22nd Sep, 2020

Rail hopes high after months waiting for vital safety feature in Redditch

Harry Leach 4th May, 2018

A LONG-running issue surrounding dangerous steps between Shakespeare Avenue and Studley Road looks set to be resolved after an intervention from the Redditch Standard.

We were contacted by Hayden and Lyn Fielding who have been campaigning for a handrail to be installed in the area since September last year.

Mrs Fielding said: “We were concerned that in the winter, with potential snow and ice, people could fall down the stairs as there is nothing to hold on to.

“There is a high risk that someone could injure themselves or worse, it could be absolutely lethal.

“After sending around a few emails, we were contacted by local councillor Andy Fry over the health and safety issue.”

Mr Fry told the couple, who are both in their 70s, that a hand-rail would hopefully be put in place by January 2018.

Unfortunately, because of a debate between the district and county council over which authority owned the stairs, the issue remained unsolved.

We contacted Redditch Borough Council on the couple’s behalf.

Coun Andy Fry said: “The mix-up was because the county council originally said it was not responsible.

“Now county has accepted responsibility and a hand-rail will go down the steps from Shakespeare Avenue to the Studley Road pathway.

“I have also asked for a handrail to be placed from Park Court to Studley Road as there is a similar situation there.

“Both jobs will be done as quickly as possible, with Shakespeare Avenue being done first.”

He added he would be visiting Mr and Mrs Fielding personally to explain the situation.

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