Kids banned from street in Milngavie

MARCHFIELD , 8 YEAR OLD KAYLA MCANALLY'EM'31/5/11
MARCHFIELD , 8 YEAR OLD KAYLA MCANALLY'EM'31/5/11

PARENTS are furious that their children have been banned from playing in the street in a new housing estate in Milngavie.

Residents in the flats in Marchfield were gobsmacked when they received a letter from their landlord, Cube Housing Association, threatening them with ‘warnings’ if they allowed children to play outside their houses.

One of the tenants, Donna Traynor (27), mum of Kayla (8), said: “Most of these flats have been given to people with kids.

“Quite a few of the children play on the street and the communal grass area.

“Our back gardens are on a slope so they can’t go there - it’s impossible to put trampolines or other toys out for them. There is also a problem with drainage.

“I’m very angry about this, I think it’s ridiculous that they are trying to tell us we can’t let our children out to play.

“It’s perfectly safe as we can see them and it’s a cul-de-sac. They are not bothering anyone.”

The letter signed by Martin Cairney, housing assistant at neighbourhood services team at Cube Housing Association, says they have received a report that children are leaving their bikes, scooters and other toys lying on the pavement and road.

It continues: “The street and road should not be treated as a play area as children risk injury from being struck by or running into motor vehicles. Bikes and toys could also create a trip hazard for pedestrians or vehicles may accidentally drive over any discarded item.

“Please ensure your children or any visiting your home do not use the street and road as a play area and they take all bikes and toys indoors.

“If I receive further similar reports I will take action to identify and, if required, issue warnings to those householders responsible.”

Gil Paterson, SNP MSP for Milngavie, said: “I spent my whole childhood up to 15 years old playing in the street. I think it should be encouraged as long as the children and other people are safe.

“People complain about children becoming couch potatoes nowadays and that the art of playing outdoor games is being lost so it seems a shame to discourage it.”

Stephen Inglis, neighbourhood services manager for Cube Housing Association, said: “We have received several complaints about bikes and other toys being left on the street and pavements for more than a day. People need to remember that although it’s a cul-de-sac it’s still a public road and their children are at risk out there.

“We have not banned children from playing in the street but we want parents to be responsible so that everyone is safe within the area.

“We would be happy to meet with residents who have concerns about this issue to discuss it further.”