Young children on a council estate in Romford, Essex have been left distraught after council officials told them that paddling pools have been banned.
Paddling pools have been designated fire risks after council officials argued that the kids’ favourite could get in the way of fire engines if a fire were to break out on the estate.
“I know the estate very well and I can see absolutely no access issues whatsoever,” said Graham Hart, a local fire-fighter, who added that fire engines were rarely driven onto grassy areas and that the pools would ‘come in handy’ in such a situation.
Parents have also been vocal in their complaints against the health and safety officials,
“This is an equality issue. If a child lives in a flat, the council are basically saying they do not have the same right to play, socialise and exercise as children living in houses,” declared Emma Stacey, whose children aged 6 and 11 have been using the pool in the hot weather.
“The kids aren’t allowed to skate outside, are not allowed to play ball games, and now this. Parents have to take their children somewhere to play. It’s the health and safety brigade gone mad again.” mum Emma added.
Four inflatable pools were erected in a communal green area outside the flats. They were filled with chlorinated water and each pool was supervised by a parent at all times.
However, officials at Homes in Havering, which manages the flats, insisted the pools had to go, “We work closely with the London Fire Service to minimise the risk of serious incidents and ensure speedy access. For this reason we do not allow items, such as paddling pools, which could in certain circumstances obstruct access.”
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