WITH £22,000 set to be released to enhance The Broadway in Loughton, shoppers gave their views on plans to use part of the cash to commission a piece of public art.

Fred Carey, 84, The Croft, Loughton.

“I think that there are definitely better uses for the money. What we need is a few extra parking spaces along here. The car parks round the back of The Broadway are always full. That is what would help the traders.”

Steve Andrews, 58, South View Road, Loughton.

“It would be an absolute and utter waste of money. If they spent £20 on it it would be a waste of money. What is needed down here is some extra Police Community Support Officers. My uncle does not feel safe coming down here at night.”

Nicola Hunt, 32, Longcroft Rise, Loughton.

“I think the idea is a load of rubbish. There is a lot more they could be doing with that money to make it look nicer. I think they should ask the college students to contribute a piece of art for free, get the artists there involved.”

Michael Larner, 67, Pakes Way, Theydon Bois.

“The way things are now economically I would have thought there are better uses for it. It could be a good thing though if it involves local schools and children though.”

James Tilley, 84, Sandford Avenue, Loughton.

“It would not be a wise use of the money. They could spend it on providing a grant to shopkeepers to improve their shop fronts or even more CCTV to make The Broadway safer.”

Maureen Stacey, 63, Brook Road, Buckhurst Hill.

“I am not against the idea in principle, as long as it is a nice piece of work. This is quite a nice shopping precinct and a piece of art could enhance it.”

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