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JUST TOOOO STUPID TO IGNORE. AND A MOONBAT AWARD GOES TO ..Barking and Dagenham Council

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Barking and Dagenham Council


Yeah, no kidding folks. That’s the name for real.  Barking and Dagenham Council.

So here’s the story .... and I won’t even attempt to add anything or try to make it funnier coz I can’t. 


Drippy health and safety police ban swimmers from doing lengths

By Jaya Narain
Last updated at 8:13 PM on 29th July 2009

Swimmers at a council pool have been banned from doing lengths for health and safety reasons.

They have been told they may only swim across the width of the pool as it makes it easier for lifeguards to ensure their safety.

Regular users of the Dagenham Swimming Pool in Essex say the rules are a clear indication that Britain is gripped by ‘health and safety insanity’.

Local resident Dean Bradford, 33, who has used the pool for more than 20 years, said the ban on lengths was a farce and would impact young and old alike. The municipal pool is 33.3 metres long (108ft) and 25 metres wide (85ft) and attracts thousands of users each week.

Mr Bradford said: ‘A lot of elderly people swim lengths of the pool to maintain their stamina and health and young people swim lengths to become better swimmers.

There are also those people who swim lengths as part of a training regime to compete in the sport. With the Olympics just around the corner I thought we were meant to be encouraging sporting excellence.

‘By banning lengths all these people are being marginalised and will have to go elsewhere. I think it is totally insane.’

Mr Bradford said he was told by the pool manager that they would need to have an extra lifeguard on duty if people were swimming lengths, as it was more difficult to keep an eye on them and there was not enough funding to pay for one.

But Barking and Dagenham Council, which runs the pool, said they had changed the swimming lanes to run width-ways to help people training for 50metre and 100metre events and to free up more space in the shallow end of the pool for less confident swimmers.

A council spokesman said: ‘This enables people who are less confident to swim lengths of the shallow end to help them get fit and also it makes it easier to see where people are swimming and what they are doing. It’s about variety, giving a whole host of swimming options.

‘Most people who are training for events don’t want to swim 33.3 metres, it doesn’t fit in with the distances involved. It’s not all about health and safety although it is true it does make it easier, they can use different staffing levels. It’s easier for the staff and it’s better swimming.’

But Mr Bradford said: ‘This is just the nanny state gone mad and it’s affecting my life and other people’s lives. It’s another obstacle for people trying to get fit and healthy.’

The council spokesman said the changes affect morning and lunchtime swimming sessions and if feedback was not good the lanes could be changed back to lengths.

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 07/29/2009 at 06:39 PM   
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