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Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Nanny Bans Paddling Pools - Again

Paddling PoolsOh dear oh dear!

Not content with trying to stop people swimming in lakes and rivers, Nanny has now decreed that paddling pools (ie those public areas with usually less than 12 inches of water) present a clear and present danger to the health and safety of children.

Can you guess what Nanny wants to do children?

Yes, that's right, she wants to employ lifeguards at these pools!

Failure to employ a lifeguard may mean that the pools will have to be closed.

Nanny has told our "beloved" and "respected" local councils (her frontline storm troopers in her war against the people) to drain their pools, or put trained lifesavers on site.

By way of example, Carmarthenshire Council has been told its eight pools must have the same safety cover as a beach.

Is Nanny totally bonkers, or has she been smoking something "special"?

I well remember using my local paddling pool to sail my model ships etc. Never once did I drown. However, my mum was always with me when I went "paddling" (just in case I drowned in the 8 inches of water) so maybe therein lies a possible solution????

Here's a radical thought, why not let parents be responsible for the health and safety of their kids rather than the state.

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10 comments:

  1. If Nanny is banning paddling pools, can spring be far behind?

    What will she ban next, buzzing bees (deadly toxic reactions, plus noise pollution), sun bathing (lethal exposure to UV rays), and picnics (choking hazard)?

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  2. I would say, just as you have intimated, that there is a general lack of responsible parents these days.

    How sad, and in some cases literally tragic, that the infants of today appear not to benefit from the same decent, character building, parental guidance that used to be the norm.

    Where has it all gone wrong?

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  3. Lord of Atlantis1:36 PM

    This latest piece of lunacy from our beloved and illustrious
    'elf'n'safety' industry really beggars belief.
    As you say, Ken, I am sure those of us of 'a certain age' well remember using their local paddling pool, and our mothers were usually with us when we went "paddling".
    I did actually have an accident at Brighton paddling pool, when I was about 9 years old. I was running back along the pool, when I collided head on with another boy and chipped one of my front teeth. I cannot recall what happened to the other boy, although I have wondered about this quite a bit
    since. At the time, I was too concerned about my own injuries, not to mention the pain I was in, and the fact that there was quite a bit of blood --- or so it seemed to a 9 year old! Fortunately, my parents were on hand to provide comfort and to deal with the situation. However, and this is the crucial point, it is the very nature of life for accidents to happen from time to time, not only to children but even to adults. It is called 'growing up' or 'experience'. The alternative, which the health and safety
    fascists seem determined to ram down our throats, is to create a totally risk-free, but utterly sterile environment, devoid of all enjoyment or experience.

    GrumpyOldTwat said...
    I would say, just as you have intimated, that there is a general lack of responsible parents these days.
    Where has it all gone wrong?

    The rot possibly started with social problems, as a result of wiorld war 2, but really took off in the 1960s with trendy, leftwing ideas about teaching, parenting and disciplne, and since then, has progressively deteriated thanks to
    'elf'n'safety' and political correctness being forced upon the people of this country, although we did not vote for it.

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  4. Disgusted, Tunbridge Wells3:15 PM

    Strange how local councils use 'elf'n'safety when they want to stop people enjoying themselves. But not where it's needed.

    Over the past few days there have been numerous injuries resulting from people slipping on icy pavements and footpaths that should have been gritted, but weren't. I do hope all these folk toddle off to Claims'R'Us and screw their local authorities for every penny they can. I threatened my own council with legal action should I slip and break something while trying to negotiate footpaths covered with some 10mm of sheet ice.

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  5. microdave4:39 PM

    "Over the past few days there have been numerous injuries resulting from people slipping on icy pavements and footpaths that should have been gritted, but weren't."

    That's funny, I remember when council employees used to clear the pavements and grit them in winter. And it wasn't THAT long ago!

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  6. microdave6:49 PM

    Even responsible parents (a highly trained firefighter,no less) can't supervise their own kids now - unless they only have a single child of under 8 years: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1107822/Single-father-turned-away-swimming-pool--health-safety-rules-say-supervise-sons.html

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  7. I think the pools are eighteen, not six, incs deep - just a bit shallor than a bath, which are STILL not banned. And the local authority was using CPR-trained personnel, but a directive from above says that is not good enough but rather a fully-trained (ie, capable of swimming while towing a victim - in 18"?) must be employed.

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  8. Microdave wrote:

    "That's funny, I remember when council employees used to clear the pavements and grit them in winter. And it wasn't THAT long ago!"

    Ah but nowadays it probably contravenes 'elf 'n' safety regulations to send an employee out to do some gritting in case they slip on the ice and injure themselves.

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  9. Lord of Atlantis2:46 PM

    Kaptain_Von said...
    Microdave wrote:
    "That's funny, I remember when council employees used to clear the pavements and grit them in winter. And it wasn't THAT long ago!"
    'Ah but nowadays it probably contravenes 'elf 'n' safety regulations to send an employee out to do some gritting in case they slip on the ice and injure themselves.'
    11:28 AM

    Or this 'service' is now non-existant, having been contracted out under a pfi agreement!

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  10. cinderellas-servant6:19 AM

    For future reference, i slipped on a council pavement in southampton ( i use the word pavement loosely), they were paving slabs about a foot apart, which in wet weather raised out of the ground by several inches, they were so bad the local bin men had a special area built because their "health and safety" rules said they couldnt drag the wheeli bins along this path ( remember when the binmen used to chuck hewvy bins on their back on walked to the bin?).. well i am disabled and intermittently then used a wheelchair and i was expected to use this path that when in a wheelchair i couldn't use the path due to the bad state it was in, then the idiots from the council came to "fix" the pavement and fixed the wrong one and then we were told no money left in the budget for fixing the correct path, so after several days of rain (similar to the weather we have now) i was tentively walking to work along this "path" but it had raised a lot and i caught the heel of my shoe and i fell. it was suspected i had broken my neck i hit the ground so hard, now i did sue and my local councillor mistakenly sent an email to us that was from the council where they admitted that the path was dangerous and they knew it was but it was also "too dangerous" for the men to fix...?????.... well after their lovely email and my drs report i did not break any bones but had some extensive bruising.. unfortunately i am now totally bed bound and unable to leave my house due to stairs outside my house ( wheelchairs don't climb stairs) but the council won't rehouse me ( i now live in wales) as hey don't see this as a problem.... but i got a lovely cheque for £4500 for the fall i had in southampton, so my advice is fall and sue the buggers and MAKE them fix the problems with gritting .... but don't hold your breath 18 months after my acident and that path is still not fixed

    im sure it is due to some health and safety reason that means the council cant fix it.. maybe the risk of breaking a nail or somehting?????

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