WHAT YOU’RE SAY­ING... Your Tele­graph: Pages 12 & 13

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News -

WHILE walk­ing past Cathe­dral Square I could not help no­tice the man­ner with which the new foun­tains were be­ing used. While I can ap­pre­ci­ate the at­trac­tion to the chil­dren I re­ally do not think that this was what they were in­tended for. I was un­der the im­pres­sion it was a wa­ter fea­ture not a wa­ter play park.

WHILE walk­ing past Cathe­dral Square I could not help no­tice the man­ner with which the new foun­tains were be­ing used.

While I can ap­pre­ci­ate the at­trac­tion to the chil­dren I re­ally do not think that this was what they were in­tended for. I was un­der the im­pres­sion it was a wa­ter fea­ture not a wa­ter play park.

I was out­side the shoe shop in a suit on my way to an ap­point­ment when I was splashed by wa­ter from two over en­thu­si­as­tic chil­dren chas­ing each other with cups full of wa­ter they had pre­sum­ably had their milk shakes in pre­vi­ously.

I do not think that the health and safety im­pli­ca­tions have been thought through prop­erly. Even though the sur­face is sup­pos­edly non slip it is still hard and a child run­ning and slip­ping could sus­tain a se­ri­ous in­jury, un­like the wa­ter play area in Bret­ton which has a spe­cial sur­face.

I went into the shoe shop be­fore con­tin­u­ing to my ap­point­ment only to no­tice the wet floor so I imag­ine the other shops were the same. Some of the chil­dren were soaked to the skin, how they were to dry them­selves with no toi­let fa­cil­i­ties is also a won­der.

Some of the peo­ple sit­ting on the new seat­ing around the foun­tains were com­plain­ing about get­ting splashed and I no­ticed sev­eral of them mov­ing away.

All in all this is a dis­as­ter wait­ing to hap­pen. I shall most def­i­nitely be avoid­ing the square from now on and I would be in­ter­ested in just how many peo­ple sue the coun­cil through slips, trips and falls due to the foun­tains.

FRANK ROCK­LEY

Kirk­meadow

Bret­ton, Peter­bor­ough

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