Saturday, May 24, 2008
The Dangers of Trees - Monkey Puzzle For The Chop
The health and safety Gestapo have donned their jackboots and are on the march again.
This time they have set their sights on a 150 year old monkey puzzle tree in West Cross, Swansea.
The tree's crime?
Seemingly, according to the health and safety "experts", the needles are akin to syringes and are a danger to children.
The result being that the local knob heads in the council want to chop the tree down.
Just to remind you, the tree has been there for 150 years...no one has died from its needles.
Why, suddenly, does this tree pose a health and safety risk to the modern generation?
The report presented by the health and safety Gestapo contained the following ludicrous comments:
"Every effort is made in this day and age to prevent children playing with discarded syringe needles.
Every effort must be made to prevent children coming into contact with these potentially, equally sharp needles."
Errmmm...do people really get paid with our money to produce this shit?
Hypos are dangerous because they are most likely to be infected with blood borne diseases.
Pine needles are not!
Mike and Carol Crafer are leading a campaign to save the tree, and have even tried pricking themselves with the needles (to no avail).
Swansea council don't give a stuff, and have said:
"Safety experts have said the tree is too much of a risk to children for it to remain.
One expert likened the tree foliage to discarded syringe needles and warns they pose a probable risk of serious injury to children. The authority could find itself defending any litigation, should this arise."
What are local councils really useful for?
Fark all I would say!
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