Budleigh Salterton railings replacement could cost £6k

PUBLISHED: 16:30 10 November 2017

Railings in Fore Street, Budleigh, which are set to be replaced. Picture: John Ireland

Railings in Fore Street, Budleigh, which are set to be replaced. Picture: John Ireland

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Budleigh in Bloom has warned the town council replacement railings in Fore Street could set them back up to £6,000

Replacement railings in Budleigh Salterton could set the taxpayers back up to £6,000, according to the town’s planting charity.

Speaking at a town council meeting, representatives from Budleigh in Bloom warned that the cost of replacing the railings from Fore Street to Mackrel Square could cost between £2,000 and £6,000.

The charity has more than 20 baskets and troughs attached to the railings, and plants flowers there twice a year.

The council had been asked to consider whether or not to fund the replacement of the railings.

John Ireland, of Budleigh in Bloom, said: “There are 24 baskets there at the moment and if all the railings are taken down then all the boxes have to be taken down and there was some cost and time implications from our point of view.

“Most probably, you will be in for a cost of around £2,000 because when they are taken down, a lot of the fixings are rusted and you will not be able to put them back up again, you would have to put in new supports and brackets.

“If you go to the other extreme, if all the boxes for one reason or another could not be repaired or put back in place then the maximum cost would be £6,000 because you’ve got brackets, boxes etc.”

Mr Ireland also said that if the council decide to go ahead with the replacement, that March or April 2018 would be a good time for them as they would be between the charity’s two scheduled plantings.

Town councillors decided to support the idea of funding replacement railings, and agreed to gather costing information and proposals before pledging the funds.

Deputy mayor Tom Wright hoped that any solution would involve Budleigh in Bloom.

He said: “This town benefits greatly from the plantings in Fore Street.

“We should try and ensure Budleigh in Bloom and the contractors work together to try and resolve a reasonably costly solution.”

Councillor Lynda Evans added: “We set aside money for the enhancement of the town and I think it’s about time we spent some of that money on it.”

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