Leader’s Blog – 14th October 2022 – Southend-on-Sea Borough Council

This week the leader, Cllr Stephen George, talks about the anniversary of Sir David Amess’ death, the peer challenge and looking forward to Halloween.

It is hard to believe that a year has passed since the tragic murder of MP Sir David Amess. That something so horrible should happen in our city, and for someone who was such a prominent and respected local figure, was shocking. I think the public made their feelings about Sir David clear with a large number of floral tributes and the number of people present at his funeral at St Mary’s Church in Prittlewell.

Our corner of the country was suddenly thrust into the national spotlight when the country’s press showed up on our doorstep. Politics is often divisive, but we showed solidarity with what happened, respect for the man and his achievements, and support for each other. And to that end, I think we have made Sir David, his family, loved ones and Southend proud.

One of the results of this terrible tragedy was that Sir David’s lifelong ambition to make Southend a town was granted by the late Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, just days after his death. We intend to honor his memory and make the most of our City status.

I will be in Chalkwell Park this Saturday, where a special memorial service is taking place at 11am to plant a tree in memory of Sir David. The event is open to the public and you can find out more on our events page.

We had colleagues and advisers from other councils at the civic center this week as part of a free offer from the Local Government Association (LGA) of a corporate peer challenge. The team come to examine how things are going in Southend. This is a unique opportunity for us to step back, review and assess the plans and frameworks the board has put in place to address our long and short term challenges. Thank you to everyone who participated.

Southend BID’s first seaside fireworks weekend went well and if you’re going this weekend or over the next few weeks have fun and stay safe. With this in mind, please remember the Halloween Parade takes place on Saturday 29th October and we hope to see you all there for some spooky fun!

Good weekend to all

Published: October 14, 2022

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