Mr Cameron. This is why your big society won’t work.
The planned community event to celebrate World Environment Day in Otford was scuppered by health and safety issues.
Villagers were lined up to clean the recreation ground on Sunday, but their plans were cut short after the parish council's insurance providers, AON Corporation, insisted every participant would need a high-visibility jacket, protective gloves and a litter-picking claw.
What I can’t understand is that it’s in the recreation ground, so why are Hi vis jackets required?
And why the need for this?
They also insisted that among the volunteers one should be a trained first aider with a mobile phone in case of emergency.
Does this mean that the lone early morning dog walker will have to have first aid training?
And the usual claptrap from the Righteous.
A spokesman for AON said: "The list of requirements for an event of this nature is extensive but necessary.
"It is for the safety of participants that we make these requests, however stringent they may be, and therefore they must be adhered to."
Now if I’d been the villagers I would have gone ahead anyway. I’ve not heard yet that there is an offence of “Illegal litter picking”, or “Failure to display a high visibility jacket”
I might be wrong.