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You couldn’t make this up

August 4, 2006
Sorry to pinch the name of one of my colleague’s blogs, but there really is no other way to describe my opinion of this article from the Wolverhampton Express and Star.

Fence spikes ‘a risk to vandals’
Aug 3, 2006

Spikes on top of a security fence to keep vandals away from a pensioners’ club must be sawn off in case a yob gets hurt.

The move comes two months after the spikes and railings were put up by the council to combat attacks on the Lower Gornal Darby & Joan Club in Abbey Street.

It is claimed the decision has been taken to prevent any costly compensation claims. There are also fears that extra tall people could injure themselves on the spikes 6ft above ground.

It is the latest by council bosses to be branded “health and safety gone mad”.

Former Gornal councillor Ken Finch has been involved with the club for the past 25 years. “What gets me is that it was the council who put the fence up in the first place,” he said.

“The safety officers have said that’s not right though. They said if these vandals climb up and they are injured, the council will be responsible for any claims.

“Before, we used to get attacked almost every week, but since we’ve had the fence up there have been no problems.”

Darby & Joan Club member Bob Pearce said: “It’s just health and safety gone mad. It was put up to stop vandals but now they say the spikes have got to come down in case somebody gets hurt.”

Louts have waged a war of terror on the club in recent years. Many organisations had stopped hiring it.

Dudley Council spokes-man Phil Parker said: “The footings on the original construction were not carried out to our satisfaction.

“While this work is carried out we are taking the opportunity to modify the design of the fence to further improve safety.”

Mr Parker said the modifications would remove the potential danger of people injuring themselves.

I’m just speechless!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. James permalink
    October 27, 2006 12:40

    I can sort of see their point; it’s both inconvenient and rather distressing to passers-by when some twerp disembowels himself all over the fence.

  2. Anonymous permalink
    November 10, 2006 23:19

    The next thing will be Prisons having to remove the big high fences with barb wire across the top incase this does the same.

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