IT IS disappointing that the installation of £100,000-worth of essential vitallife-saving equipment on the banks of York’s rivers has been delayed.

The equipment, which includes 65 new life rings, could well help save lives in future.

Thankfully, the delay – caused by the council wanting to have precise instructions put on the equipment saying how it should be used – will only be a couple of weeks.

Meanwhile, the authority is making good use of the time that these changes will take by improving fencing along the river and repairing riverside steps.

Nevertheless, we hope to see the work completed as soon as possible. Following the dreadful catalogue of tragedies involving York’s rivers that have occurred this year, these much-needed safety improvements cannot come too soon.