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20 mph Speed Limits in Southend

Southend 20MPH Zones Update….. As promised this is the email I have recently sent to several Southend Borough Councillors explaining why the 20mph zones around Southend are a bad idea & why SADDIA are opposed to them. Good Morning Councillors, Re: 20 MPH zones in Southend I write with reference to the proposed changes in […]

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A 12 Closure

Although this should not affect driving lessons, just a warning: The A12 will begin seven weekends of closures as from 6th November until Sunday December 20th between 8pm until 6am. This is to carry out “vital upgrades” to the road surface including pothole repairs and new road markings. The affected area is from Junction 19 […]

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Southend Test Centre Announcement

This was sent to us from the test centre today 15/10/20 Morning All, As you’re all probably aware, from next Monday, 19th October we will be reverting to our old test times carrying out six tests each per day. We are still following our Covid-safe procedures, so this may lead to tests running late. We will […]

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Learner Taken to court for just going over a Stop line

Police ‘lacked judgement’ over learner driver red light fine Published1 day ago Police showed a “complete lack of judgement” over the prosecution of a learner driver who stopped past a red light at a junction, a barrister said.Joseph Bell, 18, was having a driving lesson when he stopped over the line at a junction on […]

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Queensway Underpass Redevelopment

Planning has been submitted to the council and validated with regards to closing the Queensway underpass and making it one big roundabout. When we receive further updates we will of course advise you all. Here is what we know so far about the application: Detailed (full) application for phased engineering works to remove roundabout at […]

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S.E.I.S.S. Grant Extension Information

The UK Government have announced they will be extending the S.E.I.S.S. grant for a further six months. Below are the details they have released so far: Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) Grant Extension Factsheet What is the scheme?The Chancellor recognises the continued impact that COVID-19 has had on the self-employed and has taken action to […]

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Pothole Repairs

Up to £250,000 could be spent on repairing potholes in and around the Southend area the council have agreed. That is equivalent to approx 4,700 potholes accross the borough although some of the money will be used to repair and re paint some roads. Councillor Andrew Moring, was quoted as saying: “The quality of our […]

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Theory test changes: 28th September 2020

The theory test in England, Scotland and Wales will change from 28th September 2020. The change has been designed to make the test more accessible, especially to people with: reading difficulty (like dyslexia) learning disability developmental condition (like autism) The change only applies to car theory tests to begin with. It was supposed to happen […]

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A127 Closure 18th-21st Sept 2020

Please be aware that as from 8pm on September 18th until 6.30am on September 21st 2020, there will be a series of road closures and suspensions along the A127 between the Tesco roundabout and Cuckoo Corner. This is to facilitate the removal of the footbridge at the Toby Carvery junction. Diversions will be in place. […]

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