Portsmouth beauty spot left looking like a ‘mud pit’

28/5/14           ''Sampson Smith is concerned about the mess left where a new pylon has been installed near the Southwick Road roundabout on Portsdown Hill.''Picture: Paul Jacobs (141607-2) PPP-140528-150445001
28/5/14 ''Sampson Smith is concerned about the mess left where a new pylon has been installed near the Southwick Road roundabout on Portsdown Hill.''Picture: Paul Jacobs (141607-2) PPP-140528-150445001
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MUD and debris at a popular look-out spot over Portsmouth is a danger to walkers, according to one regular visitor.

Samson Smith said he was disgusted by the mess left after work next to the car park on top of Portsdown Hill.

28/5/14           ''Sampson Smith, is a Drayton resident, 61 who is concerned about the mess left where a new pylon has been installed near the Southwick Road roundabout on Portsdown Hill.''Picture: Paul Jacobs (141607-3) PPP-140528-150510001

28/5/14 ''Sampson Smith, is a Drayton resident, 61 who is concerned about the mess left where a new pylon has been installed near the Southwick Road roundabout on Portsdown Hill.''Picture: Paul Jacobs (141607-3) PPP-140528-150510001

The 61-year-old said the area had become a ‘sea of mud’ after workers replaced a highwire pylon supplying electricity to Portsmouth next to the site.

He said it was a pity such a beautiful spot had been left in such a state.

‘As it stands at the moment I think it’s a public hazard,’ Mr Smith said.

‘Some old dear or some old chap is going to hurt themselves.

‘It’s an area of natural beauty but at the moment it’s looking like a dump site.’

Mr Smith, of Drayton, said he knew the problem was bad when he saw an elderly woman slip in the mud left after the works.

He said: ‘She was out walking her dog and she went down on her knees and I helped her up. But she put a brave face on it.’

There are also several logs lying around the bottom of the pylon which Mr Smith said could also be hazardous.

Work replacing the pylon finished more than three weeks ago.

Mr Smith said the area had looked far better before the work, with shrubs and grass around the pylon.

Mr Smith said he had informed Portsmouth City Council about the problem at the site but had been told that ‘it was fine’.

The council’s Portsdown Hill countryside officer Richard Jones said he was aware of the problem.

‘Communications between the council and contractors working for Scottish and Southern Energy are ongoing to finalise the landscaping and replant trees to return the area to the condition it was in before the works,’ he said.