Nanny Knows Best

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Monday, November 03, 2008

Nanny Bans Old People

Nanny Bans Old People
Nanny views the old and fat in much the same way, of little value and a drain on her time and resources.

Whilst the fat, in Nanny's view, can be bullied into losing weight; the old cannot be made young and productive again.

Therefore it should come as no surprise to learn that Nanny's henchmen from Broomleigh Housing Association, which owns sheltered flats in Mottingham South London, have decreed that the benches that a group of elderly residents sit on to have a chat may be removed.

For why?

Seemingly the noise of them talking annoys other nearby residents.

Nanny believes that the elderly residents who sit and chat on the benches are being an anti-social nuisance.

The housing association claims that has received several complaints over the past two years about noise from the group, the oldest of whom is aged 96.

Ann Reddy, 69, said:

"How could I possibly be capable of anti-social behaviour?

When I told my doctor that we might be having our benches taken away, he asked me if I had been drinking. We don't drink and sit on walls throwing cans of lager around the place.

We don't sing in the middle of the night. It's unbelievable

Julie Schoon, assistant director of supported housing at Broomleigh, said:

"As a registered social landlord we are responsible for ensuring that any complaints of noise nuisance or other forms of antisocial behaviour are acted upon.

Following a number of complaints from residents over the last two years we have worked hard to try to mediate between those involved.

We are very reluctant to remove any of the benches and would view this as a last resort. We are currently talking to residents and considering various solutions to try to resolve the issue

The lesson from this sorry little tale is clear, once you become old you are considered to be a bloody nuisance and a waste of space.

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I suspect that were the "chatters" to be under the age of 16 (and thus falling within the "what about the children?" child centric policy of Nanny) the benches would most certainly not be removed.

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  1. Anonymous10:48 AM

    "As a registered social landlord we are responsible for ensuring that any complaints of noise nuisance or other forms of antisocial behaviour are acted upon."

    One good way of acting upon them would be to tell the complainants to f*** off

  2. Anonymous11:12 AM

    This type of complaint is something that would not have been acted on years ago.....Since we have become "more tolerant" we have in fact become far less tolerant.
    It seems authorities are not prepared to act against groups of thugs that terrorise many of our old folk but, are happy to act against old folk....I wonder why?....Perhaps it is because the ninety six year old is unlikely to give the jobsworth a thump or verbal abuse if confronted....As is always the case, Nanny goes for the line of least resistance.

  3. Anonymous1:38 PM

    Just when I thought things couldn't possibly get any worse, I am yet again proved wrong. But, once again, as usual, Tonk, you have hit the nail on the head (I trust you carried out the appropriate 'risk assessment' first!!!!). Whoever complained ought to have been put in the stocks, along with those who sanctioned the removal of the benches.! Presumably, they have such sad, pathetic lives that their only pleasure is in making other people's lives a misery? They, and Nanny's trolls in the Broomleigh Housing Association, should remember that they themselves will be old one day. If they (deservedly) should receive similar treatment at some future date, perhaps they will reflect upon their actions.

  4. Anonymous2:06 PM

    Has this alleged noise level been checked and if so against what ? It is not enough to simply say that it is a noise nuisance, there are gadgets which can check dB and only then could a decision be made.

    If it is proven to be so, then removal of the benches is not the only solution, you could build a baffle around them for instance . You could relocate them.

    It may also be prudent to point out that the number of complaints received is not always a measure of distress. There can be other reasons (a Victor Meldrew in residence for example) .

    This story does not quite gell and appear genuine to me


    The Sheltered Housing UK Association

  5. Anonymous4:55 PM

    Anon, you took the words out of my mouth. I've always understood that, during the 'daytime' hours, noise level would have to be extremely high or, perhaps, persistent, to qualify as a nuisance.

    The story might not be true as it reads but it wouldn't surprise me in today's UK if it were, and despite reports which highlight the degree of isolation and loneliness experienced by the elderly (and those of us who rail against the blanket smoking ban know that it has exacerbated this -for example, British Legion Clubs have been struggling to survive since its introduction).

    I fear, too, that we haven't heard the last of Baroness Warnock's outrageous suggestion of the social obligation of dementia sufferers to terminate their lives. The only thing to knock that on the head is that, by definition, sufferers are incapax and the decision becomes one for the medics.