calls for Burnham jetty safety changes after Dylan Cecil tragedy
250 people have joined an online campaign to make Burnham-On-Sea's
jetty and beach safer following last month's tragedy in which
four year-old Dylan Cecil died.
Facebook page called 'Make Burnham-On-Sea safe for our children'
includes a petition calling for safety improvements following
Dylan's death on August 19th when he fell into the sea from the
jetty, sparking a huge
is addressed to Sedgemoor District Council and MP Tessa Munt.
It requests: "The signatories on this petition believe that
safety in Burnham-On-Sea is of paramount importance given the
tragic death of Dylan Cecil and action needs to be taken sooner
rather than later before another innocent life is taken from us.
Suggestions from the public as detailed below need to be taken
seriously and acted upon now."
proposals on the petition include fencing off the jetty with gates
at both ends and for it to be only used by lifeboats and other
The petition also calls for improved warning signs since, it claims
"the current signs are shameful."
It goes on to request that "children need a compelling reason
not to wander towards the jetty, mud area and unclear waters to
play - Burnham needs a replacement paddling pool where parents
can better monitor their kids. Bring back activities on the beach
like those on other UK beaches, including swing-boats and trampolines."
Sedgemoor District Council - which owns the jetty - is continuing
its internal investigation into the tragedy. The council's Health
and Safety Officer, Derrick Cox, is pictured examining the jetty
after the accident.
Faun, Corporate Relations Manager at Sedgemoor District Council,
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: There
are many warning signs along the beach, The Esplanade and on the
jetty hut. Beach safety leaflets are distributed. Sedgemoor District
Council is satisfied that all their procedures were followed correctly.
As with all tragic accidents of this nature, Sedgemoor District
Council is carrying out an internal review to establish all relevant