THE future of Southend seafront could see it transformed into a flood-resistant green oasis thanks to a £2million project.

Fresh images of the ambitious transformation were officially released yesterday as a consultation was launched by Southend Council.

As well as making the city beach area of the seafront more attractive for residents and businesses, the is designed to protect against surface water flooding following heavy rain.

The city beach section of Marine Parade often suffers from surface water flooding after heavy rain.

This scheme is set to be the first large-scale, sustainable water management initiative in Southend - aiming to create an integrated, climate-resilient environment.

New images show the proposed changes which includes with the creation of special gardens that collect, treat, store, and use rainwater.

Meg Davidson, Conservative councillor responsible for environment, said: “The Marine Parade Scheme demonstrates our commitment to a sustainable water future and addressing climate change.

“This isn’t just about stopping surface water flooding; it is also about making the area look great and more attractive for residents, businesses and visitors through new green spaces and clever use of public space.

“This project seeks to create a space where nature thrives, where everyone can enjoy improved public space, and where education on sustainable practices is also key.

“I am grateful for the collective effort and financial backing from our partners which is crucial for the project’s success and demonstrates a strong, unified commitment to improving Southend for the benefit of all its residents, businesses and visitors and addressing some of the challenges we face.”

Southend Council has secured more than £2 milling of external funding to support the project.

This includes £764,290 from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities and £500,000 from Anglian Water, and £800,000 from the Regional Flood and Coastal Committee.

The plan includes building places where extra water can be safely stored during big storms, to prevent flooding.

Special surface water flood warning beacons will also be installed that light up to warn that there is a risk of surface water flooding, so everyone can stay safe.

There is also a plan to run programmes to teach people about how they can use nature to handle water better and take care of the environment.

To have your say, visit The consultation period closes on 25 March 2024.