Support us in asking Eton Town Council to remove their objection to the naming of bridge.
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On the 7th August 2015 our son, Michael Scaife, tragically died whilst swimming in the river, by the public footbridge which crosses The Jubilee River from The Myrke in Datchet, Berkshire, UK to land owned by Eton College.
As a result of this, I vowed to do everything possible to improve the safety in the immediate area surrounding the bridge.
Working closely with The Environment Agency and The Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead Council, improvements have been made, and some are waiting to be implemented. 2 lifesaving buoys and 3 improved safety signs have already been fitted to the bridge. The vegetation around the river banks, to restrict entering and exiting the river around the sides of the bridge will be done in the future.
We also asked if we could name the bridge "Michael's Bridge". We did this partly to honour Michael's memory, but more importantly to give an unnamed bridge an identity, one that people could relate to the story of Michael's tragic death, and make others think twice about the dangers of swimming in The Jubilee River.
On the 24th November 2015, the month long period to object to the naming proposal began. This ended on the 24th December 2015 with only one objector to the proposal, this being Eton Town Council. There were no objections from the owners of the bridge, The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Council, nor from the land owners, Eton College.
I met recently with a member of the council to discuss the reasons for their objection. The main reason given was about setting a precedent for renaming assets, such as bridges etc. As mentioned earlier, I don't see this as setting a precedent, as we would not be renaming the bridge. The bridge has no name at present, it is just a footbridge over a small stretch of river, and by naming it, it can have a positive impact on the awareness of the dangers of swimming in that particular area. If that saves at least one life in the future, then surely it can only be a positive step to take.
Please sign the petition and urge Eton Town Council to reconsider their objection, and to allow the naming of the bridge for the sake of helping make the area safer, which is surely all that matters.
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