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Parents living by canal call for safety measures
WORRIED parents are calling for more to be done to prevent an accident at their canal-side homes in Worcester. People living at Robert Owen Court in the St Paul’s area of the city have fashioned a temporary wooden gate between their flats and the canal to keep their young children safe while playing outside.
They now want Worcester Community Housing (WCH), which manages the properties, to take action to make the area even safer by installing a permanent metal gate.
Mother-of-three Julie Davis said they either want to see another gate put up or for the canal to be maintained to remove the danger of falling into the water.
She said: “I’m concerned it’s an accident waiting to happen – one day it will go wrong. We want to stop them from running up to the canal.
“The grass is really long and if a kid ran up to it they would fall in because they can’t see it is water.
“If they fell in by the reeds we wouldn’t have a chance to get them.”
A spokesman for WCH said previous investment had already improved the area – and the ultimate responsibility for child safety lay with parents.
“We have invested significantly in this area over the last two years, particularly in environmental and safety improvements,” he said. “We consulted widely with residents, advising them that we would invest in areas of concern although budgets would not allow us to do everything we wanted to do. “All residents agreed to the proposals and we have had some very positive comments about the improvements we have made. Naturally we are disappointed that not all of our customers are totally satisfied with the outcome.
“We do however feel that the overall environment has improved significantly.
“Families have lived in the vicinity of the canal for a number of generations and it has always been the responsibility of families to ensure that their children play safely and under supervision at all times.”