ATTEMPTS to repair public steps leading to Perranporth beach and closed for two years have been branded a "farce".
The future of Tamblyn Way, a popular route onto Droskyn beach, hangs in the balance as parish councillors decide whether to reopen them or conduct a third assessment on their condition.
In the spring of last year Perranzabuloe Parish Council paid Wheal Leisure Builders £3,748 to replace rotting steps, corroded steel bolts and install fencing.
But 18 months on the wooden structure remains closed after concerns were raised by Cornwall Council engineer Scott Perry, who inspected Tamblyn Way in March and April, 2011.
He found corroded steel bolts had not been replaced but new ones drilled into the structure instead.
He advised the steps remain closed to the public until further maintenance had been completed, including the replacement of original bolts.
Unhappy with the report, the parish council called in engineering firm Derek Gray & Associates to conduct its own assessment of the job.
It made four recommendations which included further work to the bolts and repairs to a handrail and concrete supports that are badly eroded.
Despite this report, the council is now considering a full survey to finally decide the future of the 30-year-old steps.
Councillor David Nancarrow, a former pilot and aircraft engineer, said: "It is a total farce. We've had work held up because of Easter and then the summer holidays and with winter looming nothing will get done. We either knock down the whole thing or get Cormac in to deal with it and make a feature people can be proud of."
Councillor Ken Yeo said he backed a new full survey, adding: "We would want recommendations on what needs to be done to make it safe, with an indication of the costs and the best way forward."