New controlled bollards for Southend High Street safety and security

A new upgraded bollard system is to be installed that will improve safety and increase security measures at all vehicle entrances to Southend High Street.

Works to replace the old bollard system carried out by Eurovia, started on Monday July 12 and is set to be completed in November depending on factors such as weather and access.

During the works, effort will be made to keep inconvenience to a minimum for local businesses and pedestrian access to shop fronts being maintained throughout the works.

The bollards are set to be controlled by the council’s CCTV team, which operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Cllr Martin Terry, cabinet member for public protection, said: “Public safety is of paramount importance and it is key that we renew the current bollards at the entrances to our High Street.

“The current bollard system is in disrepair and no longer fit for purpose, so installing the new and improved system will improve security and allow us to better manage vehicle access for this high footfall area.

“With new CCTV set to be installed in and around our High Street, our council officers will be able to see and control the bollards, ensuring that the new safety measures will not affect the local businesses who require high street vehicle access.”

The High Street access points where the works will be carried out are as follows; London Road, Queensway, Southchurch Road, Leather Lane, Queens Road, Warrior Square, Elmer Approach, Station Approach, Whitegate Road, Tylers Avenue, Market Place, Richmond Avenue and Royal Mews, Clifftown Road, Weston Road, Clarence Street, Alexandra Street, Heygate Avenue, The Royals Shopping Centre and Pier Hill.

Mick Ferris

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