Multimillion pound street improvements in Jaywick Sands are now successfully completing after a two-year project led by Essex County Council (ECC).
More than £5 million has been spent to build new road surfaces and street drainage in 31 of Jaywick Sands’ roads benefitting residents and visitors alike.
With the school holiday period now under way, remaining minor works will be finished off in September, allowing unimpeded access to the area during the summer season weeks.
Cutting a ribbon to declare the scheme complete today (Tuesday), Essex County Council Chairman Cllr John Aldridge said: “I am delighted to see the works done to transform the roads and pavements in Jaywick Sands.
“The before and after pictures I have seen today are a real testament to the improvements this investment by the County Council and Tendring District Council has delivered in the local area. We are very pleased that the District Council, the County Council and local residents have worked together on this magnificent project.”
Councillor Kevin Bentley, Deputy Leader at Essex County Council, added; “Last week, the Council announced its new organisation strategy, which includes ambitions to help create great places to grow up, live and work; and enable inclusive economic growth.
“This investment encourages both things and, just as importantly, addresses specific concerns that the residents raised more than two years ago. This is a great stride forward and proof that Essex continues to invest in its infrastructure.
“We are always ready to step in to support our economy and help it to flourish. This great project is clear evidence of this; working closely with residents, our highway engineering teams and Tendring District Council.”
Residents groups have warmly welcomed the improvements as something that has not only solved specific access and safety problems, but also visually lifted the area significantly. Compliments were also extended to the contractors who have delivered the works for the past two years, as disruption has been kept to a minimum and the working relationship kept very strong.
Cllr Neil Stock OBE, Leader of the Tendring District Council, added: “Jaywick Sands is on the up and we’re delighted to play our part in it. By working together the regeneration of Jaywick Sands is going from strength to strength and making a real difference to the lives of local residents.”