A project to tidy up Epping High Street, while improving opportunities for social distancing is due to start this week.
Replacement of temporary orange barriers
The project, funded by Epping Forest District Council, will see the end of the wind-blown temporary orange barriers, with wider pavements, attractive planters, more bike racks and more outdoor seating.
Local contractor WH Construction has been appointed by the Council to undertake the works and replace the temporary pavement widening with a more professional and appropriate finish.
The work will be scheduled around the popular Monday market and is expected to last two to three weeks during which we will attempt to minimise disruption.
Keeping our residents safe
A Council spokesman said:
There will inevitably be some disruption at times during the construction works, but we will aim to keep residents, shoppers and businesses informed throughout the process and minimise disruption.
Works will be completed between markets and we hope local people will bear with us as we work to remove the unsightly rows of orange barriers – a short-term solution to encourage social distancing at the beginning of lockdown – with proper, level-access pavements.
The changes are time limited and expected to last 12-18 months. There are three main sections to be widened, outside M&S, outside McColls/Post Office and outside Barclays bank.
A Council spokesman continued:
These works will ensure the High Street can operate safely, restore local confidence and help keep our residents safe.
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