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Railings collapsed on Whistlers Steps

Reported in the Footpaths & rights of way category by Trevor Parsons at 22:15, Saturday 2 March 2019

Sent to East Sussex County Council 5 minutes later

About a quarter of the way up Whistlers Steps from Milward Road, the railings on the south-west side of the steps have collapsed, probably due to the sheer weight of foliage which has been allowed to grow over and around them, pulling them over and undermining their footings. The fallen railings are a trip hazard, and there is now no protection (apart from the thick foliage itself!) between the steps and a steep slope.

These railings need to be fixed urgently for reasons of safety and amenity, but this points more generally to the lack of maintenance of Whistlers Steps. The steps were, in parts, thoroughly overgrown until a few months ago when I spent several hours cutting back the foliage. But it shouldn't really be up to members of the public to undertake the regular maintenance required to make sure that this important pedestrian right of way remains safe and passable.

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