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New traffic calming measures have been installed along Thorpe Bay Gardens to prevent dangerous driving in the area.
Seven speed humps were installed in early July by Marlborough Highways, the council’s highways contractor, and follows collaborative work between the council, Essex Police, ward councillors and local residents to tackle anti-social incidents and dangerous driving in the area over the past few years.
The speed humps are one of various measures put in place by the council over the last 12 months in the area, including increased highways enforcement visits and increased Community Safety Unit patrols outside of normal operating hours, working in conjunction with Essex Police.
Councillor Ron Woodley, cabinet member for transport, capital and inward investment, said: “Thorpe Bay gardens is a popular location for visitors during the summer months, and we want everyone to enjoy themselves in Southend-on-Sea.
“Unfortunately, the irresponsible behaviour of a select few ruins others’ enjoyment and I am confident these additional measures will greatly reduce dangerous driving and improve road safety in this area.
“I am pleased to see these works completed. With some of the incidents we have seen over recent years and more recently, it was vital we got these speed humps installed. The council and our partners will continue to monitor the area, and I urge residents to contact the police in the first instance to report any anti-social behaviour issues.”
Chief Inspector Ian Hughes, district commander for Southend, said: “Essex Police has welcomed the introduction of the traffic calming measures which will assist in making the road network safer.
“Over a number of years Thorpe Bay Gardens has seen an increase in anti-social driving, this has led to increased reports to both Essex Police and Southend Council.
“This is a good example of the police, council and the community working together to solve a challenging issue.”