Southend-on-Sea has long been a travel destination for shoppers and seaside day trippers. With the High Street and the seafront so closely linked, many visitors combine retail therapy with seaside relaxation.
The mile of shops, bars, restaurants and cafes means there is much to offer. However the national decline of the High Street, the rise in internet shopping and the restrictions of the Covid-19 pandemic have all had an impact.
There are many projects and schemes taking place to improve Southend High Street and encourage shoppers to return. Here you can find out more about those projects and schemes, how other schemes nearby will have a positive impact on the High Street and what our ambitions are for the future.