Football is Britain's national sport and most youngsters want to be the next Rooney. It's a fact that the Government want our youngsters to be out playing instead of sitting at their play stations being inactive. But when they are banging the ball against your wall or fence, or the ball keeps hitting your car it can drive you to despair.
The playing of ball games is not against the law.
We cannot install signs stating 'no ball games' and there are no enforceable 'no ball games' areas within the district - in spite of there still being the odd sign still in place.
However, if young people are being disrespectful of you or your property or causing any damage you should call the police.
To claim any damages you will need to approach your solicitor.
Ball games and skateboarding or 'just hanging out' will not usually be classed as unacceptable behaviour unless others are being harassed.
We would normally only get involved where the activity is a part of a larger anti-social behaviour problem and then we would work with other agencies in an effort to help resolve it.
We have many open green areas, including those on housing estates where the green area is not large and residents doors are close by, so we need to work together by being understanding and tolerant in order to allow young people to play on these areas without causing problems to the residents.
We would ask that parents talk to their children about appropriate places to play and behave and know where they actually are and what they are doing.
- Use a lighter type of ball that won't cause damage.
- Do not play hard ball games where damage can be caused to either property or persons.
So, you are suffering from ball games being played near you, what can you do about it?
- You could approach the young people concerned or their parents to explain how it is making you feel and why it is a problem to you.
- Encourage older children to play in the nearest playing field rather than on the road.
- What about organising a parental rota to supervise the activity at a nearby park?
If in doubt, give us a shout!
What you can do
If you are experiencing problems with anti-social behaviour, or have any concerns about it, or other community safety issues, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Feel free to use the diary sheet below to record your incident and then, please contact us. You may find the guidance leaflet useful or you could visit the Incident Diary page for more information.
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