Why should a landowner safeguard trespassers?
I FEEL extremely sorry for farmer Tim Wilson who owns the treacherous Blue Lagoon in Arlesey. In the last seven years, five people have drowned in the deep, icy cold waters. All of them were aged 18 or under. Despite repeated warnings from the police and
I FEEL extremely sorry for farmer Tim Wilson who owns the treacherous Blue Lagoon in Arlesey.
In the last seven years, five people have drowned in the deep, icy cold waters. All of them were aged 18 or under.
Despite repeated warnings from the police and from Mr Wilson, people continue to be tempted to go to the beauty spot on hot summer days.
But people who visit the Blue Lagoon are trespassing on private land. They are breaking the law and yet Mr Wilson is having to take action to make the spot safer for swimmers.
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He is going to regrade the cliff with a slope, to prevent swimmers jumping off it into the water.
This will no doubt take up a considerable amount of his time. He has said he will carry it out as soon as possible, but cannot start until the end of July because birds are still nesting, and in August there will be harvesting.
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It is not only the time element which seems incredibly unjust, but surely the work will also leave Mr Wilson out of pocket.
I'm not suggesting that time and money spent on making an environment safer for people isn't time and money well spent, but when people legally shouldn't be in that area in the first place it doesn't seem fair.
I think those who insist on visiting the Blue Lagoon should be made to pay for the work. Why should Mr Wilson spend time and money making alterations to his land so that trespassers will not come to harm?
It seems all wrong to me. If people abided by the law there would not be a problem and Mr Wilson, who has the law firmly on his side, would be saved from an enormous headache. That's the bottom line.