Phase 1 of the Prittle Brook Greenway project in Southend is nearing completion but there are one or two areas where things need to be corrected. The Greenway runs near the bottom of our road and this afternoon I had a quick cycle along it to see how the work was progressing. The Phase 1 work is very nearly finished and it is a great improvement on the old path that runs for nearly 6km from Priory Park to Belfairs Woods. Phase 1 of the works runs from Priory Park to Westbourne Grove and it is very nearly complete. More details of the project can be found on the www.cyclesouthend.co.uk website.
An pdf version of the route map sign in the photo above can be found here.
The photos below show a couple of the completed sections.
It is a real improvement over the old path on which cycles were not allowed. It is now much wider and the road crossings are much safer with dropped kerbs and large circulation areas.
There are a few items that let it down a little and I’m assuming these will be corrected when the works are snagged at the end of the job. One item is that in a number of places the levels are wrong at the drop kerbs meaning that water puddles which is not very clever – especially when there is a gully nearby. The other is that the galvanised steel tubes used in the small sections of barrier (that are mostly of oak – very nice) are already rusting which looks bad. The galvanising needed to be a bit thicker me-thinks.
Other than these small details the greenway is a great scheme and I look forward to using it in the summer when the weather is a little better. I also hope that Phase 2 of the work is funded and goes ahead as a connection through to Belfairs Woods would be excellent.
It is a pity however that despite our council doing sood things to improve our neighbourhood there are still a small minority who think it is acceptable to vandalise anything and everything. Somewhere along the line this comes back out of taxpayers pockets. I guess some people just don’t give a damn.
If you have any comments on the Greenway or those who consider it acceptable to vandalise our neighbourhood then feel free to leave your comments below.