Below you will see a few of the many comments made about the project and the diversity of the groups that want to use the Shelter.

The Charity is always wanting feedback and help towards the success of the Project so please email us on

We are “By the Community For The Community” so you and your comments are important to us.


From – The Tram Stop Shelter CIO – Disability Team

Our research of facilities on our seafront from Shoebury East Beach to Leigh has revealed that although efforts by Southend Council have been well meaning and in good spirit nearly all are lacking in providing the needs of our wheelchair community for having a good seaside experience.

We are now partnering with the Southend Council to make improvements on existing amenities and working to ensure that effective consultation on the design and construction of all a future facilities are carried out so that they are truly fit for purpose.



From Laura Honour –


This is amazing. The redevelopment of the shelter with a disabled toilet and changing area with hoist would be fantastic for us. The improved access to the beach as described in the video would also be excellent.

We are a charity offering play-schemes for children with disabilities and their siblings. Our children come from East Hertfordshire and are aged 3-10 years, We have been bringing groups to Thorpe Bay from Hertfordshire for three years now. The first year we brought one group in a coach, the second two and this year three on separate days.

Thorpe Bay works well for us because it has the rain shelter, toilets and ramp to the beach and the groins seem to give a feeling of enclosure so we have not had real problems with children running off. We get nearly all the children in the sea, have a picnic, play in the sand and explore for shells and crabs. If needed we have the back up of a park over the road, a chips shop within a short drive and if it really pelted with rain, the Sealife Centre is not far, either.

We do however struggle with the changing of some of the larger and less mobile children and it is difficult to maintain their dignity at times, It is also extremely difficult to pull the wheelchairs and up the ramp over the pebbles, We needed three adults to pull one child back from the paddling pool.

I think the proposed redevelopment would be great for us.

The only issue we had which I can’t see discussed in your video is parking. Our coach parked at the bus stop West of the shelter. This blocked one lane and because it is slow helping our children off the coach, we did lead to some frustration and tooting from cars behind. This upset one of our children with autism who was covering his ears and becoming distressed.

The coach then went away to park and I parked my car which contained emergency equipment for the group, on the slipway. I am not sure if this is allowed but was the only practical place under the circumstances and caused no problems.

Ideally it would be good to have some allocated disabled parking near the shelter and perhaps a lay by for a coach to unload somewhere. I appreciate this is not simple with the cycle way also, but really is the only other problem we have had.

We do have two other groups we could potentially bring but have hesitated because they have children we absolutely require hoisting for changing and/or children who need feeds warmed up. Your new facilities would solve these problems and open the possibility of us bringing another 50 or so children in the future.

I see from your website that the demolition of the existing shelter and refurbishment of the existing toilets is planned to begin soon. We will need to keep in touch regarding your progress with this. We certainly could not risk bringing the group without some sort of rain shelter available, if the project is not completed by next summer,

I presume you would be thinking about some sort of booking system and charge for use of the facility? Again, we will need to keep in touch. Thanks again for your passion in creating such a wonderful facility to allow our children to experience the simple pleasures of the seaside!


Laura Honour
CHIPS Trustee


Sue Willis – Hadleigh Art Trail –

Hi Bob,

I have been following the story of your plans for the Tram Stop rebuild and have just read that you have the go ahead from SBC Council. Congratulations!

I am just wondering if there might be any opportunity to get involved from an arts perspective? Although currently based in Hadleigh I am an artist with a strong interest in arts development and engagement. My work is perhaps a little unconventional but I’m very interested in community arts projects wherever the opportunity may arise! Having lived in Leigh nearly all my life, I am a frequent visitor to the spot not least because we have a beach hut on that stretch of promenade and would welcome the shelter’s upgrade!

Not sure how I might get involved or how this might benefit your project at this stage but just thought I would make contact with you in the first instance,

Sue Willis


Sacred Heart School


My school would definitely be interested in using the tram shelter when it opens. We are always keen to use our local environment and currently ensure all classes visit the beaches in the Southend area. The tram shelter would be ideal as a base for our visits and to use as a learning area/classroom/break from the elements if too hot/cold.

I look forward to hearing of its progress and when it will be open

Kevin Stoner
Assistant Headteacher
Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School and Nursery
Windermere Road


Charlotte Windley – E15

Hi Bob,

Many thanks for your phone call and I would very much like to take some information with regards to the space measurements for possible student rehearsal space for future as it might be an ideal place for them to rehearse – is there any secure storage there?

Could you please email me the logistics in a word format and I look forward to hearing from you,

Kind regards

Charlotte Windley
Stage Manager
East 15 Acting School
University Of Essex
Clifftown Studios
Nelson Rd
SS1 1 EF


Alan Watkins – Southend Stroke Club

Hi Bob,

Hope you’re both well.

The Southend Stroke Club recently had a committee meeting where I put the Tram Stop Shelter on the agenda for discussion. Although we tend to be an evening club, generally, it was thought that we may have an opportunity to use the shelter, so on that basis I have been asked to register our interest.  Perhaps you can let me know if there is anything else we need to do now.

Best wishes

Alan W.


Sarah Linzey – Southend Mind

Hi Bob

Hope all is well with you.

Was just wondering if there is any chance of a counselling room at Tramstop all day on a Monday 9-5pm and how much would it be?

Kind Regards

Sarah Linzey
Project Manager
Southend Mind
112a Southchurch Road
Essex SS1 2LX

Tel Office: 01702 601123
Mobile: 07918 696830
Fax: 01702 600547


Mark Broomfield – Shoebury High School

Hi Bob, as previously discussed, the school would have several different groups who could potentially make use of the new shelter.

All KS3 students use the beach as a classroom to explore forces and ecology in Science lessons.

KS4 PE students have some fitness sessions at the beach

The geography department organise field visits elsewhere at the moment but could use the water to investigate longshore drift.

Prince’s Trust students regularly organise visits for various team building and community based activities.

Once the facility is in place, there could be other avenues to explore, e.g Theatre arts, outdoor performances, art department, and I’m sure there are others.


Children Centres Manager
The Hamstel Children and Family Centre
The Leigh Children and Family Centre

Dear Bob

Thank for this opportunity – one I would like to explore in the New Year re costs etc for our children centres to use on occasion. Do you have a cost schedule? Many thanks.



We would like to be able to use this if possible

Our nursery children go to the beach on Wednesdays at shoebury common near Uncle toms cabin

Please contact me if this is possible


Hilary Jones
Nursery Manager
Shoebury Children’s Centre
Delaware Rd


Carol Sheern – Head Teacher – Bournes Green Infants School

A renovated shelter would be a great asset to us.   Our children would use the shelter when they visit the beach, initially for shelter and somewhere that they could leave their belongings and resources whilst completing activities set by their teachers.  The shelters would be a main meeting point whilst at the beach, and may be used by groups of children to complete observation or art activities, particularly if the weather is bad.

Thank You


Carol Sheern
Bournes Green Infant School
Burlescoombe Road
Southend on Sea


Louis Chan-Kee – Livability – Dolphin Court

I have been talking to some of our residents who been away for the festive period about access to the shelter, majority of our residents would be very supportive to the project once it’s complete and I am certain Livability as a organisation will also be very supportive.




Jayne Darby – Peaceful Place – For persons living with dementia.

I am Jayne Darby the day centre manager at Peaceful Place and am emailing to register my interest in the Tram Stop Shelter at Thorpe Bay.

This would be a fantastic trip for our members here at Peaceful Place and I know they would enjoy using it for reminising about their past and visits to the seafront as well as, photography, drawing and general relaxation purposes.

I very much look forward to hearing from you and visiting when it is open in the summer; our members would benefit enormously.

Kindest Regards,

Jayne Darby
Day Centre Manager
Peaceful Place


Susie Tyer – Parkwood

Hi Bob,

Thank you for the update on the shelter, glad to hear it is all coming together.

I would like to register interest in using the shelter occasionally. I co-ordinate a project called Health Trainers, funded by the NHS we are here to promote healthier lifestyle choices to reduce ill-health in the longer term. We encourage people to think about the impact of their diet,  physical activity levels, smoking, drinking and weight and what that means for their health. We provide one off information stands/chats as well as longer term individual health plans to monitor how people are getting on if they are actively making changes.

Primarily we are a community service that targets reaching people in deprived areas or would not normally engage with services. Most of the work we do is in and around areas such as Kursaal, St Lukes, Milton, Westcliff, Coleman street. We take our information and support out to them we don’t expect them to come to us. Some examples of places / groups we have worked with are;

HARP (homeless day centre and night shelter)
Growing Together & Rethink mental health charities
Storehouse, Coleman Street,
Plaza centre, Southchurch Road
South Essex Homes
Centre Place Family Centre

We are always looking for venues that we can run occasional information pop up stalls to promote the work we do. We can also offer free blood pressure and BMI checks as well as lung age/lung capacity screening.

Quite often when talking to people they mention about other difficulties or needs they have and we put them in touch with other agencies or organisations.

I would be delighted if we could be considered for using the shelter, if you need any more information please do not hesitate to contact me.

Warm Regards

Susie Tyer
Project Co-ordinator
NHS South East Essex Health Trainer Service
Parkwood Healthcare Ltd
Southend Leisure and Tennis Centre
Garon Park
Eastern Avenue
Essex SS2 4FA

Tel: 01702 461377


Rachel Dennis – Lancaster School for Special Needs

Lancaster school would be very interested in using your facitity.

It sounds a perfect base for work in many aspects of our curriculum


Rachel Dennis


I’m Jenny from Southend Junior Phab, I received your info through Laura. The facilities sound fantastic and we would definitely be interested in hiring it. Our club runs on a Wednesday evening 5.45-7.45pm, would the shelter be available to hire at these times?

Many thanks



We run a support group – SAFE – Supporting Asperger Families in Essex – for parents with children with Asperger Syndrome and also adults with Aspergers. During the summer, we try and organise one date on the seafront for our members to enjoy.

This is why we’d be interested in registering.

Many thanks

Fern Potter
SAFE Committee Member


We support five people with learning disabilities. There is only one that requires a wheelchair.

Having a base with toilets and cup of tea making facilities would be of superb benefit to our tenants. Somewhere to go and eat a takeaway on a sunny evening would be great.

I will let them know the plans at the next tenants meeting (17 Jan at 4pm). If you’d like, you could come and talk to them about it. Just let me know.

One of my members of staff runs a group for people with learning disabilities that meets at Avenue Baptist Church. This could be something they would like to use, too.

I’ll forward your email to her (Jackie Dickenson) and she could let you know of any intended use by them – I imagine their summer meetings (5pm last Thursday in month) could be held there – they have a meal together (takeaway is possible).


Heather Alblas,
Support Manager – Barnabas House
Phone/Fax 01702 348171– Mob 07977483196


Hi There,

We would really like to come along and chat with you. Could we come along on 8th Jan between 11.30 and 12 please?

God bless you,

Jan Baugh
Family Support Worker
The MegaCentre Rayleigh
T: 01268 779100
F: 01268 779500


Jenna James


I am a teacher at Lancaster School.  We are a special school and I think your shelter sounds amazing and would be perfect for my class!  I would like to register my interest.

Merry Christmas



Hi Bob

Great to meet you at yesterdays AGM. As we discussed Turning Tides youth Project Triple T’s would certainly be interested in be involved in the Tram Stop Shelter as a facility that would benefit children living in the most disadvantaged ares of Southend.

Look forward to hearing of the future developments and progress.


Anthony Quinn – Turning Tides Team Manager
Prittlewell Chapel, North Road, Southend on Sea, Essex, SS0 7AH. Tel: 01702 220103


Hi Bob,

I saw the article in the SAVS weekly email and would be interested in finding out more about the shelter.

We hold quarterly client meetings and are always looking for somewhere accessible and affordable to meet.

I have attached our leaflets to give you more information about our services.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Many thanks,

Karen Wiseman
Customer Services Manager, Papworth Trust
Ground Floor, Lancaster House, Aviation Way, Southend-on-Sea, SS2 6UN
T: 01702 533762
M: 07794 382306