Evening Echo
July 25, 2001

Residents give mixed reaction to options put forward to help cure traffic woe

Underpass solution in Priory probe

A FLYOVER or underpass could be the solution to traffic prolems around Priory Crescent, Soutehnd Council said today.

They are included in a range of options - including a one-way system around Priory Park - being considered as part of moves to ease traffic congestion in the area.

Controversial plans to use a sliver or Priory Park to widen Priory Crescent, which have sparked public protests, are also still being looked at.

A council spokesman stressed all these schemes, which would be funded under a multi-million pound Government cash settlement, were still being evaluated by officers.

When final plans have been drawn up, there will be full public consultation into whatever is put forward.

The local transport plan also includes two other major schemes - a new central bus station and improvements to the A13 London.

The spokesman said: "No final plans ahve been devised for any of these three major schemes and each scheme will take into account the environmental impact to the area if additional land is required to implement any part."

Tory executive councillor for transportation, Roger Weaver (Con, Eastwood), said: "People will hopefully understand the proposals are not just about improving traffic flows.

"The plan is also about providing Southend with a future by solving the borough's transport problems.

"Everybody needs to take responsibility for the way Southend is shaped in the future, including its infrastructure, its economic regeneration and its ability to sustain its current and growing community."

  • Meanwhile, the Priory Park Preservation Society will be holding its first official meeting at St Mary's Hall in Victoria Avenue, Prittlewell, on Monday at 7.30pm.
  • The pressure group was set up due to concerns over the proposed dualling of Priory Crescent and the threat to part of the park posed by it.

    It is pledged to oppose any development which would encroach on the park or affect any trees on public land within 50 yards of its boundaries.

    The society will also encourage the people of Southend to use and enjoy the park and seek to raise public awareness of any threat to the park and its environs from any source.

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