11th February 2009
MAY I thank Councillor Anna Waite for her clear statement in last week's YA - "The park is protected so we can't go through it".
That will bring cheer to the many Southend residents who regularly enjoy the beauty and facilities of Priory Park.
The plans issued following the council meeting at which they were approved in 2007 show that, while the proposed dual carriageway would lie outside the northern border of the park, a foot and cycle path would be built through it.
As I understood the drawing, this tarmacadam right of way would have the trench for services beneath it.
This section of the park was marked for 'landscaping', an unusual use of that word for a scheme involving the destruction of around 40 and 50 trees.
According to the current Rights of Way Improvement Plan issued by SBC, there are no Rights of Way through Priory Park, and since we know it to be protected, none can be installed.
This must be good news, as I shudder to think of what the various Priory Park protest groups would do if such a project were attempted.
Councillor Ric Morgan
Hobleythick Lane, Westcliff