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Councillor makes commitment to replacing safety barriers

Councillor makes commitment to replacing safety barriers
An Angus councillor has said he will work towards improving coastal barriers in Arbroath, Angus, after local resident expressed concerns over their safety.

Peter Nield, who is an independent councillor, said that the barriers at Victoria Park were part of the capital plan but was unsure when exactly they would be replaced.

He said: "I will continue to push for this being a priority as soon as funds become available."

He was speaking after a reader contacted the local newspaper, Arbroath Herald, and highlighted his unease with the way in which they were being improved.

Speaking to the Herald, Kevin Barthorpe said that the original barriers, which date back to the 1930s, were being inadequately restored.

He explained that with a 'little work' in 'adding extension bars on the sides and bolting them to the existing posts' the barriers would be fit for purpose.

Having suffered his own tragedy when his daughter died in an accident at the cliffs seven years ago, Mr Barthorpe was keen for the tourist area to be as safe as possible to avoid a 'similar loss'.

Victoria Park was first opened in 1897 to commemorate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee.

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Date: 09/05/2011 17:17:17

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