Lack of daytrippers is hitting our trade near East Beach, Shoebury

Lynda Kelly from ATS

Lynda Kelly from ATS

First published in Echo News by

TRADERS in Shoebury are fearing for their future after the indefinite closure of East Beach.

Fences were put up around the beach after 15 artillery and mortar shells, and 12 machine guns, were found in 13 days.

A Ministry of Defence investigation is under way.

Traders say the closure, starting just before the bank holiday weekend, has come at the worst possible time. Andrew Skone, 57, runs ATS Party Supplies on the corner of the High Street leading to the beach, selling ice creams, buckets and spades.

He said: “Bank holidays are always good for us and this is generally one of our busiest periods, but we have been told they don’t know how long the beach is going to be closed.

“We normally get a lot of Londoners who queue to get into the car park, but now we’re all stocked up with no-one to sell to.”

Lynda Kelly, 42, manager, said trade on Saturday was so bad she did not even bother opening on Sunday.

She said: “It was like a ghost town.

“The people who did come were complaining when they went up to the beach because they could only get to the park."

Harish Panchal, 60, runs Station News opposite Shoebury train station and usually benefits from the passing trade of people travelling by rail to go the beach.

He said: “I know they need to make it safe, but they can’t just close the beach all summer.

“It’s an inconvenience to the public as a whole and very bad for me as a shopkeeper because my main business is in the summer period.

“Whatever they need to do, they should do quickly, but there’s no clear information about what’s happening or even how long it’s going to take.

“I only knew about it because it was in the Echo.”

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3:08pm Tue 6 May 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

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42.? DogsMessInLeigh
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4:08pm Tue 6 May 14

Howard Cháse says...

DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
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[quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: 42.?[/p][/quote]DD Howard Cháse
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4:50pm Tue 6 May 14

sesibollox says...

Shame they're not selling flak jackets and kevlar helmets
Shame they're not selling flak jackets and kevlar helmets sesibollox
  • Score: 7

5:06pm Tue 6 May 14

leighelite says...

The MOD should of acted years ago they know there's municiation s out there should sweep the sands on a regular basis
The MOD should of acted years ago they know there's municiation s out there should sweep the sands on a regular basis leighelite
  • Score: 3

5:14pm Tue 6 May 14

southendie says...

If ATS were actually open when they said they would be they'd probably be a lot busier, the last 3 times I've been there they've been shut when the opening times state they are open.
If ATS were actually open when they said they would be they'd probably be a lot busier, the last 3 times I've been there they've been shut when the opening times state they are open. southendie
  • Score: 11

5:30pm Tue 6 May 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

The BBC showed photos of the found ordnance, and they were ancient, dating from before the first world war.
Without doubt, due to erosion again, these shells have been uncovered for the first time in a hundred years, and have been rolled in to the beach, by the tides.
The BBC showed photos of the found ordnance, and they were ancient, dating from before the first world war. Without doubt, due to erosion again, these shells have been uncovered for the first time in a hundred years, and have been rolled in to the beach, by the tides. Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: 7

5:39pm Tue 6 May 14

supermadmax says...

"Lynda Kelly, 42, manager, said trade on Saturday was so bad she did not even bother opening on Sunday."

That's a lazy, appalling attitude to have, ever thought of picking up the phone and trying to drum up some business directly ? Or contacting the radio for a free shout out or calling your database of previous customers to explain that you have a bank holiday discount ?
"Lynda Kelly, 42, manager, said trade on Saturday was so bad she did not even bother opening on Sunday." That's a lazy, appalling attitude to have, ever thought of picking up the phone and trying to drum up some business directly ? Or contacting the radio for a free shout out or calling your database of previous customers to explain that you have a bank holiday discount ? supermadmax
  • Score: 7

6:48pm Tue 6 May 14

CHRISTMAS CAROL says...

shoebury is finished as far as shops are concerned anyway, shame I know but ASDA hve killed any trade.
shoebury is finished as far as shops are concerned anyway, shame I know but ASDA hve killed any trade. CHRISTMAS CAROL
  • Score: 2

7:35pm Tue 6 May 14

keepitreal says...

Rodger Hadley want my vote get something in place !!!
We want our beach back.
Or if it takes to long we could just push the fence down and have a live game of minefield with the day trippers
Rodger Hadley want my vote get something in place !!! We want our beach back. Or if it takes to long we could just push the fence down and have a live game of minefield with the day trippers keepitreal
  • Score: 7

7:54pm Tue 6 May 14

beaulocks says...

supermadmax wrote:
"Lynda Kelly, 42, manager, said trade on Saturday was so bad she did not even bother opening on Sunday."

That's a lazy, appalling attitude to have, ever thought of picking up the phone and trying to drum up some business directly ? Or contacting the radio for a free shout out or calling your database of previous customers to explain that you have a bank holiday discount ?
Turn it in

You can clearly see by the picture that Linda has worked very hard all her life so she deserves a day off.
[quote][p][bold]supermadmax[/bold] wrote: "Lynda Kelly, 42, manager, said trade on Saturday was so bad she did not even bother opening on Sunday." That's a lazy, appalling attitude to have, ever thought of picking up the phone and trying to drum up some business directly ? Or contacting the radio for a free shout out or calling your database of previous customers to explain that you have a bank holiday discount ?[/p][/quote]Turn it in You can clearly see by the picture that Linda has worked very hard all her life so she deserves a day off. beaulocks
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1:30pm Wed 7 May 14

Howard Cháse says...

We can work it out.
We can work it out. Howard Cháse
  • Score: 1

2:21am Fri 9 May 14

f56r78 says...

We made a special trip to see Shoebury last year, when visiting the UK from Aus. The locals didn't know if there even was a High St. Ended up at the bus terminus near the MOD. Boring. Sounds like a bit of advertising wouldn't go astray...
We made a special trip to see Shoebury last year, when visiting the UK from Aus. The locals didn't know if there even was a High St. Ended up at the bus terminus near the MOD. Boring. Sounds like a bit of advertising wouldn't go astray... f56r78
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