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Is this Health & Safety gone overboard?

August 24, 2019 1:44 PM

There was anger and disappointment when six years ago Rhondda Cynon Taff's Labour Council decided without warning to close paddling pools across the county. In several areas such as Abercynon, Penygraig, Ynysybwl, local community groups came together and put a huge amount of work into reopening the pools.

However, the Council seem to be determined to do all they can to sabotage these efforts operating under the guise of health and safety regulations.

At the beginning of this summer session groups were told that new rules were being introduced regarding adults supervising children. They stated that the same rules should apply as for the Council indoor pools whereby children under five needed one adult per child and for children aged five to seven they needed one adult for every three children.

This annoyed many parents who pointed out that many people went along with more than two small children per adult and this meant they could not use the pool.

Then came a bigger blow. RCT Council said they needed Council employed lifeguards to be on site at all times. They offered to provide these free of charge for four weeks but said the groups would then have to cover the wage cost for any extra weeks, which was impossible for some. These rules despite the fact that the pools already had to have their own lifeguards on duty that had been through a Council paid for training scheme.

The Penygraig group announced that they would not open the pool at all this summer. In Ynysybwl Butchers pool has had to close two weeks earlier than planned. Surely the Council should be doing all they can to ensure there are more facilities for children not putting obstacles in the way of people tryign to provide them.