RESIDENTS are being reminded roadworks needed to revamp the pavements in Colchester High Street are set to begin this week.

Works to repair and improve the paving in High Street will start on July 20 following the completion of work to install broadband upgrades early.

Contractors Henderson and Taylor can now begin work from July 20 to replace and re-grout and seal slabs on the pavements.

Essex Highway is managing the scheme, which will take about 12 weeks, and is funded by both Essex County Council and Colchester Borough Council.

Kevin Bentley, deputy leader of Essex County Council, said: "We will ensure the pavements are greatly improved and future-proofed with minimum inconvenience to traders and public. Colchester has a great future beyond these still tough times now.”

Minimal disruption is expected as cars are banned from the street as part of changes to enable social distancing in the town centre.

Repair works will take place at night, between 7pm and 6am, in sections moving along the road with the noisiest work will be completed before 11.30pm each evening.

New colour-coordinated slabs will replace damaged areas with grouting and sealing to prevent damage in future.

Contractors will work Sunday to Thursday nights to avoid issues for late-night businesses, who are particularly busy on Friday and Saturday nights.

Martin Goss, Colchester Council’s transport boss, said: “I’m very pleased that this work to improve Colchester High Street, which will make it a more attractive place for people to visit and shop, is happening earlier than planned, through our jointly funded project with the county council.

"We want to ensure the town centre remains a welcoming and safe environment for everyone. There are better times ahead.”