Eastwood is a town four miles west of Southend-on-Sea in Essex, England. It is a suburb of Southend and part of the Southend-on-Sea unitary district. Eastwood is sometimes called Eastwood Park, particularly for local elections.
It is bordered by Rayleigh to the west, Rochford to the north-east, and Belfairs, part of Leigh-on-Sea, to the south. To the north lies Edwards Hall Park, a large area of open countryside, part of which is farmland. This green space extends all the way to Hockley Woods, and Hockley. There are also several playparks throughout Eastwood.
Eastwood has good bus links to both Southend and the surrounding areas, with popular services including Arriva Southend's route 9 service, and First Essex's route 20 service. The nearby Southend Airport is in the process of being re-developed to operate a range of European passenger flights once again. However, the nearest railway stations are Rayleigh station and Rochford station on the Great Eastern Main Line with services to London Liverpool Street operated by Greater Anglia, and Leigh-on-Sea station on the London, Tilbury and Southend Railway, with services to London Fenchurch Street operated by c2c. There are currently no buses connecting the north side of Eastwood (north of the A127) with the south side and its administrative town of Leigh-on-Sea.
It is a mainly residential area with housing and small clusters of independent local shops scattered throughout. There are several pubs, including The Oakwood, The Brookside Tavern, The Bellhouse and The Loyal Toast; and also a snooker club (The Green Baize). Along Western Approaches there is a supermarket (Morrisons) a doctor's clinic (Scott Park Surgery) and a community centre. There is also a larger clinic at Kent Elms corner, with a pharmacy and library. The parish is served by the Grade I listed medieval St. Laurence and All Saints Church, Eastwood which sits at the end of the main runway for Southend Airport.
Eastwood has many infant and junior schools. There is also one secondary school, Eastwood School, a mixed school with about 850 pupils (in 2004). Eastwood School is home to the Eastwood Theatre, which puts on several theatrical productions, as well as other events such as battle of the bands.
Eastwood has its own small police station, though it is called a police office as it is only open to the public every Thursday for "Community Surgery" whereby residents can raise any community issues they have. These sessions are hosted by Neighbourhood Specialist Officer PC Neil Gale, who has worked at the station about 5 years.
According to figures from Southend Borough Council, Eastwood has only half the national average of people having degree level qualifications, but the number of home-owners is above average.