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Felixstowe man angry after accident

PUBLISHED: 12:24 30 May 2004 | UPDATED: 04:55 02 March 2010

A FELIXSTOWE man was nearly thrown out of his disabled motorised buggy because contractors have dumped shingle over a pathway onto the prom.

Ron Bright today labelled the situation as "highly dangerous" and called for immediate action to clear the path - before someone has a serious accident.

A FELIXSTOWE man was nearly thrown out of his disabled motorised buggy because contractors have dumped shingle over a pathway onto the prom.

Ron Bright today labelled the situation as "highly dangerous" and called for immediate action to clear the path - before someone has a serious accident.

Former Coastwatch chief Mr Bright uses the path regularly to get his electric buggy onto the prom but was caught out after council contractors levelling the area left it inches deep in shingle and gravel.

He wasn't sure if the vehicle, which he uses to make mobility easier, would get across the stones or not.

"I tried to ride across the footpath and I nearly came adrift - it nearly flipped the buggy over," said Mr Bright, of Manor Terrace.

"Before it was a smooth concrete path which joined the prom. But now it is highly dangerous. You would need a four-wheel drive vehicle to get across!

"I complained to the contractors but they have not done anything about it. They have now put wooden logs down and made it even worse."

The path leads from the south seafront site at the end of Manor Road between the row of beach huts and onto the promenade. It is used by walkers and people using the beach and the wooden chalets.

Mr Bright said he used it to access the prom and then rode his buggy along the prom and then up Bent Hill and into the town - a far safer and quicker route than using the roads.

A Suffolk Coastal council spokesman pledged that the shingle would be cleared away as soon as possible and thanked Mr Bright for letting the authority know of the problem.

He said the work taking place was to restore beach levels and would be of benefit everyone living in or using the area. Contractors were doing the work now as they needed to take advantage of low tide and fine weather to do it.

n What do you think of the timing of the sea defence work? Write to Your Letters, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail EveningStarLetters@eveningstar.co.uk

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