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A year on from an accident, this rogue and unsafe swing is still there

Reported via desktop anonymously at 07:43, Sun 15 August 2021

Sent to Hampshire County Council and Hart District Council less than a minute later

I reported this problem a year ago after my nephew got injured on the swing. I contacted the council and they informed me that the swing isn’t their and would be removed. Sadly, it is still here and I’m worried another child will get injured as it is unstable and ultimately not authorised.

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  • My Children and a great deal of others on this estate use these swings on a daily basis and are always supervised and have never had an accident on them and as far as I am aware on talking to other parents no one else has either. Although I feel sorry for your Nephew why spoil the outdoor area all the other children. I'd rather they play on this than stuck indoors or a tablet or games console.

    Posted anonymously at 18:40, Tue 24 August 2021

  • Hi,

    I’m all for outdoor fun, though to be frank I’m shocked that the council is allowing this swing to be there. Whether supervised or not, its construction is not safe. I now take my nephews to the swings and play area just down the hill by the leisure centre. These are council built and maintain facilities.

    I would not myself, but someone who injure their kids on the swing near Waldorf Heights would be well within their rights to sue the council and whoever placed it there for unsafe and unmaintained facility.

    May I suggest installing a swing in your private garden that doesn’t leave anyone liable for prosecution…

    Posted anonymously at 14:41, Tue 14 September 2021
    Still open, via questionnaire

  • Typical blame society! As a kid you may find a tyre hung by a rope in the woods. You went on it even though it was not council property. You used your common sense and judgement if it was safe to do so. The swing on the field is obviously not council owned, but you still chose to use it. That is down to you and know one else. If you live on the estate you will be aware not all houses have gardens available to have play equipment installed. The park you now take your kids to may be council maintained, but small and only suitable for small kids. Larger parks you have to travel too. May I suggest if you don’t like them, don’t use them.

    Posted anonymously at 21:02, Fri 17 September 2021

  • Sorry to barge in on the "debate"... I'm reading the last message as

    "my garden's not big enough, so I'm going to treat the nearby public land as an extension of my garden to install swings, or whatever this is about"... Get a better house or face being sued for inappropriate use of public land!

    Posted by Jacob Swell at 11:49, Sun 26 September 2021

  • Thank you Jacob, however we did not install the swings as it was here when we moved onto the estate. Like you we used it because it was there regardless of how big our house or garden is as do many of the other people on this estate with their own gardens like yourself.

    Posted anonymously at 12:10, Sun 26 September 2021

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