Plans in for new safety railings at gardens - more than a year after storms wrecked wall

Railings at Connaught Gardens. Ref shs 0041-29-15RF. Picture: Rebecca Feast

Railings at Connaught Gardens. Ref shs 0041-29-15RF. Picture: Rebecca Feast - Credit: Archant

Safety fencing, which has been in place around a Sidmouth beauty spot for 15 months, could be replaced by permanent railings if a planning application is approved.

The proposals for Connaught Gardens would see the temporary barriers removed and 30 metres of galvanised steel railings installed.

The temporary fencing was put in place after the crumbling wall along the cliff-top walkway was demolished as a safety measure after large cracks were spotted in the masonry in March last year.

The new railings would match the existing steel barriers already in place at the far eastern end.

East Devon District Council (EDDC) says the new rails would be less visually intrusive and require less maintenance than re-building the wall.

In its application, the council concludes by saying that the experience of visitors will be greatly enhanced by improved views of the Jurassic Coast.

The proposals will be considered by Sidmouth Town Council before a decision is made by EDDC.

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