Swimming lessons to be offered to those in care at new Silica children's campus near deep pond in Scunthorpe
Swimming lessons look like being given to young residents of the new Silica Lodge children's home campus once it is built in Scunthorpe - near a deep pond.
North Lincolnshire Council says: "Young People living at the campus will have access to water safety advice and guidance, swimming lessons (if they cannot already swim) and will have the added value of being able to volunteer and work with rangers to add a positive value to the upkeep of the Local Nature Reserve."
Prior to, and during, the council planning committee meeting at the Civic Centre which approved the new children's campus, fears were expressed about the safety of youngsters visiting the deep Silica pond.
A little later, in early August, two youngsters got into difficulty while swimming in the water and needed to be rescued.
Business Cards From Only £10.95 Delivered www.myprint-247.co.ukView details
Our heavyweight cards have FREE UV silk coating, FREE next day delivery & VAT included. Choose from 1000's of pre-designed templates or upload your own artwork. Orders dispatched within 24hrs.
Terms: Visit our site for more products: Business Cards, Compliment Slips, Letterheads, Leaflets, Postcards, Posters & much more. All items are free next day delivery. www.myprint-247.co.uk
Contact: 01858 468192
Valid until: Friday, May 31 2013
Now a report has been drawn up within the council about water safety measures.
It will be considered later this week by two members of the controlling cabinet - Councillors Rob Waltham and Nigel Sherwood.
This report says: "Concern over water safety at the site has led to a specific and unique planning condition that requires the council to further improve the water safety equipment on site and ensure that it is kept up to standard.
"The Children's Campus will add a positive value to young people living there and the wider environment.
"The campus will be overseen by North Lincolnshire Elected Members in line with their Corporate Parenting responsibility and monthly rota visits carried out to ensure this is running to plan.
"Their presence on site will encourage wider scrutiny of the whole area and in particular the nature reserve and water safety."
The council report concludes: "The recent incident at Silica Local Nature Reserve has highlighted the need for continued education in our schools and communities about not swimming in open water.
"This is where our new efforts will be placed through the water safety group meeting.
"These are being increased in regularity to deliver this work."