Let us be honest it is a city in name only.
No remarkable buildings to boast of – those that we had been destroyed by successive councils and replaced with hideous structures that fit nowhere within the actual Victorian background that we inherited from our forbears.
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And please, if you can, point out some features that approach being “cultural”.
As usual Southend is trying to be above its station – a malady that it has suffered since it became a borough.
Instead of wasting £2 million (and more) on pursuing this dream, let reality take over and use the money to repair our already-broken town.