Council makes bid for slip-free pavements

Regent Street.
Regent Street.

Lancashire County Council is to trial an anti-slip coating on pavements in a Lancaster residential area.

Many Lancaster residents and visitors have fallen foul of the slippery, tree-lined pavements in Dallas Road and Regent Street.

Running sap, especially following rain dispersal, causes the footpaths to become very slippery.

However, Green Party councillor Dave Brookes may have found the solution by suggesting the trial of a colourless, anti-slip coating to the most affected areas.

And it’s a suggestion County Highways are taking up.

It is hoped the trial will prove to be better value for money and more effective than, the currently used, power washing.

Coun Brookes said: ‘Slippery pavements are a perennial problem on our tree lined streets and I would think that most residents in the Dallas Road area have ended up on their backsides at least once.

“Pressure washing can only deal with the problem after it has already started, but there is a chance that an anti-slip coating will keep pavements safe all year round.

“It might not work, but it isn’t hugely expensive and is definitely worth a try.”