Councillor asks for 'light touch' on health and safety to get things done
A 'LIGHT TOUCH' should be taken with health and safety according to a town councillor after concerns were raised about a volunteer river clean up.
The River Slea Cleanup group received praise from Sleaford Town Council's services committee for its efforts to spruce up parts of the water course but concerns about some aspects of the operation were highlighted.
The group was set up by local resident Andrew Greenwood and together with a team of volunteers he has so far undertaken two river cleans.
At a meeting of the committee on September 18, the services supervisor said that the job was being "very well done".
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But Steve Beane, services manager, said he had concerns about certain health and safety aspects.
In his report he said: "There are people wading waist deep in the water with no apparent safety link to persons on the river bank.
"Nobody appears to be wearing hi-viz or safety equipment. It has been made clear that certain individuals have been working under bridges along the river which is forbidden as these areas are owned and the responsibility of the Environment Agency."
At the meeting, Councillor Mark Allan said that the council should take a "light touch" with health and safety so that it doesn't prevent the town council doing things it should be doing.
He added: "Very good action is taking place and they are doing a very good job.
"I remember when we talked about doing this before and the town council almost opted out because of health and safety."
Mr Greenwood said that he was meeting with River Care which is part of Keep Britain Tidy and it proposed that the team signed an agreement with them to provide insurance cover and carry out risk assessments.
He added: "It's a great opportunity to give something back to the community."