Telford and Wrekin Council have decided to interrogate any adult visitors to their Telford Town Park who are not accompanied by children, to “safe-guard” children. There will be a backlash to this, and the council will end up paying for it – there will be tangible and non-tangible costs associated to enforcing such a silly policy.
While I am all up for protecting children from the less sociable elements in society, I strongly feel that there are the right ways to implement them that does not have a drastic effect on the general public. I feel sorry for the folks who frequent the park for a quick stroll, jog or just to let out some steam: the council tax that they have dutifully paid for has now has kept them out of their own park.
I just wonder whether the council will be able to keep their 4 stars the next time the auditors come around.