Cllr Angie Scott one of Labours Shadow Cabinet Members for Children’s Services wants to reassure residents and families that Riverside signage is being looked at and she revealed that plans were in place for a range of measures following the recent tragedy in the River.
Cllr Scott advised that she had already been in contact and discussed more up-to-date signage to be placed and rectify old signage working with Sam from the Parks Officer team. She has also met with the leaders of the Tynedale Canoe Club to gather opinions and advice from them about what they say is needed.
Cllr Scott also revealed she has been working alongside Prudhoe Youth Services, Local Schools and planning to meet Emergency Services to develop an educational package for local young people to raise awareness of the dangers after she herself shared the childhood trauma of being pulled from the River. This educational package is to be set up to be agreed in the coming months and Angie hopes it will help in the future.
Cllr Scott said: “Having only been elected just over a year ago there was so much to pick up following years of neglect. I am proud to be bringing forward this collection of measures that I hope will have a positive impact and prevent any family from going through what the Hattersley family have.
I have met with some professionals, agreed a plan of work and will closely follow it to ensure it takes place. This should have been done a long time ago but I am pleased to be the one to rectify it.
“I will also be visiting the educational sessions we have been working on together with Prudhoe Youth Project, Schools, and Emergency Services.”