Jacksons Fencing, headquartered in Stowting, near Canterbury continues to champion a national campaign to tackle the serious issue of automated gate safety by hand delivering a petition to 10 Downing Street this Thursday 21st October. Richard Jackson, CEO of Jacksons Fencing will accompany close relatives of two of the child victims tragically killed earlier this year (in two separate incidents), as a result of being crushed by automatic gates. The mother, sister and cousin of six year old Semelia Campbell who died close to her home in gated development in Moss Side, Manchester, and the cousin of five year old Karolina Golabek who died after she was trapped by an automatic sliding gate outside an apartment block in Bridgend, Wales will be adding their signatures to a petition raised by attendees at the recent Gate Safety Summit. Mr Jackson will also be joined by Madeleine Moon, MP for Bridgend, Tony Lloyd, MP for Manchester Central and Peter Carroll parliamentary spokesperson for Maidstone and the Weald and the mastermind behind the high profile Gurkha Justice Campaign and official chair of the recent Gate Safety Summit.
The petition urges The Prime Minister to lend his support and guidance on the important matter of automated gate safety and represents one of the important actions agreed by delegates who attended last month’s Gate Safety Summit which was spearheaded by Jacksons Fencing. The Gate Safety Summit, which was held at the Institute of Directors, gathered representatives from a cross section of companies and organisations, with the aim of initiating a programme to improve awareness on gate safety issues and to ensure that everyone from the trade to the general public understands (and complies with the regulations pertaining to) automated gate safety.
Richard Jackson, CEO of Jacksons Fencing says “There needs to be an improved interpretation of the current safety measures in place and we need to lobby for tighter controls which will impact on any person looking to specify, manufacture or install an automated gate. We also want the general public to be more aware of what constitutes a safe gate. We are appealing to the Prime Minister, as the head of government and as a father himself, to ensure the appropriate action is taken to prevent any further tragic accidents occurring”.