• How a Conservation Area is not restricting
    March 2021 The possible conservation area designation of either the north end of Hamlet Court Road (HCR), south of London Road, or of a wider area including all of HCR, Preston, Ditton Court, Cossington and part of Canewdon Road is currently out to public consultation. If you live locally you may have received a letter recently from an anonymous ‘resident’ suggesting that conservation designation ‘can mean many restrictions’. This is misleading and here we’ll try to explain each of the claims. Please note planning rules can be complicated and will depend upon the exact planning rules in place ...
  • The Economic Case for Conservation Area Designation to all of commercial Hamlet Court Road
    This message put to our Borough Councillors today – 14/2/21 The Economic Case for Conservation Area Designation to all of commercial Hamlet Court Road When I asked a question at Full Council in December about the potential for heritage led economic regeneration the Portfolio Holder correctly pointed to the law and the consideration that designation should only be in terms of architectural or historical special interest. Of course we understand this. But the economic question is huge and will be crucial to existing and future traders in the road and wider area, the residents locally and ...
  • Planning For the Future White Paper
    This important consultation has been available to the public for some weeks  – see here https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/907647/MHCLG-Planning-Consultation.pdf Although it says little about historic building and places with further details to follow, we have made our consultation contribution here. We decided to keep our response short to make just two main points about how we think planning should adapt to better care for the widespread historic places that affect most peoples lives and deal with frequently seen failings. ...
  • Council propose designation area
    The area for conservation designation in Westcliff has now been proposed by the Leigh Councillor heading this up with officers has the top end of Hamlet Court Road only. In part this is great news and will be wonderful for Westcliff to see our rich heritage contribute to economic regeneration, hopefully with access to new funding streams. But we have been making the case for 3 years for the whole of HCR and the local residential roads to be protected and this was what 91.5% of the public said they wanted in our public survey. This area is at least equal if not greater historically and ...
  • Consultation Leaflet drops through local doors…
    Our information leaflet will be dropping through all the local doors in August (having been delayed in the spring by the Coronavirus crisis). All residents and businesses will have the opportunity to have their say in the conservation protection of the area and its contribution to local heritage led regeneration by going to our online survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/K2TM3HT You may have already seen and completed the survey – thank you for helping your local neighbourhood But if not now is your opportunity via the link above....
  • Tonight’s letter to our Councillors….
    Dear Councillor, The possible conservation area designation of the Hamlet Court area is before you at Place Scrutiny tomorrow evening. We just wanted to drop you a quick line to express the considerable community support for designation – our group has been working on this for the last 3 years. We want designation to help protect the wonderful history and architecture but, importantly, to help the economic regeneration of the area. This can happen as many place and retail experts in the UK now recognise and this has led to the High Street Heritage Action Zone programme, part of the ...
  • Conservation Takes a Big Step Forwards
    Southend-on-Sea Borough Council Cabinet are going to consider Conservation Area Designation on the 16th January! After two and a half years of stating the case and a considerable amount of lobbying this is a massive step forwards and incredibly significant for Hamlet Court Road and Westcliff. If approved in due course by the Council it would mean that the amazing architecture is protected and we can work to get funds into the road and generally mobilize the community, traders and the Council for the type of regeneration effort that is needed and is widely being promoted by the Government, ...
  • Community Litter Pick
    We decided that if we couldn’t get the Christmas lights back (this will happen but needs a bigger effort than at first thought) we’d help Hamlet Court Road in the best way we could with a community litter pick. If you are free for an hour or so on Saturday December 14th we will be meeting at 9.30am on the pavement outside Savers. Why not help your road in a small way this festive season?...
  • Love Hamlet Court Road
    ‘Love Hamlet Court Road’ is tomorrow when Hamlet Court Conservation Forum will be in the street to talk to you about what we do and how we are working to protect HCR. It’s also a call to everyone to ‘Step In Here – Step Into Your Street’ and support the road with your presence, browsing, shopping, eating, drinking, taking that treatment or other experience. We have some great local businesses and this is your local road so please support it if you can....
  • A Momentous Time for Hamlet Court Road
    Last October the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced substantial funding for British High Streets including £44m for historic High Streets. HCCF has been working very hard to encourage the Council to support a bid for up to £2m of this money and the recent change in Administration has seen support coming from the Labour and Liberal Democrat groups. We can make the bid and we believe we have a good chance of success – we have already indicated our interest to Historic England (who are running the fund) and they are well aware of Hamlet Court Road’s special interest. However, it ...