Ugly Barriers on East Bridge: The Civic Society Takes Action
Essex County Council installed red and white metal barriers on East Bridge, East Street due to concerns over the structure of the bridge and supposed unauthorised parking. Since their installation the barriers have become more and more of an eyesore and residents have called on County Hall to deal with the issue, particularly as this is a conservation area and a main gateway into town. The end drums have missing lids which allow them to be used as litter bins, sections of metal tubing along the tops need replacing and silt and weeds have built up over the whole stretch.
In the meantime however, volunteers from the Society, have taken action. The north and south sides of the bridge have been cleared of litter; pavements and kerbs have been weeded and brushed clean; roadside gutters cleared of debris and brushed clean: overgrown conifers and evergreens cut back and the safety barriers restored to their original position.
ECC admit its maintenance of the barriers has not been as effective as it should be and will now step up and make sure they are kept in better condition. A spokesman also states that engineers will carry out a feasibility study in the 2019-20 financial year to look at options for a better longer term solution, statements appreciated by the Society.