• Budget unlocks funding
    Fantastic news. Following this week’s Budget announcement Historic England are to fund up to £55m to revive these historic streets. We have to work to get a share of this for Hamlet Court Road and this is why we need Southend Council to support Westcliff and recognise the importance of the area at the heart of our town. See here...
  • Autumn 2018 Newsletter
    As published and issued to all members and supporter of regeneration – see here: HCCFNewsletterAutumn2018...
  • The Death & Life of the High Street…
    The Death and Life of the High Street – a new national web blog here that might be of interest…...
  • Annual General Meeting
    Our AGM was held on 30th June 2018 and our Chairman updated the meeting on our work during our first year. He particularly addressed the importance of our rich local heritage to the community and, therefore, to the successful future of Hamlet Court Road. He referenced recent statements in support of adaptive retail by Mary Portas and from Bill Grimsey in an important report that repeatedly references Heritage in accessing how High Streets can recover. The meeting re-elected the current Forum officers and a brief financial report was received. Finally we enjoyed a delightful interview session ...
  • LOVE HAMLET COURT ROAD
    Saturday 21st July & Sunday 22nd July 2018 A fantastic new public event in Hamlet Court Road to celebrate local place. Local shops and businesses are invited to support the event and offer something different, perhaps a new offer or discount to help the community enjoy the day and to encourage business. If a business wants to use the ‘Love Hamlet Court Road’ logo, say for social media purposes, please just email us at one of the contact email addresses and will provide a free logo. The local community is invited to visit or extend a visit in Hamlet Court Road – try ...
  • New Heritage Index puts Southend in its place…
    NEW HERITAGE INDEX PUTS SOUTHEND IN ITS PLACE… The Royal Society of Arts launched the Heritage Index in London this week and it shows a mixed position for Southend-on-Sea. The index scores the heritage attributes of all towns or areas across England and these include everything from historic buildings, sites of special scientific interest (SSSIs such as the estuary), Heritage Lottery funding, local heritage events and much more. Southend scores in an amazing 7th place out of 325 for heritage assets placing it in the top 2.2%. If only that were the whole picture. Sadly the town also ...
  • Supporting Hamlet Court Road
    Age Concern have two current planning applications to convert the Havens store into a community centre for the elderly. As much as we support the good works of Age Concern we have objected to this application because it takes away the retail use that is so important to the retail trade of Hamlet Court Road and to the importance of this historic, Listed, Art Deco store. This could adversely affect the long term future of the road and so we support a modern, adaptive, retail use, as happens elsewhere, perhaps incorporating a café and workshops to support new businesses. The building is unsuited ...
  • 2017 Year End Report…
    Hamlet Court Conservation Forum – Seasonal Update So much seems to have happened since the Forum was first put together. Our purpose is to protect the Hamlet Court area with Conservation Area designation and to promote heritage led regeneration in Hamlet Court Road itself. Designation would define the area and give a completely new local management plan to help residents and traders. Designation would also allow access to heritage funding that could help regeneration and conservation repair over time. In July we presented our comprehensive Statement of Case document to the Council and this ...
  • Nov 2017: Conservation status passes 2nd Council hurdle
    Following the earlier endorsement of the Council Conservation Working Party, this week our proposal for local conservation area designation reached the Council Cabinet Committee. This is not a meeting that is open to the public but we have been advised that a ‘green light’ has been given to call for a report into the implications of local conservation status. We have asked for consultation opportunity and will do all that we can to objectively make the case for protecting the area and for heritage led regeneration in Hamlet Court Road, as has happened in many places throughout the ...
  • Oct 2017: ENS on board for Regeneration
    ENS Recruitment, probably the largest employer in Hamlet Court Road with around 70 staff, have recently met with us and given their full support to our conservation and regeneration work in the Hamlet Court area. This is fantastic news, a real boost to our work and with such a significant company ‘signing up’ we hope that others will follow in due course. As well as the protection of the amazing local historical architecture we have discussed how businesses like ENS can help us to grow and get involved with various community projects, such as improved refuse collection – a ...