Angry mum launches petition after children effectively banned from playing on street

by Gary Carter

A MOTHER has hit out after her child, along with other youngsters, was effectively banned from playing on the street.

Kelly McFie was left stunned when she received a letter from a housing management firm about what was seen as a problem.

Calico Crescent green (pictures by Gemma Carter)

Several families living on Calico Crescent in Carrbrook had notes drop through their door on Saturday following complaints.

The letter from Residential Management Group said: “We are receiving ongoing reports that children are playing in front of residents’ houses and near cars and causing a disturbance.

“We please ask that children do not play on the street or on residents’ fronts and instead use their own gardens or the community spaces off site.

“We understand that this is often easier said than done, but it is important that all residents are able to live happily on site without undue disruption, damage to property or intimidation.

“We do advise that should issues continue, that residents open a complaint with the local council and police, to report and log ongoing issues so that community support teams can get involved.”

That note has left Kelly, 35, as baffled as she is angry after her seven-year-old son was one of the children effectively branded a nuisance.

She pointed out that ‘no ball games’ signs were placed on a small green where kids would play football and that properties’ gardens were not big enough and the nearby Woodview area, known as the Fold, is too secluded.

“It’s crackers,” she said. “We were a bit taken aback when we got the letter. At first, I was just in a state of disbelief, not angry or upset, just in disbelief.

One of the ‘no ball games’ signs put up

“There are quite a lot of children live on the estate – that’s one of the reasons I moved here – but as far as I’m aware, everyone has received a note.

“Most of the children are under 10 years old, so it’s not as if they’re out late at night making noise, and they’ll be in even earlier now the nights are drawing in.

“My son is in bed at 6.30pm as it is. They might play out for an hour or so after school, it’s not as if they’re out all day and all night. They finish school and they want to burn off a bit of energy.”

She continued: “The first indication that something was going on was in the middle of August when ‘no ball games’ signs appeared all over the estate.

“So the kids started playing in the street. We even bought them a sponge ball so it wouldn’t damage any cars.

“The letter suggests children should play in their own gardens or at Woodview, which is nearby.

The nearby Woodview area (pictures by Gemma Carter)

“Well, the gardens aren’t big enough and Woodview is out of sight. There’s no way I’m going to let my son play on there where I can’t see him.”

Mrs McFie, who runs a gym in Denton, says she can hear the children playing on the street but not to a disturbing extent.

Now she is hitting back after launching a petition to allow kids to be able to play on the street, like generations have in this country.

So far almost 300 people have signed the call and Kelly believes asking kids to not play on the street is daft, especially as the country is experiencing a crisis of childhood obesity.

Mrs McFie and other enraged parents have contacted Residential Management Group, which looks after Calico Crescent from its office in Northwich, Cheshire.

Despite assuring there will be a response to the Correspondent’s request for a comment, Residential Management Group have so far not replied.


One Reply to “Angry mum launches petition after children effectively banned from playing on street”

  1. That small communal green you refer to is nothing of the sort, its basically a nice feature on the estate direct in front of people houses (although good angle from the photo cleverly disguises that) that residents have to pay money for to be maintained and kept looking nice, if screaming kids from all over the estate think it’s ok to turn it into a mud pit by playing football when there is a large playing field less than a 1 minute walk away. No one is stopping kids playing out, just not kicking footballs right near cars and houses. Every house got a letter not just ‘several families’ and it clearly said undue disruption, damage to property or intimidation so if your child isn’t doing any of them then nothing to worry about or stop him playing out.
    Who wants their child playing in the street anyway with cars passing, should buy an house with a garden big enough in first place, and not just assume that every small bit of spare land on the estate is for children to play.

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