The picturesque Canvey Island is largely split into two halves - the eastern half of the island allocated to the residential areas and amenities, while the western half houses the plentiful farmland and industrial areas.
Canvey Island is connected to mainland Essex by two bridged roads; the A130 and the B1014. Over 25,000 vehicles use the A130 to get in and out of the island every day, providing an important commercial link to the rest of the county and Greater London. There are significant regeneration plans afoot to extend connections into and out of the island's industrial areas, along with a third crossing in a bid to ease congestion.
Canvey Island is most notable in business for its close links with the petrochemical industry and has previously been the subject of important testing on the risks to a population living within close proximity to petrochemical shipping and storage facilities.