Shoeburyness is a town in the southeast of Essex, located between Thorpe Bay and Great Wakering; around 3 miles from Southend town centre. The Ministry of Defence has a test firing site on the very outer edges of the town, whilst the grand 'Garrison' development has pushed property prices up in recent years. 11,159 people lived here when the last census was conducted in 2011 .
Shoeburyness is home to two of the area's finest beaches, both of which have been awarded with blue flags. East Beach is a sandy area around a quarter of a mile long and is sandwiched between the Ministry of Defence site at Pig's Bay and the former Shoeburyness Artillery barracks.
Shoebury Common Beach is bounded to the east by the land formerly occupied by the Shoeburyness Artillery barracks and continues into Jubilee Beach. Shoebury Common Beach is the site of many beach huts located on both the promenade and the beach. Uncle Tom's Cabin provides visitors with the usual seaside refreshments. A Coast Guard watch tower at the eastern end of the beach keeps watch over the sands and mudflats while listening out for distress calls over the radio. A cycle path skirts around the sea-front linking the East Beach to Shoebury Common Beach, and also provides access to Southend.
The area also benefits from a large grassy area immediately adjacent to the sands, which is suitable for informal sports and family fun. Windsurfing, parasailing and other water sports are available here.
Shoeburyness is served by the reliable c2c train line, operated by National Express. The station at Shoeburyness is the end of the line, with trains running through to London Fenchurch Street, calling at stations such as Leigh-On-Sea, Basildon and Upminster along the way. Trains operate every 15 minutes during the day however are more frequent during rush hour. The journey time is approximately 70 minutes.
Numerous bus routes are also present in the town, conducted by Arriva, reaching Rayleigh via Thorpe Bay, Southend, Westcliff, Hadleigh and Thundersley and another bus route reaching Rayleigh via Southend Airport and Eastwood.
The area is accessible by car via the A127 and A13, the latter of which leads directly into the town. Parking is generally not an issue with most streets being free to park in.
As of 2016 the current value of a property in Shoeburyness is £271,505. Much of this figure can be credited to ‘The Garrison’ with building works beginning on the 96 acre development in the early 2000s to convert the former army barracks into picturesque family homes. The area also offers an array of properties such as purpose built flats, house conversions, bungalows and period houses.
Shoeburyness alone offers one secondary school, Shoeburyness High School, and the choice of five primary schools. Families can apply for the local Grammar schools, including Southend High for Boys/Girls, however this requires a bus journey. All Ofsted reports and GCSE results for schools in the local area can be found online.