Still concern over cycle path steps
PUBLISHED: 06:30 07 August 2015
District bosses say they have carried out work to improve steps onto a cycle path branded ‘dangerous’ by a resident.
East Devon District Council (EDDC) sent contractors to the steps, which link the path between Marpool Hill and Bradham Lane with an old railway bridge between Chichester Close and Green Close.
However, Jenny Williams, 74, of Chichester Close, who raised the matter in the Journal last week having got nowhere with years of complaints to the council, says the work has not addressed the main issue.
A spokesman for EDDC said: “The council wasn’t aware that the steps needed some work and we’re very grateful to the resident for pointing this out.
“We have inspected the steps and instructed a contractor to carry out necessary repairs.
“These include replacing rotten edging boards to the steps and removing concrete trip hazards over the bridge.”
However, Mrs Williams said that, while the wooden boards along the side of the steps had been repaired, the boards across the steps themselves, which she says create a tripping hazard, had not been rectified.
She said: “All they have done is put the boards up down the sides. They haven’t addressed the steps at all.
“It’s not good at all. They’ve done nothing to the steps themselves – not the treads, the heights, or anything.”