M410 – Children’s Playgrounds Motion 2016

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    M410 – Children’s Playgrounds Motion 2016, TSR Labour Party
    This House believes that the Government should do more to protect children’s playgrounds.

    These playgrounds are a great way to provide children with a free and fun form of exercise and they help to get them into the outdoors. In recent years however, large amounts of our country's playgrounds have been threatened with closure. Playgrounds have been a long-suffering victim of government cuts and we are concerned they will not be around for future generations to enjoy if they continue to decline in number.

    One reason why playgrounds are closed down is because of space. We recognise that more houses need to be built in order to satisfy the growing demands for them. However, sacrificing playgrounds for that is wrong, especially when most new developments can find suitable land to build on. Another reason why playgrounds are closed down is due to safety concerns. An increase in government safety awareness has led to such concerns. It is good that precautions are taken with regards to safety but that should not be used as the sole excuse to close down a playground. It costs very little to maintain playground equipment, far less than the benefits gained from these playgrounds.

    In a world where obesity is constantly on the rise, children’s playgrounds are needed more than ever. A staggering 37.5% of children in Year 6 are obese in some parts of the country and this is costing the NHS £4.2bn each year. Playgrounds can encourage unhealthy children to getsome exercise but offer it to them in an enjoyable way. In addition to physical well-being, playgrounds can inspire children to take risks, build their resilience and introduce them to problem solving. The benefits of playgrounds are often underestimated but they are excellent tools for childhood development that need to remain for a long time to come.

    There are two main ways the Government can help to keep Britain's playgrounds for a long time to come. One is to repair the playground equipment so that it is safe for children to enjoy. As is pointed out above, maintaining playground equipment really doesn't cost a lot of money but it can benefit so many families in the community. Another way the Government can help is by protecting the playgrounds that remain. If they do not protect the land which playgrounds are built upon, there is a real danger that playgrounds could be a thing of the past in the next few decades. We are not struggling for space so much that playgrounds need to be replaced with buildings and the Government needs to recognise this by rejecting any future proposals to build on playground land.

    Sources:
    http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/alic..._11084334.html
    http://webarchive.nationalarchives.g...air%20Play.pdf
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-14261305
    http://percussionplay.com/blog/are-t...nds-in-the-uk/
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    Why are we just getting non-offensive stuff all the time?
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    (Original post by Aph)
    Why are we just getting non-offensive stuff all the time?
    They're probably saving the proper stuff for next term when they can actually get it through.
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    But the outside is super dangerous and children shouldn't be allowed put there, there are germs, and Germans, and worst of all, the clowns!

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    Could there not be a planning change so they are protected, perhaps under the assets of community value process?
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    I agree with this. We need to ensure developers honour their S106 commitments to assist local authorities with providing new play areas for kids (and adults!).
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    (Original post by Birchington)
    I agree with this. We need to ensure developers honour their S106 commitments to assist local authorities with providing new play areas for kids (and adults!).
    To watch the kids?
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    Abstain.

    This is a decision for local authorities.
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    (Original post by Jammy Duel)
    To watch the kids?
    There are some pretty cool outdoor gyms that have been installed around the UK recently, usually near an existing playground area. (Some food for thought) *

    Would obviously be a little dodgy if adults decided to play on any kid's play equipment.
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    (Original post by Birchington)
    There are some pretty cool outdoor gyms that have been installed around the UK recently, usually near an existing playground area. (Some food for thought) *

    Would obviously be a little dodgy if adults decided to play on any kid's play equipment.
    I've had the parish council waste money on one in my own parish.
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    aye
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    Spending the public's money on playgrounds is not something I can support.
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    (Original post by RomanBowling33)
    Spending the public's money on playgrounds is not something I can support.
    How do you propose we tackle the obesity crisis?
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    (Original post by Mactotaur)
    How do you propose we tackle the obesity crisis?
    It's quite simple: fat shame and make obese people contribute to obesity related treatments.
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    (Original post by Jammy Duel)
    It's quite simple: fat shame and make obese people contribute to obesity related treatments.
    That won't stop people being obese.

    One of the major reasons people overeat is for stress, as a coping mechanism. Do you see the problem here? Try to shame someone for being fat and they'll eat more to deal with it, having the opposite of the intended effect.

    Losing weight is simple; helping people to break their food addictions are difficult. You can go cold turkey on heroin, but try that with food and you'll die.
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    (Original post by Mactotaur)
    That won't stop people being obese.

    One of the major reasons people overeat is for stress, as a coping mechanism. Do you see the problem here? Try to shame someone for being fat and they'll eat more to deal with it, having the opposite of the intended effect.

    Losing weight is simple; helping people to break their food addictions are difficult. You can go cold turkey on heroin, but try that with food and you'll die.
    You're seriously saying it's easier to kick a heroin addiction than to eat less? You also seem to underestimate just how powerful societal pressure is, why do you think that so few youths are willing to admit that they aren't lefty liberals compared to how many actually are?`Why do you think that people hide their problems from society? Or, well, just generally say anything we're told we shouldn't? Because they fear castigation, of course the thing about those things is you can hide it, they're on your head unless you make it otherwise, being a few stone on the heavy side, yeah, can't really hide that.
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    (Original post by Jammy Duel)
    You're seriously saying it's easier to kick a heroin addiction than to eat less? You also seem to underestimate just how powerful societal pressure is, why do you think that so few youths are willing to admit that they aren't lefty liberals compared to how many actually are?`Why do you think that people hide their problems from society? Or, well, just generally say anything we're told we shouldn't? Because they fear castigation, of course the thing about those things is you can hide it, they're on your head unless you make it otherwise, being a few stone on the heavy side, yeah, can't really hide that.
    Eat less? Of course not.

    Many obese people are addicted to food, is what I'm saying. The difference between a heroin addiction and a food addiction is that going cold turkey on one of them will kill you, and it's not the heroin.
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    (Original post by Jammy Duel)
    It's quite simple: fat shame and make obese people contribute to obesity related treatments.
    Fat shaming makes people less likely to want to loose weight.
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    (Original post by Jammy Duel)
    It's quite simple: fat shame and make obese people contribute to obesity related treatments.
    31% of children aged 2–15 are overweight or obese, and the direct cost of obesity to the NHS is estimated to be £4.2bn a year. 'Obesity related treatements' don't exactly come cheap.
 
 
 
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