Councillors to debate Southend seafront road and parking changes

SOUTHEND councillors will deliberate this afternoon over a number of proposed changes to the road network around the seafront.

Concerns were raised in July about parking provision and ease of movement around the tourist spot.

Civil servants have since investigated a number of possible remedies and have produced a report, which will be debated by the council’s cabinet today.

They have recommended that six proposals go forward to a consultation stage. These projects could cost more than £40,000 to carry out.

Officers have recommended that another three suggestions should not be taken forward.

The schemes which are recommended for consultation include ‘increasing connectivity between the seafront and the High Street’ by reinstating the right-hand turn at the Church Road and Chancellor Road junction.

Officers have also said allowing right turns from Chichester Road into the Tylers Avenue car park should be consulted over, as should removing yellow lines outside businesses under Pier Hill on Western Esplanade, outside the Alexandra Yacht Club and outside the vaping shop on Eastern Esplanade.

Other proposals which could go forward are putting white lines outside Three Shells on Western Esplanade and putting yellow lines outside Marriott’s fish shop on Western Esplanade.

However, the report warned that these proposed changes could worsen air pollution and carbon emissions, saying: “By increasing spaces, we risk increasing traffic congestion and carbon emission. We are therefore encouraging car use when we should be promoting other forms of transport.”

The schemes which officers have recommended are not progressed are putting parking outside the Electric Avenue arcade on Marine Parade, putting parking spaces in what is currently a bus stop by the pier and putting parking bays in Chancellor Road.

The report said the Chancellor Road suggestion would have required ‘removal of valuable green space’.

The cabinet will meet in the Civic Suite at the council offices at 2pm today to discuss the proposals.

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Charles Thomson

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