Family of wall tragedy girl take fight to Westminster

Reporter:

Jim Green

A CHESTER mum who saw her little girl crushed to death when a wall collapsed wants to make sure no other family goes through the same heartache.

Three-year-old Meg Burgess was walking home from the shops with mum Lindsay and baby brother Wilson when the five-foot wall collapsed on top of her.

Lindsay, now 33, of Upton, desperately pulled bricks off her daughter’s body but Meg, who would have been eight on October 27, had suffered fatal injuries.

North Wales builder George Collier was jailed for two years at Mold Crown Court last month after being found guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence.

Lindsay and Meg’s dad Peter have launched Meg’s Campaign to licence the building trade and prevent other families from experiencing the pain they endure every day.

“Meg’s death was so preventable. One death is enough,” said Lindsay, who was living in Prestatyn at the time of the 2008 tragedy.

“We want to make sure this never happens again. It has been horrific. Meg smiled all the way from waking up to when she fell to sleep. She was constantly affectionate. She was a princess.

“Her life was so special when she was here.”

Lindsay and Peter are taking their campaign to Westminster next month having been granted a meeting with government minister Don Foster.

“We want to bring in licences to the building trade,” said Lindsay.

Peter said others involved in building the wall that crushed Meg had also been negligent but were still allowed to carry on working in the domestic building trade.

“That is why we are doing this,” he said.

“George Collier can come out of prison and start working on a domestic building site without having to train or prove his competence.”

Chester MP Stephen Mosley has been supporting the couple’s campaign and he will join them at the meeting with Mr Foster on December 19.

“I am pleased to see we are making progress and that I have managed to secure this meeting for the Burgess family,” he said.

“Ministers are often presented with facts and figures, but this will be a chance to hear the human side to the story as well.

“Hopefully we can move forward from this meeting to re-examine building regulations in the hope such a terrible accident will not reoccur.”

Meg’s parents want to hear from anyone who has similar stories and they can be contacted through www.facebook.com/megs.uk. campaign and megs campaign2012@gmail.com

See full story in the Chester Leader

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