Neighbours’ football games row resolved

The grassed area where children playing games was causing a rift among neighbours. EMN-150720-182450001

The grassed area where children playing games was causing a rift among neighbours. EMN-150720-182450001

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A dispute between neighbours on a Sleaford housing estate over children playing ball games may have been resolved.

Younger children have been playing ball games on a patch of grass in Juniper Way, behind Hawthorn Drive, to remain in view of their parents.

This ignored a ‘no ball games’ sign on the land, as parents learned it was not enforceable, informing people the nearest play area was a mile away off George 
Street.

Neighbours overlooking the grassy area complained about the disturbance and balls going into gardens, so a NKDC officer visited to advise parents not to let their children play there.

Ward Councillor Geoff Hazelwood who has been working to resolve the issue sympathised with neighbours who had objected, saying: “There were people on Hawthorn Drive whose six foot back fence was being used as a goal. Can you imagine hearing a ball banging against your fence from 4.30pm-10pm at night?

“It has caused a lot of agitation. I have spoken to the county council and there is an alternative at Mareham Pastures for the children to play in a safer and more convenient location.”

Disabled Juniper Way resident Kathleen Jenkins contacted The Standard and said: “Where else can they go? They cannot play on the road? Kids are not getting to play outside enough as it is and the summer holidays are here.”

She did not want her son Callum to go far as the 13-year-old is her carer.

“Parents want to see where their children are but they are being penalised,” she 
said.

A council spokesperson said the notices are only advisory as a courtesy to neighbours and cannot be enforced: “The council is however, undertaking a review of its procedures in respect of their suitability.”