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Queensway kids reveal their images of regeneration

Published Tuesday, 29th October 2019

Mayor John Lamb and Mayoress  Pat Lamb with finalists of Queensway children's competition.

Local children who drew their vision of a future Queensway as part of a competition have been presented with their prizes by the Mayor of Southend-on-Sea.

As part of the Better Queensway regeneration project launch event held for residents on 26 September, children from Queensway were asked to design and draw their image for the future estate.

The Worshipful The Mayor of Southend-on-Sea, Cllr John Lamb was then asked to select two winners.  He met them at The Forum on Saturday 26 October, where an exhibition was taking place as part of the ongoing public consultation.

Cllr Lamb said: “There were more than 30 entries and my wife, the Mayoress, Pat and I were both very impressed with the creative designs, detailed maps and even robots!

“It was a pleasure to be able to select the winners and then meet them to present the prizes. The younger generation are the future of the Borough and it is great to see their innovative ideas.”

There were two age groups; under seven and seven and over. The winners Marley Kanjere (under seven) and Alex McPherson (seven and over) were each presented with a £25 Amazon voucher and the runners up each received art materials to encourage them to keep drawing.

Geoff Pearce, Chair of Porters Place LLP said: “It was fantastic for all the children to meet the Mayor and Mayoress and a proud moment for their families too. Congratulations to all the children who entered for producing such brilliant ideas for what Queensway could look like in future.

“Working in partnership Southend-on-Sea Borough Council and Swan are committed to ensuring that residents of all ages have the opportunity to imagine a new future for the Queensway Estate and to add their ideas to the developing plans.  Over 175 local people have attended our consultation roadshow so far and we look forward to hearing from many more over the coming weeks.”

The exhibition is being organised and led by Porters Place Southend-on-Sea LLP (the LLP), the joint venture between Swan Housing and Southend-on-Sea Borough Council that has been set up to deliver the Queensway regeneration.

The exhibitions show an initial proposal of how the site could be developed and ask for views on a variety of topics, including how the regeneration can best meet the needs of the community, what improvements could be made to streets and public spaces, and what high quality housing means to local people.

Feedback from this first stage of consultation, which will run until 18 November, will allow the LLP to develop the design ahead of second round of public consultation in early 2020 before the submission of a planning application.

There is still time to attend the exhibition and give us your feedback. Dates, times and venues are as follows:

  • Wednesday 30 October - Cliffs Pavilion: 12pm to 5pm

Until 18 November 2019:

  • online at the Better Queensway website
  • by email
  • by phone by calling GL Hearn on  0344 225 0003
  • by post to Freepost RTZS-BLHZ-EUXC, GL Hearn, 65 Gresham Street, London EC2 7NQ

A non-staffed exhibition is also be available to view in the Civic Centre during office hours until the end of the consultation period.