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Leigh Port Quay Wall (Cockle Wharf)


Approval Status


Project removed from GPF pipeline

Delivery Status


Project removed from GPF pipeline

Expected Completion Date


Project removed from GPF pipeline

Leigh Port is a small expanse of land (c. 7,500sqm) at the opening of the River Thames, spanning roughly 180m of the Southend coastline. The reclaimed area provides boat access, as well as housing 16 cockle sheds where cockles are cooked, processed and sold, as well as housing a small amount of light industry.

The project will involve construction of a new quay wall frontage, improvements to site access and resurfacing of the wharf to make the port a safe place to work and visit.

Maintaining the viability of the cockle sheds is central to the objectives of the project.

Project Update

The project was considered by Accountability Board on 27 May 2022 and the decision was taken to remove the project from the GPF project pipeline. The Board were advised that Southend-on-Sea City Council had been successful in securing Levelling Up Fund funding from Central Government to support delivery of the project and therefore the GPF funding was no longer required.

Capital Programme delivery update

Take a look at our update on the delivery of the Local Growth Fund (LGF) and Growing Places Fund (GPF) capital programmes.

SELEP Capital Investment Programme

Growing Places Fund

The Growing Places Fund (GPF) was established by the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (formerly the Department for Communities and Local Government) and the Department for Transport (DfT) in 2011. The aim of this funding is to unlock economic growth, create jobs and ‘kick-start’ house building at stalled development sites.

The GPF was made available to SELEP for investment as a recyclable loan scheme. Loan repayment schedules for each project are agreed within the credit agreement which is put in place at the start of the project. Repayments against these projects are returned to the central pot for reallocation to new projects. Through the GPF Round 1 awards, a total of £47.459m GPF was awarded to 13 capital infrastructure projects across the South East LEP area. Repayments are now being made by the Round 1 projects which has allowed funding totalling £20.387m to be allocated to a further 13 projects through GPF Rounds 2 and 3.
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