Thursday, August 12, 2010

Council's explanation to why stolen swings won't be replaced

The Chair of the Friends of Thornton of Thornton Heath Recreation Ground and I were asked to comment on the theft. Link to on online version.

I received a communication from the council after this piece came out in the Croydon Advertiser:
Unfortunately insurance companies stopped including play equipment on local authority insurance policies quite a few years ago as they were having to pay out too regularly because of increasing incidences of vandalism.
As far as I am concerned, the people who use the park responsibly are being punished here. The council must be saving a considerable chunk of money across the borough which would normally be allocated for insurance premiums. This money could be spent on the playground. I hope the constant, "there's no money" pronouncements do not condition people into believing the cupboard is bare. There is money. It is estimated £100 billion alone can be recouped if the government had the political will to fix "flaws and holes in the tax system."
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