New safety ramps around Newbury canals after 3-year-old boy drowned
The Canal and River Trust, which manages waterways in West Berkshire and across the country, has installed new safety ramps along the Kennet and Avon Canal in Newbury.
This follows the tragic death of three-year-old Dylan Milsom, who drowned in the canal in March.
A petition calling for more security measures was launched in the wake of the incident and drew thousands of signatures.
Newbury MP Laura Farris was among the biggest contributors campaign, and worked with confidence to ensure greater protection.
Ms Farris MP said: “I am delighted that the Canal and River Trust acted so quickly and were so responsive to community concerns after the tragic accident in March.
“I really enjoyed having the opportunity to talk to Mark about the next steps, including warning signs and buoyancy aids, and I will continue to work with him to improve safety on this section of the canal. .
“We owe it to Dylan’s family.”
Canal and River Trust manager for the region, Mark Evans, said the extension was a direct response to concerns raised by the public.
Evans said: “The extension of the guardrails responds to the wishes of the community and is part of a program to make the waterfront in Newbury as safe and attractive as possible.
“We are working alongside the West Berkshire Water Safety Partnership, which will install spray lines along the canal, and on an education program to educate local children about water safety.”