STALYBRIDGE and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds has welcomed the start of work to repair a damaged set of steps, that residents had told him made them feel unsafe.
Mr Reynolds was contacted by residents in Stalybridge, who told him the steps adjacent to Wakefield Road had deteriorated so badly that some residents were too afraid to use them.
He had visited the Wakefield Road area as part of the Roving Reynolds initiative, where Mr Reynolds spends time in a particular area of the constituency and encourages residents to raise their concerns.
He was told that residents had real concerns that if the steps were not repaired, someone could be seriously hurt.
And as a result Mr Reynolds then contacted officials at Tameside Council to ask them to look at the steps and ensure any necessary action was taken to ensure they were safe.
Today (Monday) he joined residents and council officials at the site to see the start of the work on the steps by the council.
“These steps are an important link for residents between their homes and the centre of Stalybridge,” said Mr Reynolds.
“Yet they have been in such a state of disrepair that some residents have told me they wouldn’t use them. They said they felt so unsafe that they would often choose to take a longer route, which takes them an extra 10 minutes – even if they are carrying heavy shopping bags.
“The council has now assessed the steps and they have agreed to take action to make them safe. I am delighted that this important work has now begun – it will make an enormous difference to the lives.”
Published February 20, 2012