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TOPIC: Funding of Children's Play areas

Funding of Children's Play areas 2 years 6 months ago #83018

I am a grandfather with 7 grandchildren. I’m a retired computer manager.
I’m not a member of any political party or pressure group.

The idea of my gov.e-petition came from seeing several reports in the media about the cuts in budgets Local Authorities were having to make and that some Local Authorities are considering cuts to their budgets for children’s play area's maintenance and renewal as this was seen as a lower priority than other key services provision.
In one TV news bulletin I saw the story about cuts to play areas funding and a later report about the amounts of money Professional Football Clubs have at their disposal, to a large extent from TV deals such as the recent BT deal.

It struct me that the huge sums which seem available to the top Professional Football Clubs could contribute to the funding of all our children’s childhoods and their enjoyment of the play areas provided by Local Authorities across the country.

I believe passionately that all children have a right to enjoy their childhood and that we as a society must ensure that our children are enabled by the provision of safe and happy places to play. The play areas in our parks, gardens and other public areas are fundamental to all families and for many children can provide the only opportunities they have to enjoy life.

The Professional football clubs do assist with their help to youth teams, but this is much more than that.
This is about those millions of pounds contributing to all children from the earliest of years and in all communities.
So what would be in it for the football clubs?
I would say that the health and fitness of our children is fundamental to them growing into healthy and fit people who may one day even turn out to be football players.

I have never started an e-petition before and it seemed a good way of enabling people, especially parents and grandparents, to stand up for children.
The number of signatures required is quite daunting so I very much hope that everyone who believes that a levy on the super rich world of Professional Football to help our children, is a good idea, will both sign the petition and circulate the link around their families, friends and contacts in the hope that we can achieve the numbers needed to get the government to take up the idea.

At the moment it seems to be gaining support all around the country as can be seen on the map on the web site.
This is the link to the petition -
petition.parliament.uk/petitions/185162

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Funding of Children's Play areas 2 years 6 months ago #83026

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A great cause...signed and shared on my Facebook profile.

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DadTalk Moderator... I'm not legally trained and my responses are my own views based on my experiences of the family court. I have plenty of common sense and can offer you emotional support and guide you to answers.

Funding of Children's Play areas 2 years 6 months ago #83031

Thanks for your support. I really do hope the link will spread as the number of signatures they want is quite daunting.
I'm hoping that Social media can do the trick so fingers crossed.
Thanks again

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Brilliant idea :-)
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Funding of Children's Play areas 2 years 6 months ago #83117

Thanks for the support. The numbers are slowly going up but it needs a lot of signatures so please circulate the link as widely as you can.

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Funding of Children's Play areas 2 years 3 months ago #84942

I do think it is a amazing cause. I wanna see more updates.

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Funding of Children's Play areas 2 years 3 months ago #84943

I'm hoping to hear about the updates of your petition too!

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Funding of Children's Play areas 2 years 3 months ago #84954

Thanks for your support. Bad news though. It achieved about 500 signatures from all over the country but then the "snap" election was called and all government petitions were stopped! They couldn't be restarted but the rules mean they have to start from scratch again.
I put in a lot of effort and I really can't go through it all again. I contacted all Local Authorities, local councillors across the country etc as well as person al contacts.
If someone else would like to start it up again this is the link to the old one and to the site where it can be started -
petition.parliament.uk/petitions/185162
Please let us all know if there is someone who is willing to give it a shot.

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