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Braintree: Volunteers left waiting to decorate subway
2:00pm Friday 2nd November 2012 in News
Volunteers who have waited more than a year to decorate a subway with artwork are considering writing to the Secretary of State.
Forty pieces of work were completed last October to brighten up the Cressing Road underpass as part of a project by Braintree East Pride in Patch.
Group chairman Karen Brown met with officials in March this year and hoped the artwork could be unveiled in the subway this month with a big celebration.
Since the March meeting she has struggled to receive updates and on Tuesday received an email from the Government Highways Agency saying there should be another discussion about the project.
She said: “I really do feel frustrated that we are supposed to be working in this ideal big society yet the Government’s own department don’t have an accepted way of dealing with people.”
A Highways Agency spokesman said: “Safety is our top priority and we need to make sure that any installations on our road network are secure and safe for all road users, and in this instance, pedestrians.
“We recognise that this project has taken some time to progress.
“We are very keen to move this project forward and will be working closely with the Braintree East Community Action Group to find a speedy resolution and install the artwork.”
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