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Brighton and Hove City Council counts compensation bills but wants to save cash on playground checks

The Argus: The seesaw at the Level had to be shut last August due to safety fears The seesaw at the Level had to be shut last August due to safety fears

Brighton and Hove City Council wants to save £40,000 by slashing weekend checks on playgrounds but has spent nearly £25,000 tackling compensation claims.

As part of its budget proposals Brighton and Hove City Council has proposed to cut weekend cover at parks in the city. In the budget paper the council suggested reducing weekend duties in parks including open and closing them, emptying bins and emergency cover.

The papers state that although there will be reductions, some weekend services will be maintained, including cleaning sports pavilions on Sunday mornings.


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But a Freedom of Information request has revealed the same council has spent tens of thousands in legal fees and compensation following injuries at play parks. The council would not confirm how much had been spent on successful claims compared with legal fees and said money paid out “should not be taken as an indication a claim was successful.”

Between 2009 and 2012 the council paid out three times, although five claims were made.

In May 2009 a child suffered an injury playing on a climbing frame at the children’s playground in Hove Lagoon, costing the council £15,123 in legal fees and compensation.

In March 2012 a child sustained an injury on a broken wire fence at a tennis court opposite Hove Cafe. This cost the council £4,075.

In February 2011 another grandchild sustained an injury on a seesaw in Kipling Park, Woodingdean, the council paying out £4,480.

Two other complaints, one where a child sustained an injury playing on a slide in Preston Park in July 2012, and one where a claimant fell off apiece of climbing equipment in Vale Park, Portslade, have not yet resulted in any money being paid out.

Details of injuries in playground accidents were also released – including six at The Level in Brighton.

And children reported breaking limbs and breaking wrists in the “spinning net” in Hove Lagoon.

In August last year Isabelle Moss, aged six, of Brighton, broke her leg in an accident involving the seesaw in The Level, Brighton A council spokeswoman said: “It should be noted that any amounts shown as payments may include or represent legal fees, and should not be taken as an indication that the claim was successful.”

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1:16pm Tue 4 Mar 14

From beer to uncertainty says...

Seems to be plenty of compo-culture, skunk-smoking, eco-warrior, benefit-liberating, earth parents down at the level...surprised there haven't been more claims...the council should state that, in the event of a claim, it would request hair samples to test for historical illicit drug use that may be contributary to child neglect...that might keep a lid on things.
Seems to be plenty of compo-culture, skunk-smoking, eco-warrior, benefit-liberating, earth parents down at the level...surprised there haven't been more claims...the council should state that, in the event of a claim, it would request hair samples to test for historical illicit drug use that may be contributary to child neglect...that might keep a lid on things. From beer to uncertainty
  • Score: -1

2:54pm Tue 4 Mar 14

JumboJimbo says...

From beer to uncertainty wrote:
Seems to be plenty of compo-culture, skunk-smoking, eco-warrior, benefit-liberating, earth parents down at the level...surprised there haven't been more claims...the council should state that, in the event of a claim, it would request hair samples to test for historical illicit drug use that may be contributary to child neglect...that might keep a lid on things.
Wow!
"From Beer to Uncertainty" you certainly chose a fitting login name!

Seems to be plenty of daytime beer swilling going on at your place.. shame we cant test your sobriety before allowing you to post.
[quote][p][bold]From beer to uncertainty[/bold] wrote: Seems to be plenty of compo-culture, skunk-smoking, eco-warrior, benefit-liberating, earth parents down at the level...surprised there haven't been more claims...the council should state that, in the event of a claim, it would request hair samples to test for historical illicit drug use that may be contributary to child neglect...that might keep a lid on things.[/p][/quote]Wow! "From Beer to Uncertainty" you certainly chose a fitting login name! Seems to be plenty of daytime beer swilling going on at your place.. shame we cant test your sobriety before allowing you to post. JumboJimbo
  • Score: 7

4:10pm Tue 4 Mar 14

From beer to uncertainty says...

Jumbo, referring to yourself as 'we' can happen after prolonged exposure to cannabis and fake, tie-in, dreadlocks.
Jumbo, referring to yourself as 'we' can happen after prolonged exposure to cannabis and fake, tie-in, dreadlocks. From beer to uncertainty
  • Score: 0

6:04pm Tue 4 Mar 14

bug eye says...

I thought the council had already stopped cleaning and picking up rubbish in our parks, hove lagoon skate park is always a big mess. rather than keep providing more and more dangerous play activities start by making sure the existing is clean and safe 24/7. there is plenty of money from developers who pay the council money to get planning permission called s106. This money gets spent on useless things for the sake of it rather than using it to look after what we have first.
I thought the council had already stopped cleaning and picking up rubbish in our parks, hove lagoon skate park is always a big mess. rather than keep providing more and more dangerous play activities start by making sure the existing is clean and safe 24/7. there is plenty of money from developers who pay the council money to get planning permission called s106. This money gets spent on useless things for the sake of it rather than using it to look after what we have first. bug eye
  • Score: 2

6:27pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Herbertfarquarson says...

Since the playgrounds are being used as a way to claim compo save money by closing them down.
Since the playgrounds are being used as a way to claim compo save money by closing them down. Herbertfarquarson
  • Score: 0

6:41pm Tue 4 Mar 14

JumboJimbo says...

From beer to uncertainty wrote:
Jumbo, referring to yourself as 'we' can happen after prolonged exposure to cannabis and fake, tie-in, dreadlocks.
Quite true, From what I've read Cannabis does rather dissolve the imagined boundaries and differences between people, allowing people to empathise with each other, and see the alternative views of our fellow man.

Beer, however, is well known to have the opposite effect, as is clearly demonstrated by your rather sad first post in which you show your disdain and contempt for your fellow Brightonians.

Maybe its time for you to move away and find some like minded souls.. how about trying Germany 1938?
[quote][p][bold]From beer to uncertainty[/bold] wrote: Jumbo, referring to yourself as 'we' can happen after prolonged exposure to cannabis and fake, tie-in, dreadlocks.[/p][/quote]Quite true, From what I've read Cannabis does rather dissolve the imagined boundaries and differences between people, allowing people to empathise with each other, and see the alternative views of our fellow man. Beer, however, is well known to have the opposite effect, as is clearly demonstrated by your rather sad first post in which you show your disdain and contempt for your fellow Brightonians. Maybe its time for you to move away and find some like minded souls.. how about trying Germany 1938? JumboJimbo
  • Score: 1

9:44am Wed 5 Mar 14

mimseycal says...

And I thought that prevention is better then cure.

Still, I must agree that my flabber tends to get gasted by the number of people who claim compensation for the most absurd of injuries. My childhood and yes, the childhoods of my children were full of exploration, dare devilling and the occasional grazed knee, knocked elbow and in one memorable instance, a broken bone. I was and still am firmly of the belief that an over protected child is a miserable child that isn't allowed to find the limits of its own abilities.
And I thought that prevention is better then cure. Still, I must agree that my flabber tends to get gasted by the number of people who claim compensation for the most absurd of injuries. My childhood and yes, the childhoods of my children were full of exploration, dare devilling and the occasional grazed knee, knocked elbow and in one memorable instance, a broken bone. I was and still am firmly of the belief that an over protected child is a miserable child that isn't allowed to find the limits of its own abilities. mimseycal
  • Score: 0

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