Bridgewater Place inquest statement

Published : 03/12/2013 12:10

Bridgewater Place inquest statement

Response from Leeds City Council to inquest verdict into the death of Dr Edward Slaney:
 
Martin Farrington, director of development for Leeds City Council, said:
 
“We have enormous sympathy for the family of Dr Slaney and would again like to offer them our deepest condolences for their loss through this terrible accident.  This all must be incredibly difficult for them and for Ms Mahoya.
 
“It has been an absolute priority for us ever since we first heard of the wind issues around Bridgewater Place to resolve these as safely as possible for both pedestrians and road users.
 
“We support the view of the coroner that the building’s owner needs to bring forward the wind mitigation measures that we have been pressing for for a very long time and we will continue to do so.
 
“We note that the coroner agreed with our proposal that national guidance should be drawn up for local authorities when considering planning applications for tall buildings.  We will consider very carefully her recommendation to close the junction during high wind speeds.”

For media enquiries please contact:
Donna Cox, Leeds City Council press office, 0113- 224 3335
Email donna.cox@leeds.gov.uk
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