Well, no. None of those things. They were paying Sunday rates to indulge in The Great Tree Massacre of Victoria Avenue:
There was traffic chaos leading up to a busy Southend roundabout as trees were chopped down to make way for a new £25 million regeneration scheme.Yup, in the middle of the worst weather seen for many years, and the accompanying travel difficulties, they chose Sunday for a bit of quick tree savaging, secure in the knowledge that by the time people could muster to protest about it, it’d be too late.
As a result, a nice, attractively-planted roundabout now looks like the Somme.
Anna Waite, Southend Council’s executive councillor for transport and planning, said: “We are extremely proud of this scheme, which will transform the entrance to Southend Town Centre.Say what..? I fail to see how this is going to ‘make it easier’ for anyone to get into the town.
“It will make it so much easier and more convenient for people to arrive via different forms of transport and get straight into the heart of the town.”
And ‘different forms of transport’? Such as? Low flying aircraft?
They are just making it up as they go along, aren’t they?
Update: Here's the breathtakingly inviting vista that Anna Waite thinks was made hideous by the mature trees and bushes: