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News in Brief – Spring 2017

>> Millions of paper fivers are still being carried around despite them no longer being legal tender. The Bank of England has said around 150m paper £5 notes are still with the public. The paper £5 note which features Elizabeth Fry were not legal tender as of 5th May.

>> UKIP has been wiped off the county map in Essex with the loss of nine seats in the recent local elections. The party was the biggest loser as the Conservatives took 56 of 75 seats to retain overall control – an increase of 14 compared to the last election in 2013. Labour lost three seats and the Liberal Democrats two, while Independent candidates gained two seats.

>> Westcliff Library has reopened following a refurbishment. The library, which has been closed since January, has welcomed customers again with a new layout. The interior has also been fully redecorated, with new flooring, signage, and energy-efficient lighting as well as a new “customer-friendly” arrangement to the books. There is also a brand new meeting room, available to hire later in the year, which will suit local businesses and community groups.

>> There is still time to register for the Essex Business Awards Country Wide (inc Southend) held 6th Oct 2017. Entry closes 1st July