29th August 2023

On 19th August, we celebrated 50 years since the foundation of Chalkwell Ward Residents Association with a lunchtime event in Chalkwell Park that focused on the history of both the Association and Chalkwell itself. The event was attended by the Mayor of Southend, Cllr Stephen Habermel and his wife, Tracy, the Mayoress. 

Several people gave generously of their time and skills to help put together a wonderful snapshot of Chalkwell through the years. Local genealogist Kate Sansom researched and wrote for us an illustrated booklet on the history of Chalkwell, Simon Deacon, local surveyor and collector of historic local photographs gave a slideshow and video producer Chris Izod put together a specially commissioned video recording the memories of longstanding Chalkwell residents of their time living here.

We also put on a display of local historic photographs and historic press cuttings, as well as mounted boards recording brief written memories of growing up in Chalkwell, while further thanks go to the SS9 Bakery of Leigh-on-Sea for the beautiful cake they created for the occasion, and to Bite Delight Canapes of Southend for the beautiful and tasty canapes.

Pictures below, all courtesy of John Hendry:

19th July 2023

Community safety survey - have your say

Essex Police is asking Southend residents to take part in a new survey designed to help gain a picture on crime and anti-social behaviour in Essex and identify priorities to help tackle crime and anti-social behaviour in our area.

This is the first time a single online survey is available for Essex and it will allow residents to not only respond about where they live, but also where they work or study in Essex, helping to create a complete countywide overview.

The survey covers all types of crime, including burglary, theft, fly tipping and anti-social behaviour, and the information gathered will be used to help councils and Essex Police identify what the priorities should be for each area.

To take part, visit:

The survey is open until 20 August 2023.

15th May 2023


Chalkwell councillor becomes Mayor of Southend


CWRA congratulates Chalkwell councillor Stephen Habermel on becoming the 102nd mayor of 



Stephen (pictured right with his wife, Tracy, and previous mayor, Kevin Robinson at last year's royal proclamation), has represented the ward for the past 16 years, and is the current vice-chair of our association. He was formally inaugurated at the mayor-making ceremony at the Civic Centre.


We wish Stephen and Tracy all the best for their term of office.

7th February 2023

Coronation event… 


Let’s bring Chalkwell ward residents together on Sunday, 7th May

to celebrate the Coronation.


Picnic in the park / on the beach / on the green - venue to be decided.


Chalkwell Ward Residents Association is keen to organise an event, but we need your help!


We’d love to hear from anyone in the ward who would be willing to help with organisation and

who has ideas to contribute.


Please get in touch by Friday 17th February.

Call or message:

Sally - 07568 178754

Angus - 07522 133667

And please leave your name, and phone/email

7th February 2023

Litter pick

We are again been invited to take part in a litter pick with St Saviour’s Church.


This will take place on Thursday, 9th March, and volunteers are asked to meet at the Church (corner of Kings Road and Chadwick Road) at 9:30am. The session will cover roads within our ward, and will run for approximately one hour, returning to the church for a cup of coffee at 10:45am.


There’s no need to book – just turn up on the day. All litter-picking equipment will be provided.

8th September 2022

The passing of an era

CWRA offers its condolences to the Royal family.


HM Queen Elizabeth II


A lifetime of service

Rest in peace


24th May 2022

Crowstone Bridge: shining a light on years of darkness...

CWRA members and local residents gathered on Crowstone Bridge, along with Chalkwell councillor, James Courtenay, to highlight the long-running saga of the lightbulb that has needed replacing for more than three years. The fact that Network Rail owns the land where the control box is sited, while the council is responsible for maintenance of the lighting has led to stalemate. We have been supporting our ward councillors in lobbying the responsible bodies for action. We will not give up until the light has been replaced.

17th May 2022


Chalkwell Speed Watch now up-and-running

Finally, after receiving Police authorisation and training, the newly formed Chalkwell Ward Residents Association Speed Watch group carried out its first monitoring session on 13th May.


The session, which took place in Kings Road, was supervised by Liam Collins of Essex Highways and Peter Swanwick, Road Safety Officer at Southend City Council.


Watch out for us around Chalkwell in the coming weeks…

Left: CWRA volunteers monitor traffic speed in Kings Road

16th May 2022

New deputy mayor is Chalkwell councillor


Chalkwell Ward Residents Association congratulates Cllr Stephen Habermel on his inauguration as Deputy Mayor of Southend-on-Sea.


Stephen, who has been a ward councillor for Chalkwell since 2007, was elected deputy to the new Mayor of Southend, Kevin Robinson, at a ceremony at the Civic Centre last week.


We wish him all the best for the year ahead.

Above (left to right): Chalkwell Ward candidates, Joe Cresswell (Labour), Reece Learmouth (Green), Nigel Folkard (Conservative) and Chris Hind (Liberal Democrat) attend our hustings on 20th April, framed by Association Secretary, Jane Hendry, and Chair, Sally Holland. Photo courtesy of James Vessey-Miller

20th April 2022

Chalkwell’s candidates for Southend Council


The following candidates are standing for Chalkwell Ward in the forthcoming elections to Southend City Council, and have provided these statements for us:


Joe Cresswell (Labour) says: “I’m Joe Cresswell. I am a lifelong activist, working with Eco Essex, Southend Beach Care, Southend Foodbanks, and starting my own initiatives such as Adventurers Supporting Foodbanks. I’ve stood for Council twice before.

I hope to put a stronger emphasis on public services in Southend, and to keep our city clean and eco-friendly. I want to help people get on the property ladder and tackle the issues which cause antisocial behaviour. Chalkwell deserves better.”

Local party website: SOUTHEND LABOUR


Nigel Folkard (Conservative): says:

“I have been your Chalkwell Councillor for 8 years.

I am very proud to be your local Chalkwell ward Councillor.

If re -elected will continue to work tirelessly, for residents

in the many issues that they contact me about.

I achieve results through hard work and determination.

Please vote for me in the local elections on the 5th May 2022.”

Local party website: Southend West | Conservatives (


Chris Hind (Liberal Democrat) grew up in Southend. He moved back to Leigh and then Chalkwell over 10 years ago in order to bring up his own children. Chris would like to represent Chalkwell on the Council so that the Liberal Democrat group can continue to build on the success of the administration over the past three years - promoting our local economy, supporting our community, and protecting our environment.

Local party’s website: Liberal Democrats - Working For You Across Southend (


Emily Kent (Women’s Equality): "Emily is the candidate committed to changing politics for the benefit of all in Chalkwell. Emily will prioritise funding to make our streets safer, investing in better street lighting and a prioritised taxi rank at Chalkwell station, map violence against women and girls in our area and work with police to address it and introduce new social & environmental indicators to assess the councils budget allowing us to make necessary changes to ensure an environmentally safe and socially just space for all residents." 

Local party website: WE South Essex- Women's Equality (


Reece Learmouth (Green) says: “I am a medical professional at a local Hospital, and I’m also a musician. In my spare time I am a keen cyclist, and I also present a show on a local radio station. I live locally, and I want to see Chalkwell and its’ residents cared for. The area faces many social and environmental challenges in the coming years, and I want to ensure that our environment and community is sufficiently represented and safeguarded.”

Local party website: South East Essex Green Party


Kevin Waller (Confelicity):

No information yet provided.

Local party website: Home | Confelicity Party 23rd March 2022

Chalkwell Councillors in charity triathlon - this Sunday

The three Chalkwell Councillors are joining forces this coming Sunday, 27th March, to take part in a triathlon to raise funds for the Mayor's Charity. The timetable is as follows:

The Mayor will meet the competitors at the finish. Please come along and support our councillors along the route and raise money for the Mayor's Charity - this year Trust Links and Little Heroes ASD. To donate, please visit:

7th March 2022


Join our litter pick


On Thursday, 17th March, CWRA will be joining forces with St Saviour’s Church (corner of Kings Road and Chadwick Road, Westcliff) to take part in our second joint litter pick.


We will meet at St Saviour’s Church from 10:30am for an 11am start. Tea/coffee will be provided while we gather, and equipment will be provided by Veolia. Depending on numbers, we will cover a number of roads within Chalkwell ward.


Those aged 16 and under must be accompanied by a responsible adult, and those aged 17 and 18 should have written permission from an adult.


All are welcome. We look forward to seeing you there.

12th January 2022

Housing in Later Life Consultation: Southend-on-Sea Borough Council:

Deadline Sunday 16th January

With the number of people aged 55+ in Southend-on-Sea expected to increase by 26% by 2040, the Council is undertaking a survey on future housing and support needs for those aged 55+.

It wants to know what is important to local residents when thinking about your future housing and support. Whether you want to remain living at home, or perhaps you are thinking about a move, the aim is to ensure that everyone is supported to live independently in later life.

You can take part in their survey online at:

Your input will provide the Council with data that can be used to inform future housing policies and plans that centralise around residents’ support.

If you would like to complete a paper survey, any assistance completing a survey, or an alternative format, please contact Lois Beech at: or 07860 608920.

9th December 2021

CWRA takes part in Southend Against Hatred event

Cllr Stephen Habermel (pictured right, above) represented Chalkwell Ward Residents Association at an event to express the town’s togetherness in response to the death of our MP, Sir David Amess. Stephen joined with representatives from community, faith, business and other local groups at Hands Together: Southend Against Hatred, and signed a banner on our behalf. As a permanent reminder, the banner will be found a permanent home within Chalkwell .

18th November 2021


Invitation to join St Saviour’s litter pick


St Saviour’s Church (corner of Kings Road and Chadwick Road, Westcliff) is organising another litter pick on Saturday, 27th November.


It will take place from 10am until 12 midday, and anyone who is interested in taking part should meet outside the church before the start time. Equipment will be provided.


Those aged 16 and under must be accompanied by a responsible adult, and those aged 17 and 18 should have written permission from an adult.

17th November 2021

New Director for Metal in Southend


Chalkwell Ward Residents Association welcomes Andrea Cunningham as the new Director of Metal in Southend, and wishes her every success in the role.


Metal, the arts organisation based at Chalkwell Hall, supports artists of all artforms across the region to develop their creative practice, and develops ideas for new cultural experiences to expand pride of place and unlock creative potential within our communities. Its events have included Village Green and Estuary 21 among others.


Cunningham brings a range of creative skills and expertise to the post from many years of working in museums, galleries and the cultural sector, particularly around working with children and young people. Formally Head of Learning & Skills at the V&A Museum of Childhood, she has a passion for inspiring young people around the potential of creativity.

15th October 2021

Sir David Amess, MP

Following the shocking death of Sir David Amess, our MP for nearly 25 years, we send our thoughts and condolences to his family and close associates. He worked tirelessly for the town and its residents throughout that time, and his passion and energy will be greatly missed.

11th October 2021: Chalkwell Ward Residents Association joined forces with St Saviour’s Church on 7th October to undertake a litter pick around the ward.


Organised by the Reverend Judith Wilkinson from St Saviour’s, in collaboration with Veolia, the group received lots of positive feedback, had many positive encounters, and returned with a large pile of filled bags to show for its efforts.

23rd September 2021

Litter pick: Thursday, 7th October


Help keep our ward tidy and join Chalkwell Ward Residents Association and St Saviour’s Church in a litter pick on Thursday, 7th October from 11:00am until 1:00pm.


Meet: 10:30am at the church (corner of Kings Road and Chadwick Road). Tea/coffee will be available.


All welcome. Under-16s must be accompanied by an adult.


All equipment will be provided.


If you are planning to take part, it would be helpful for planning if you would send an email to


See you there!

10th September 2021


CWRA celebrates local charitable organisations


Chalkwell Ward Residents Association held its first in-person meeting since February 2020 last night, and kicked off by celebrating the work of three very valuable local charitable organisations.


Chalkwell Lifeguards, Packed With Smiles* and Southend Foodbank’s Westcliff distribution centre based at St Saviour’s Church in Kings Road, Westcliff, were each presented with a £250 donation for the furtherance of their work by association vice-chair, Cllr Stephen Habermel.


Receiving the donation on behalf of Chalkwell Lifeguards was Tony Martin, accompanied by four of the group’s volunteers.


The foodbank donation was accepted by Southend Foodbank manager, Natasha Copus, accompanied by Westcliff centre volunteer, Jenny Wright.


Packed With Smiles’ donation was presented to trustee, Faith Horsley.


Cllr Habermel commented: “Chalkwell Ward Residents Association is delighted to be able to make a contribution to the work of three such amazing organisations that work within our own local area.” 

9th September 2021

Summer fete to raise money for refugee family


Leigh Road Baptist Church is hosting a summer fete on Saturday, 11th September from 2pm-5pm. Funds raised will be used to help welcome a refugee family to Southend.


Primary and emergency care community information session


SAVS, in conjunction with Southend Borough Council and Southend Clinical Commissioning Group, will be hosting an online information session on Thursday, 23rd September, from 18:00-19:00 hours.


The session will include updates from across local health departments, including GP practices, Southend Hospital and other frontline health services, with input from Tricia D’Orsi, Alliance Director, South East Essex and Samantha Goldberg, Emergency Care Systems Director at Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust. There will also be the opportunity for attendees to ask questions and feed back their thoughts and experiences. All are welcome to attend.


New Southend local plan – give your input


Southend Borough Council is seeking views on how the Borough should grow and develop over the next 20 years to meet local needs.


For information about the latest proposals and how to comment, please visit: How to contact us and give your views | Southend Local Plan


There will also be the chance to find out more through a series of public meetings. Those most local to Chalkwell will take place at:


Leigh Community Centre        Thursday, 16th September  5-7pm

Leigh Library Gardens         Friday, 17th September 1-4pm

Hamlet Court Road

In Harmony Festival             Sunday, 19th September      11am-3pm

Southend town centre,

outside The Forum                  Wednesday, 13th October 11:30am-2:30pm


In addition, you can complete a number of different surveys on various aspects of the plan.


The consultation closes at 5pm on 26th October 2021. 

12th August 2021

Climate Sunday event

A Climate Sunday event will take place on Sunday, 5th September at St Saviour’s Church, corner of Kings Road and Chadwick Road, Westcliff. This will begin with a service from 10-11am and will continue until 1pm with stalls (outside, weather permitting) with activities and information about sustainability. Refreshments will be available. 

All are welcome to attend either or both parts of the event.


19th May 2021

Healthwatch Southend needs you!


Healthwatch Southend has asked us to publicise it search for volunteers to join its Advisory Group. as below:



"We are the independent voice of the people of Southend who use health and care services. We work to make sure that your views and experiences – good and not so good – help the NHS and Social Services improve the care you, your families and friends receive.


"We are recruiting volunteers to join Healthwatch Southend to make sure the voice of local people is heard. Health and care services are changing rapidly at the moment, not least because of coronavirus, so it’s really important to find out what local residents think and get this built in to the plans of the NHS and Council.


"We have opportunities for volunteers to join our Advisory Group. You will help identify those areas where we should undertake more work to gather local views, join the staff team to talk to local groups or communities about their experience and make sure our plans are carried out effectively.


"We would love to hear from people who have experience of health and care, or whose skills can be used in our work. We are particularly keen to hear from those groups whose voices don’t often get heard – younger people, people with disabilities or those from different ethnic backgrounds. If you have a background in media/digital, community engagement work or planning and reviewing services in other sectors, we would love to hear from you. You might just want to offer a layperson’s view as a local resident!


"In return, we can offer the chance to give something back to your community. We offer training and you will gain skills and experience, which could help with your next challenge.”


To find out more, contact



17th May 2021

Weald Park Country Show – this week


This year’s Weald Country Show, which takes place on Saturday and Sunday, 22nd and 23rd May near Brentwood, will feature a range of new attractions.


Open on both days from 10am until 5pm, it will include a new Motorbike display and attraction area. Meanwhile, in the main area, there will be demonstrations including Barrel Racing, courtesy of the UK Barrell Racing Team, Dog and Duck Shows, falconry and a festival of cars. Cookery demonstrations will take place in the foodmarket area, featuring Italian chef Claudio Boncoletto and others.


Music lovers will also be catered for in the music area, with five bands, including an Abba tribute band.


Rural Crafters will be demonstrating their crafts as well as selling them.


For children, there will be Classisauras, a T-Rex Dinosaur who will be joined by his storm trooper friends at the show this year. Other attractions for children will include Punch and Judy, Gemma’s Petting Farm, and various rides.


There will be a Living History Village, with the chance to try your luck with Living History Archery, and there will also be plenty of opportunity for shopping at an array of different stands.  


Venue: Weald Country Park, Brentwood, Essex, CM14 5QS

Runs from 10am – 5pm on Saturday 22nd May and Sunday 23rd May

For ticket info. Visit You are encouraged to book online in advance.

The show will follow Covid guidelines.


23rd April 2021

Further chance to hear from local election candidate


Following our hustings for Chalkwell Ward election candidates, held on 21st April, the Women’s Equality Party informs us that it is holding weekly live events to give residents the chance to connect with its candidates. Anyone is free to watch and/or participate, and there will be the opportunity to ask question of our Chalkwell candidate, Katie Cohen, at each one. The next event will be held on Sunday, 25th April at 4pm, when Katie will be on Instagram Live at alongside the party’s branch leader, Vinice Cowell, chatting about the party’s policies in South Essex.

16th April 2021

Council election candidates for Chalkwell

All five candidates standing for Chalkwell Ward in the forthcoming elections to Southend Council have now confirmed their attendance at our hustings. This will take place next Wednesday, 21st April at 7:30pm via Zoom. To attend this event, please email During the Q&A, priority will be given to questions from members received in advance, followed by members' questions on the night.

Each candidate has also provided a brief statement for us:


Katie Cohen (Women’s Equality Party)

I am a local parent who depends on our community services, a Governor at a Leigh primary school, and a regular volunteer for Southend HARP, so I see first-hand how politics impacts people’s lives. I am standing to provide a bold new voice and perspective as we build back better post-Covid, because I believe equality is better for everyone.

Local party’s website:


James Courtenay (Conservative)

An experienced community campaigner, former councillor, Executive Councillor for Children & Learning and Deputy Leader of Southend Council. As your councillor I would: prevent and campaign against the over-development of our community, fight for more police officers for Southend to reduce crime & antisocial behaviour and campaign for affordable parking charges to support our local businesses. Having lived in Chalkwell for 25 years I’m genuinely excited at the prospect of representing the community in which I grew up.”

Local party’s website:


Christopher Hind (Liberal Democrat)

Chris Hind (Liberal Democrat) grew up in Southend. He moved back to Leigh and then Chalkwell over 10 years ago in order to bring up his own children. Chris would like to represent Chalkwell on the Council so that the Liberal Democrat group can continue to build on the success of the administration over the past two years, including the tree planting programme and the record road and pavement repairs.

Local party’s website:


Sorraiya Nawaz (Labour)

Chalkwell born-and-raised, I attended Westcliff High and live opposite the park; naturally I'm eager to preserve this vibrant part of town while tackling areas of concern to you in the council chamber. My community values have inspired me to take action in Southend, such as maintaining our green spaces, speaking for local audiences on discrimination, and performing for Mencap. I appreciate this chance to continue serving our town, making each and every voice in Chalkwell count.

Local party’s website:


James Vessey-Miller (Green)

James Vessey-Miller is the Green Party’s candidate for Chalkwell ward. Whilst also being a local publican, he is actively engaged in many charitable initiatives and community arts organisations, also previously working as the Vice-Chair of Southend Pride. James has been a long-standing and vocal campaigner for social justice, better town planning, and transparent government in Southend, and currently chairs the local Green Party branch.

Local party’s website:

15th April 2021

Link to official Covid-19 related information for Southend-on-Sea

Southend Association of Voluntary Services (SAVS) has issued a booklet putting together various types of information relating to Covid-19. Please see below for a link to this:

5th March 2021

Southend parking charge changes

As part of its budget for 2021/22, Southend Council has implemented a number of changes to parking charges within the town.

 The town has now been divided into four parking zones, to which differing charges will apply. While zone 1a (seafront) charges will range from £2.50 for one hour to £18 for up to 10 hours, those in zone 2 (eg Civic Centre or Elm Road) are from £1 to £10. Charging hours for all zones will be 8am-6pm.

 At the same time, from 1st April, the council is introducing a new Southend Pass. Costing £8.50 per month, this will allow three hours parking every day in each of the borough’s four zones, and will be available to residents and non-residents alike. The council points out that, if used daily, this works out at less than 30p per day, or £2.12 if used just four times per month. The Pass will be available via the MOBON app on mobile phones, or you can contact 01702 215003 for information about other means of payment.

 For further information about zones and charges, please see: Car Park Parking Charges from 1st April 2021 – Car Park and On-Street Parking Charges from 1st April 2021 – Southend-on-Sea Borough Council

14th December 2020


Season’s greetings and big thank you from CWRA to all key workers

As we approach the festive season, and the end of a long, difficult and even dangerous year, CWRA would like to send seasons greetings along with a big thank-you to all the key workers who have put in such a huge effort both to keep us all safe and to provide continuity of services in 2020.


11th December 2020


Essex Police launches live chat facility and local newsletter


Every day between the hours of 7am and 11pm you can now report non-emergency crime or provide information to Essex Police, via a new live chat facility available on its website at You will find the chat button in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen.


In another new community initiative, Essex Police has launched a series of local newsletters. To sign up to Southend Spotlight and get regular news on community policing in our area, go to: Newsletter Signup - Essex Police, Fire & Crime Commissioner (


1st December 2020 

Have your say on paying for policing and fire & rescue services in Essex

The Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex, Roger Hirst, is once more seeking the views of Essex residents on our priorities and whether we would be prepared to pay more for greater investment in these services.

Given the difficult financial times, he acknowledges that any plans to increase council tax must be considered very carefully, and that is why he is reaching out to residents for our views. The results of the survey will be used to inform plans for the 2021/2022 policing and fire & rescue services budget for the county.

The Band D Council Tax for policing in Essex for 2020/21 is £198.63 per year. For fire and rescue services it is £73.89 for a Band D property.

To contribute online to the survey, go to: Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex Precept Survey 2020 (

For other ways of contributing, please either call 01245 291600, and leave full contact details so you can be called back, or email

The survey will close at midnight on Sunday, 20th December.

1st December 2020

 Dog controls: your views wanted

Southend Council is seeking the views of residents on dog control restrictions in public areas.

The previous Dog Control Orders expired in October and the council intends to carry out a full review to determine if a further order is needed. Questions it wishes to address are whether any changes are needed; should there be any change to the areas that have been included, should any of the previous restrictions be lifted and whether there are any additional disruptive behaviours that were not previously included?

If you have views on any of this, then please respond to the consultation by the deadline of 7th December. You can find it at: Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) - Dog Control | Your say Southend


1st December 2020

Conservation areas consultation

 Southend Council has also opened a new consultation on the borough’s 14 conservation areas, with the stated aim to ensure they remain up-to-date and relevant.

In Chalkwell, there is just one conservation area at present, which consists of numbers 30-35 The Leas and Crowstone House (nursing home), on the esplanade.

If you have views you would like to share on this subject, you can complete the online survey any time between now and Friday, 22nd January 2021. Please follow the link below:

Conservation Area Appraisals Consultation | Your say Southend

You will need to register to take part in both surveys.


30th October 2020

Covid-19 track and trace changes in Southend

Local councils have been given a new, enhanced role in the Covid-19 track and trace system.

 From this week, Southend council, along with others countrywide, have been give access to the national data, and will take over all local contact tracing after the first 32 hours in the national trace system.

 This means that Southend Council officers will have the task of knocking on the doors of people who have tested positive for the virus, but who have not yet been contacted by the national system. A dedicated 20-person team of current council employees will be based in Southend to carry out this role, which will also involve reminding infected people of the need to self-isolate for 10 days after testing positive, whether or not they are showing symptoms.

 Until now, local authorities have played a limited role, focusing on outbreaks in schools, care homes and businesses, and it is hoped that this change will improve the effectiveness of the system and so help protect the community.

 ▪ Further information on this topic will be provided at our meeting on 11th November, when, Southend’s Director of Public Health, Krishna Ramkhelawon will be our speaker  - see Events.

22nd September 2020

Your views on waste & recycling services

Veolia, Southend's recycling, waste and street-cleansing contractor, is asking the public to take part in a short customer satisfaction survey to let them know what you think of the services you receive.

Feedback will be used to help improve local services, and the results will be published later in 2020. 

Fill in the survey by following the link below: 

17th September 2020

Get reliable information on Covid-19 related matters

Chalkwell Residents Association has been chosen to take part in Southend Council’s community engagement and information relating to its Test, Trace, Contain and Enable plan for dealing with Covid-19 at local level.

 SAVS will be sending out regular information to participating groups and organisations to ensure that members of the public have access to reliable, factual information, supplied by official sources, and we will be publishing this via our website and member newsletters.

 Please do check our website regularly for updates. You can also find information from Southend Council and the Government by following the links below:

14th September 2020

The new 'rule of six': message from Southend’s Director of Public Health

The following message has been issued by Southend Borough Council:

The Prime Minister has announced new rules on how people can socialise amidst rising cases of coronavirus across the country. The new rules mean that from Monday 14 September, the number of people allowed to meet socially, both indoors and outdoors, is now a maximum of six, from multiple households.

The rules apply at home, in restaurants, public spaces, indoors, parks or outdoor spaces. Anyone ignoring the “rule of six” runs the risk of prosecution and a £100 fine.

Even with gatherings of six or fewer, the advice is to still remain two metres (three paces) apart wherever possible. If this is not possible, people should take other steps to protect themselves and others, such as wearing a face covering or facing away from others not in your household.

There are exceptions to this rule where groups of more than six people will be allowed. These include:

Face coverings will remain compulsory on public transport and in shops.

COVID-secure venues can hold more than six people but no one group can be larger than six unless they all live together (or are in the same support bubble). Venues must take people’s contact details for contact tracing and could be fined if they fail to maintain COVID-security. Plans to allow larger audiences in venues are being reviewed.

With these measures the Prime Minister said schools and workplaces would be able to remain open and colleges to welcome students back this month. But if an outbreak occurs in a college they are asked to isolate the students at the college, not send them home.

As well as only meeting in groups of six or below, we must all keep doing the basics – please keep at least two metres from others, wash your hands regularly, wear a face covering when in enclosed or crowded spaces, please self-isolate if you have symptoms and book a test as soon as possible by calling 119.

Please take care and stay safe,

Krishna Ramkhelawon

For trusted information, please visit:

If you need help and have no family or support locally please call our helpline on 01702 212497. 

25th June 2020

 Council 's new anti-litter campaign

Southend Council has launched a new anti-litter campaign reminding residents and visitors of their responsibility to dispose of litter appropriately, and to take their rubbish home if they see a bin is full.

The campaign includes various messages around taking your rubbish home if you see a bin that’s full, considering the impact on wildlife and marine species and respecting parks, open spaces and beaches. The messages will be displayed on large boards, bin and floor stickers, social media adverts, banners and posters.

Cllr Carole Mulroney, cabinet member for environment and planning, said: “Globally, litter has caused, and continues to cause, devastating damage to our planet. I know that a Council campaign isn’t going to completely solve the problem, but we must impress on everyone the importance of the message and I hope this campaign will help. We must all work together to tackle this problem.

“We are continuing to discuss different ways of reducing the amount of litter and bags left around bins, but it is essential everyone plays their part. We are often pushed to issue fines for people littering, this is not straight forward, but we will take action where possible and it remains a pivotal part of our conversations going forward.

“We will monitor how the campaign goes over the coming weeks, and we hope by using stronger language and reaching a wider audience we will get the message across.

“So please, throw your rubbish in a bin and if the bin is full, take it home.”

For more information around recycling, please visit Southend Council's recycling pages.

23rd June 2020


CWRA meeting dates from September 2020

 As usual, CWRA will take a break during August. Meetings will resume (online, if it is still not possible to meet in person) in September. The following are our meeting dates until July 2021:

9th September 2020

14th October 2020

11th November 2020

9th December 2020

10th February 2021

10th March 2021

21st April 2021 (hustings for local council elections)

12th May 2021 

9th June 2021

14th July 2021

20th June 2020

 Chalkwell crime

 We have received various reports of crime to property within the ward over recent weeks. These include break-ins to sheds and theft of bicycles, as well as damage to cars. Residents are warned to be vigilant and to take sensible measures to protect their property.

29th April 2020

CWRA says thank you to all key workers

CWRA would like to express its own heartfelt thanks to everyone who is putting themselves at risk at this time to provide essential services – not only the doctors, nurses and care workers on the front line, but also the many other, often unsung, workers, including our pharmacists, police and emergency services, supermarket employees, refuse collectors, post men & women, and many others. We are very grateful to you all.

7th April 2020

Community fundraising effort for Southend Hospital

 Southend Hospital has announced a new public appeal for funds to help in the battle against COVID-19. Please see below an announcement from the hospital:

 “Southend Hospital, along with our colleagues at Basildon and Broomfield Hospitals, have launched a new COVID-19 Rapid Response Appeal to raise funds to support our amazing staff during this challenging time.

 The appeal is in place to help provide support wherever the need is greatest. Donations will fund projects such as:


·       Care packages to provide snacks and toiletries for teams as they work intensively to care for patients

·       Wellbeing resources to help alleviate stress for people while working under constant pressure

·       Establishing fully equipped staff rest areas as places for people to take a break during periods of intensive work and ensure they are not too tired to drive home

·       The provision of alternative transport to work such as taxi or a minibus if public transport is not available

·       Care packages for patients including toiletries, puzzle/colouring books and dignity clothing (please note, PPE equipment and ventilators are being procured and distributed centrally and the charity are unable to purchase these items independently at this stage).

 As you know, during this critical time, NHS staff at Basildon, Broomfield and Southend Hospitals are working around the clock to look after patients in their care. We appreciate that our community are fundraising with good intentions and we are grateful for the support, however we are reminding people not to go out to collect food or essential items for our staff; the best thing you can do as a community is to stay home and stay safe. If you wish to help, we ask that donations are directed towards our latest appeal and as a team working alongside our colleagues in the hospital, MSE Hospitals Charity can make sure items of greatest need are purchased and are safely distributed.” 

31st March 2020

The Southend Coronavirus Action (SCA) helpline 

In addition to the support that CWRA is offering to its members at this time, there is also a Southend-wide group that has been set up to help local people who are vulnerable and who do not have friends or family or local support in place at this time. It is available now, from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, and from 10am to 2pm on Saturday and Sunday, and is coordinating the delivery of supplies through the help of currently over 400 local people and businesses. This effort is being promoted by Southend Borough Council. To contact the SCA, please call 01702 212497.

6th January 2020

Chalkwell Residents Annual Lunch - places still available

All are welcome to attend our Annual Lunch at The Arlington on Sunday, 26th January.  Come along, meet fellow residents and enjoy an afternoon of good food and wine.

Tickets are priced £25 per person for a three-course meal with choice of starter, main course and dessert. Special dietary requirements can be catered for.  

For a booking form and menu information, please download the form you will find on our Documents page, or contact us for further information. Please don't delay, as we  need to confirm numbers by 17th January. 

6th January 2020

Payment for policing: your views

 Essex Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, Roger Hirst, is seeking residents’ views on paying for policing in Essex. Do you want more investment in the police service, and would you be willing to pay more council tax to provide it? You can provide feedback via an online survey at:

Survey closes midnight on Sunday, 12th January.

6th January 2020

SE Essex Organic Gardeners – forthcoming events

 Members of the public are invited to attend the next two events organised by SE Essex Organic Gardeners.

 The first of these will take place at 8pm on Monday 20 January at Growing Together Westcliff, 47 Fairfax Drive, Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 9AG (corner of Fairfax Drive and Prittlewell Chase – please use Prittlewell Chase entrance). All are welcome – charge for non-members is £2. Darren Lerigo will present: 'A Very British Garden' and will explore the subjects of pruning, carbon capture, weed control, planting, food growing and the effect of gardening on the British landscape.

The second is its Seed Potato Day from 10am-2pm on Saturday 8th February. This is a community partnership event between SE Essex Organic Gardeners, Southend in Transition and local charity Trust Links. Location: As above. Admission is free.

Over 40 varieties of seed potato (some organic) have been ordered, to be sold individually at 20p per tuber (1 free tuber for every 5 bought). Some onion sets for sale.

Further information via its website at: 

25th November 2019


General election hustings for Southend West


A hustings for candidates standing for Southend West in the forthcoming general election has been arranged by Leigh Road Baptist Church in Marguerite Drive, Leigh-on-Sea.


The event will take place on Wednesday 4th December, with doors opening at 7:30pm for a 7:45pm start.


Three of the four candidates – Sir David Amess (Conservative); Aston Line (Labour) and Nina Stimson (Liberal Democrat) will take part.


The organisers are requesting questions in advance for the candidates, and invite these to be emailed, by midday on Monday 2nd December, to, with Hustings Question as the subject line.

8th October 2019

South East Essex Organic Gardeners would love you to join them at their next meeting at 8pm on Monday 18 November at Growing Together Westcliff, 

47 Fairfax Drive, Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 9AG (corner of Fairfax Drive and Prittlewell Chase). Please use the entrance in Prittlewell Chase. Cost to non-members £2. 

They are using one of the allotment plots at Southend East Allotment Society site to create a community plot where local residents can come occasionally or regularly to learn new growing skills; interact with each other and nature; save some money by taking some organic produce home and then maybe start growing at home or take on their own plot when they have the confidence. More information at:

16th May 2019

Cheap parking in central Southend

 Following discussion of the high cost of central Southend parking charges with Cllr Courtenay at our March meeting, we have been provided with a list of locations where parking is available for less than the standard £1.90 for 2 hours, as follows:

 £1.10 for one hour:

Short Street (101 spaces)

Tyler’s Avenue & York Road (340 spaces)

Seaway (630 spaces) 

Royals (400 spaces)

 £1.00 for one hour:

Sainsbury’s, London Road (340 spaces)

 £0.90 for one hour:

Victoria Shopping Centre (670 spaces)

 £0.20 for half hour or £0.50 for one hour:

North Road (14 spaces)

Pitman’s (12 spaces)


£0.90 for one hour:

Luker Road (Britannia Parking)


£1.70 for one hour:

Southend Central Station (NCP, 138 spaces)

 Half and single hour parking is also available in on-street bays in the following streets within the town centre area:

 Alexandra Road, Alexandra Street, Baltic Avenue, Cambridge Road, Capel Terrace, Cashiobury Terrace, Clarence Road, Clifton Terrace, Devereaux Road, Gordon Road London Road, Nelson Street, Prittlewell Square, Queen’s Road, Royal Terrace, Runwell Terrace, Southchurch Road, Warrior Square, Weston Road, Victoria Avenue, Whitegate Road, York Road.

9th May 2019

Council elections: Chalkwell bucks the trend

 On a night when the Conservative Party lost eight seats on Southend Council overall, our sitting Chalkwell councillor, Stephen Habermel, was re-elected by a margin of 271 votes. He achieved just over 38% of the vote, ahead of Labour candidate, Aston Line. The turnout for the ward was just over 35%. The full results for Chalkwell were as follows:

Stephen Habermel        Conservative                    38.3%

Aston Line                          Labour                                  27.6%

Jill Allen-King                   Liberal Democrat            12.6%

Andy Crow                        Independent                       12.0%

Nathaniel Love               Green                                      7.8%

Vinice Cowell                   Women’s Equality          0.1%

 Following the elections, the Conservative Party has lost overall control of the council. The number of seats now held by each party is:

Conservative                    20

Labour                              14

Independent                    12

Liberal Democrat              5


Below: CWRA chair, Lucy Courtenay with Chalkwell ward election candidates at our hustings, April 2019

Photo by Gaz de Vere, all rights reserved.

12th April 2019 - updated 23rd April

Chalkwell candidates for Southend Council

 In the forthcoming elections to Southend Council on Thursday, 2nd May, six candidates have been nominated to stand for Chalkwell Ward. 

 All have been invited to take part in our hustings on 24th April, and all have either accepted to attend personally or to send a representative. In alphabetical order, the candidates are:

 Jill Allen-King, OBE (Liberal Democrat), has lived in Westcliff for 56 years. An active campaigner, she started the Southend branch of the National Federation of the Blind in 1974, and was a founder member of the Southend Access Committee. She worked with the Department for Transport for 20 years, initiating tactile paving for pedestrian crossings and low-floor buses. For 15 years she chaired the European Blind Union on Mobility and Guide Dogs. A trustee of Research Institute for Disabled Consumers for 15 years, she produced a tape magazine for blind people. With her experience of sitting on government committees and working locally on groups for older people, she would like to represent the residents of Chalkwell on the council.

 Vinice Cowell (Women’s Equality Party): no information received from this candidate at time of writing. Information on the policies of the Women’s Equality Party is available at:

 Andy Crow (Independent) grew up in Southend and has lived in the ward for over a decade. He stood for Chalkwell in the 2016 and 2018 local elections, coming second. After over 30 years working in the City, he now runs his own business locally. He has been chair of Southend Samaritans and continues to support this and other local charities. He feels that local issues – such as speeding, parking, road maintenance and rubbish-dumping – are not party-political, and strongly believes that all candidates should live in the ward they represent to fully understand the day-to-day issues.

 Stephen Habermel (Conservative), a publisher who has lived in Chalkwell Ward for over 40 years, is one of our sitting councillors, attending our meetings since his election in 2007 and actively participating in the Association. He says it has been a great privilege to represent the residents of Chalkwell and that there is still much he would like to do as a councillor, including continuing to promote a cleaner and safer Ward and campaigning against over-development.

Aston Line (Labour) is a local business manager, born and raised in Leigh-on-Sea. He is a community campaigner involved in Safe Southend, a campaign for increased police funding in the town, and the Save Southend NHS campaign to protect local health services. He is also a fundraiser for Cancer Research UK, and a member of SERA, an environmental campaign association. If elected, Aston pledges to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour, to oppose further cuts to local NHS services, and to work with both residents and small businesses to find innovative solutions to our everyday problems, including parking.

 Nathaniel Love (Green): no information received from the candidate at time of writing. Information on the policies of the Green Party is available on its website at:


New waste bin for Chalkwell Avenue

We are informed that a new waste bin is to be installed in Chalkwell Avenue at a site about half-way between Imperial Avenue and the London Road. This is thanks to efforts by the Veolia Customer Liaison Group, which had raised concerns about the amount of fast-food litter in the area.