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Saturday, 25 October 2014

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Safety fears over Barrow walkway

A LACK of lifebelts and smashed up railings could be putting people in danger at Channelside in Barrow.

Cumbria county councillor Bill McEwan said it needed fixing as a matter of urgency and after viewing the damage he said he was going straight to Barrow Borough Council to see what could be done.

The area has been left neglected for months and in September the Evening Mail reported the walkway which was once a “jewel” had been left to go to ruin.

Childminder John Eccles was walking along the pathway from Barrow’s Dock Museum when he spotted the lack of lifebelts and the damaged railing on the steps leading up to the back of Furness College.

He said a jogger had told him she had been running at night and nearly turned right. If she had she would have fallen and seriously hurt herself due to the lack of railings and the sheer drop.

The 26-year-old also pointed out there were only two lifebelts at the far end of the pathway and if someone was washed over in a storm like last week then there would be nothing to throw to them at the Dock Museum end.

The resident of Mosley Street, Barrow, added: “The whole area is neglected and it has been like that for a number of years. Something needs doing.

“If we had high tides again and a child or someone fell in then they could drown. The steps are also very dangerous and need fixing as soon as possible.

“I’m thinking of setting up a Facebook group called The Friends of Channelside so we can all post and maybe we can start keeping an eye on the area and keeping it up to scratch.”

Cllr McEwan said: “The stairs are in a bad way and the railings have been badly damaged and I’m looking to see it put right.

“It’s in a location where waves can come over like last week and we need the lifebelts situation sorted out asap.”

The councillor added a county council engineer had been down to visit the area yesterday and temporary safety measures had been put in place at the steps until it could be fixed permanently.

Cumbria County Council was unable to comment as the Evening Mail went to press.

Have your say

The walkway has been in this state for a year at least, when reported to Barrow Borough Council I was informed the channelside area was under the remit of Cumbria County Council,for 3 years I have trying to get the lights functioning along the channelside walk each council department just passes around the issue it`s not street lighting you need parks and leasure parks and leasure say it`s not Barrow it`s Carlisle you need,each council office says it`s not their issue.I have contacted Barrow, Kendal, Carlisle no-one will just say the lights have been switched off to save money.
Will it take a serious incident/ accident or fatality to happen along the channelside walk before someone in either Barrow Borough Council or Cumbria County Council take action to repair and light this area?

Posted by Leo McMullan on 9 January 2014 at 13:11

This area once was lovely. Now it has been over taken by weeds and brambles. The walk is strewn in overflowing bins, dog mess, broken paving and benches. Quite frankly it's disgusting. The council should be ashamed of themselves. Every morning i see a tanker going up and down Abbey Road, workers jumping out to powerwash and sweep up. Do more for the town as a whole, not just Abbey road for goodness sake!!!!!!

Posted by Hannah Short on 9 January 2014 at 10:35

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