However, that was then, times have changed and if play equipment is to be provided then it should conform to the safety standards of the day.
But who determines the 'safety standards of the day'? Why is something that was deemed safe for our children deemed unsafe for our grandchildren? What has changed? Are the kids more stupid? Or their parents more irresponsible?
Just because the Health and Safety Executive says some safety precautions need to be strengthened, it doesn't mean they are right.
What happens if a child runs into the road and is knocked down by a car? Does that mean local authorities will be required to erect railings alongside all pavements, to ensure that inadequately supervised children can't run into the road?
Young children are innately vulnerable and have to be supervised. Parents need to understand that this is their responsibility. The more we allow parents to think they can be negligent and then blame local authorities for the consequences of their negligence, the more we will see the continuing erosion of the public realm, as risk-averse local authority lawyers tell their bosses to close parks and remove play equipment.