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£47m cash boost for Southend

January 12, 2020 2:18 PM
By Steve Shaw in Southend Echo

A BUMPER £47m cash injection will be spent on a package of projects to improve roads, schools, car parks and Southend Pier as part of new council budget plans revealed today.

Projects could include new multi-storey car parks at Tylers Avenue, Southend and two other possible sites in Leigh, due to be unveiled in March.

The £47m investment aimed at rejuvenating the town includes spending £3.2m on road improvements and pavements.

About £1m would be used for resurfacing and repairing potholes, £650,000 for improving road junctions, £600,000 on zebra crossing improvements and £450,000 on enhancing the conditions of pavements around trees.

A further £5.3m will be spent on maintaining and refurbishing the town's world-famous pier, part of an ongoing investment that needs to be committed to ensure the pier's longterm survival .

This will be on top of the £16m already allocated to the pier last year to replace the trains and build a new restaurant and a visitors' pavilion.

A one-hour town centre parking band reintroduced in autumn 2019 will also be maintained and all charges for council-owned car parks will be frozen for a second year.

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