Cracked pavements, faulty lighting columns and no parking: City Beach two years on

Southend Standard: Simon Patterson on part of the redeveloped paving Simon Patterson on part of the redeveloped paving

SEAFRONT traders say Southend’s revamped City Beach is still causing them problems more than two years after work started.

Cracked pavements, faulty light columns, shut toilets and a lack of parking are keeping customers away, businesses claim.

The loss of 33 parking spaces when Marine Parade was redeveloped in 2010 means drivers coming from Westcliff cannot stop outside seafront pubs, cafes and fish and chip shops.

Simon Patterson, co-owner of Chinnerys music pub and chairman of Southend Seafront Illuminations and Business Association, said: “There have been serious losses.

“Definitely in the winter it has had a completely negative effect.”

Parking is available in the council’s Seaway and Fairheads Green car parks behind the seafront and next to Sea Life Adventure, but Mr Patterson said they are too far away to give Marine Parade businesses passing trade.

He also pointed out Fairheads Green charges until 9pm and Seaway charges until midnight, whereas town centre car parks are free after 6pm.

Derek Jarvis, cabinet member with responsibility for the seafront, said he would look into the faulty pavement as soon as soon as traders provided a list of outstanding work.

But he took a hard line over the lack of parking.

The councillor said: “It’s an ongoing, continuous bleat from traders that this is affecting their business, but there is parking round in Seaway and next to Sea Life Adventure.

“The parking is as planned. They have not demonstrated any rationale showing a loss of business in the winter.

“The scheme is finished.”

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4:36pm Tue 19 Feb 13

jolllyboy says...

This is Southend what do you expect.
This is Southend what do you expect. jolllyboy

4:40pm Tue 19 Feb 13

emcee says...

Quote: "Derek Jarvis, cabinet member with responsibility for the seafront, said he would look into the faulty pavement as soon as soon as traders provided a list of outstanding work."
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Go down and check for yourself, for goodness sake.
Quote: "Derek Jarvis, cabinet member with responsibility for the seafront, said he would look into the faulty pavement as soon as soon as traders provided a list of outstanding work." - Go down and check for yourself, for goodness sake. emcee

4:41pm Tue 19 Feb 13

Displeased of Shoebury says...

Dont expect to much Mr Jarvis always looks into it. FULL STOP
Dont expect to much Mr Jarvis always looks into it. FULL STOP Displeased of Shoebury

4:47pm Tue 19 Feb 13

GentleGiant says...

People should report any issues via fixmystreet.com for any area :)
People should report any issues via fixmystreet.com for any area :) GentleGiant

4:58pm Tue 19 Feb 13

SpeekinMyBranes says...

There are thousands of parking spaces on and near the seafront. Thirty-three being removed isn't going to change anything. The only people who want to park right by the arcades are the terminally lazy salad-dodgers we see all summer waddling red-faced as fast as they can to the nearest chip-shop.
There are thousands of parking spaces on and near the seafront. Thirty-three being removed isn't going to change anything. The only people who want to park right by the arcades are the terminally lazy salad-dodgers we see all summer waddling red-faced as fast as they can to the nearest chip-shop. SpeekinMyBranes

4:59pm Tue 19 Feb 13

Sir Peter Pantsless the 3rd says...

Derek Jarvis's response is disgraceful.
But hey, he couldnt give a hoot!
As far as he's concerned the project was a success, meaning those involved in the project got paid, and it really doesnt matter if it was a success, finished, etc. (bit like the failure that is Vic Gateway then!)
Derek Jarvis's response is disgraceful. But hey, he couldnt give a hoot! As far as he's concerned the project was a success, meaning those involved in the project got paid, and it really doesnt matter if it was a success, finished, etc. (bit like the failure that is Vic Gateway then!) Sir Peter Pantsless the 3rd

5:05pm Tue 19 Feb 13

davedobbin says...

Aren't there plans to build on part of the Seaway car park to give the town another cinema? Let them do that, paint yellow lines on all the roads that don't have them and double the parking charges in all the other parking spots. That will solve all Southend's parking problems. Mind you, it *will* shove the problems on to other shopping and entertainment centres such as Basildon, Rochford/Rayleigh, Chelmsford, Lakeside . .
Aren't there plans to build on part of the Seaway car park to give the town another cinema? Let them do that, paint yellow lines on all the roads that don't have them and double the parking charges in all the other parking spots. That will solve all Southend's parking problems. Mind you, it *will* shove the problems on to other shopping and entertainment centres such as Basildon, Rochford/Rayleigh, Chelmsford, Lakeside . . davedobbin

5:31pm Tue 19 Feb 13

wagger says...

No doubt Mr Jarvis & others will be awarded 'gongs' or bonuses for their succesful work.
I do however believe it is a vast improvement, if we can now just get rid of the trashy arcades and move the whole area up-market with perhaps some decent restaurants & wine bars it might attract more visitors.
No doubt Mr Jarvis & others will be awarded 'gongs' or bonuses for their succesful work. I do however believe it is a vast improvement, if we can now just get rid of the trashy arcades and move the whole area up-market with perhaps some decent restaurants & wine bars it might attract more visitors. wagger

5:31pm Tue 19 Feb 13

stopmoaning1 says...

The councillor said: “It’s an ongoing, continuous bleat from traders..”
Such arrogance. Was this idiot elected?
The councillor said: “It’s an ongoing, continuous bleat from traders..” Such arrogance. Was this idiot elected? stopmoaning1

6:04pm Tue 19 Feb 13

Saxonpride says...

Here's an idea - maybe if there was more down the seafront than grotty pubs and half-dead arcades the council would be more inclined to keep things in good condition?
The seafront is our biggest tourist attraction, yet on any given day all it seems to exude is the incessant bleeping of computer games and the stale aroma of booze and nicotine.
We need a complete overhaul, put in more areas that will appeal to tourists instead of the typical English past-time of drinking yourself into a stupor and throwing up at four in the morning.
Here's an idea - maybe if there was more down the seafront than grotty pubs and half-dead arcades the council would be more inclined to keep things in good condition? The seafront is our biggest tourist attraction, yet on any given day all it seems to exude is the incessant bleeping of computer games and the stale aroma of booze and nicotine. We need a complete overhaul, put in more areas that will appeal to tourists instead of the typical English past-time of drinking yourself into a stupor and throwing up at four in the morning. Saxonpride

6:28pm Tue 19 Feb 13

jayman says...

Saxonpride wrote:
Here's an idea - maybe if there was more down the seafront than grotty pubs and half-dead arcades the council would be more inclined to keep things in good condition?
The seafront is our biggest tourist attraction, yet on any given day all it seems to exude is the incessant bleeping of computer games and the stale aroma of booze and nicotine.
We need a complete overhaul, put in more areas that will appeal to tourists instead of the typical English past-time of drinking yourself into a stupor and throwing up at four in the morning.
kiss me quick!!

Despite the Tory councils best attempts to turn the seafront into some sort of pretentious Mediterranean resort the kiss me quick genuine roots of Southend remain firmly in the ground.

the well established businesses of the seafront are an asset to the town and Tory councillors would do well to remind themselves of this fact.

general Tory snobbery and attempts to reform or jeopardise private businesses has no place and should have no place in times where any successful business that draws in tourism, jobs and money to the local economy should have the support of local councillors..
[quote][p][bold]Saxonpride[/bold] wrote: Here's an idea - maybe if there was more down the seafront than grotty pubs and half-dead arcades the council would be more inclined to keep things in good condition? The seafront is our biggest tourist attraction, yet on any given day all it seems to exude is the incessant bleeping of computer games and the stale aroma of booze and nicotine. We need a complete overhaul, put in more areas that will appeal to tourists instead of the typical English past-time of drinking yourself into a stupor and throwing up at four in the morning.[/p][/quote]kiss me quick!! Despite the Tory councils best attempts to turn the seafront into some sort of pretentious Mediterranean resort the kiss me quick genuine roots of Southend remain firmly in the ground. the well established businesses of the seafront are an asset to the town and Tory councillors would do well to remind themselves of this fact. general Tory snobbery and attempts to reform or jeopardise private businesses has no place and should have no place in times where any successful business that draws in tourism, jobs and money to the local economy should have the support of local councillors.. jayman

7:34pm Tue 19 Feb 13

Audioman says...

Mr Jarvis should get an MBE for all the good work he has down,or get a large bonus maybe both. done a good job.
Mr Jarvis should get an MBE for all the good work he has down,or get a large bonus maybe both. done a good job. Audioman

7:54pm Tue 19 Feb 13

jayman says...

Audioman wrote:
Mr Jarvis should get an MBE for all the good work he has down,or get a large bonus maybe both. done a good job.
MBE? i have a few interesting alternatives to this acronym that would be far more appropriate to give to all the Tory councillors of our town..
[quote][p][bold]Audioman[/bold] wrote: Mr Jarvis should get an MBE for all the good work he has down,or get a large bonus maybe both. done a good job.[/p][/quote]MBE? i have a few interesting alternatives to this acronym that would be far more appropriate to give to all the Tory councillors of our town.. jayman

8:35pm Tue 19 Feb 13

stopmoaning1 says...

Audioman wrote:
Mr Jarvis should get an MBE for all the good work he has down,or get a large bonus maybe both. done a good job.
Derek Jarvis, AKA Audioman.

I really hope Audioman is king of sarcasm
[quote][p][bold]Audioman[/bold] wrote: Mr Jarvis should get an MBE for all the good work he has down,or get a large bonus maybe both. done a good job.[/p][/quote]Derek Jarvis, AKA Audioman. I really hope Audioman is king of sarcasm stopmoaning1

8:36pm Tue 19 Feb 13

Dumbnut says...

Audioman wrote:
Mr Jarvis should get an MBE for all the good work he has down,or get a large bonus maybe both. done a good job.
down being the operative word...
[quote][p][bold]Audioman[/bold] wrote: Mr Jarvis should get an MBE for all the good work he has down,or get a large bonus maybe both. done a good job.[/p][/quote]down being the operative word... Dumbnut

8:51pm Tue 19 Feb 13

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Free parking after 6.00pm would help(although patrons will still need to walk a bit)...but no the greedy gits charge until 9.pm...why not give a trail period to stop charging at 6.00pm, getting rid of parking slots was the right way to go as it was usually full of boyracers and works vans anyway...just untidy, but neater now, and i note he is the chairman of the illuminations...but the illuminations went years back.
Free parking after 6.00pm would help(although patrons will still need to walk a bit)...but no the greedy gits charge until 9.pm...why not give a trail period to stop charging at 6.00pm, getting rid of parking slots was the right way to go as it was usually full of boyracers and works vans anyway...just untidy, but neater now, and i note he is the chairman of the illuminations...but the illuminations went years back. DogsMessInLeigh

10:41pm Tue 19 Feb 13

SARFENDMAN says...

A few extra loos wouldn't go amiss or maybe trippers have better bladder control in the 21st Century. Are those amazing light poles still a major attraction and pulling in the crowds?
A few extra loos wouldn't go amiss or maybe trippers have better bladder control in the 21st Century. Are those amazing light poles still a major attraction and pulling in the crowds? SARFENDMAN

10:43pm Tue 19 Feb 13

SARFENDMAN says...

SARFENDMAN wrote:
A few extra loos wouldn't go amiss or maybe trippers have better bladder control in the 21st Century. Are those amazing light poles still a major attraction and pulling in the crowds?
I'm not sure if its the street lighting that's faulty or these award winning mind blowingly designed light columns.
[quote][p][bold]SARFENDMAN[/bold] wrote: A few extra loos wouldn't go amiss or maybe trippers have better bladder control in the 21st Century. Are those amazing light poles still a major attraction and pulling in the crowds?[/p][/quote]I'm not sure if its the street lighting that's faulty or these award winning mind blowingly designed light columns. SARFENDMAN

12:14am Wed 20 Feb 13

echoforum says...

Time and time again Southend BC spend big on installation but appear to forget to ensure that the contractors are obliged to hang around and maintain there revolutionary kit.
There's little point going to all this effort if in 5 years it has to all come down or be replaced at our expense!!!!!!!!
If you bought a new car you'd expect back-up if it went wrong ,so why not when you spent millions...sorry this is just appalling management
Time and time again Southend BC spend big on installation but appear to forget to ensure that the contractors are obliged to hang around and maintain there revolutionary kit. There's little point going to all this effort if in 5 years it has to all come down or be replaced at our expense!!!!!!!! If you bought a new car you'd expect back-up if it went wrong ,so why not when you spent millions...sorry this is just appalling management echoforum

1:03am Wed 20 Feb 13

Noteworthy says...

Well if they will ban major car meets which bring people to the area...
Well if they will ban major car meets which bring people to the area... Noteworthy

7:06am Wed 20 Feb 13

whateverhappened says...

Noteworthy wrote:
Well if they will ban major car meets which bring people to the area...
the sort of people that spend in the arcades and chip shops at that,, although wern t we lead to believe the traders didnt want it ,,
[quote][p][bold]Noteworthy[/bold] wrote: Well if they will ban major car meets which bring people to the area...[/p][/quote]the sort of people that spend in the arcades and chip shops at that,, although wern t we lead to believe the traders didnt want it ,, whateverhappened

7:57am Wed 20 Feb 13

Blind Haze says...

Saxonpride wrote:
Here's an idea - maybe if there was more down the seafront than grotty pubs and half-dead arcades the council would be more inclined to keep things in good condition?
The seafront is our biggest tourist attraction, yet on any given day all it seems to exude is the incessant bleeping of computer games and the stale aroma of booze and nicotine.
We need a complete overhaul, put in more areas that will appeal to tourists instead of the typical English past-time of drinking yourself into a stupor and throwing up at four in the morning.
How about adding a museum?
[quote][p][bold]Saxonpride[/bold] wrote: Here's an idea - maybe if there was more down the seafront than grotty pubs and half-dead arcades the council would be more inclined to keep things in good condition? The seafront is our biggest tourist attraction, yet on any given day all it seems to exude is the incessant bleeping of computer games and the stale aroma of booze and nicotine. We need a complete overhaul, put in more areas that will appeal to tourists instead of the typical English past-time of drinking yourself into a stupor and throwing up at four in the morning.[/p][/quote]How about adding a museum? Blind Haze

8:48am Wed 20 Feb 13

Steve H says...

Saxonpride wrote:
Here's an idea - maybe if there was more down the seafront than grotty pubs and half-dead arcades the council would be more inclined to keep things in good condition?
The seafront is our biggest tourist attraction, yet on any given day all it seems to exude is the incessant bleeping of computer games and the stale aroma of booze and nicotine.
We need a complete overhaul, put in more areas that will appeal to tourists instead of the typical English past-time of drinking yourself into a stupor and throwing up at four in the morning.
What do you suggest?

Look at all the other major seaside resorts, Blackpool, Brighton, Great Yarmouth......etc. They are all the same, pubs, arcades, piers and theme parks.
[quote][p][bold]Saxonpride[/bold] wrote: Here's an idea - maybe if there was more down the seafront than grotty pubs and half-dead arcades the council would be more inclined to keep things in good condition? The seafront is our biggest tourist attraction, yet on any given day all it seems to exude is the incessant bleeping of computer games and the stale aroma of booze and nicotine. We need a complete overhaul, put in more areas that will appeal to tourists instead of the typical English past-time of drinking yourself into a stupor and throwing up at four in the morning.[/p][/quote]What do you suggest? Look at all the other major seaside resorts, Blackpool, Brighton, Great Yarmouth......etc. They are all the same, pubs, arcades, piers and theme parks. Steve H

12:51pm Wed 20 Feb 13

Boyracer_1991 says...

I feel sorry for the traders a little, because its the council and their stupid parking regualtions and high prices that force people away. Everytime I see a traffic warden now, I shout out to them 'wank5er' or 'your only trying to make money for the council'. Stupid to55ers.
I feel sorry for the traders a little, because its the council and their stupid parking regualtions and high prices that force people away. Everytime I see a traffic warden now, I shout out to them 'wank5er' or 'your only trying to make money for the council'. Stupid to55ers. Boyracer_1991

5:09pm Wed 20 Feb 13

Alekhine says...

Appears the removal of all the legal free parking spaces was not enough. Now pay to park areas are being reduced - but won't this produce more lucrative revenue generating fines? (de-criminalised, of course).

I wonder how much the council is losing in business rates, still the council have to pay their office overheads somehow.

Are you reading this CllrJames Courtenay?
Appears the removal of all the legal free parking spaces was not enough. Now pay to park areas are being reduced - but won't this produce more lucrative revenue generating fines? (de-criminalised, of course). I wonder how much the council is losing in business rates, still the council have to pay their office overheads somehow. Are you reading this CllrJames Courtenay? Alekhine

7:11pm Wed 20 Feb 13

lucy10 says...

Alekhine wrote:
Appears the removal of all the legal free parking spaces was not enough. Now pay to park areas are being reduced - but won't this produce more lucrative revenue generating fines? (de-criminalised, of course).

I wonder how much the council is losing in business rates, still the council have to pay their office overheads somehow.

Are you reading this CllrJames Courtenay?
james on the rides
[quote][p][bold]Alekhine[/bold] wrote: Appears the removal of all the legal free parking spaces was not enough. Now pay to park areas are being reduced - but won't this produce more lucrative revenue generating fines? (de-criminalised, of course). I wonder how much the council is losing in business rates, still the council have to pay their office overheads somehow. Are you reading this CllrJames Courtenay?[/p][/quote]james on the rides lucy10

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