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Urgent action is needed to prevent a tragic accident
“If you don’t close that gap there’s bound to be a serious accident”.
Versions of that common comment can be applied to all kinds of potential hazards.
Sadly – and all too often – it takes an accident or even a fatality, for action to be taken.
There is always the risk of being over-dramatic in some scenarios, but the situation at the former Garnett buildings is one which needs action.
it is a fact of life that when buildings are left empty – even with security – they are vandalised and become a target for thieves, especially those seeking metal.
In this case what is called ‘unauthorised demolition’ has taken place, in other words theft and vandalism.
Residents are rightly raising concerns about the numbers of people, especially children, who are getting in to the old building.
There has to be a level of sympathy with the owners, especially in these tight financial times, when developments are not moving as quickly as in the past.
That said, along with such investments goes a high level of responsibility.
The site does have 24-hour security it seems.
Currently the landowners Otley Riverside Holdings are looking at putting permanent fencing at the site – but that would mean suspending a public footpath.
Whatever has to be done to reduce the risk of injury or death, should be done, and quickly.