'LEADER OF THE COUNCIL' IAN GILBERT'S UPDATE

Fireworks - cancelled. DPH's advice is clear, with gatherings of more than six people illegal, we cannot hold an event designed to bring thousands to the seafront. Looking at what other things we can do, but national indications obviously suggesting things are going to get worse before they get better.

Cabinet - full agenda here https://democracy.southend.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=130&MId=3692 - some key points 'COVID' budget gap estimated at £10.3mn. Principle of the 'Southend Pass' to give residents discounted parking was approved. Type 4 fire risk assessments to be undertaken in two blocks within the next few months. Support the building of 9-12 new council houses at Lundy Close. New Air Quality Action Area designated in Victoria Avenue area. Forum 2 project unfortunately has to be cancelled owing to South Essex College's changed circumstances.

Better Queensway - The planning application has now been validated and is available for viewing (http://publicedrms.southend.gov.uk/Planning/lg/dialog.page?Param=lg.Planning&org.apache.shale.dialog.DIALOG_NAME=gfplanningsearch&viewdocs=true&SDescription=20/01479/BC4M). Councillors on Development Control or likely subs need to avoid predetermination.

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