Hi Readers — Take a Valium THEN read this: Two “adventure” playgrounds in England have BANNED PARENTS. After all, parents are adults and so are sexual predators, so from now on, in the land of the Magna Carta, only playground workers who have passed a background check will be allowed in. Why?
Councillors in Watford claim they are only following Government guidelines and cannot allow adults to walk around playgrounds “unchecked”.
You know, I never thought of myself as walking around “unchecked” before. Anyway, more bureaucracy:
“Due to … regulations we have a responsibility to ensure that every authorised adult who enters our site is properly vetted and given a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check by Watford Borough Council.”
Council Mayor Dorothy Thornhill argued they are merely enforcing government policy at the play areas, in Vicarage Road and Leggatts Way .
She said: “Sadly, in today’s climate, you can’t have adults walking around unchecked in a children’s playground and the adventure playground is not a meeting place for adults.
“We have reviewed our procedures, so although previously some parents have stayed with their children at the discretion of our play workers, this is not something we can continue to do.
“There are other places in the town for parents with small children to go.”
Yeah, like “to hell.” — Lenore