Calls for decrepit path to be replaced

The patched up and uneven footpath between Whitley Bay High School and Monkseaton Drive.
The patched up and uneven footpath between Whitley Bay High School and Monkseaton Drive.

A father has called for urgent work to replace a footpath used by hundreds of people.

Marc Dunning says the footpath from Deneholm to Monkseaton Drive, in Whitley Bay, is a danger for pedestrians.

He said parts are uneven, paving stones have cracked and some areas are patched over – and his own daughter suffered a knee injury after tripping over a crack.

Hundreds of parents and students use the path to get to Valley Gardens Middle and Whitley Bay High schools.

Mr Dunning, of Ivanhoe, said the path needs to be completely replaced rather than patching it, but after meeting with Mayor Norma Redfearn and officials from North Tyneside Council was told insufficient money was available.

He said: “A footpath was recently built outside North Tyneside General Hospital but doesn’t have the same footfall. The council has also spent money replacing a fence on Monkseaton Drive.

“And there are the new cyclepaths in Tynemouth that people don’t want.

“Why not put the money to upgrade this footpath, which is so old and decrepit. I’ve been trying to get this resolved for ten months now. The lampposts on this path are ancient and the electric point has a plastic cover with sharp cable ties sticking out, making it the worst path in the area, yet it has the highest footfall.”

A spokesperson for North Tyneside Council said: “We plan to carry out maintenance to the footpath shortly to remove any potential hazards and we are reviewing the longer term options for further improvements.”