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Prospect of Southend 1976



Shoebury Proposals.
WD Land to become a site for camping and caravan holidays.

Leigh to Chalkwell proposals. 

 A scheme to build direct road from Leigh-on-Sea to Chalkwell, that would run alongside the railway lines on the same route as the Cinder Path.











Leigh-on-Sea & Two Tree island Proposals.
The Old Town should be retained as a quiet waterfront area, however the demolition of derelict and unsuitable builds should be carried out, the fishing industry should either be retained or re-located to Two Tree Island.  Bell Wharf will be redeveloped with a hotel.  A marina for up to 300 yachts on Two Tree Island would also be built. A deep water channel would be dredged linking to the Ray Channel  the marina would also include services, storage facilities, hotel, shops, cafe, yacht club and large car park. The fishing industry along with wharfage would be accommodated at the west of the deep water channel, the construction of dams across Leigh Creek and the partial removal of the redundant sea wall would create a large shallow lake for small boat sailing and training together with a number of small islands and beaches.



Southchurch Proposals.
Tall blocks of holiday/residential flats and lower terrace houses to be built.  The gasworks site to become a park.







Chalkwell Proposals:
A large bastion built on the foreshore would provide comprehensive swimming, boating, catering and play facilitys a 1500 space car park and a public park with extensive tree planting.

Wescliff Proposals:
A large bastion built directly opposite Shorefields Road to provide swimming, boating, catering 2500 car park spaces.
Together the Chalkwell & Westcliff Bastions would provide the ends of a half tidal lake 1 mile long and 1/8 mile wide, with a maximum depth of 6-8ft at the outward wall. The scheme would create a “permanent” in tide, the water being refreshed each high tide.

Southend Proposals:
Golden Mile is extended to include the water front up to and including the Corporation Loading Pier, the Pier entrance and its approaches are re-designed as a pedestrian area linked by terraces and the cliff lift to the central area precinct.  Pier Hill itself is closed to traffic creating a pedestrian piazza. 

The Golden Hind is moored further to the east with the Corporation Loading Pier redesigned as an extension to the Golden Mile this would be a defined boundary of the eastern end of the Golden Mile.  A two level promenade was proposed along the front with bridges over the lower promenade and Southchurch Avenue leading to the remodelled Kursaal.  The sea between Southend Pier and the Corporation Loading Pier would become a water sport recreational area.


None of these plans never saw the light of day, the closest they came to reality were the modles seen above.


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