Hazardous steps will be replaced
Council agrees to cover £1,100 cost
‘DANGEROUS’ steps at a nature reserve will be replaced after £1,100 was stumped up for the project.
Holtspur Bank Nature Reserve is run by Beaconsfield Town Council, but overseen by a committee of which councillor Ken Brown is a member.
Mr Brown said steps leading people from a parking area to the reserve and woodland had deteriorated and were now dangerous.
He made a plea for cash, saying if there was an accident it would be the council’s fault if it did not provide funding.
Councillors said they had stopped giving money to the reserve a few years ago.
It used to pay £1,000 annually and debate an additional £500.
The council agreed to a one-off payment of £1,100 to replace the steps with wooden sleepers.
The reserve gets money from Defra but it cannot be used for maintenance projects.
Mr Brown said: “The steps have to be replaced, people use them as the main access to the reserve.
“We have managed to get a reduction in the price but we do need the new steps and sleepers.
If there is an accident
the town council will be
“We’ve been told the replacement sleepers will last beyond our lifetime.”
The councillors were hesitant to spend the money, prompting Mr Brown to argue it was the council’s responsibility.
He said: “If there is an accident the town council will be responsible.”
The reserve has £1,700 left in its account from Defra, but Mr Brown said that cannot be used as it has to be used for schemes to improve the area over the next few years.
Mr Brown added: “The money is being used as part of the 10-year plan for the nature reserve.”
The council asked for more information about the type of sleepers and steps that will be put in, but agreed to find the money.
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