A set of steps leading down to Walton beach which was damaged in the recent bad weather has been cordoned off for safety reasons.
The concrete stairs off Prince’s Esplanade were already being monitored by Tendring District Council (TDC) for damage from the sea. But the recent cold snap has led to significant cracks appearing in the structure.
TDC has temporarily secured the area to ensure members of the public do not use the steps, and a longer-term cordon will be put in place later this week.
Mick Skeels, Cabinet Member for Leisure and Tourism, including Seafronts, at TDC, said there was an opportunity now to look at improving access to the beach at the site.
“Work is currently taking place nearby onshore on an inclusive play area, and last week it was announced a Changing Places facility will also be built nearby,” he said.
“Given these steps will require fairly extensive repair work, we have an opportunity now to look at improving them. What were steep steps with a metal handrail could now become something much more accessible to encourage people from the playground onto our fantastic beach.
“Nothing has been decided yet, but now is the time to explore what options are available, rather than rushing into a simple repair job.”