Fears over rusted safety mea­sures at city’s seafront

Evening Express (City Final) - - Uk & Abroad - By Emma Mor­rice

CON­CERNS have been raised about the state of safety rail­ings at a pop­u­lar North-east beach.

The rail­ings along­side the pave­ment at Aberdeen Beach are de­signed to pre­vent peo­ple from fall­ing from the path level down on to the beach it­self.

How­ever, the rail­ings and lifebelt stan­chions that ad­join the pave­ment are now dis­in­te­grat­ing and, in some places, are miss­ing al­to­gether.

Tem­po­rary plas­tic bar­ri­ers have been erected close to the Queens Links Re­tail Park, where there is one such gap.

The stretch of rail­ings that runs from op­po­site the Beach Leisure Cen­tre to the Don­mouth, are par­tic­u­larly cor­roded, and di­vide the foot­path from the slope to beach level.

David Reid, a reg­u­lar beach­goer, uses the area to ex­er­cise at least three times a week and has no­ticed the in­creas­ing de­cay of the metal bar­rier over the past few years.

Mr Reid, of Kin­corth, said he now goes less fre­quently be­cause of the prob­lems there, and has no con­fi­dence in the rail­ings pro­tect­ing any­one’s safety.

He said he is con­cerned it might A lifebuoy stan­chion and, right, a closed-off ac­cess point. take a se­ri­ous ac­ci­dent be­fore the coun­cil will fi­nally consider car­ry­ing out re­pairs.

The 61-year-old said: “The Aberdeen Beach safety rails and the in­fra­struc­ture of the lifebuoy hold­ers are in such a bad state that I fear a se­ri­ous ac­ci­dent or in­ci­dent is not far away.”

Due to the cor­ro­sion, holes have de­vel­oped in some of the beach’s rail­ings, ex­pos­ing sharp edges.

Mr Reid said: “I grazed my fin­gers on one of these rails but thank­fully I had put no weight on it. If I had I’m in no doubt that I would have nearly sliced my fin­gers off.

“The prob­lem is not iso­lated – it’s ram­pant from stair­well 23 to stair­well 30.”

Mr Reid of­ten takes his three-yearold grand­son Cameron to the beach, and one of his con­cerns is that a child might end up get­ting in­jured; ei­ther by cut­ting them­selves on the rail­ings, or fall­ing at a spot where the tem­po­rary bar­ri­ers are in place. He said: “I would hate to think of the con­se­quences if a child uses these stair­wells or, God for­bid, the emer­gency ser­vices need im­me­di­ate ac­cess in these ar­eas.

“These safety rail­ings and lifebuoy hous­ings have been like this for nearly two years now and are get­ting worse ev­ery day.

“This, cou­pled with the tem­po­rary fenc­ing, quite frankly makes the beach area a death trap.

“I did con­tact the coun­cil and they asked me to take pictures, but they had no plans to re­pair any of these rusted and rot­ten rail­ings. “The pub­lic need to be warned of this danger­ous sit­u­a­tion.”

Cllr Dell Hen­rick­son, who rep­re­sents the Ge­orge Street, Har­bour ward, said: “It’s shock­ing that the safety rails at the beach have been able to fall into such dis­re­pair.

“I will be ask­ing what plans we have to re­pair these and will also make a point of rais­ing it at the

STOP­GAP: Tem­po­rary plas­tic bar­ri­ers re­plac­ing miss­ing rail­ings.

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