Canal safety: SYT poster campaign

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Readers can support the campaign to improve safety on Swinton Canal by displaying the poster on pages 26 and 27 of this week’s edition.

Almost five weeks on and the grieving family of tragic canal drowning victim Matthew Cartwright cannot understand why no action has been taken to prevent another drowning tragedy.

Campaigners want bushes at the site to be cut back and life preservers and warning signs to be put up at the South Yorkshire Navigation Canal where eight-year-old Matthew fell in.

They say the authorities are dragging their feet and now say they will take action themselves to shame them.

Matthew’s grandmother Wendy told the Times: “It has been more than a month and we are counting the days since Matthew died.

“It is heartbreaking that everything seems to have gone quiet now.

“I don’t want it to happen to anyone else. Matthew was an intelligent lad and I know he wouldn’t have gone near the canal bank if there had been at least some warning signs there.

“He would have taken notice of them.

“We have been in touch with a company who we hope will let us use their strimmers for nothing to cut back the bushes on the bank. We have found out that they haven’t been trimmed at all since 2007.

“It’s disgraceful. If the authorities don’t do something soon on the canal we will do it ourselves and we will name and shame them when we do.”

If you feel the canal needs to be made safer NOW not later , make sure to display the poster in a prominent position.