Residents’ and businesses’ views on the night time economy in Southend are being sought as part of the night time economy survey.
The survey, which can be viewed online, gives anyone who lives, works or volunteers in the borough the opportunity to have their say on what sort of presence they’d like to see in the town centre and seafront to reassure them there is support nearby if they need it. The aim is to make people feel safe and supported when they’re out at night and raise awareness of what support is already available.
Any responses to the survey will be used to help write a report recommending actions that would make people feel safer going out at night in Southend (between 6pm – 6am). Whilst the survey focuses on the night time economy, the results will also be considered for day time visits and other popular visitor areas such as Leigh-on-Sea.
This piece of work is being done in partnership with the Community Safety Partnership, which is made up of various partners including the police, drug and alcohol teams, local businesses, the voluntary sector, local councillors and probation services.
Cllr Trevor Harp, cabinet member for health and adult social care, said: “Here in Southend, we have a fantastic offer for night time visitors to the town. The results of this survey will help inform how best to enhance the offer by making the town feel safer to visitors enjoying a night out.
“I urge anyone who lives, works or visits Southend-on-Sea to have their say, as it will help shape what support services are available to residents and visitors during the evenings.”
The survey is open until midnight on Sunday 19 January 2020.