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Meg's campaign highlighted in Westminster

Published date: 06 February 2013 |
Published by: Matt Jones
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A CAMPAIGN launched by the parents of tragic Meg Burgess to stop deaths by collapsing walls has been highlighted in Westminster.

The three-year-old was walking to her Prestatyn home with mum Lindsay and baby brother Wilson when a five-foot wall collapsed on top of her.


Lindsay, now of Upton near Chester, desperately pulled bricks off her daughter’s body but Meg, who would have turned eight in October, had suffered fatal injuries.


Along with Meg’s dad Peter, Lindsay launched Meg’s Campaign to licence the building trade and prevent further tragedies.


As the Journal went to press yesterday (Tuesday) Stephen Mosley MP, who is supporting the family’s campaign, introduced a motion in the House of Commons under the ten minute rule.


He wants retaining and load-bearing walls to be brought under the remit of building regulations.


Currently anyone in the UK can build a wall and pile tonnes of rubble up against it, without the need for it to be inspected for safety.


“This is such a tragic case and serves to highlight the importance of proper regulation of the domestic building trade,” said Mr Mosley.


“As regulations currently stand, anyone in the UK could go away tomorrow and build a six foot high wall and dump tonnes of rubble up against it.


“There would is no obligation to seek official guidance, no requirement to consult with an experienced structural engineer, and it isn’t necessary for building control to inspect the finished article for safety.


“As Meg’s case so tragically underlines, retaining walls can be fatal. We should be doing all we can to ensure they are constructed soundly, for the safety of everyone in the UK.”


North Wales builder George Collier, who built the wall that collapsed on Meg, was jailed for two years at Mold Crown Court last year after being found guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence.


“Mr and Mrs Burgess have carried themselves with incredible dignity and strength over the past four and a half years, and now that they have achieved some justice for Meg, they are determined that no one else should have to go through the same experience,” said Mr Mosley.

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