Bexhill Marina ‘dangerous’ and ‘risk to the public’

Bexhill Alliance believes their recommendations are being ignored
Bexhill Alliance believes their recommendations are being ignored

The newly-refurbished Marina in Bexhill is dangerous and is putting the public at risk, according to a new report into the scheme.

Bexhill Alliance has scrutinised every aspect of the new Marina and has found a number of concerning areas including the camber of the road and the materials used.

Bexhill Alliance believes the tactile paving at the pedestrian crossing is not clear enough

Bexhill Alliance believes the tactile paving at the pedestrian crossing is not clear enough

The group believes it’s recommendations have been ignored or not acted upon by East Sussex County Council (ESCC).

An Alliance spokesman said the group is not moaning for the sake of it but is trying to make the town safer and ensure future projects are better.

They said: “When are we going to start doing it the right way?

“How is this allowed to happen to a brand new scheme costing hundreds of thousands of pounds and it’s not good enough.

“It’s frustrating that we said all this a year ago when you try to help and work together but we’re getting ignored.

“It’s now worse than it was before and no improvement scheme should do that.”

One of the Alliance’s main worries is that buses and lorries lean towards the pavement as the camber is quite steep.

They say this makes it dangerous for pedestrians, especially disabled people, as the pavement is low and leans into the road as it is.

Another concern is the monotone paving tactile paving by the zebra crossing which they say is not clear enough and does not meet guidelines.

Other issues include the slope of the bus stop, the removal of a guardrail, inappropriate signage and bollards plus hazardous pavement gratings and the car park exit.

The group have submitted their report to ESCC and are waiting for a response.

“We have had several discussions with the Bexhill Alliance about their concerns over work at Marina and have now received their report,” an ESCC spokesman said.

“We will be responding to the Bexhill Alliance in full.”

ESCC finished work to the Marina in July with ‘improved’ pavements and accessibility to help people get from the town centre to the seafront.

In November, the authority had to resurface parts of the Marina due to poor quality materials.

The Alliance spokesman did not blame the council officers for the faults nor assistant director Karl Taylor, but just hoped their recommendations could be implemented to make the area safer.

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