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121. Put an End to Bullying

Recently my 8 year old son came home from the bus stop crying with his glasses in his hands. After calming him I found out that a child on his bus had been banging his head against the seat in front of him. After telling him to stop unsuccessfully my son went to the bus driver and the bus driver did nothing. So this child continued to beat my sons head against the seat.

My son was not allowed to move because of assigned seating on their bus. In the end the other child broke my sons glasses. Thankfully no other damage had been done. The schools principal says she will look into it but that basically nothing will be done. I cannot stand for this.

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122. Certificates of safety for playgrounds open to public


My name is Yolandi Enslin, my son Ruan was 5.

He was electrocuted by a jumping castle motor on 20 October 2012 at Stonehaven on the Vaal.

My son was declared dead at the scene.

I don't want my son's death to be in vain, instead I would like to make parents more aware of the dangers of public playgrounds.

Every restaurant/lodge etc has to have a liquor license, a license to play music and to show the rugby etc, they have to have certificates for everything but why not a certificate to say that their playgrounds are safe???

Our children's lives are worth that effort and I think that it should be part of the law, just like getting a liquor license etc

We need parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, anyone who believes that our children's safety is worth fighting for to please sign this petition.

We want to take it further but the Government needs to know that we are supported and know that there are a lot of people who understand and support our cause.

If you need any further information or would like to support us my contact number is 072 440 9184.

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South Africa has the highest rape statistics in the world. Every 10 minutes a women in South Africa is violated, physically and emotionally for the rest of her life.

Catching the perpetrator after the fact, is not the answer as that woman's life has been irrevocably changed for the worse by that stage. What is the South Africa Government doing to proactively reduce these statistics and restore dignity to the women of South Africa?

Please sign this petition if you feel strongly about this issue so that we may take this forward to the various structures in South Africa demanding proactive solutions.

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124. Like my Vote: Allow voting on facebook for the presidential election

Facebook is the most used social network on the world wide web today with an average of approximately 1.01 Billion users per month. It's used to advertise, reconnect with family and friends as well as campaign for any political office.

Why not go one step further and allow the American people to cast the vote on Voting day via Facebook. You can pay bills, watch, television, go to school and so many other things via the Internet, why not make it easy for someone to cast their vote for their candidate via a secure app on Facebook.

There are so many Facebook users that would love to vote but for various reasons may not be able to physically get out to do it. Facebook would give them that chance. Facebook was flooded during the presidential debates. Imagine if every one of those users were able to cast their vote and really take part of their American Right. The turnout would be tremendous. The American voice would definitely be heard.

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125. Foster Children should not be released for overnight, unsupervised visits to parents convicted of child endangerment

After almost three years in foster care, I was awarded custody of my great niece and nephew. At ages 1 and 2, they were left alone in a filthy house while their mother went out to buy drugs. When the police arrived, they found the kids very dirty, in diapers only - alone in a house that was filthy with feces and trash everywhere. There were swords and knives within their reach as well.

The oldest child had already been a victim of a tragic accident while in their care, suffering 3rd degree burns over more than 10% of his body including the entire left side of his face and neck. He is still receiving care for this today.

The mother was convicted of two felony counts of child endangerment and is currently on probation. She was released from jail July 2011. Now the judge will sign an order releasing the children to the parents for unsupervised, overnight, weekend visits. The court order states: The court finds that appointment of a parent as managing conservator of the children is not in the best interest of the children because the appointment would significantly impair the emotional development and physical health of the children.

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126. Blue cards for Door to Door Sales, Taxi drivers and anyone dealing with the public

A new law needs to be put in place that all people dealing with the public especially when it comes to those who are approaching your home, should be required to undertake a criminal history check and also have a blue card.

Many people come to your home working for electricity companies and the like wanting your business, they can enter your premises and can be working around children. Especially considering that this is the children's home I believe that we need to enforce strict rules on who is able to come to our premises on a business level including door to door sales, taxi drivers, bus drivers and anyone else who can easily see that you have children.

I believe whole heartedly this needs to change before someone is hired that could be a risk to not only children but to anyone in their home. An international criminal history check needs to be made for those who do not normally reside in Australia also. All businesses requiring entrance to anyone's property should have a blue card and thorough criminal history check!

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127. Implement and Enforce Child Safety Programs in Georgia School Bus Transportation

Georgia leads the NATION in child-fatalities related to school bus loading/unloading zones.
(source: National School Bus Loading and Unloading Survey).

1. GA Law requires fewer qualifications, less training and certification of local school system Directors of Transportation than that of a School Bus Driver.

2. GA Local school system Directors of Transportation are not required to implement "Best Practice" safety recommendations and GA Code has no clear enforcement and consequence policy.

3. Local school system Superintendents and Boards of Education do not consistently follow ethical or recommended best practices in dealing with student discipline and school system employee personnel matters - making decisions without analysis, discussion or review of factual data and onboard camera recordings of actual events.

4. The State-level school bus inspection process and requirements of school bus safety equipment (i.e., air brakes, safety lighting and entry/exit points) is of concern. Local School systems do not adhere to a consistent inspection-reporting process, which is readily available to the public for review.

5. Published articles indicate there is evidence of School Bus Drivers who fear retaliation (i.e., loss of job) if they report bus-related issues regarding safety or mechanical problems. If a school bus driver is fearful to report an unsafe condition - this has a DIRECT impact on the safety of children and the school bus driver.

6. Georgia does not have or enforce a state-level review & approval process to ensure School Bus stops (loading/unloading) zones are SAFE for our children - minimizing street crossings and potential for child injuries/deaths.

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128. Support Fathers' Rights

Children in father-absent homes are almost four times more likely to be poor. In 2011, 12 percent of children in married-couple families were living in poverty, compared to 44 percent of children in mother-only families.

A study of 1330 children from the PSID showed that fathers who are involved on a personal level with their child schooling increases the likelihood of their child's achievement.

When fathers assume a positive role in their child's education, students feel a positive impact.

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129. Seeking the freedom to love a child

Often people are told they are not guaranteed the same rights and opportunities as everyone else because of how they choose to live their lives and the idea of that is inconceivable. In relation to this, same sex couples are shown contempt when they seek to adopt a child just like anyone else.

Same-sex couples should be allowed to legally adopt a child in all 50 states because one’s sexuality is not a determining factor for his/her ability to raise a child.

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130. Harsher Sentences for Pedophiles

Pedophiles are not getting harsh enough sentences. They are given slaps on the wrist and are often free to re-offend soon after conviction. Here`s just 2 examples of many:

-David James Lebanc. He was one of the 2 men involved in the confinement and sexual assault of a 16 yr old boy for two weeks in Halifax. He was already facing pending charges from 2010 for sexual assault, touching a person under age 16, and making child pornography with a 2yr old and a 5yr old! Leblanc was released in 2010 so long as he didn`t go near children. He failed to comply in 2011, and served only 18 days in prison! This assault on the 16yr old boy was 100% preventable. Our judicial system failed that boy.

-Christopher Paul Neil. He served a mere 5 yrs. in a Thai prison for posting hundreds of pictures of him assaulting more than one child. He was arrested upon his return to Canada for being a threat to all children, yet was released a few days later so long as he promises not to go near children. Sound familiar?

As per recent news articles, Harper's C-10 crime bill gives harsher sentences to pot growers than to pedophiles. Something is wrong with that.

Why are these monsters allowed to get away with this? Our system needs some reform. As long as the penalties remain as slack as they are, this is going to keep happening.

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131. Get SA Human Rights Commission involved!

Thousands of children are being removed from their loving parents and forcibly adopted under very suspicious circumstances by the secret family courts in the UK.

There is more evidence of very corrupt cases in the media every day and more and more people are becoming aware of the unfairness and detrimental effect the UK Social Services are having on loving and innocent families. Foreign families seem to be targeted.

Yesterday MP John Hemming appealed to parliament that this process needs to be revised and to use the Courtnage case as example of extreme corruption. The Slovak government has now become openly involved in helping their citizens in the UK, and we now appeal to the SA government to do the same to stop the forcible adoption of two young South African boys.

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132. Stop School Funding Cuts

PARENTS already struggling with the rising cost of living now face increased school fees after the state government yesterday slashed education funding by almost $2 billion.

A total of 1800 jobs will go - bureaucrats, public school administration staff and TAFE teachers - while Catholic and independent schools will lose $116 million over four years and TAFE fees will rise 9.5 per cent.
In light of recent media coverage of the Government’s decision to cut funding to education we encourage parents and caregivers to band together to voice your concerns.

The executive of Maitland Primary Principal’s Association are planning to meet with Maitland’s Local Member for Parliament Robyn Parker on Thursday 4th October. In support of your children it is asked that letters of petition opposing the funding cuts are collected and presented to Robyn Parker at this meeting.

“Students in all New South Wales schools and TAFEs will be the losers as a result of the announcement made by the O’Farrell Government yesterday,” Dr White said. “Make no mistake: this decision will hit hard right across the education sector. For non-government schools, the four-year funding freeze means a cut of $116m. This will certainly have an impact on the services that we will be able to provide to students in the years ahead. I believe that our children deserve better.” (source media release education office 12/09/2012)

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133. Install seat belts to Buses

Due to the recent fatal bus accident in NSW, September 2012, it is crucial that all public transport, particularly school buses, be installed with seat belts.

Local Governments need to be held accountable for their failure to ensure this is carried out.

This petition will be forwarded to the relevant members of Parliament.

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134. Help The Child Brides Of FLDS Mormon Sect!

Mitt Romney has recently stated that he is for the rights of women and children, yet despite his notoriety and influence, he has done nothing concerning Fundamentalist Mormon sects that practice polygamy.

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135. The United Saints Of America "UNITED PRAYER RALLY"

Our Declaration of Dependence

To Be Made Public;
The 4th of July, 2013
Washington, DC
“Calling All Christians To Stand With Us In Person or In Spirit”

* * * Help Us Gather 1 Million Signatures Before This Event! * * *

I. Because of His Omnipotence, we Depend on His “Breath of Life”

II. Because He is Omniscient, we Total Depend and Submit to His Wonder Working Power for every aspect of our lives. Even our Trials and Tribulations works for our good and to His Glory.

III. Because of His Omnipresence, we Depend and Know by Faith we are never alone. The knowingness, that where ever we are, The Impossible is always Possible In and With Him.

IV. With this being said, WE DECLARE;

a. All Life is Holy and Precious. Especially Human Life, for which He is Sovereign. He Divinely Created and Instituted Marriage as Man and Wife. Commanding them to be Fruitful and Multiply and Fill the Earth.

b. The Family Unit Constitutes the First Government, with its God Given Moral Values, the Authority to set Laws and Customs for the Greater Eternal Good of All Mankind.

c. We Demand to Keep our Religious Freedoms Free from Any Form of Government.

d. We must Stand Against Unjust Laws set by Man that Conflict with Biblical Teachings and Customs.

e. We Stand with the spirit of America’s Forefathers as inscribed on our National Monuments in Washington DC.

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136. Stop recruitment of Child Soldiers

Families all over Africa in areas of conflict are being killed by their own children, or begging for their children to return.

They are likely to carry on their hatred to adulthood and then pass it on to their kids and future generations.

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137. Make Bullying Against Disabled People Illegal

It is disgusting to see what some people say about disabled people and I believe it should be illegal.

For example, this is a link to an image someone made.

It is unbelievable what some people say and no one has done anything to stop it. Making bullying towards disabled people illegal will show that it is wrong.

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138. Child Support Tax Reform Bill (Pre-Copy)

Parents In America has found solutions for many of the problems that exist within the Child Support System. We are asking for your support not only to sign the petition, but also to become a member and join the movement that is here to break down the legal barriers and bring a unified Child Support System that is fair to all.

If the proposed Child Support Tax Reform is to pass, it has the ability to boost the economy by 1 BILLION dollars on a monthly basis. And, this is just the beginning…

Highlights of Petition:

Allow for increase in monthly income for all Non-Custodial parents paying child support by tax reform.

Decrease arrearage owed to Custodial parents without affecting the Non-Custodial parents income.

A tax credit for Non-Custodial parents who pay their child support as ordered.

Tax credits for Custodial parents who do not receive child support payments as ordered and receive little to no government assistance.

Our company realizes in order to protect the future of our children, we must first protect those who are the guardians of our children. The Power is in our hands for change. We must come together as one in order for change to happen.

A full copy of the petition is currently being drawn-up. If you have any suggestions that you would like to see added to the petition before the final copy is released for signatures please send us your comments, and suggestions for review. We would like to thank you in advance for your support.

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139. Get VACCINE CANDY by Felfoldi Ltd BANNED

Felfoldi Foods Ltd in Germany have launched a new "candy" aimed at children called "Vaccine Candy."

These candies come in brightly coloured packets and are PRETEND HYPODERMIC NEEDLES FILLED WITH CANDY! I've lived in some very run down drug affected areas where REAL syringes left by drug addicts are often seen in parks and play areas- a toddler who has seen older children eating these so called "sweets" could easily pick a real syringe up and as all toddlers do, put it straight to their mouth.

And what about the children who unfortunately have to see their parents using drugs intravenously? They will be sat playing mummies and daddies tying belts round each others arms and pretending to inject drugs! In the same way violent video games desensitize children to the dangers of violence and gore, these candies will desensitize to the dangers of needles!


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140. Review sentencing for sexual offences against children

To this day child sexual abuse has remained hidden from the media spotlight and not discussed in the public forum. But of late it seems that first time offenders and repeat offenders are handed very lenient sentences, without due respect to the impact they have on the victims and their families. (A recent example of a 21 month sentence for the possession of 17,000 images).

This issue is not going to go away and a review needs to be undertaken into the way sentences are determined and administered.

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Please help us to reinstate the Ontairo Lieutenant Governor's Aboriginal 'Summer Reading' Book Drive! We are two sisters, 14 years old and 13 years old in Oakville Ontario, and we want to see the children and teens of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation communities receive these much needed books.

Their libraries are bare. They are 4 to 5 years behind in literacy skills and suicide rates are high in these remote communities. Most of these children and teens live below poverty line and they cannot afford to attend post secondary school. Some of these communities are 'fly-in' only and they are forgotten... but not now!

Help us to give them hope... please sign to reinstate the Ontario Lieutenant Governor's Aboriginal Book Drive!

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142. Save Respite Transport for Children

Stocktons respite services was closed a year ago and moved to a neighbouring borough, providing transport for disabled children to and from school and respite for the duration of their stay.

Now we have received letters saying that as of the end of July this service is stopping. So parents have to take their children from school to respite, and next morning pick them up to take them to school.

This is not respite for the parents, and we were told that transport was not an issue, but now it is, and I being one of the parents to suffer this decision is not happy as are many others, it will end up us as parents not being able to do this and having to opt out of the service, which will in turn probably end up closing because we were told lies in the beginning. Plus our respite out the window.

Parents with disabled kids no matter how minor or major the disability is have a hard enough time as it is without our services bing messed around like this.

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143. Support "Safe Space Day" and Help End Childhood Sexual Abuse

I am a constituent writing to encourage you to declare April 15th "Safe Space Day" to help put an end to child sexual abuse. One in four girls and one in six boys will experience some level of sexual abuse before the age of 18.

Only ten percent of their violators will be strangers, while ninety percent of the sexual violations will be perpetrated by a family member or someone that the victim knows and trusts. Although thirty-nine million survivors of childhood sexual abuse exist in America today, over fifty percent of them never tell a soul because of the shame they feel or fear. Silence of survivors enable perpetrators to thrive. Therefore, the most effective way to end child sexual abuse is to support adult survivors in living openly and supporting their healing.

As a concerned citizen, it is my wish that our state recognize April 15th as a special day to support the healing of adult survivors as a way to prevent child sexual abuse raise awareness throughout our state.

This reform serves a dual purpose. First, it allows victims to find public support release the shame of their experience to initiate healing. Second, it can potentially prevent future abuse by publicly exposing abusers who are currently unidentified by encouraging people to look for signs of sexual abuse in children .

I hope that the state of Iowa will take this opportunity to protect our children. As sex crimes against children are especially heinous and the current statistics are unbelievable, it's time we start talking about sexual abuse.

Thank you for your time, your service, and your interest in this issue of vital importance.

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144. Save a Life, Save A future

Children are the hope of our future, this simply means that without them, the world will no longer be in it's harmonious place. Children has the right to have or experience education for without it, they will no longer be successful. God gave us angels to make our life more bright.

We see God in each other's eyes, so we have to do something to keep seeing God's spirit on each other. Let us all Support Life and Support A Future.

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145. Address food insecurity & poverty in Nunavut so we can feed our families

Over 70% of Nunavut families with children between the ages of 3-5 are food insecure. Poverty, climate change and high food prices mean that many families in Nunavut go hungry.

The UN Rapporteur recently issued a report about Canada's 800,000 families who are food insecure, calling food insecurity in our country a "great concern". The Conservative MP for Nunavut, Leona Aglukkaq, shamed Nunavummiut with her immature and out-of-touch response to the UN Rapporteur.

We, the people of Nunavut, deserve better from our federal government. Please sign this petition to ask for concrete, effective change that will address poverty and food insecurity in our communities.

Read the UN Rapporteur's report for yourself:
Read the response by MP Leona Aglukkaq:

Read an analysis by Nunavut writer and activist Jack Hicks in "Northern Public Affairs":

Please join "Feeding my Family" on facebook to read stories and see images directly from Nunavummiut about how food insecurity affects our communities.

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146. Give Human Education a priority over Dog Legislation

Legislation for the control of dogs and the safety of the public has been in force in the U.K. for a number of years.

The legislation is rarely enforced and few steps are taken to protect the general public. Owning a family dog has many health and social advantages for a large number of families, but a rapidly increasing number of irresponsible owners have resulted in the number of attacks by dogs on people increasing at an alarming rate. The majority of irresponsible owners fall into the youth category who purchase large, status type dogs with little or no thought for the safety of others including immediate family members. They are not aware of how to train their dogs or why this is necessary.

The result is that the dogs can cause serious injuries and even death. Tragically, the majority of those injured or killed are children and the numbers increase each year with nothing being done to prevent it. We believe that current legislation will not be enforced to the level required to ensure its’ success and the solution to this dangerous problem is through education. All children should be educated in schools to comprehend responsible dog ownership.

It is especially important that all children are aware of the dangers and how to act in an appropriate manner in order to keep themselves safe around dogs.

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147. Friends and Supporters of Equine City

I have lived in Clairmont most of my life and the sudden news of changes at Equine City saddens me. My granddaughter who suffers from Tourettes plus other disabilities takes riding lessons at Equine City and the staff is wonderful with the children.

With having a child with Tourettes it’s hard to find a place that will even accept her in a program. My granddaughter looks forward to each lesson and the new things she will learn.

As friends of Equine City, our goal is to keep all animal programs up and running. Equine City has so many things to offer such as family fun days on Sundays, riding programs even for children with Tourettes, horse riding instruction for any level and great birthday parties complete with hay, wagon or sleigh and pony rides, a petting zoo, summer riding camps, field trips and bonfires for student-adult groups.

The County of Grande Prairie is now trying to take all of this away because of a permit issue which arose due to a neighbor’s complaint! Equine City has been shut down for the family fun days, the pony birthdays parties and school field trips effective immediately and all booked events have to be cancelled now because the permit they hold is apparently not satisfactory.

We feel that this is unfair and are petitioning the closing of these programs. Please help us in our fight to keep Equine City’s programs open to the public.

Thanks to all of you in advance for your support in keeping this great place open to the public.

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148. Australia - Support students with Dyslexia

The following is the definition of dyslexia adopted by the Research Committee of the International Dyslexia Association in August 2002:

Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurobiological in origin. It is characterised by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction.

Secondary problems may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.

Dyslexia Australia's Definition:

Dyslexia is the capacity to process information differently, enabling innovative thought and perception. It is characterised by a visual and experiential learning style. Methods using this learning style allow dyslexic people to realise their capabilities and minimise the negative impact commonly developed by conventional methods. (concept by C. Fraser. Wording by B. Baird and C. Fraser)

People with dyslexia display some of the following signs:

Confused by letters, numbers, words, sequences, or verbal explanations.

Reading or writing shows repetitions, additions, transpositions, omissions, substitutions, and reversals in letters, numbers and/or words.

Complains of feeling or seeing non-existent movement while reading, writing, or copying.

Seems to have difficulty with vision, yet eye exams don't reveal a problem.

Trouble learning Sight Words (WHY? Click Here)

Reads and rereads with little comprehension.

Spells phonetically and inconsistently.

With the exception of New South Wales, Dyslexia is not recognised within the Australian School System.

This is not in line with other countries like the United Kingdom, or United States of America. Australia is behind and our children are suffering.

Dyslexia is a learning difference not a learning disability. It is only a disability because the current education system only recognises one way of learning. If you don't fit the "norm" then you have to adapt or get left behind.

It should not be a fight between parents and the school system. Teachers and specialists should have the knowledge and tools to be able to assist all children with their learning, whatever their style.

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149. Petition for traffic lights / pedestrian crossings at the intersection of Botany Rd and Bay St, and a pedestrian crossing at Hickson St

Road Safety for children has not been addressed at Botany for Botany Public School students, the pre-schoolers of John Brotchie Nursery School and the babies, infants & toddlers of Hippo's Friends Childcare Centre, all of which are located on Botany Road, Botany. Bay Street is notorious!

Road Safety issues need to be addressed urgently and a safe passage provided for students, pre-schoolers, babies, infants and toddlers and their families. The Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) have a Safety Around Schools Coordinator, we will be making contact to ensure these matters are being addressed seriously. Both the City of Botany Bay and the RMS need to move fast on this issue. There are many obligations both ethically and legally to our children, to local residents and visitors.

We need to make a legally safe environment. This is a matter of urgency! A joint coordinated effort is recommended before serious harm occurs.

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150. Revamp Beech Road Under 7's Play Area - Horsham

The equipment in this play area is out dated and highly dangerous.

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