WALK: Path is such a disgrace

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Since before Christmas I have been reading all the letters regarding the Eve Black Walk in the News Post Leader.

I now have the time to write my own letter due to suffering a stroke.

The walk is used by hundreds of people a day, old and young.

I was one of the workers who made that walk possible.

Coun Black would be turning in her grave now at the state of the Eve Black Walk.

The walk was created in 2000.

People who have written letters in the past have remarked on the fact that there are no sign posts.

There were wooden sign posts up and down the walk, but over the years they have rotted and been taken down.

None of the sign posts have ever been replaced.

The path itself is an absolute disgrace.

We have a very public event upcoming, the Tall Ships.

This path links Blyth and Seaton Sluice, and the Eve Black Walk will undoubtedly be very busy at this time, but the path is totally crumbling away.

There is one area in particular, a section of path next to Gloucester Lodge, which was repaired due to flooding and a new section put in about five years ago.

The repair was obviously completed on a very low budget as the top finish isn’t the same as the rest of the path and the existing path is still the same – when the rain comes the path floods.

One local councillor commented last year that all potholes in Northumberland would be filled in.

He obviously hasn’t been down to the beach for a very long time as there are numerous potholes along the walk, some of which are dangerously large.

The path which runs along the roadside had the flags taken up and a new footpath laid for dog walkers so surely this lovely walk can be restored back to new before there is an accident or another bad winter.

If not, there will be no Eve Black Walk.

Alan Gregory

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