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Cul de sacs are not playgrounds....

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Bestb411pm Sat 19-May-12 17:01:55

Last bloody forty minutes spent listening to kids bounce a sodding basketball right in the middle of the road. Maybe they're going for some sort of world record?

I've gone from been mildly annoyed to hoping the bloody thing goes through their car window and not mine. I can see why the parents don't want them banging outside their window if they keep them in the back garden, but what are they thinking letting them out to play with a sodding ball in the middle of the road?

AIBU? Really?


kilmuir Sat 19-May-12 17:03:15

YAB a bit U.

WorraLiberty Sat 19-May-12 17:04:12


You don't own the road

rogersmellyonthetelly Sat 19-May-12 17:04:18

Yabu. Kids play and make noise.

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Sat 19-May-12 17:05:14


turnigitonitshead Sat 19-May-12 17:05:26

biscuit and brew and stop being so bloody miserable.

Sirzy Sat 19-May-12 17:06:08

Do the children live in the cul de sac?

shushpenfold Sat 19-May-12 17:06:51

I thought that's why people bought houses in them.....corral the kids and take beers out to the neighbours for impromptu parties!

Heavensmells Sat 19-May-12 17:07:30

Yabu. I would love to live in a cul de sac for this very reason. I can see how it's annoying but lighten up and try to remember back to when you was a child, and how great it was to play outside.

Bestb411pm Sat 19-May-12 17:07:32

I'm not objecting to the kids playing - quite happy to grin and bear it, I'm objecting to a fucking heavy ball been lobbed about by peoples cars and using the middle of the road (the bit with cars driving up and down) as a sodding basketball court

Svrider Sat 19-May-12 17:08:19

Never mind the annoying nuisance
But what about the danger?
A group of kids did this near my house for the whole of last year, getting more and more "confident" and takin more risks as the year went on
One of them was killed by a car , in the twighlight, in the rain sadsadsad

It was relatively early, and they just hadn't understood the change in road conditions

redbunnyfruitcake Sat 19-May-12 17:08:56

We used to play out in the street all the time when we were kids and I'm sure it irritated some of the neighbours no end. Back in the days of Cortinas, street parties and the shops being shut on a Sunday. It was a great time and we were lucky to experience it. Go on let them have some fun, rather that noise than vadalizing your local phone box.

WorraLiberty Sat 19-May-12 17:09:14

Oh well, as long as it doesn't hit your car you have nothing to complain about.

If it does then you wouldn't be unreasonable.

But all your OP is moaning about is the fact you don't think cul de sacs are playgrounds and the thudding noise of the ball.

LST Sat 19-May-12 17:09:31


Debeez Sat 19-May-12 17:09:33

YABU. Nice to see kids playing out. My son is out playing football on the communal grass, near parked cars. I've told him to be careful and if he damaged anything we'd pay for damage.

I could just sit him down with his Nintendo DS?

AmazingBouncingFerret Sat 19-May-12 17:09:37

When I bought my house in a cul de sac I expected children to be always playing in the street.

Isn't that one of the benefits?


OddBoots Sat 19-May-12 17:11:17

I'm amazed there are any cul de sacs left with enough space for any play, most seem to be car parks these days.

turnigitonitshead Sat 19-May-12 17:14:48

well you where compalining in your Op about them playing there

lowestpriority Sat 19-May-12 17:14:59

We live in a cul de sac and I prefer my DCs to play there than out of sight. All the children who live here play outside so all the parents are pretty aware when driving through.
It's nice that children can play outside!

Olympia2012 Sat 19-May-12 17:15:09

Does the local playground have a basketball court?

DaenerysTargaryen Sat 19-May-12 17:15:13

The basketball would piss me off, those things are heavy!

Kids play though, we live in a cul de sac and the only time I get pissed off is when kids who don't live here come and make noise playing in OUR street <unreasonable but I don't care>

Fwiw I get twitchy whenever there's a ball near my car.

RighteousDude Sat 19-May-12 17:15:32

I like seeing kids playing out in the street

I'm glad I live somewhere where it's considered safe for them to so and it's nice seeing them having good old fashioned wholesome fun

But then I also like showing off my newborn to old strangers and have no problem with people touching my bump

lolajane2009 Sat 19-May-12 17:15:59

yabu, i bet you did similar

curiousgeorgie Sat 19-May-12 17:16:58

I agree with you. I live (until today! Yay!) in a cul de sac and the bloody kids do my head in! They NEVER move when you're trying to park, and scream and shout to each other when I'm carrying sleeping DD in from the car...

Losing culdisac living and the kids is a massive moving plus!

Bestb411pm Sat 19-May-12 17:17:21

Ok I'll concede I let the annoyance of the bounce over ride it, but honestly I'm trying to get my head around allowing it given there's not that much room and loads of cars... (no grass) Doesn't seem that neighbourly to me to not be bothered

Generally the kids are out and it's fine, I just think if it's ball games there's a perfectly good park up the road.

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