Woman's safety concerns over fencing on Instow beach prompts talk of review from councillor
A WOMAN says she is horrified piles of broken fencing have been allowed to gather on Instow beach.
Joanne Bell, who was behind the campaign against proposals to introduce dog control orders on the beach, says the fact the fences, which were erected to stop sand dune erosion around nine months ago, have broken is unacceptable.
She said: "The wire spikes are poking out of the sand. This was what was happening in various areas which has really worried me. Children jump off the top of the dunes and I have had to warn them of the hidden dangers below.
"I have made many complaints and have volunteered at an Instow Parish Council meeting to help clear up this mess. I believe it is to their shame that I am forced to go to the press to try and make them take some sort of responsibility for the safety of beach users."
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However, the scheme could come under review soon, according to County Councillor for the area Rodney Cann. He said: "We do, of course, get storms in the winter and this kind of damage does happen.
"But until the fences were damaged they were doing a good job and we need to look at whether we can find the money to repair the scheme or remove the fences altogether."
Mr Cann added he hoped any work would be completed before spring, when tourists start visiting the beach.