programme and an uptake in renewable technologies not only results in cost savings and establishing new revenue streams but can improve the educational/learning environment and help Local Authorities to deliver key objectives around fuel poverty, health, education, transport and community cohesion.
The second session addresses the increasingly important role that Local Authorities have to play in the financing of the local low-carbon economy. Adopting the right inward investment strategy and financial approach can create jobs, reduce costs across the public and private sector, grow the local economy and be key in supporting the regeneration of an area.
A full agenda will be published at the beginning of February, but confirmed speakers include:
Pure Leapfrog
Marksman Consulting
Cambridgeshire County Council
West Sussex County Council
You can register your interest in attending the conference at www.crest.eventbrite.com
CREST – or Community Retrofit through Sustainable Technologies – is an ERDF funded project that aims to highlight the benefits that sustainable technologies can bring to organisations. You can find out more information here

Urgent!! Register for an allotment in the Hockley/Hawkwell area.


We still need one or two more people to register for an allotment in the Hockley/Hawkwell area, as per my earlier note.

If you are therefore keen to pursue the opportunity of an allotment, please contact Hockley Parish Council to register your name with full contact details at clerk@hockley-essex.gov.uk Please ask for an acknowledgement and copy me in at caroleshorney@hotmail.com to keep SEEOG fully up-to-date with registration numbers.

We can do this!!


Please also do this straight away, as there is a deadline for applications by mid-January


Funding a Green Future 13/14th March 2012

‘Funding a Greener Future 2012’ is a two day national conference that aims to make business sense of climate change. The business case for adopting the Green Agenda is important for the public, private and 3rd sector and this conference aims to share ideas, challenges and examples of good practice from all three.

Tuesday and Wednesday – 13th and 14th March 2012