'Power of the Press' praised by grandad after swift action follows our story on waterway danger warning

A Lytham resident who feared that a lack of adequate fencing at the bank of a waterway next to a play area could result in a tragedy has praised The Gazette and its sister publication the Lytham St Annes Express for getting the matter resolved.

Friday, 19th November 2021, 3:45 pm

Within a few days of us publicising Ron Emery’s concerns at Liggard Brook at the Park View 4U recreation site, Fylde Council had placed new facing and Ron says he is happy that the danger has been averted.

“It took less than a day to do and it just shows the power of the Press,” said Ron.

“Without you I think that all parties would have retreated behind a wall of academic claptrap while common sense would have been kicked into touch and it would have been months before anything got done.

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Ron Emery celebrates the installation of the fence at Liggard Brook at Park View 4U.

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The Gazette and Express deserve every credit for highlighting this appalling and very dangerous situation and helping protect the community and its children. Jolly well done.”

Grandad Ron, of Badger’s Walk, walks his dogs at Park View 4U daily.

He felt that a small warning sign (inset) which was all that was previously in place was inadequate, especially if a youngster wandered towards the brook without realising is was so close. “By the time any responsible adult is close enough to read the notice, he or she is stood next to it,” he said.

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