Call to regulate builders in Wales

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Building regulation 'could save lives'

Meg Burgess was killed by a falling wall in 2008 Credit: Lindsay Burgess

Regulation of domestic builders in Wales would save lives, according to the heartbroken mum of a three-year-old girl killed by a falling wall.

Lindsay Burgess, whose daughter Meg died in 2008, is supporting plans from inside the industry to introduce a licensing system.

Meg died when a wall built by builder George Collier collapsed onto a pavement in Prestatyn. Collier was later jailed for causing manslaughter by gross negligence.

“I think we are still classed as an unlucky accident by many members of the public,” she said. “Well, no, another death is waiting to happen.”

Mrs Burgess was talking to ‘Wales This Week’ which tonight looks at the call for regulation and investigates how people who have work done can avoid rogue traders and cowboy builders.

Wales This Week, 'Cowboy builders... and how to avoid them' is on tonight at 8, ITV Cymru Wales

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Calls for regulation of domestic builders

Wales This Week investigates calls to regulate the domestic building trade in Wales Credit: ITV News Cymru Wales

Wales could be the first area of the UK to introduce a licence for domestic builders, Wales This Week can reveal.

The Federation of Master Builders is bringing together trading standards experts and representatives of the Welsh Government to explore how a licence might work.

One option under consideration is a ‘safe list’ of domestic builders, similar to the Gas Safe Register.

The campaign is supported by Peter and Lindsay Burgess whose three-year-old daughter Meg was killed when a wall collapsed on her in Prestatyn in 2008.

The couple will describe the need for regulation on ‘Wales This Week’ tonight at 8pm.

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