Rebecca Calls For Review Of Pool’s Health & Safety Laws

Rebecca Harris, MP

CASTLE POINT MP Rebecca Harris has called for a review of Health and Safety laws relating to Canvey’s paddling pool.

Writing to Lord Young of Graffham, yesterday, Mrs Harris said ‘It cannot be right for a local authority to be put in a situation where it feels forced to close cherished public facilities with a good safety record because of the fear of the health and safety compensation culture.’

Lord Young was yesterday appointed by the Prime Minister to review the operation of all health and safety legislation.

Mrs Harris continued: ‘A balance needs to be struck between the safety of the public and the legal risk to public authorities. A common sense approach is needed, not a stifling health and safety bureaucracy.’

Rebecca has also been busy this week, teaming-up with ITV’s This Morning celebrity GP, Dr Chris Steele MBE, to support this year’s Carers Week and celebrating the contribution made by people in Castle Point, and throughout the UK, who provide unpaid care for someone who is ill, frail or disabled.

Rebecca said: ‘A trip to the cinema, or even a full night’s sleep are luxuries for many of the thousands of carers in Castle Point. I am supporting Carers Week and all those helping to raise awareness of carers, and their priceless contribution they make to our local community. There are some great charities and organisations like Castle Point Crossroads, who support local carers and I hope that as a result of Carers Week, many more carers will find out about services and support that exist to help them.’

Last week, Rebecca was one of the twenty MPs who won the right, by ballot, to present a Private Member’s Bill to the house.