Eastbourne councillor celebrates ‘major victory’ over railings in Kings Drive

Councillor Colin Murdoch with the 'eyesore' railings in Kings Drive
Councillor Colin Murdoch with the 'eyesore' railings in Kings Drive

An Eastbourne councillor is celebrating a ‘major victory’ after convincing a house builder to finish a railings job in Kings Drive.

Ratton Conservative councillor Colin Murdoch says Bovis Homes has also agreed to undertake a host of other jobs at the site.

Finish ‘eyesore’ railings job in Kings Drive, demands Eastbourne councillor

The company was criticised last month for not completing the railings to the end of the 120-home development.

Councillor Murdoch said the area was an ‘eyesore’ with the old railings falling into disrepair and becoming a safety hazard.

Now, according to Councillor Murdoch, Bovis customer care manager Robert Caister has said the developer will finish the railings job and, in an added bonus, it has also listed 11 other items it needs to complete.

These include putting in cycle racks, clearing vegetation, building a footpath, connecting street lights and erecting allotment partitions.

Councillor Murdoch said, “I’m delighted Bovis is at long last listening and will finish the railings and undertake other important work to make the area look better.

“It is a shame the company did not just get on and do the job many months ago but better late than never.

“I know residents are very happy there has been progress on this issue and I look forward to the work being completed in the near future.”

A spokesperson for Bovis added, “We have been liaising closely with the local authority and our contractors to ensure we meet our obligations at Meadows View.

“The bespoke railings are currently on order and will be installed once they are received in the new year.

“Ahead of this our contractors will be carrying out the other consented works, which will further enhance the popular location. Our customer care team has been in regular contact with residents and will continue to provide updates as the works progress.”