Seaside town's new look unveiled
By James HoreA RESORT has undergone a major facelift in an effort to restore its image as a traditional seaside location. Almost £900,000 has been spent in Walton on the Naze in a project that also aimed to improve the town's footpaths and roads.
By James Hore
A RESORT has undergone a major facelift in an effort to restore its image as a traditional seaside location.
Almost £900,000 has been spent in Walton on the Naze in a project that also aimed to improve the town's footpaths and roads.
The new-look High Street was officially opened yesterday with specially-invited guests from the partnership that put the work together.
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The changes include restricting vehicle access along Newgate Street between High Street and Old Pier Street to allow pedestrians to enjoy the town.
Footpaths have also been widened and flag and brick paving put down to make the area more attractive.
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Tony Ciaburro, head of highways and transportation at Essex County Council, said: “This is an excellent example of what we can achieve by working in partnership to provide a safe and attractive environment for the local community.
Richard Dean, from the county council's contractors, May Gurney, added: “We would like to thank the residents and businesses for their patience and support while the works were carried out.
“The end result has made significant improvements for pedestrians and enhances the town centre.”
Other alterations include:
n designated bays for loading and unloading between 10am and 4pm from Monday to Saturday for a maximum of 20 minutes, with the existing bay opposite North Street being kept for goods delivery only.
n disabled persons parking places in Mill Lane, Alfred Terrace, Vicarage Lane and North Street
n restricted vehicle access along a short length of Newgate Street between High Street and Old Pier Street, giving pedestrian priority
n a raised platform by the bus stop to reduce the height of the step to and from the bus.
n pedestrian crossing points along High Street.
The changes were the result of a partnership between Essex County Council, Walton Forum, who provided some of the funding, Tendring District Council, Walton and Frinton Town Council and May Gurney.