St Ives' Cornwall Councillors club together to fund rusting railing replacement
RUSTING railings battered by vicious seas last week on an exposed St Ives walkway are being replaced thanks to two local councillors.
Joan Symons and Joan Tanner, who both sit on Cornwall Council and St Ives Town Council, have pooled their indivdual Cornwall Council budgets to get the work done.
Residents and local councillors have fought for years to have the rusting railings replaced.
Councillor Joan Symons said: "I've been campaigning for years to get this done and I've saved up my budget for four years to do it.
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"I was worrying it was going to get condemned. It's been a real fight for me."
Councillor Joan Tanner said: "We decided club our budgets together to get this done because we were told it is the only way it would get done.
"We've been waiting for this for a long time and I'm just pleased they are finally being done.
"I can remember those railings from when I was a child. They are rusting away now and they are unsightly and potentially dangerous.
"I just hope the people of the town who have complained to Councillor Symons and I are pleased because this has been a long time coming."
All Cornwall Councillors are given a personal budget to spend on works in their area that they choose.
The two budgets combined were £46,000 with Cornwall Council putting in an additional £3,000.
A Cornwall Council spokesperson said: "The scheme will replace the railings, fixings and repairs to the surrounding concrete."
The work had already started when the waves started to pound on Lambeth Walk, apparently giving the two highways engineers on the job a thorough soaking as they carryied out the works!
Did you see the waves at St Ives?