A sign of the times? Sidmouth landmarks saved post haste!

DETERIORATING landmarks on Sidmouth seafront will be saved from doom after cash was pledged to revamp railings, sign posts – and under-threat Jacob’s Ladder.

It was revealed last Wednesday that kind-hearted residents had even volunteered to paint the iconic stairway if money was not spent on its upkeep.

However, East Devon District Council (EDDC) cabinet members ruled a total of �16,000 for Jacob’s Ladder and nearby railings would be included in the authority’s budget for 2012/13.

A meeting last Wednesday also saw a Sidmouth representative brand rotting seafront signs a ‘danger’.

Stuart Hughes pointed the finger at EDDC over the state of ‘finger posts’ on the Esplanade.


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“There’s hardly anything left of them – they are very dangerous,” he said.

Councillor Hughes was pleased to hear that there was funding to address the problem.

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The Herald revealed last month how Jacob’s Ladder faced being shut off from the public - and could even have to be taken down – because it needs a lick of paint.

Cabinet members ruled that �11,000 should be found to ensure the tourist attraction is saved.

They also agreed that �5,000 would be included in the budget to paint seafront railings near Jacob’s Ladder that shield beachgoers from a two-metre drop onto rocks.

A report stated that the railings – which have been pounded by shingle – would need to be replaced at a higher cost if no action was taken.

The meeting heard that one Sidmouth ward member had been approached by members of the public who were willing to volunteer to paint Jacob’s Ladder.

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