Call for action over ‘dangerous’ window

PUBLISHED: 13:00 27 April 2012

Seaton resident Sidney Pember pictured next to the controversial bay window in Harbour Road.

Seaton resident Sidney Pember pictured next to the controversial bay window in Harbour Road.

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“It is more of a danger to the visually impaired than an overhanging hedge,” says Seaton pensioner.

A SEATON pensioner is calling for action after raising safety concerns about a “dangerous” overhanging window.

Sidney Pember, of Elmfield Road, is concerned about a bay window in Harbour Road – which he feels is a public safety issue.

“It is a danger to many visually impaired people. It is more of a danger to the visually impaired than an overhanging hedge,” says the 74-year-old.

Mr Pember, who moved to the resort in 2000, was inspired to take on the cause after witnessing people hit their heads on the bay window.

“I have been battling for over a year now with various authorities to resolve this situation, with no success,” he added.

He asked Devon Highways to use its enforcement powers, but was told this was not possible and has also written to the landlord of property, which is leased to Boots.

A petition was started by the Seaton and District Visually Impaired Club.

The pensioner even considered seeking a judicial review on the matter but this proved too expensive as he would not have been eligible for legal aid.

The Midweek Herald spoke to the property’s owner, who declined to comment. Mr Pember said: “I would like to draw the public’s attention to it.

“Something needs to be done because it is dangerous to passers-by especially visually impaired people.”

A spokesman for Devon County Council said: “The county council is unable to help as the window has been in existence for a considerable period of time and, therefore, it would be unreasonable and inappropriate to take enforcement action through the Highways Act in these circumstances. The conservation area preserves historical features such as this.”


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