EAST Riding Ward Councillor Barbara Jefferson has been successful in securing the rebuilding of the steps alongside the viaduct bridge on the Hornsea rail trail.
The work was carried out by local contractors L&K Warcup Construction on behalf of East Riding Council.
Cllr Jefferson commented: “I am delighted that East Riding Council have done such a good job of the steps. I had asked for some maintenance work to take place on them but was delighted when I saw they have been completely replaced. It looks much better now and people feel happier using them.”
Community group maintain the area
As the nearby ground was disturbed to facilitate the work the CLiPS – Community and Litter Picking Services group have worked with Plastic Free Hornsea (PFH) to improve the border of these steps at one side as a gift to Hornsea. A spokesperson for CLiPS explained: “Previously, on the same side as the safety handrail was a bed of nettles. The nettles frequently overgrew the handrail, effectively steering users away from the rail. Nettles are vital for the existence of some butterflies and moths but as there is an abundance of nettles down the whole trail, we felt that this little area, no more than three square metres, could be turned into a pollinator-friendly border. This would thereby increase the diversity of plants and wildlife in the area. This change will make the handrail safer to use and improve the general appearance.”
Work has begun on the border with the ground dug over, some new plants have gone in and more will follow as the seasons progress.
Fun educational artwork installed
A fun educational artwork, made from local materials and designed with children in mind, has also been installed. The group hope the border will be left undisturbed for the plants to establish. This should attract pollinators as well as providing a cheery sight for passers-by.
The CLiPS spokesperson added: “Thank you to Councillor Jefferson for her tireless hard work, to ERYC and L&K Warcup and to Plastic Free Hornsea for the loan of some muscle! In addition, the creator of the little artwork would like to thank two people for the inspiration behind it. These being Paul Parry, PFH group leader and environmentalist, for the comment that this is a route well used by children on their daily commute to and from school. Secondly Clive Hemingway, group leader of Hornsea Pebble Art, for his unstinting encouragement.”