A leading councillor has promised that the hideous security barriers scarring the centre of historic Windsor for the last few months will soon be transformed.

The Royal Borough’s cabinet member for highways Cllr Phill Bicknell made his promise of a new ‘re-beautified’ town this week after a meeting was held to discuss ways of landscaping the barriers so that they merged in better with the historic buildings surrounding them.

He said that money from the national purse would be made available to help the Royal Borough achieve this, adding: “We will not skimp on this. If we felt, as a council, that it needed more money to achieve this than was being offered we would contribute - and I think the people of Windsor would be with us.”

The ugly security barriers were put in after the spate of terror attacks in London.

Concern about the look of the town grew again this week after the recent appearance of another set of eyesores – an ‘ugly’ concrete chicane between Datchet Road and River Street.

The chicane – ‘pinchpoint’ has been put in by the borough to support a nine-week one-way experiment in Thames Street next to the Theatre Royal.

Cllr Bicknell – who represents Park ward and is also deputy council leader – said the chicane was designed to reduce traffic speeds as cars were diverted left on to River Street and to reduce the number of potentially dangerous lanes pedestrians had to cross while the one way experiment was happening.

However, he said: “They are only temporary and will be removed at the end of the trial, whether or not the one way system is adopted permanently. If it is adopted and we bring back the chicanes, they will also be designed to be as aesthetically pleasing as possible and to merge in with the town.”