Problem pavement in Exmouth to be resurfaced next week
PUBLISHED: 12:01 03 October 2017 | UPDATED: 12:01 03 October 2017
A section of pavement in Exmouth town centre, which has been branded a dangerous tripping hazard, is set to be resurfaced next week.
Town and county councillor Richard Scott told this week’s Exmouth Town Council meeting that work to resurface the pavement on the south side of The Parade was to start on Monday, October 9.
As previously reported by the Journal, the section of pavement there has been the subject of years of campaigning for improvements, as there have been regular reports of elderly pedestrians tripping and being injured.
Town and county councillor Jeff Trail told the meeting that paving slabs would be removed and replaced with a bitumen surface.
He added that he hoped any removed paving slabs which were not broken could then be taken across to replace broken slabs on the north side of the road.
Cllr Trail said that he had spoken to businesses with premises along the stretch of pavement which is being resurfaced, and they had responded positively to the news.
Councillors were also told that work would be taking place from Thursday next week in Rolle Street, where it was said there are tripping hazards for people crossing the road near the bus stops.
Cllr Trail said: “We have had quite a few calls with people tripping over.
“On the cinema side of the road, where the bus stops, you can actually see where the four wheels of the bus stop, because there are divots, and when people cross from the Strand to the cinema, you can’t actually see it, and you trip.
“Secondly, on the Strand side, where you’ve got the loading bay, and then there are some cobbles and a bus stop, the cobbles are causing a problem, because buses are going over those and making them loose, so they are likely to be taken out and replaced with tarmac.”
Speaking about the planned programme of works after the meeting, Cllr Trail added: “The three Exmouth county councillors working as a team brought this to the council’s attention and they are responding positively for the benefit of Exmouth residents and visitors.”