Thursday, December 08, 2011
Prats of The Week - Durham City Council
This week it goes to Durham City Council.
Just ask the parents and kids who use the Allergate play area.
For you see my loyal readers, the council went unto the playground and conducted a health and safety audit.
What did they find?
Swings, roundabouts and slides etc; all the normal paraphernalia that you would expect to find in a playground.
Well, yes actually.
The council deemed that these items posed a safety risk.
Can you guess what they did children?
Yes, that's right, the council removed all of the equipment (aside from one toy bike on a spring) from the play area.
For the record, there had never been any accidents of merit there.
I should point out that the council are not finished with their quest, they will conduct audits in all their other play areas and will remove equipment that they deem to be a risk.
Nigel Dodds, Durham County Council’s sport and leisure manager, told the Northern Echo that most of the equipment was manufactured before 1998, when European safety standards replaced the British predecessors, and therefore did not meet modern day requirements.
An "interesting" explanation, and a slimy piece of buck passing
However, there is one small fly in Dodds' oinkment. The council, I assume has been conducting annual/regular health and safety audits since 1998 have they not?.
How is it that this has only been adjudged to be a problem in 2011?
The council, having removed the kids' playthings may then care to wonder why it is that the kids end up hanging round street corners looking bored and looking for trouble?
Durham City Council, well deserving Prats of The Week! Incidentally they also won this award in 2007 (well done lads!).
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