SOUTHEND’S City Beach could be transformed into a green oasis with a “mini stream” and special gardens that collect, treat, store, and use rainwater under £2m plans revealed earlier this week. 

Here is everything we know about the plans: 

Fresh images of the ambitious blueprint designed to tackle the threat of flooding were officially released as a consultation was launched by Southend Council earlier this week. 

Echo: Plans - Southend seafrontPlans - Southend seafront (Image: Southend Council)

A “rill” - which would be a small brook or stream - would run through the middle of the City Beach area as a running water feature.

The plans also include more greenery and canopies to help ward off the heat in summer.

The project is designed to brighten up the Golden Mile and protect against surface water flooding following heavy rain.

The seafront, particularly in 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.

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 million of external funding to support the project.

This includes £764,290 from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, £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 March 25, 2024.