THE final touches are being made to a multi-million pound facelift designed to breath new life into Braintree town centre.

Work is set to be completed on the high street pedestrianisation scheme in just a matter of weeks.

Braintree Council recently opened up the High Street so residents can make use of the rejuvenated area after sections were blocked off for work as part of the £2.95million scheme.

Resin resurfacing work in New Street Square has also been completed.

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A patch of black asphalt also indicates where tree pits will be, with the trees being put in during the planting season later this year.

The council this week confirmed that work is due for completion in August, although some areas will be finished before then.

The contractors are now starting to make progress on Great Square, which the council says will be complete “very soon”.

Work on the ambitious project resumed in April after Braintree Council appointed a new contractor to complete the scheme.

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A council spokesman said: “The completion of the whole project is aimed for August 2021, but it’s important to note as the contractor progresses through the town centre in a phased way this will mean that some elements of the works will be completed sooner.

“The end result will create a fantastic new and safer public space we can use for future events in the town centre and play a key part in supporting our fantastic local businesses and our town centre bouncing back from the impacts of the pandemic.

“We can’t wait to see the finished final look.

“We will continue to update people on the progress of works over the next few weeks.”

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The regeneration work will see Market Place, Great Square and the High Street transformed into a new public space with one-level paving, new street furniture, CCTV, Wi-Fi hotspots, trees and new seating areas.

The multi-million pedestrianisation scheme is part of a major investment in the town centre, alongside the £30million Victoria Square development.

The work aims to modernise the town centre and bring more people into Braintree, boost trade for existing businesses and also attract new firms into the town.