I am not 100% sure about the surfacing especially with regard to dog excrement which has always been a problem along the path and will be more-so now the unpaved areas have been reduced. It will be more difficult to see and to remove and the surface will increase wear and tear on street cleaning equipment. I hope that making this into a really nice walking route will encourage dog owners to be responsible and that Southend Council will have a maintenace programme to clean the route at regular intervals.
I would also have liked to see some low level bollard lighting so the route could be considered safer to use in the hours of darkness. I hope also that some road markings will be added at the highway crossings to alert drivers to its presence.
I have uploaded a few photos to my picasweb site here and included a few photos below.