Fore­shore trip haz­ard warn­ing

Stirling Times - - News - Laura Pond

SOME vis­i­tors to Scarborough fore­shore say ar­eas of the re­de­vel­op­ment are po­ten­tially dan­ger­ous.

Min­darie res­i­dent He­len Ran­dall is a fre­quent vis­i­tor to the fore­shore, which she de­scribed as a “great venue” but said safety needed to be im­proved around the 3.6m deep skate bowl.

“My main con­cern is kids fall­ing into it, pedes­tri­ans fall­ing into it drunk at night. It’s re­ally dan­ger­ous,” she said.

Mrs Ran­dall crit­i­cised plan­ning of the area.

“If that was a bal­cony and it had a drop of that level, res­i­dents would be forced to put up fenc­ing,” she said.

“It’s a great big drop and yet they can have that in a pub­lic area.”

Mar­tyn Noakes is wor­ried that steel edg­ing along the tim­ber walk­ways could cause in­jury.

“Any­one fall­ing or trip­ping on the ex­posed thin steel edge would no doubt re­ceive ei­ther se­vere bruis­ing or cuts, pos­si­bly both,” he said.

“The edge comes very close to roads and is patently a trip haz­ard.

“The mul­ti­ple ‘guards’ are re­ally go­ing to se­ri­ously in­jure an er­rant un­sus­pect­ing child, pen­sioner or adult.”

The Metropoli­tan Re­de­vel­op­ment Author­ity man­aged the project but has since handed con­trol to the City of Stir­ling.

An MRA spokes­woman said it cre­ated a pedes­trian-friendly en­vi­ron­ment that ac­com­mo­dated for cy­clists, skate­board­ers, walk­ers, surfers, beach users, re­cre­ation and ex­er­cise of all lev­els and abil­i­ties.

“In ad­di­tion to ac­com­mo­dat­ing for a va­ri­ety of uses, con­sid­er­a­tion was also given to ac­ces­si­bil­ity re­quire­ments for wheel­chair users, peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties and prams, com­pli­ance with all rel­e­vant stan­dards and dura­bil­ity of ma­te­ri­als in a coastal en­vi­ron­ment and a high traf­fic area,” she said.

“Edg­ing has been ap­plied to the tim­ber walk­ways to pre­vent prams and wheel­chairs from run­ning off the edge of the deck­ing.

“As with all new spaces, vis­i­tors will take some time ad­just­ing to the new sur­round­ings and fa­cil­i­ties.”

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey

Mar­tyn Noakes and Jimmy on the rail­ing he be­lieves poses a risk. www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d483156

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