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The SUN - UK ^ | John Coles

Posted on 01/21/2003 6:14:33 PM PST by steplock

EU give swings the push

A VILLAGE had to get rid of its playground swings because Euro rules say they are too TALL.

The three swings were erected more than 25 years ago.

Kids playing on them have suffered nothing worse than a grazed knee ever since.

But now Brussels bureaucrats have introduced a new maximum height order for swings throughout the UK.

The EU edict, European Standard BS EN 11 76, states the height of children’s swings must be no more than three metres (9ft 10ins).

The set at the park in Great Somerford, Wilts, are 60cm (2ft) over the limit.

The directive also includes a mind-boggling set of other rules including the distance from the seats to the frame and to the ground.

The Great Somerford swings were condemned during a routine inspection by playground equipment firm Wicksteed Leisure last month.

Now the seats have been removed to stop kids using the swings and a notice has gone up explaining why.

It has left Sarah Beeby, 11, Hannah Lonford-Brown, ten, and Luke Whitmarsh and Jacob Botterill, both five, bitterly disappointed.

Little Luke said: “It’s very sad. The park’s not exciting any more.”

The EU standard is NOT law, but failing to comply could leave the parish council open to legal action if a child were injured.

The council is trying to raise £4,000 to get new swings. It can’t simply raise the ground around the exisiting frames because steps aren’t allowed in playgrounds either.

Chairman Toby Sturgis said: “These are barmy regulations.”


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: children; eu; kids; playground; socialist; stupid

1 posted on 01/21/2003 6:14:33 PM PST by steplock
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Interesting.
2 posted on 01/21/2003 6:15:12 PM PST by Support Free Republic (Your support keeps Free Republic going strong!)
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To: steplock
I thought this was going to be another Scott Ritter thread.
3 posted on 01/21/2003 6:15:19 PM PST by The Great Satan
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4 posted on 01/21/2003 6:15:54 PM PST by Support Free Republic (Your support keeps Free Republic going strong!)
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To: steplock
Not just EU.

The swings have been disappearing from my area the last couple of years. They can no longer be found in public parks or on school playgrounds. Thank the trial lawyers.
5 posted on 01/21/2003 6:22:09 PM PST by concentric circles
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To: steplock
If you live in a country where a kid's swing-set costs $8,000 - you are already F*****.

Enjoy. Five pipes, four chains, two slabs of leather - total cost, $15

6 posted on 01/21/2003 6:22:37 PM PST by patton (Socialism sucks.)
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To: patton
That's OK. Remember, these folks are some of the competition. If they want to cripple themselves with these silly rules that's their problem, better for us.

We need to do our best to avoid this foolishness here...but its a tough job sometimes.
7 posted on 01/21/2003 6:29:59 PM PST by Coyoteman
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To: steplock
Great "The Beast" and the "Anti Christ" are gonna be micro managers and petty
shicken chit bureaucrats...& bean counters...and most of all 'absurd authority figures'
8 posted on 01/21/2003 6:36:17 PM PST by joesnuffy
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To: steplock
Why do the Brits defer? The Brits have the spirit and history to throw these EUnichs out on their collective little big-man arses. Is this the revenge of the French?!

Come on blokes - you survived Hitler - why are go limp-wristed now?
9 posted on 01/21/2003 6:42:14 PM PST by kcar
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To: steplock
The EU edict, European Standard BS EN 11 76, states the height of children’s swings must be no more than three metres (9ft 10ins).

What does BS EN stand for? Bull S*** European Number?

It really sad when a continent, even wosre when it is one that is run by a single governing board, is worrying over the height of children's swingsets. Certainly there are more important things to worry about.


10 posted on 01/21/2003 6:50:53 PM PST by armyboy (I support President Bush in the war on Iraq!)
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To: armyboy
England now swings by a safety compendium from EU...

Bobbies ... (whatever)
11 posted on 01/21/2003 7:05:57 PM PST by kcar
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To: steplock
More sissy Brits. We should have let them speak German.
12 posted on 01/21/2003 7:08:41 PM PST by PatrioticAmerican (Let's all pay our fair share...make the poor pay taxes! They pay nothing!)
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To: armyboy
It really sad when a continent, even wosre when it is one that is run by a single governing board, is worrying over the height of children's swingsets. Certainly there are more important things to worry about.

You don't get it do you. It's "For the Children"... (And to keep the government employees employeed).

Now that they have the regulations, think of all the people that can be employeed. I.E. The ones to inspect the playgrounds. The managers to manage these people. The ones to fill out the required paperwork. The ones to produce and distribute the paperwork. The ones to verify the paperwork. The ones to prosocute offenders (more paperwork and management etc). Just think of all the jobs created to consume tax dollars. It is for THEIR children, so that the sons and daughters of the government workers will not go without food, shelter and recreation (except of course the playgrounds).

13 posted on 01/21/2003 7:23:33 PM PST by Bitman
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To: steplock
You don't suppose they will pass regulations concerning the height of imbicility, do you?
14 posted on 01/21/2003 7:50:19 PM PST by Adrastus
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To: steplock
Solution:

Get a cutting torch.
Cut off legs at ground level.
Dig a 60 cm. hole for each leg.
Set each leg in the hole.
Refill holes.

Result: a well anchored, legal swing set for the Eurofolks.
15 posted on 01/21/2003 7:56:39 PM PST by PAR35
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To: steplock
The set at the park in Great Somerford, Wilts, are 60cm (2ft) over the limit.

They're made of metal piping, just cut the dang legs to regulation and reset them in a little quikcrete. 2 hours and eight bucks, max (non-union cost and time frame). Silly Euros.

16 posted on 01/21/2003 8:01:04 PM PST by thatdewd
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...just cut the dang legs to regulation and reset them in a little quikcrete. 2 hours and eight bucks, max (non-union cost and time frame).

Don't forget the cost of a 6-month environmental impact study. You can't just go around pouring quikcrete anywhere you please. There may be unforeseen impacts on the local ecology.

17 posted on 01/21/2003 8:09:47 PM PST by Bob
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To: steplock
It can’t simply raise the ground around the exisiting frames because steps aren’t allowed in playgrounds either.
18 posted on 01/21/2003 8:12:21 PM PST by is_is
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To: patton
Enjoy. Five pipes, four chains, two slabs of leather - total cost, $15

Hell, we used to make do with one of Dad's discarded re-treads and 30 ft. of manila rope tossed over an oak tree branch. Those were the days.

19 posted on 01/21/2003 8:18:07 PM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts ()
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To: steplock
I consider a story like this to be incontrovertable evidence of the end of civilization. When a supra-national governing body defines the maximum height for children's swingsets, we have gone past the point of rationalality ... no further discussion is possible.

It makes me want to go puke in my 1.2 Gallon per Flush toilet.
20 posted on 01/21/2003 8:20:33 PM PST by spodefly (This is my tag line. There are many like it, but this one is mine.)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
For which you would now go to jail. Hemp rope - Drug dealer!
21 posted on 01/21/2003 8:22:39 PM PST by patton (The world is a miracle...)
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To: kcar
Eng-al-and swings like a pendulum do,
Kiddies can't swing 'cause they're bad for you,
Westminster abby the Power of D' Man,
Get the hell out, while you can.
22 posted on 01/21/2003 8:23:59 PM PST by lawdude
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To: Bob
Don't forget the cost of a 6-month environmental impact study. You can't just go around pouring quikcrete anywhere you please. There may be unforeseen impacts on the local ecology.

LOL - You're right. And of course the cutting operations would have to be conducted within a specially constructed negative pressure chamber with a decontamination unit and multiple airlocks to prevent the release of metal dusts to the atmosphere, and ensure that the soil and grass wasn't contaminated by metal particles. And then they would have to do a metallurgical study to ensure the structural integrity of the piping wasn't compromised by being cut. That £4,000 price tag is starting to look cheap...

23 posted on 01/21/2003 8:26:17 PM PST by thatdewd
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To: steplock
Europeans are getting as ridiculous as we are.
24 posted on 01/21/2003 8:56:14 PM PST by 3catsanadog
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