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Ground investigation works to begin for Better Queensway redevelopment

Following the recent approval at Southend-on-Sea Borough Council’s development control committee, ground work investigations for the Better Queensway redevelopment will start next week.

Boreholes are being drilled in several locations across the Queensway estate to look at the make-up of the soil so the correct foundations can be put in place for any future building work.

As part of this work, the temporary Essex Street car park will be closed for four weeks from Monday 19th April, with machinery arriving on-site on the same day. Work will take place during normal working hours between 8am and 6pm.

There will also be off-peak lane closures on Queensway from 20th to 28th April (9.30am to 3.30pm), and some pedestrian pathways and crossings will be diverted whilst the work is being carried out.

Geoff Pearce, Chair of the Porters Place Southend-on-Sea LLP Board and Deputy Chief Executive of Swan Housing Association, said: “Getting this work underway is a significant milestone for the project. These preparatory works are important for the scheme as these homes will be built to stand the test of time, so we need to get the foundations right.

“While we appreciate there might be some minor disruption and noise due to the drilling, it is important we get this work done so we can build a brilliant new Queensway, and we would like to thank residents on the estate and in the wider community for their patience and cooperation while this work takes place.”

All work will be in line with the most recent Coronavirus (COVID-19) safe working practices, as outlined by the Government.

Residents on and nearby the Queensway estate have been sent a letter regarding the works. To find out more about the project visit


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