Mar 14, 2018 — First of all I would like to thank everybody who has signed and shared this petition it is amazing to see that over 42,000 people are supporting this cause. Myself and Charlie's family couldn't be more grateful!
After getting the run around and being lied to for a week by the council a meeting took place yesterday with myself, Nick Pope, Greater Manchester Police, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue, Canal River Trust and Manchester City Council. The Canal River Trust didn't seem to want to do anything and Knocked back suggestions we had. They are more concerned about the boating community being able to travel the canals at 3 am (which nobody does) instead of peoples safety as a matter of fact it seemed like this whole cause is a nuisance to them. They actually tried to put ownership of a part of the Rochdale canal (which they are responsible for!!) on to one of the local bars....complete rubbish! The fire service tried to play down statistics etc and explained they have been working on campaigns which is good but clearly not enough. Again Who's responsible for what was being mentioned and that its complicated. No it's not find out who's responsible for what and sort it out! So the canals are due to be assessed and we will see what is said. This is the comments made by the Manchester Water Safety Partnership. “We know there is a petition calling for fencing to be put up along the canals in central Manchester and we are not ignoring that.“Although fencing-off the waterfront may appear to be a straightforward solution it’s sadly not that simple in practice as we have to allow access to and from the waterside for the canal to operate. When we know what happened to Charlie we’ll be able see what further safety improvements might be needed.”
We are not going to back down for this and will continue to fight and if nobody wants to do anything we will protest and we will take this to parliament.
Thank you to the Manchester Evening News for their support and a shout out to Gary Jay and any bars/nightclubs in Manchester who have offered their support.
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