Town Centre Management

Southend Town Centre

Southend is the seventh most densely populated area in the United Kingdom outside of the London Boroughs. It is served by two National Rail lines, running from Southend Victoria north out of the town into London Liverpool Street and west from Southend Central into London Fenchurch Street. The town centre has a range of top retail names plus independently-owned shops to choose from. There are two covered shopping centres, the Royals and the Victoria, that anchor each end of a busy High Street. A perfect place to meet friends and enjoy some retail therapy.

Southend Business Improvement District

Southend BID was formed in 2013 out of a very successful town centre partnership organization. Businesses voted with a firm yes for the Southend BID to act on their behalf. Businesses expressed a strong desire to work together to ensure that the town centre and seafront can make the most of their combined potential and remain ahead of the competition.

The BID delivers a range of benefits to the town centre and seafront such as:

  • popular cultural events, such as Christmas lights switch-on and Italian Festival
  • improved marketing, advertising and promotion to attract new visitors
  • helping Southend win the prestigious Purple Flag award for its excellence in evening economy management
  • Street Rangers to welcome visitors, as well as assisting the Police and business in cutting crime and anti-social behavior

Their website gives details about the services that businesses in Southend voted for and you can download the Southend Business Plan.

Town Centre Events

Southend Town Centre can hold a variety of events. You can hire sites daily or weekly for promotional exhibitions, charitable and community events. Site Areas:

  • Victoria Circus
  • Royal Square
  • City Beach
  • Fronting - Lloyds TSB *charity area only
  • Other

For contact details or to find out more information please visit our webpage.

Town Centre Markets

Farmers Market

The huge popularity of Farmers Markets across the UK has marked a return to simple, uncomplicated, face to face transactions between producers and their customers. Southend town centre hosts a Farmers and Craft market every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month selling fresh produce and hand crafted items.

If you would like to register for a stall at the farmers market please contact Essex Farmers Markets on 01245 348335 or email [email protected]. You can also visit their website and fill out the Online Registration Form.

General Weekly Market

Southend General Market is located on Southend High Street, on the northern side of the railway bridge and has been operating since October 2013 and has grown to over 20 stall holders, totaling 45 pitches. The market is made up of a range of traders including Homeware, Ladies Clothing, Plus Size Clothing, Plants/Garden Ornaments, Gifts, and Cosmetics and so much more.

If you are interested in having a stall at this market please complete the application form and read and sign the rules and regulations. Return all documents to:

Town Centre Management
Pier Offices
Western Esplanade
Southend on Sea
Essex SS1 1EE

Other Markets

A small number of Christmas concessions are invited to trade on our High Street during the Christmas period. If you would like to apply to have a Christmas stall in the High Street please download our Christmas Concessions application form.

For all other market enquiries - including visiting speciality markets - please contact Southend Town Centre Management.

Note: You cannot have a fixed pitch for food in the town centre unless it is attached to an Event or Market.

For more information about these markets please see the Markets in Southend page.

Town Centre Security

CCTV (Closed Circuit Television System)

We have 167 cameras which cover most of the Town Centre. 

Images are recorded digitally and held for no more than 31 days in accordance with the Data Protection Act (unless needed as evidence). Data is only released for authorised use e.g. in Court by the Crown Prosecution Service via the Police.

Under the terms of CCTV Data Protection Legislation, you can access CCTV footage which has recognisable images of yourself.

Town Link Radio

The Town Link Radio system is used by the businesses in the Town Centre to help develop a safer trading environment. More than 100 Town Centre and Seafront businesses share important information through the use of this radio system in order to try to detect and prevent crime.

The system links directly into the CCTV control room as well as the Town Beat section of the Police, including the new Community Police Support Officers.

For further details please contact ShopSafe Radio on 0870 600 2006.

Contact Switchboard and Out of Hours

Telephone: 01702 215000

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