Southend-on-Sea – A great place to live

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council is an award winning unitary authority located in south Essex. With a population of nearly 175,000, Southend-on-Sea is the eighth most densely populated area in the United Kingdom, excluding London boroughs. It offers award winning open spaces with a mix of blue flag beaches and green flag parks and a Purple Flag night time economy.

The site is within 5 minutes walk of two train stations with direct links into central London, with up to 15 trains per hour at peak times and journey times of approximately 50 minutes.

Southend-on-Sea lifestyle

Southend-on-Sea’s town centre is a major regional destination for shopping, leisure and business activities and is uniquely co-located with the central seafront area and benefitting from a Business Improvement District (BID) covering both. It also enjoys Purple Flag status for its safe and vibrant night-time economy.

Town centre amenities include:

  • Excellent shopping facilities, including M&S, Debenhams, Next, H&M, as well as key retailers on the outskirts of town including Waitrose, Aldi, Lidl, Tesco and Matalan
  • The world’s longest pleasure pier
  • Cinema, bowling and indoor play
  • Adventure Island – the UK’s top free admission theme park
  • Southend Central Museum & Planetarium,
  • Sealife Adventure
  • South Essex College and University of Essex Southend campus
  • The Forum Southend-on-Sea, the UK’s first fully integrated public-academic library
  • Focal Point Gallery which regularly attracts coverage in international press
  • Prittlewell Priory, Southchurch Hall, Beecroft Gallery
  • Year-round events calendar

As well as the immediate town centre amenities situated on the sites doorstep, the rest of the Borough is also well served including:

  • Cliffs Pavilion theatre and Palace Theatre
  • 52 schools including four grammar schools, 83% of which are rated as good / outstanding
  • 1,000 acres of award winning parks and open space
  • 7 miles of award winning beaches
  • Major leisure centres including Olympic diving facilities just a short drive from the site
  • London Southend Airport which flies to over 30 destinations

Further details of these, and other amenities can be found at

A great place to do business

Our economy is strong and diverse – we are home to 6,500 businesses of which 90% have less than 10 employees – evidence of our entrepreneurial spirit. Visitors flock here for our 7 miles of award winning beaches, coastal nature reserves and the longest pleasure pier in the world, as well as shopping, sport and nightlife. As well as our tourism offer, other key economic sectors include medical technologies, creative and cultural industries, aviation and advanced engineering, and business and professional services.

We have also been successful in securing several government grants and external funding and are committed to working with our partners, local businesses and residents to become a Smart City. This will attract further investment to deliver innovative, low carbon, healthy communities where people can enjoy improved social and economic opportunities.