PWC and BBQ PSPO Consultation

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The purpose of this consultation

Due to the increasing number of complaints received about the irresponsible use of both BBQs and PWC and, in particular, because of the danger that the behaviour exhibited by an increasing number of BBQ and PWC users poses to public safety, it is appropriate to assess the need to introduce a PSPO covering that behaviour.

The purpose of this consultation is therefore to obtain your responses to the questions provided to help us inform the final recommendations to Cabinet in that respect.

PSPOs are intended to deal with a particular nuisance or problem, in a particular area, that is detrimental to the local community’s quality of life, by imposing conditions on the use of that area which apply to everyone. They are designed to ensure the law-abiding majority can use and enjoy public spaces, safe from anti-social behaviour.

Why we are consulting

The complaints and concerns received from residents regarding these anti-social behaviours reference conducts which pose a significant danger to public safety and can cause harassment, alarm and/or distress. That behaviour has been encountered both inside and outside the Restricted Areas (listed below) and concerns:

  • Irresponsible use of Personal Water Craft (PWC) (including jet skis) on and around the Pier, the foreshore, and at Bell Wharf and Leigh Creek, as well as from launching ramp Shoebury Common Slipway (coloured blue in the PWC Restricted Area map).
  • Irresponsible use of barbecues (BBQs) in the BBQ Restricted Area along the foreshore and beach at Southend-on-Sea as well as some of the green areas such as Shoebury Common, East Beach and Thorpe Bay Gardens.
  • Bonfires in the BBQ Restricted Area.

Such antisocial behaviour has generated an increasing number of complaints, it has caused risk to public health and safety and has caused harassment to users of the public spaces within the Restricted Areas as well as serious damage to Council property and wildlife.

The Proposals

In response to those complaints, the Council is considering imposing a PSPO (PSPO3) for three years, with the potential to be renewed, to include the following restrictions:

  • The use of PWC in the PWC Restricted Area to be made subject to a Southend-on-Sea City Beach and Coastal Waters Code of Practice (COP).
  • Prohibiting the launch and recovery of PWC in the PWC Restricted Area other than from designated launch sites, in accordance with the COP.
  • In relation to the use of BBQs, one of the following:
    • Prohibiting the use of all BBQs in the BBQ Restricted Area.
    • Prohibiting the use and disposal of charcoal and/or wood fired BBQs (including disposable BBQs) and making the use and disposal of gas or electric BBQs subject to a COP in the BBQ Restricted Area
    • Prohibiting BBQs during heatwaves, droughts and/or in the summer during periods of water shortage, or
    • Prohibiting BBQs between 8am and 6pm.
  • Prohibiting Bonfires in the BBQ Restricted Area.

Although the Council is considering a complete ban on BBQs in the BBQ Restricted Area, regardless of weather conditions and water supply, this consultation consults on alternative restrictions to help ensure the most appropriate and proportionate action is taken in relation to the specific anti-social behaviours encountered in the BBQ Restricted Area.

By taking the above steps, the Council will be able to take action against individuals who commit those anti-social behaviours and thus ensure Southend-on-Sea and its environs are a safe and enjoyable place to live, work and visit.

Please see proposed order and code of practice.

The Restricted Areas

Locations and maps of areas in which we are considering introducing the restrictions listed above are contained in the following maps; PWC Restricted Area and BBQ Restricted Area. Both Restricted Areas include:

  • Southend Seafront, beach and foreshore
  • Western Esplanade
  • Marine Parade
  • Eastern Esplanade
  • Southend Seafront
  • Thorpe Esplanade
  • Thorpe Bay
  • Shoebury Common Road,
  • East Beach
  • Southend Pier (foreshore to pier head),
  • The Southend-on-Sea foreshore and from the foreshore into the Leigh Channel
  • Ness Road, Shoeburyness
  • Bell Wharf, Leigh-on-Sea
  • Leigh Creek.

The BBQ Restricted area additionally includes the green areas at:

  • East Beach
  • Shoebury Common
  • Thorpe Bay Gardens.

The consultation is now open to all residents, visitors and businesses living or trading in and across the City from Leigh-on-Sea to Shoeburyness.

The closing date for responses to this consultation is **5pm 26th August 2022**


All responses will be reported to Cabinet.

The results of this consultation will ensure the Council properly and fully considers how best to manage its open spaces and foreshore in and around the City.

The purpose of this consultation

Due to the increasing number of complaints received about the irresponsible use of both BBQs and PWC and, in particular, because of the danger that the behaviour exhibited by an increasing number of BBQ and PWC users poses to public safety, it is appropriate to assess the need to introduce a PSPO covering that behaviour.

The purpose of this consultation is therefore to obtain your responses to the questions provided to help us inform the final recommendations to Cabinet in that respect.

PSPOs are intended to deal with a particular nuisance or problem, in a particular area, that is detrimental to the local community’s quality of life, by imposing conditions on the use of that area which apply to everyone. They are designed to ensure the law-abiding majority can use and enjoy public spaces, safe from anti-social behaviour.

Why we are consulting

The complaints and concerns received from residents regarding these anti-social behaviours reference conducts which pose a significant danger to public safety and can cause harassment, alarm and/or distress. That behaviour has been encountered both inside and outside the Restricted Areas (listed below) and concerns:

  • Irresponsible use of Personal Water Craft (PWC) (including jet skis) on and around the Pier, the foreshore, and at Bell Wharf and Leigh Creek, as well as from launching ramp Shoebury Common Slipway (coloured blue in the PWC Restricted Area map).
  • Irresponsible use of barbecues (BBQs) in the BBQ Restricted Area along the foreshore and beach at Southend-on-Sea as well as some of the green areas such as Shoebury Common, East Beach and Thorpe Bay Gardens.
  • Bonfires in the BBQ Restricted Area.

Such antisocial behaviour has generated an increasing number of complaints, it has caused risk to public health and safety and has caused harassment to users of the public spaces within the Restricted Areas as well as serious damage to Council property and wildlife.

The Proposals

In response to those complaints, the Council is considering imposing a PSPO (PSPO3) for three years, with the potential to be renewed, to include the following restrictions:

  • The use of PWC in the PWC Restricted Area to be made subject to a Southend-on-Sea City Beach and Coastal Waters Code of Practice (COP).
  • Prohibiting the launch and recovery of PWC in the PWC Restricted Area other than from designated launch sites, in accordance with the COP.
  • In relation to the use of BBQs, one of the following:
    • Prohibiting the use of all BBQs in the BBQ Restricted Area.
    • Prohibiting the use and disposal of charcoal and/or wood fired BBQs (including disposable BBQs) and making the use and disposal of gas or electric BBQs subject to a COP in the BBQ Restricted Area
    • Prohibiting BBQs during heatwaves, droughts and/or in the summer during periods of water shortage, or
    • Prohibiting BBQs between 8am and 6pm.
  • Prohibiting Bonfires in the BBQ Restricted Area.

Although the Council is considering a complete ban on BBQs in the BBQ Restricted Area, regardless of weather conditions and water supply, this consultation consults on alternative restrictions to help ensure the most appropriate and proportionate action is taken in relation to the specific anti-social behaviours encountered in the BBQ Restricted Area.

By taking the above steps, the Council will be able to take action against individuals who commit those anti-social behaviours and thus ensure Southend-on-Sea and its environs are a safe and enjoyable place to live, work and visit.

Please see proposed order and code of practice.

The Restricted Areas

Locations and maps of areas in which we are considering introducing the restrictions listed above are contained in the following maps; PWC Restricted Area and BBQ Restricted Area. Both Restricted Areas include:

  • Southend Seafront, beach and foreshore
  • Western Esplanade
  • Marine Parade
  • Eastern Esplanade
  • Southend Seafront
  • Thorpe Esplanade
  • Thorpe Bay
  • Shoebury Common Road,
  • East Beach
  • Southend Pier (foreshore to pier head),
  • The Southend-on-Sea foreshore and from the foreshore into the Leigh Channel
  • Ness Road, Shoeburyness
  • Bell Wharf, Leigh-on-Sea
  • Leigh Creek.

The BBQ Restricted area additionally includes the green areas at:

  • East Beach
  • Shoebury Common
  • Thorpe Bay Gardens.

The consultation is now open to all residents, visitors and businesses living or trading in and across the City from Leigh-on-Sea to Shoeburyness.

The closing date for responses to this consultation is **5pm 26th August 2022**


All responses will be reported to Cabinet.

The results of this consultation will ensure the Council properly and fully considers how best to manage its open spaces and foreshore in and around the City.

Page last updated: 26 Aug 2022, 07:00 PM