SECTIONS of the iconic black and white post and handrail at Winchelsea’s Strand Hill are in danger of falling down the cliff say concerned residents.
They are now seeking assurances from East Sussex County Council that action will be taken to repair the damage which is in a conservation area of the ancient town.
Winchelsea Mayor Stephen Turner said: “It was reported to ESCC Highways back in November last year that one of the posts supporting the handrail at the top of the steps by the lookout was rotten and the handrail was not secure.
“Also that one of the posts supporting the handrail running along the path by the cliff edge was leaning over and the rail displaced.
“This has deteriorated over the last two months and further sections of this post and handrail are now in danger of falling completely down the cliff.
This aspect of the entry to the town is now of some concern to residents both as a safety issue as the path is used by parents taking children to school and as part of the iconic aspect visitors have on entering the Ancient Town.
“The ward councillors have been asking that East Sussex County Council take action to make the path safe and have been advised by our County Councillor, who has passed concerns onto highways that they are looking at what needs to be done.
“Residents seek assurances that action will be taken to repair and reinstate the fence as it is part of the conservation area of the town and would welcome comment from East Sussex County Council as to when the repairs will start and confirmation that they will make the repair of the Strand Hill fencing to match what currently exists.
Mr Turner told the Rye Observer that residents were anxious to see the distinctive white wooden posts and black railings are retained.
He said: “They have been there for many decades and are seen as a recognisable and distinctive feature of Winchelsea.