LETTER: Our footpath reduced to mud

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We have a footpath which runs along between No 25 and 27 Sandbanks Way in Hailsham, leading to the Ersham Road. This pathway is used by people walking their dogs, cyclists and, like us, to get to the bus stop. Over a period of years this path has lost its surface (and deeper) and turned into mud. One part turns into a very large dirty deep puddle when it rains.

We’ve spoken to Highways and they agree it’s in bad condition but it doesn’t meet their ‘criteria’ of 25mm deep. We have measured parts and it is 25mm plus in parts of it .

All this money has been spent on Hailsham town centre, but in our neighbourhood we have to walk in dirt and water on a pathway that’s uneven and with very badly worn away surfaces. Also, all the paths around this area are in very bad condition and have not been maintained for years.

With the older population in this area it is getting more and more dangerous for people to walk from place to place without danger of injury. As the council has a ‘duty of care’ we do not understand why it refuses to repair or maintain the area as it should by law.

MR and MRS JENKINS

Sandbanks Way, Hailsham