to have taken down this sign?

(43 Posts)
hotair Tue 30-Jul-13 17:09:48

went to the very small public playground (one toddler swing, and a ride on rocker) at the end of my street just now and discovered someone had placed a printed A4 sign over the gate reading
"Could you please respect the resident's privacy and not use this park. Thank you."
I tore it down and I now plan to go every day for the rest of the summer because I cannot believe the gall of whoever placed the sign.
Just to give some context, there are 3 houses, set back of the road, which front on to the park, which has been there since the estate was built (and was on the plans for the estate before construction. One is up for sale, the other was recently let (--to some very inconsiderate parkers--) and the third were really rude when we recently returned their lost dog... Oh and on the rest of the street (ie. in front of my house) children play on the road/ in their front gardens constantly so it's not like they are being overly inflicted with noise. I cannot believe some people are so selfish that they would expect people not to use a park that they knew was there when they built it because they don't like people being able to see into their dining room (the only room that can be seen properly from the park) and they don't want to put up blinds!

Beastofburden Wed 31-Jul-13 10:11:50

agree hotair, you should use the park exactly as you please. Quite apart from anything else, if she is ill, she wont be rational, so if it isnt this, it will be something else.

So often people say jokingly, "she needs to remember her medication" but perhaps in this case, whoever is supporting her genuinely does need to tweak something and perhaps it will all calm down.

But if she is ill (and I am only guessing, after all) then I dont think she intended to insult you or be arrogant in quite the same way as a well person. She may just have lost it a bit.

Avondale Tue 30-Jul-13 23:05:15

I think you should organise a Fun Day to be held there ( with bouncy castle, brass band etc) and raise money to be spent on new equipment for the park. Possibly a Teen Shelter?! grin

SuburbanRhonda Tue 30-Jul-13 23:01:50

I would have taken the sign down for wrong use of an apostrophe grin

TheFallenNinja Tue 30-Jul-13 22:59:49

this weather seems to be making everyone crazy

hotair Tue 30-Jul-13 22:55:46

beast- I think that she has already been causing problems for the people selling who live next door. Very sad, but I won't be stopping using the park- I will try and be more understanding than I might be otherwise if she remonstrates with me when I'm using it though

Beastofburden Tue 30-Jul-13 22:12:57

Sounds as if she is ill. Sad for her, and she will probably be a very annoying neighbour. I expect her social or health worker will be round to tell her to stop this.

Icelollycraving Tue 30-Jul-13 20:13:45

Oh,really suprised at that!

ChippingInHopHopHop Tue 30-Jul-13 18:19:15

Icelolly - no you can't, but you can be told they don't smile

FeckOffCup Tue 30-Jul-13 18:17:40

One of the houses that looks out onto my little local playpark has put a tinted film over their windows like you get on car windows so you can see out but you can't see in. That seems reasonable if you don't want blinds or nets up, expecting nobody to use the park ever is mad.

hotair Tue 30-Jul-13 18:17:23

Icelolly- I asked if he was sure that my children would be safe in the park as while I didn't mind being shouted at I was concerned that they might attack my family, based on the incident earlier today.
He told me that the individual in question was known to them and that we should feel safe using the park.
So he didn't tell me that she had a history of violent behaviour, in fact the opposite and I'm glad he reassured me that I don't need to be afraid that someone will attack my children using the park.
Also he didn't confirm her identity, just provided enough details that I was able to confirm her identity based on my knowledge of my neighbours! (Plus the fact that I watched him go to her house was an additional confirmation!)

Canidae Tue 30-Jul-13 18:12:22

That's like the bloke up my road who bangs on his window everytime someone walks past his car (which is parked on the street.)

I like to let my dog's sniff it as we go past just to wind him up. Odd thing is that he has an empty drive with gates but doesn't use it. hmm

Some people are bonkers.

SingingSands Tue 30-Jul-13 18:11:01

I suspect the pcso may have warned her that if she repeats her behavior she'll be charged with breach of the peace.

Icelollycraving Tue 30-Jul-13 18:10:37

Can you be told if someone has history of violent behaviour by a pcso? hmm

hotair Tue 30-Jul-13 18:06:49

I know diddl! Next time (although I hope there isn't one) I shall leave the sign in situ until the PCSO turns up, along with a note saying to ignore sign 1 and that the police are dealing with it!

diddl Tue 30-Jul-13 18:05:07

Ooh-you took away evidence against her!

We need another update later to find out if she has been taken away in handcuffs/ men in white coats/ has put up another sign! grin
I didn't mean to imply that all teenagers hang around drinking/ that OP lives in a rough area or any other slurs, I was just trying to find another explanation for why someone would put up a ridiculous sign, as I found it hard to believe that anyone would do this.

hotair Tue 30-Jul-13 18:00:36

very curious indeed. The house in question always has blinds up and closed so it's not like anyone can see inside....

PCSO has asked if it occurs again to call and log it with them and reassured me that the woman has no history of violence so it is safe to use the park. Reading between the lines of what the PCSO said and based on the behaviour when we returned the dog I suspect a drinking problem.

Sparklingbrook Tue 30-Jul-13 18:00:23

Brilliant. Bonkers people. Who needs the telly?

ImNotBloody14 Tue 30-Jul-13 17:58:00

Oh wow! She has issues i think- glad the pcso is going to give her a bollocking little chat

SingingSands Tue 30-Jul-13 17:55:20

Just crossed posts with your update! Curious behaviour.

SingingSands Tue 30-Jul-13 17:54:11

I've heard of some odd requests in my time, but that one takes some beating! Requesting people not to use a playpark? How bizarre! How would you be impinging on their privacy anyway? It's not like you had gone to play in their back garden.

Nowt as queer as folk...

IceNoSlice Tue 30-Jul-13 17:54:01

parakeet grin

ImNotBloody14 Tue 30-Jul-13 17:53:37

Write 'no' under the sign and stick it back up again

hotair Tue 30-Jul-13 17:52:02

omg dramatic update!
dh just come home from work and saw a pcso at the park. I ran up and told him I had the sign if that was what he was looking for. It was- apparently the rude dog owner had screamed, shouted and terrified a family with toddlers who had ignored her sign and used the park just before us. They had gone home and called the police.
I ran back home and told dh- who then told me that last night the woman dog owner had screamed at him and the dd's to shut up while they were using the park but he had ignored her and she went away- he didn't say anything because he didn't realise she could be talking to them until later- he thought she was shouting at a car parked nearby.
PCSO is going round to give woman a serious talking to....

usualsuspect Tue 30-Jul-13 17:50:13

Can you call the council and have a word about it?

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