Southend is rising. After years of cliched Essex stereotypes, the borough is seeing record levels of investment in capital and infrastructure projects which have created a thriving place where people want to live, to visit and to do business.
Over 7.5 million annual tourists have always known what's on offer, but now a landmark investment in London Southend Airport and substantial improvements to major road routes have opened the doors to an even wider audience.
Traditional industries such as tourism and retail continue to thrive, thanks partly to major investment in transport and infrastructure as part of the Better Southend programme. Southend is also an important hub for financial and business support services, given it's close proximity to London, international connections through the airport and excellent value office space.
Emerging industries in the town are advanced aviation and engineering, creative/cultural businesses and health and medical technologies. Southend is a key partner in the development of the new Anglia Ruskin MedTech Campus which will provide one of the world's largest health innovation spaces for companies of all sizes, with the aim of establishing the UK as a global force in a sector worth £170 billion per year.
All of these industries are resourced from a local talent pool that benefits from four grammar schools, a £52m college campus and £26m university campus.
The district of Southend-on-Sea has Borough status, and comprises the towns of Chalkwell, Eastwood, Leigh, North Shoebury, Prittlewell, Shoeburyness, Southchurch, Thorpe Bay, and Westcliff. The district is situated within the Thames Gateway on the north side of the Thames estuary 40 mi (64 km) east of central London. It is bordered to the north by Rochford and to the west by Castle Point.
Southend is a unitary authority and the Borough Council is currently led by a Conservative administration following the local elections of May 2018.
There are two Conservative seats in Southend, currently held by Sir David Amess (Southend West) and James Duddridge (Rochford and Southend East).
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