I am sure that we all feel sorry for the two year old toddler that was found face down in the canal at Burnley on the Leeds and Liverpool. He is stable and expected to recover. So three cheers for the Emergency Services.
The child’s mother wants the waterway ‘fenced off’ to prevent other mothers from going through the same anguish as she did. She wants the council to make it happen.
This is going to sound heartless, but if she had been paying more attention to the whereabouts of her child when in the vicinity of the canal that child would never have fallen in, in the first place.
Short of committing The Council and CRT to a very costly fencing program maybe the relevant authorities should start proceedings to recover the costs of the emergency services which were only required due to HER negligence as a parent.
Too often today, when a problem occurs, ill-informed people demand measures are taken to stop other ill-informed people (negligent with their lives and the lives of those for whom they are responsible) from being stupid. Well I am sorry but the community pays enough for other people as it is without paying for fencing for parents that cant be arsed to look after their children.
Fencing has, in the past, been erected around a lock to prevent children falling in. A child climbing on the fence fell in and drowned. Fencing is not the answer!