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Monday, December 10, 2012

Prats of The Week - Hellesdon Parish Council

Ooh err missus, I have been so occupied with other Nanny matters that there has been quite a gap since my last "Prats of The Week" Award.

Therefore, without further ado, I am happy to announce that this week it goes to Nanny's chums from Hellesdon Parish Council.

For why?

Just ask Samantha Dade, a professional child minder who needed to accompany her five year old diabetic daughter (Tilly-Rose) to a Christmas party held in in the Hellesdon community centre the other week.

Sadly for Mrs Dade and her daughter, she was told that she would not be allowed to accompany Tilly-Rose (even though Tilly-Rose doesn't have "hypo awareness" and cannot sense when she is in danger) which in effect would mean that Tilly-Rose could not go.

Why was Mrs Dade banned?

Hellesdon Parish Council's policy sates that only adults who are CRB checked would be allowed to come to the party. One wonders what an adult with evil intentions could do in a public place surrounded by other adults, but Nanny's rules are somewhat inflexible.

Anyhoo, the rather "odd" thing is that Mrs Dade does in fact have CRB accreditation, done by Norfolk County Council.

So all's well that ends well?

No, for you see Hellesdon Parish Council insisted that the check has to be carried out by them as well, and that Norfolk County Council's CRB check is not transferable.

Suffice to say a stink was raised over this nonsense.

Can you guess what happened next children?

Yes, that's right, Hellesdon Parish Council in the face of being made to look like knobheads in public changed its mind and reversed its decision.

The Lowestoft Journal reports that at a meeting last week, Hellesdon Parish Council decided to revoke their decision on barring Mrs Dade from taking her daughter to their party on Saturday – but only after banning the Norwich Evening News and Eastern Daily Press from the meeting.

Hellesdon Parish Council, well deserving Prats of The Week!

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  1. Good grief! Who the hell do these people think they are?

    These council types seem to have a need to expand their role and to boss people about.....How do they come to these decisions: simple, they ask themselves what any sensible person with commonsense would do, and then they do the opposite......A well deserved award Ken.

  2. Lord of Atlantis3:48 PM

    Is being a complete and utter jerk an essential requirement for the post of local government officer, or is training given in developing that 'skill'? As you pointed out, Ken, this was in a public place, Mrs Dade is the child's mother and, in any case, already has a CRB certificate from Norfolk! Funny how quickly they backed down when the local media started lifting their stones!
    "The Lowestoft Journal reports that at a meeting last week, Hellesdon Parish Council decided to revoke their decision on barring Mrs Dade from taking her daughter to their party on Saturday – but only after banning the Norwich Evening News and Eastern Daily Press from the meeting."

    Really? So much for 'open government'! What have they got to hide?

  3. Anonymous6:27 PM

    Britain is awash with layer upon layer of petty, politicised bureaucracy, so it should come as no surprise that the bottom of the barrel should want to show their alleged importance by making decisions like this.

    On future voting papers for parish councils I would like to see the addition of a separate category of ‘None Wanted’.

  4. It turns out that there was a change to the relevant legislation in September, and if they had bothered to check this before hand the whole sorry saga could have been avoided:

    1. That is interesting MD, you might think that most councils would have been aware of 2006 regulations. The last advice that I had re my own (enhanced) CRB check was that not only is it not transferable but that it is a Criminal Offence to show the document to any third party.

  5. Anonymous9:58 AM

    I wish I hadn't read that press release as it's making my blood boil. Can anyone tell me what's wrong with this sentence "The parish council is very sad that this situation arose and wishes to apologise to Mrs Dade and her family for any distress."?

    Really, what's stopping the parish council from apologising (other than the fact that they'll be admitting to being interfering knobs)?

    What happened to the days when people just said "sorry", is this lawyer speak to make it look like they're apologising without admitting liability?

  6. Anonymous8:43 PM

    Ah the gentle sport of CRB collection... My record stood at 12 in one year before the regs were "eased" so that when my job description but not my post changed I did not have to get another!This case is just nanny's trolls and goblins getting a few blows in in the hope the target will not argue.