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                                            2001

Airport For Sale - Regional Airports (RAL) has announced that it has placed London Southend airport up for sale. A sale is reportedly being sought in order to fund the airport's development as London's sixth airport.


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Cockling Banned - Scientists testing toxin levels in the Thames Estuary are no nearer giving a firm indication of when the cockling ban is likely to be lifted.  It is now just under two weeks since cockling was banned on the Essex side of the estuary after toxins were found in samples of shellfish taken off the Leigh coastline. A 28-day prohibition order was imposed by the London Port Health Authority on six out of 20 areas in the estuary.

Southend Census 2001 -  The  Census counted the number of households in Southend at 70,978 although Southend's own records reflect a higher amount of 72,012 a difference of 1,034.   Detailed Census Information

Invisible Man Disappears - Once the Golden Goblet, then the Rusty Bucket a pub just off Eastern Avenue had its swan song as the Invisible Man was finally demolished in December 2001.  The site is now a McDonald's. Google Map

The Bill is in Town -  During September the cast and crew for the popular police drama used Southend locations for one of there story lines.  Filming took place over two days on Sunday 9th and Monday 10th September at Southend Pier, along Marine Parade, in the Clifftop Gardens and at the Westcliff Hotel.

General Election 2001

Thursday 7th June 2001

The country returns Prime Minster Tony Blair

 

Southend East                                                    Majority 5,490

  • James Dudderidge Con 17,874          
  • Fred Grindrod Lab 12,384
  • Graham Longley Lib 5,967
  • John Croft UKIP 1,913
  • Andrew Vaughan 1,328

 

 

Southend East                                                    Majority 7,034

  • Teddy Taylor Con 20,058
  • Chris Dandridge Lab 13,024
  • Stephen Newton Lib Dem 2,780
  • Adrian Hedges Green 990
  • Brian Lynch Liberal  600

 

 

 

Keymed Boss Honoured - The boss of one of Southend's biggest companies was awarded an MBE in the new year honours today for services to road safety. Michael Woodford, the managing director of medical giant Keymed, of Stock Road, was given the honour for his dedicated work to funding safety measures near dozens of schools in Southend.

Cruising a Problem - 2001 saw the problem of cruisers along the seafront being an issue.  Yoiung people with flash cars would come down to Southend and pose with their vehicles, some would parade their vehicles and others would provide demonstrations in their cars.  The area was being policed but invariably their was nothing illegal occurring with this type of event.  It became initimidating for some people, and noisy for residents.  A police strategy to embrace the events and make them offcial seemed to calm the problem down. although for those wanting to be on the edge and risking the chance of breaking the law this legal format did not suit.

Agatha Celebrated at the Palace - The New Palace Theatre Company (Green & Lenagan) presented the first ever Agatha Christie Theatre Festival it ran from 8 May to 28 July 2001. The festival, featured all of Christie's 25 plays, including a semi-staged performance of the West End production of The Mousetrap using all of the actors of the West End cast of the `World's Longest Running Play.' This was the first time The Mousetrap has been licensed in the UK outside of the West End since it launched in 1952. 25 actors for the 135 performances of all 25 of Agatha Christie's plays in a 12-week season to mark the 25th anniversary of the mystery writer's death.  It is believed that the Palace Theatre holds the world record for performing Agatha Christie.

Campaign against the proposed F5 Priory Crescent road widening scheme starts.  

 

 

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