Tuesday 2nd January: Ranges Funding: The Ministry of Defence announce a £20million investment into the Shoebury Environmental Test Centre at the new ranges.
Wednesday 3rd January: Pier Closed: Southend Pier is closed due too strong winds as storm Eleanor batters Essex.
Thursday 4th January: Shells on the beach… or are they! The 7th Bomb squad arrive on Westcliff seafront after reports that an artillery shell was found on the foreshore. The object partly buried in sand was found by a metal detectorist, after investigation it turned out to be a metal casket.
9th January: New business boom: Southend is named as one of the best places to set up a new business in the UK, ranking with such places as Sheffield & Newcastle.
11th January: Library expansion: A £19million expansion on the Forum library in the heart of Southend is announced. Southend Council invest £2.7million with the other partners and grants planned to make up the remainder.
It is anticipated there will be contemporary and community art gallery space and associated office, shop, café and project space to expand the existing gallery at the Forum. Plans also include a digital workspace for creative digital industries.
For the college, the new building would house a public and teaching restaurant, performance studios, music rehearsal and performance space including computer music suites and teaching rooms increasing opportunities for students to gain skills in the sector.