Iconic Sidmouth landmark Jacob’s Ladder is to be repainted for the first time in six years and undergo structural repairs in a much-needed makeover.
Work on the Grade II listed structure, originally built in the early 20th century, was due to start today (Tuesday, September 22) and is expected to take a fortnight.
It will be closed to the public with scaffolding erected around it by East Devon District Council (EDDC) contractors.
The stairway was last painted in 2014.
Its exposed coastal location means it has fallen victim to the elements.
Inspections by Devon County Council bridge experts identified several corroding structural tie bars that need to be replaced.
An EDDC spokesperson said: “Repainting not only improves the aesthetics of an important part of Sidmouth’s landscape, but also helps to prolong the life of the wooden elements of the structure.
“A paint system suitable for the marine environment and stainless steel elements will be used in the repairs to ensure their longevity.”
Councillor Geoff Jung, EDDC portfolio holder for coast, country and environment, added: “Jacob’s Ladder is a very important feature to Sidmouth, and therefore our engineering department has arranged for contractors to repair and repaint it.
“We realise this will be inconvenient to some, but the dates were specifically chosen not to clash with our busy summer season, but also provide suitable conditions for the scaffolding to be erected and work to be carried out safely in this extremely exposed location.”
The work will be undertaken by C Sansom Ltd after a competitive tender process.
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