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Gorleston seafront steps saga drags on

PUBLISHED: 17:02 31 August 2014

Heavy rain and windy weather caused a wall to collapse in Gorleston at Beach Road.

Picture: James Bass

Heavy rain and windy weather caused a wall to collapse in Gorleston at Beach Road. Picture: James Bass

Archant Norfolk Photographic © 2012

The saga of Gorleston’s White Lion steps is “dragging on” more than two years after a schoolboy narrowly avoided injury when the structure collapsed.

White Lion steps in Gorleston which collapsed two years ago nearly crushing a schoolboy.

Picture: James BassWhite Lion steps in Gorleston which collapsed two years ago nearly crushing a schoolboy. Picture: James Bass

A 12 year old boy Cliff Park High School pupil espaced injury when there was a “landslip” at the White Lion steps, a shortcut to the seafront, in April 2012. The route has been partially closed ever since, alhtough the steps can still be used by the public.

An initial investigation looked into whether a build up of water had caused the wall of a newly build house to collapse. Whatever the cause, tons of brick and soil cascaded down the steps aftee a spell of heavy rain. The mess was soon cleared up, but the repairs have never been carried out fully.

Yesterday, a spokesman for Norfolk County Council told the Mercury: “It is unfortunate that the matter is still unresolved.

“The county council is waiting to receive information contained in a number of reports which will form a basis of any recommendations and will allow us to move forward with legal proceedings.

“This is not a straightforward case and we are working towards a conclusion as quickly as we can. While the matter continues the steps can still be used safely by members of the public.”

Cllr Matthew Smith, who represents the Gorleston St Andrews ward at the county council, said he will be “keeping pressure” on the council’s highways department to get something done sooner rather than later.

He said: “There is a problem with the access which will allow them to finish the work, but the county council do seem quite reluctant to make that clear. It’s an issue that everyone wants resolved as quickly as possible and it’s dragging on, by the sounds of it, unnecessarily.

“I’m fairly critical of the highways department as it is and I will be keeping pressure on them to see the work completed.”

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