For a number of months the Chester Cycling Campaign has been highlighting the dangers of the slippery surfacing on the boardwalk that runs between the shared use path on Chester Racecourse and Sealand Road. A number of injuries have been caused to cyclists by the treacherous surface due to algae growth that has developed on the boardwalk. The Council has so far only responded to the danger by the placing of a sign pointing out the hazardous surface.
Following a further recent accident, the Chester Cycling Campaign contacted the local Councillor for the area (Cllr. Bob Rudd) to request some effective action to be taken. That recent approach, combined with our previous efforts have resulted in the following statement from the Council:
“Repairs to Tower Wharf Promenade alongside the River Dee near Sealand Road in Chester will begin from Monday 10 December. The Promenade will be closed for the repairs due to deterioration of the timber decking and support beams. The work is expected to finish in spring 2019.
The Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Karen Shore said: “The existing timber decking and supports will be removed and then new durable glass reinforced plastic (GRP) support beams will be installed to support new GRP planks. The new deck planks will be made from 80% recycled plastic. “We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause but a closure is needed for safety reasons.”
The diversion for pedestrians and cyclists is via Saddlery Way and New Crane Street.
Another success by the Campaign and a further reason to encourage more people to join to help improve conditions for cyclists in Chester.