Southend Pier – Free For Residents?

southend-pierAfter seeing the discussions on the forum regarding making Southend Pier free for residents, I am indebted to @jamesharrod on Twitter for alerting me to an interview on BBC Essex which is availble on the Southend Pier should be free for residents Facebook Page.

Having visited relatives in Brighton recently, I was struck by the vibrant atmosphere on their free access Pier at 6pm on a Monday evening. Admittedly, the weather was very warm for April but there were still people enjoying the rides on the funfair at the end of their pier, as well as soaking up the last of the sunshine in the various bars and cafes.

Our Pier almost defeats any possibility of its own success by having any amenities it does have over a mile out to sea behind a protective barrier of an entrance fee. I explained to my Brighton-resident relatives that the cost was to pay for the running of the Pier but they seemed unconvinced.

Would you visit the Pier if it were free to get in but was subsidised by paying for rides on a funfair at the other end? Or maybe the charge should be made to those who actually use the train? Or, perhaps, proof of Southend Borough residency should preclude you from paying altogether?

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We Want To Work… in Southend and Leigh-on-Sea

Will you be recruiting this Summer?
A brand new website portal devised by an Essex couple is the first of its kind in the UK, and is set to revolutionise recruitment. is unlike all other internet based services, as here the employers and jobseekers can contact each other directly and cut out the middleman – in exactly in the same way sites such as and help us find love. is the brainchild of Sharon Longshaw and Phil Lacey from Southend, who had become frustrated dealing with conventional recruitment agencies.

Garden designer Sharon found taking on temporary staff to cover holidays and periods of absence was almost prohibitively expensive or too slow; while Photographer Phil found most temporary positions offered meant low job satisfaction, low wages and positions that didn’t always suit his skills and qualifications.

Sharon says “We wanted to do things differently, and as there was nothing currently in the market we decided to design it ourselves. The inspiration came from the way dating sites operate by filtering and searching using profiles, and then putting people directly in touch with each other to get on with it.” empowers employers and job seekers as they take the recruitment process into their own hands. The site offers job seekers a means to showcase their skills, qualifications and experience, while giving employers immediate, cost-effective access to jobseekers in their local area.

Sharon again “Recruitment agencies and conventional job websites really take the biscuit – they cost a fortune, take forever and never work properly for either side. With our site we are giving the power back to the people.” is currently seeking 200 UK Employers for a 6 month free trial to our service which officially launches on 1st June 2011. There’s no catch and as a thank you we will offer you 50% off of your first full year’s subscription once the trial period is over.

All we ask is that you are planning to take on new staff within the 6 months following June the 1st 2011 and be willing to answer 3 short questionnaires to help us make sure everything is running as it should be.

During the trial period you will have full access to enabling you to search, contact and hire unlimited candidates.

Please contact Sharon or Phil on 01702 410034 or email for more details and to register your interest.

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