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Creating a clean energy future for Leigh-on-Sea

Published Tuesday, 19th November 2019

View of LEigh seafront with Bouy

Energy infrastructure in Leigh-on-Sea is being investigated following Southend-on-Sea Borough Council’s recently declared climate change emergency.

People who live and work near Leigh-on-Sea are being asked to take part in two events to help map out the way energy is constrained in the area.

An information-gathering workshop to discuss their energy consumption and experiences, is being held in Ye Olde Smack on Thursday 21 November between 11am and 5pm. The drop-in event will also give residents ideas on how to manage and reduce their energy consumption, in turn saving money and reducing the carbon footprint.

The council has also asked Siemens to investigate the energy infrastructure in the Leigh-on-Sea and Two Tree Island areas. We are asking residents, businesses and visitors to take part in a short survey about the existing electricity network.

Carl Robinson, director for public protection, said: “Unfortunately there is an issue in the area of Old Leigh with a disruption of power which sometimes causes blackouts. We need to gather this information to help address the balance between the continuing needs of the tourist and fishing industries in the Leigh-on-Sea port area, with the challenge of climate change.

“It is hoped, through such direct action, it will be possible to plan a clean energy future for Leigh-on-Sea that will secure business and jobs in the area, while maintaining the unique, attractive character for generations to come.”

The survey can be found on our Consultation Portal.

To register for the event at Ye Olde Smack, please visit the Eventbrite website.