Leigh Port

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Leigh-on-Sea has benefited from an established fishing community for centuries. This community has been important in shaping how the area has developed. However, in recent times the fishing industry has come under increasing pressures, in part due to the silting up of Leigh Creek which restricts vessel access. The traditional and active fishing port of Leigh-on-Sea is the last of its kind within the Thames Estuary. Therefore, it is important to establish sustainable solutions for long-term access to the port.

This Leigh Port Infrastructure Feasibility and Options Appraisal Study is a priority project and seeks to identify cost effective solutions to improve long-term sustainable access to Leigh Port for all vessels. The objectives of the study are

  1.  Find cost effective and sustainable solutions to improve the long-term access to Leigh Port by all vessels.
  2.  Identify opportunities for effective long-term management and operation of port facilities.
  3.  Establish solutions which are compatible with the natural environment.
  4.  Provide solutions that support the aspirations for the future of Leigh Port as set out in the FLAG Local Development Scheme.”

This is a first stage study that will consider evidence from the feedback that you provide to this consultation alongside other technical, financial and environmental information that is available. Further studies will be required before any final scheme is identified, and it may be the case that there are no feasible options given. Therefore no guarantees on future actions or implementation of schemes can be guaranteed.

Consultation "Drop-in' Events

There are two consultations events that will be happening in Old Leigh

  • Friday 16th March between 10am-5pm at the Leigh Heritage Centre, 13a High Street, Old Leigh, SS9 2EN
  • Thursday 22nd March between 2pm-9pm at the Leigh Heritage Centre, 13a High Street, Old Leigh, SS9 2EN

For paper copies of the options and this questionnaire and details of consultation events please email bettersouthend@southend.gov.uk or call us on 01702 215408 quoting Leigh Port consultation.

To have your say on this consultation please see the Stickyworld portal:


The consultation is open until Monday 5pm 23rd April 2018.

Page last updated: 06/08/2018