Posted: Wed 8th Mar 2023

Replacement steps on to Chester’s historic city walls – made from recycled plastic bottles – have opened

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Wednesday, Mar 8th, 2023

Visitors to Chester’s historic City Walls can now use the newly opened steps at King Charles Tower Green.

The old wooden steps, which led onto the City Walls from the recently landscaped King Charles Tower Green and the Iceland car park, had to be propped up for several years due to rot-causing fungi that thrived in the dark and damp north-eastern corner of the City Wall.

The old steps have now been dismantled and replaced with a new structure made from fibre-reinforced polymer, which looks like wood but is made from recycled plastic bottles.

The new steps are more accessible and meet current design regulations, making it easier for people with reduced mobility or vision to use them.

The new structure has a design life of 60+ years, requires little to no maintenance, is resistant to vandalism, and blends well with the historic backdrop of the City Walls.

The Council spends £600,000 each year repairing Chester City Walls and has spent around £6m since it became responsible for them, to ensure they can be enjoyed by generations to come.

All work on the Walls has to be granted permission by Historic England, and the Walls are about two miles long and were first built by the Romans nearly 2000 years ago.

They were extended and developed in the Saxon period and rebuilt and extended by the Normans in the 12th century. Throughout the middle ages, Chester was one of the most protected and strategically important cities in the county.

The Walls have been constantly altered, repaired, and sometimes attacked, but they survive today because from the 18th century, they were no longer needed for defense and were adapted to become a fashionable walk and public amenity.

 

Spotted something? Got a story? Send a Facebook Message | A direct message on Twitter | Email: [email protected]
Latest News

  • Flintshire sports clubs get set for summer with funding from Police and Crime Commissioner
  • Lush Broughton celebrate 1st birthday with free product making and competitions
  • Thousands of Flintshire families to receive summer financial aid for food bills

  • More...

    Flintshire sports clubs get set for summer with funding from Police and Crime Commissioner

    News

    Lush Broughton celebrate 1st birthday with free product making and competitions

    News

    Thousands of Flintshire families to receive summer financial aid for food bills

    News

    Number of patients waiting for NHS treatment reaches record high in Wales

    News

    Police issue warning over scam targeting North Wales petrol stations

    News

    Traffic Wales warns of abnormal load travelling on A55 through Flintshire

    News

    Police release CCTV image following serious assault in Chester

    News

    Flintshire Council faces £38m budget shortfall amid ‘insufficient’ government support

    News

    Inquiry critical of Covid-19 response in Wales

    News