Highways works planned for draft council budget

Published Monday, 14th January 2019

Budget 2019/20 on Yellow to Red gradient background.

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council will be investing over £26m into improving its roads and pavements over the next 3 years.

This includes an extra £3m proposed as part of the council’s draft 2019/20 budget announced last week (Wednesday 9 January), and the investment will see a number of roads resurfaced, potholes filled and pavements replaced throughout the 2019/20 financial year.

Cllr Andrew Moring, cabinet member for infrastructure, said: “Through our Southend 2050 engagement work, we know that residents strongly value accessibility and that the condition of roads and pavements is a priority for them and that is why we are investing £26.3m over the next three years. This money will maintain more roads and pavements and also fill more potholes where full road resurfacing is not needed.

“With the borough growing, it is also essential that we continue to look after the infrastructure we have so that it can support the borough’s future development.

“Improving the road network as part of a wider transport and access strategy will help traffic to flow and support the council’s aspirations for Southend as a place to live, work and prosper within south Essex.”

The draft budget will be considered by the council’s cabinet this week (Thursday 17 January), consulted on and go through the council’s scrutiny committees, with the final budget to be discussed and approved at Full Council on Thursday 21 February 2018.