THERE was traffic chaos leading up to a busy Southend roundabout as trees were chopped down to make way for a new £25 million regeneration scheme.

A stretch of the Victoria Avenue, Southend, dual carriageway was reduced to a single lane on Sunday leading up to the roundabout outside Southend Victoria Station, which was also partially closed to traffic.

This was to allow workmen to chop down several large trees.

The trees were removed as part of the £25 million Victoria Square regeneration scheme.

Anna Waite, Southend Council’s executive councillor for transport and planning, said: “We are extremely proud of this scheme, which will transform the entrance to Southend Town Centre.

“It will make it so much easier and more convenient for people to arrive via different forms of transport and get straight into the heart of the town.”

Residents spoke of their anger that the well established trees, some of which were about 30ft tall, had been sacrificed to make way for the regeneration scheme.