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Friday, September 24, 2010

The Dangers of Apples

AppleI while ago I read a headline that said that Britain would experience a bumper crop of apples this year. I recall thinking at the time that, somehow or other, Nanny would find a health and safety issue with this.

As sure as eggs are eggs, I was right!

Yorkshire Coast Homes (YCH) is a charity that runs a housing association for elderly people in Scarborough. YCH recently became worried over the crab apples falling onto the street where their houses were located, seemingly YCH were of the view that these represented a "trip hazard".

Their solution?

They complained to the council, who sent some men with choppers along, who chopped down 6 trees.

The local residents were not best pleased as, not unreasonably, they found the trees to be an attractive part of the local environment and had not been consulted.

Factoid: the trees had been there for 35 years, without there being mass carnage on the streets caused by people falling over dropped crab apples.

A bit of an "overreaction" by YCH and the council wouldn't you say?

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  1. Tonk.4:01 PM

    Why do so many of this type of organisation and local authorities, feel they need to protect older people from every possible risk however small.
    This may come as a shock to you, but we have reached this stage of our lives because we know how to spot a "trip hazzard" whilst out walking and we do not need councils or do gooding organisations to wipe our arses for us neither.

  2. Anonymous5:14 PM

    I contacted my local Council - Preston - wrt trees interfering with my satellite signal & could they please prune them, or alternatively I would pay for a tree surgeon of their choice to do it. Their reply? If I touch "their" trees I would be charged with criminal damage! Apparently I should have stated they were a "trip hazard" - job done!

    In support of "Tonk", at the now apparently "elderly" age of 60, despite being a runner, fell-walker, cyclist, weight trainer & generally fit person - I now have to be protected from crab-apples!

    Oh please - tell them to FUCK-OFF!

  3. FrankC10:30 PM

    Why not harvest the apples so that the elderly of Scarborough can make crab apple jam?
    Silly me! YCH wouldn't let their charges near an oven would they? Nor would the council allow use of their fruit either.

  4. Anonymous12:14 AM

    Why do we allow ourselves to be controlled by such stupid people? Live in this "democratic" country at your peril. Government of the morons, for the morons, by the morons. God, this is an awful place. Living here is like being back at school - so many stupid petty rules - the whole country is a prison - just that the inmates haven't noticed it. Soon it will be an arrestable offence to fart in a public place (health & safety), and GOD HELP YOU if you fart again whilst in prison! I'm digging an escape tunnel, and no, you can't come too. Dig your own!

  5. Uncle John2:07 AM

    I wonder if this "trip hazard" was removed before the men with chainsaws were allowed to start work?

  6. Anonymous2:27 AM

    Petty officialdom pissed after a few sips from the tankard of power - Council gits make it up as they go - there is a documentation procedure to remove trees - the only documents most local councils seem to use is a purchase order to their mates at the tree surgery companies.

    FoI is your friend here... they rarely follow the proper procedure and break the law as a consequence. Felling a tree because of fallen fruit does not qualify.