Entrance to town centre set for £4m makeover
Published Tuesday, 18th February 2020
Plans to improve the town-centre end of London Road and Victoria Circus have taken another step forward as two designs are set to be discussed by the council’s cabinet (Tuesday 25 February).
The two options have been developed for the area of London Road between College Way and Victoria Circus, with an outline plan for Victoria Circus, following a series of consultation events with residents, businesses and external stakeholders.
Key features of both proposed options include:
- improved street lighting
- new block paving of pavements, cycleway and parking bays
- landscaping improvements
- new trees, greenery and planters
- realigning the road to restrict vehicle movements through the stub-end of London Road. This will help encourage more pedestrian movement throughout the space
- relocating taxi bays along London Road
- new access restrictions onto the High Street from London Road to be controlled by CCTV and a rising bollard system
- realigning the road to improve cycling parking space
- reducing the speed limit from 30mph to 20mph
- sustainable Urban Drainage System installed along the pavement
Cllr Ron Woodley, cabinet member for transport, capital and inward investment, said: “Victoria Circus and London Road are a main gateway into the High Street, and as such we are keen to improve this area.
“The two designs up for review have been devised following many different consultation events, where residents and businesses have told us what they would like to see. Improved street lighting and introducing trees and planters were a common theme, and so I am pleased that both options address that.
“I am delighted to see this work progressing and I look forward to reviewing the options so that we can push on with improving this important area within the town centre from spring.”
Cllr Kevin Robinson, cabinet member for business, culture and tourism, welcomed the investments: “Like many areas across the country, Southend High Street is facing unprecedented challenges.
“While many of these challenges fall outside the council’s control, this funding can help us provide a more attractive environment for shoppers, visitors and potential investors. Funding for this work has been secured from central government sources, so we can achieve far more than could have been imagined through our own means
“While these works will not solve all of the challenges we face in the town centre they are a very substantial and welcome boost and hopefully provide a catalyst for further growth and investment.”
Cabinet will also be asked to agree that delegated authority be given to the Chief Executive and Executive Director for neighbourhoods and the environment, in consultation with the leader of the council, to agree the final detailed design. If agreed, the selected option will be taken forward and implementation would commence in spring 2020.
You can view the cabinet report in full on our website.