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Seafront steps set to get a £200k makeover - but no sign of escalators!

PUBLISHED: 13:57 09 December 2018

Flights of steps from the cliffs to beach in Old Felixstowe are to be refurbished Picture: SCDC

Flights of steps from the cliffs to beach in Old Felixstowe are to be refurbished Picture: SCDC

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Work will start early in the new year to repair and refurbish 11 flights of steps from the clifftops to the beach in Old Felixstowe.

Overgrown steps will be cleared and repaired Picture: SCDCOvergrown steps will be cleared and repaired Picture: SCDC

The project will include some of the steepest and most daunting steps in the area between Brackenbury and Clifflands car park and will cost in the region of £200,000.

Some of them are crumbling, others overgrown or missing handrails.

Suffolk Coastal District Council has set aside the money for the work to the steps from Golf Road to Cliff Road and which are used by residents, visitors and the owners of the 1,000 beach huts in The Dip and Brackenbury area.

Councillor Stuart Lawson, cabinet member for resources, said: “There is concern that some of the older flights have deteriorated and could be hazardous to use. With this in mind, a walk over survey of steps was commissioned in 2016 to consider the structural elements of the steps.

Concrete work is needed to some flights Picture: SCDCConcrete work is needed to some flights Picture: SCDC

“The survey identified a number of issues that present health and safety concerns. One set of steps has already been decommissioned at Golf Road and another at Clifflands, but work is required to a further five to bring them up to specification.

“The works include replacing handrails, levelling uneven steps and repairing any significant structural damage.”

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