Greening at Victoria Gateway & Pocket Park at Boston Avenue-Queensway junction

We are very excited to announce that Southend-on-Sea Borough Council has started implementing plans for greening Victoria Gateway (public space outside Southend Victoria Station) and creating a ‘ Pocket Park’ at Boston Avenue-Queensway junction.

We would like to thank everyone for participating in our community engagement sessions, design workshops and events.  Your ideas, suggestions and regular feedback helped us arrive at designs for these ‘pocket places’ that we believe will create a welcoming, friendly and vibrant atmosphere in the area. We hope to see you all walking, cycling and enjoying your neighbourhood.

Design plan for Victoria Gateway

More trees, green areas and seating will be created at Victoria Gateway to improve the public space and create a more welcoming experience including opportunities for community style events. New lighting will be installed and access to and from the High Street will be clearer and more defined.

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This is an artist’s impression from a viewpoint at eye level outside Southend Victoria Station. It was drawn up to assist discussions with the community during public engagement sessions organised as a part of the Pocket Places project. The final plan has been adjusted due to underground services existing on site but this image is representative of the appearance of Victoria Gateway after the completion of the scheme.

Design plan for Boston Avenue

At the Boston Avenue junction with Queensway  there will be a ‘Pocket Park ’ for the community to enjoy, with activities for children and landscaped areas for local residents to grow flowers and fruit and vegetables. There will also be improved connectivity for pedestrians and cyclists.


To zoom in please click on the image.

Get in touch if you would like share your gardening skills, learn some or just to join in the fun!


We will be starting a regular newsletter to keep you updated through the construction phase. If you would like to sign up to receive the newsletter, please leave a comment.


9 thoughts on “Greening at Victoria Gateway & Pocket Park at Boston Avenue-Queensway junction

  1. Happy to be kept in the loop. Trust Links run two Growing Together Community Gardens in Southend (one in Westcliff, one in Shoeburyness) for people with mental health problems, learning disabilities and school groups including veg growing and horticulture training, so it would be good to work together.

  2. Good to see something being done at Queensway and Boston avenue. However one important thing has been missed.

    Cars turning from Queensway into Boston Avenue do so at high speed due to the corner being way too shallow. This should have been the opportunity to increase the deflection on this corner to force cars to slow right down before entering the 20MPH traffic calmed zone..

    • Hi, thank you for your feedback.

      As a part of the works we are realigning the carriageway at that junction to accommodate the leg of the carriageway coming out from Boston Avenue onto Queensway (exit leg) on the same side as the one entering into Boston Avenue (entrance leg). This allows us to extend the green space at the junction up to the edge of the property line on the east side. We are also intoducing buff coloured surface treatment at the entrance/exit to highlight the pedestrian and cyclist route. These changes are likely to help calm traffic.

      Apologies if that is not clear from the design plan above. Please continue to share your ideas and suggestions with us.

  3. Hi Krithika !

    Really good to see you the other day on your bike and lovely to be up to date with how things are going at Pocket Places.

    If you’d like to work together on community run projects not just on this space but you know people who have other ideas for the surrounding area please do get in contact at

    • Hi Suzanne,

      It was really lovely to see you riding with your son as well. We should catch up more regularly!

      Excited to hear about your new role working with an even wider community. There is definite benifits in consolidating our efforts and reaching out to as many people as we can.

      Thanks for sharing your new email address. I will keep you posted.

      See you soon.

  4. Hi there

    This project, close to where I live, sounds fantastic and not a moment too soon to improve the local area. I’d be happy to get involved in some of the gardening projects. Please get in touch if I can help.

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