Please don’t puff where we play - that is the message to smokers at the playpark behind Baljaffray shopping precinct.
Although the plea from East Dunbartonshire Council is not legally enforceable, it is hoped that common sense will stop parents from lighting up while their children are playing in the park.
The smoke-free park initiative is the first of its kind in the district and was launched with the help of children from Baljaffray Primary School and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC).
East Dunbartonshire Council leader Rhondda Geekie said: “Our neighbourhood services department consulted the local community when redeveloping this park, asking them if they wanted it to be smoke-free. The answer was an overwhelming yes and I am delighted to launch this initiative with representatives from NHSGGC.”
The children from Baljaffray Primary School also got on board with the project, designing new signs for the park, depicting their ideal play area. The winning design was created by Lucy Morgan and Rachel Murray. The pupils also learned more about the effects of smoking following visits from council trading standards and community safety teams as well as NHSGGC health experts.
Councillor Geekie added: “The pupils were very enthusiastic about the project and came up with some amazing designs.
“It was a very tough job for the judging panel but the winning sign was chosen and now is on display for all to see; let’s hope it has the desired effect and keeps the air smoke free.”
Sandra Cairney, head of planning and health improvement at East Dunbartonshire Community Health Partnershp, said: “East Dunbartonshire CHP is proud to support the opening of the first ever smoke-free play park in East Dunbartonshire. We are committed to ensuring children have a clean, safe and smoke-free environment to play in.
“Children and young people are very much influenced by what they see their parents and other adults doing.”