The MP for Southend West is pressing ahead with his campaign to have Southend granted city status as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, ten years after Chelmsford was officially named Essex’s first city.
Sir David Amess has expressed his belief that the town, currently the most populous in the county with 180,000 residents, could welcome stronger trade deals and investment opportunities if named as England’s newest city.
“The secretary of State for Digital Culture, Media and Sport has indicated that at some stage, hopefully soon, he will make a statement about plans to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee,” said Amess. “My expectation is that he will launch a competition for city status.”
“Southend becoming a city would be of enormous benefit in terms of attracting investment post-Brexit. There are many potential building projects and renovations that would fit perfectly into Southend becoming a city. Our unique position lying along the magnificent Thames Estuary should be capitalised and made the most of.”
Proposed investment plans include a new marina in Shoeburyness and revitalisation of the vacant Kursaal building as a multi-use entertainment and leisure centre.
“I also very much want Southend to celebrate all its diverse cultural activities and in short make the very most of the longest pier in the world.”