Highway Rangers and Grounds Maintenance teams are working their way across the district sprucing up town centres as part of our high street regeneration plans.
Improve the look and feel
Recent studies have shown how simple things can improve the look and feel of our high streets, such as:
- Sweeping and cleaning on a regular basis and clearing litter and emptying bins
- Cleaning, repairing, redecorating street furniture – lamp posts, bollards, railings, planters, litter bins, benches etc.
- Replacing broken and previously removed bollards
- Replacing and relaying broken and uneven paving
Already, in Waltham Abbey 70 bollards have been repaired and painted, as well as other metal work like bike loops.
In Sun Street the rangers have also reset tree pits, begun renovating or replacing benches, fixed trip hazards on pavements and arranged for new trees to be planted by the Arboricultural Service.
Epping is the next location on the schedule starting with painting railings and bollards, and further work scheduled for coming weeks.
Places to visit, shop and eat
Councillor Nigel Avey, Cabinet Member for Environmental and Technical Services said:
COVID-19 has unexpectedly changed the way we live. More people are now shopping locally and working from home, so we must encourage them to use their local high streets more.
Smartening up our high streets and town centres is one way to make them more attractive places to visit, shop and eat.
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