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New Year's Honours List - Southend Timeline extends congratulations to Ali Hadawi former principal of Southend Adult Community College who has been awarded the CBE in the New Year's honours list for services to Vocational Education in Iraq and to Further Education.

31st January: Aer Arren announced seven days a week service to and from both Galway and Waterford in Ireland twice a day.


3rd February: Judicial Review in to the extention of the runway at Southend  thrown out but an appeal is launched.

February: Demolition begins on the old farringdon car park.


The Seafront parking scheme where you have to drive past and then reverse in to your spot is scrapped after protests from drivers.  The parking scheme was Department of Transport approved but was unpopular with drivers.  It is replaced with a drive in reverse out scheme again approved by the Department of Transport...

Sunday 27th March: The first commercial international passenger flights return to Southend Airport for the first time in a decade.  The flights operated by Aer Arann flew in from Galway & Waterford in Ireland, with return flights operating after from Southend.



April: My Town Cabs set up by Philip Miller.


Election time! The Conservatives held on to power at the Civic Centre, they lost two seats to the Independent Group but gained two from the Liberal Democrats.

Conservative: 28

Lib Dem: 10

Independent: 9

Labour: 4

Southend votes NO to AV:  The people of Southend voted overwhelming against voting reform rejecting scrapping the century’s old First Past the Post for the Alternate Vote.

“At present, the UK uses the 'first past the post' system to elect MPs to the House of Commons. Should the 'alternative vote' system be used instead”

Yes: 13,488 (28.19%)

No: 34,365 (71.81%)

Total: 48,107

Rejected: 254

Turnout: 38.13%

 Monday 9th May: Fire devastates the historic 120+ year old stoned columned Jefferies Solicitors building. Hamlet Court Road remains closed for over 12 hours, as crews tackle the blaze and damping down the smoking building.

Appliance’s on scene include: 2 x Southend, 1 x Southend ALP, 1 x Leigh, 2 x Shoeburyness, 1 x Hawkwell, 1 x Rochford, 2x Canvey, 1 x Corringham, 1 x Wickford, 1 x Rayleigh Weir, 1 x  2 x Basildon, 1 x Billericay.


Saturday 28th May : Warrior Square Gardens re-open after a £1.8million restoration.

Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th May: 26th Southend Air Festival (Airshow) high winds blow for both days however over 300,000 peoples still attened.


June 2011: The New Ship in Marine Parade is demolished without permission, the site is home to a proposed major redevelopment scheme.

June 2011: Southend’s new swimming pool and Olympic diving facility wins the Best Technical Design and Construction award by the Local Authority Building Control East Anglia.

Wednedsay 1st June: The Victoria gateway shared space bus lanes open.

Thursday 9th June: Southend gets its first four star hotel as the Roslin Beach receives the coveted rating from Enjoy England.

Wednesday 15th June: Plans announced to install a £300,000 6.2m-wide by 3.5m LCD TV at the proposed £27million Elmer Square Library development.





Friday 1st July: The Royal Fish and Chip bar on the junction of Alexandra Street and the High Street catches fire, the fire results in a large part of the High Street being closed forcing shops to bring the shutters down

Wednesday 6th: CCTV cars hit the streets, the Toyota IQ’s are fitted with cameras that capture illegal parkers throughout the borough.

Wednesday 14th July: Fire breaks out in a row of derelict shops in Canewdon Road, Westcliff, (just off Hamlet Court Road.

Monday 18th July: Southend Airport rail station opens, after decades of waiting the new £12million railway station at Southend Airport is finally opened, the first train calling at the station at 4.05am.

Friday 22nd July: Shoebury East beach cafe & restaurant given planning approval.

Monday 25th July: New pizza restaurant given planning permission at Adventure Island.

Tuesday 26th July: £200,000 track revamped running track opened at the Garon Park Athletics Park, also upgraded are the Pole vaulting facilitys so that they can cope with changing wind conditions.

Friday 29th July: Work starts on new hotel at the airport.


Tuesday 2nd August: Rank announce plans to open a 24 hour £24million casino.

Tuesday 16th August: The Government pass plans to divert Eastwoodbury Lane clearing the final hurdle to the 300m runway extention.

Wednesday 31st August: The class 7 loco "Britannia" visits Southend.




Tuesday 6th September: A maintanance barge moored alongside the pier, installing a new fire main is forced under the pier by strong winds and heavy rolling seas.  Piles are damaged as is a section of the deck.  The pier is closed indefinitely.

Saturday 24th September: Southend Pier partly re-opens, only the railway is opened to the public  as further extensive repair works are needed on the walkway.

Saturday 24th September:  First busking on the pier event.

Tuesday 27th September: Southend Cricket Festival is scrapped.  Essex County Cricket Club announce that they will not hold the 105 year old after it was decided more cricket should be held at Chelmsford.  The Garons venue had the largest spectator numbers and was the only profitable festival.

Wednesday 28th September: MyTown cabs closes down.

Saturday 8th October:
Lady Dot McAdden, wife of the late Sir Stephen McAdden, MP for Southend East, dies aged 94.  Lady McAdden helped to set up the Breast Unit for Screening by Thermography charity appeal in 1974.

Thursday 13th October: Royal Mail release new first class stamp featuring the Kursaal.



Monday 7th November: The Southend tourist information office comes first in the  Essex Tourism Awards.

Thursday 10th November: The Mangetout Cafe Bistro in Chichester Road, Southend, reopens after it was wrecked in an electrical fire in September 2010.

Wednesday 16th November: Southend bus company ariva buy 12 Optare Versa V1110 single deck buses to use the the No9 route that serves Southend Airport the cost of the new busses was £1.8million.

Wednesday 23rd November: Planning approval is granted for the construction of a new Tesco Extra & Focus Youth Centre on the site of the derelict former B&Q site along side Southend Victoria railway Station.

Monday 28th November 2011: Plans submitted to demolish the derelict 14-storey Portcullis House in Victoria Avenue, the building having sat empty since 2008 after being vacated by HM Revenue and Customs who had relocated their staff to the next door Alexander House



Monday 12th December: The Snow Quad Squad Southend Borough Council unvails it's team of three 4X4 quad bike fitted with a snow plough on the front and rock salt hoppers on the back that will be tasked to grit the roads and paths of Southend should snow fall in the winter, the quads will be used in the summer for other purposes.  They have enough room in the hoppers to carry 260kg of rock salt enough to cover 15miles of Southend roads.

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