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Streets for Walking

Town centre traffic is both a problem for the environment, and for pedestrians navigating the area. Essex County Planners showcase their dynamic solution to this nuisance.

Sponsored film 1970 4 mins

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Essex County Planners have made town centre shopping a leisurely experience for the ascerning Essex citizen. Two new precincts have appeared in the County. New Town Basildon's custom-built shopping precinct is traffic-free, making it safe to navigate and free from car fumes. Southend-on-sea also have a new precinct. Both are examples of modern transformations of urban space, a welcome contrast to the fume-filled high street at the film's beginning.

United Motion Pictures predominantly produced newsreels and information films. The company produced films from 1955 to 1972.