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Kids playing in roads and carparks

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Mumofonesoontobetwo Thu 05-May-16 19:11:25

Why is this suddenly acceptable? Where I live my car has to be parked around the back which is accessible via a cul de sac and by driving through a tight passage way to a car park for at least 10 houses. For some reason the people that live on cul de sac think it's acceptable for numerous children under 5 to be running in and out of car park and using scooters across what is the blind entrance and exit. All houses have gardens and the large park is only 5 mins walk away. AIBU to think these kids shouldn't be playing there? Sometimes parents have to leg it into road as children just scoot wherever when cars are coming!

MrHannahSnell Thu 05-May-16 19:16:53

Hardly suddenly. I remember this being an issue when I was a kid in the 60s.

WutheringTights Thu 05-May-16 19:18:18

Where would you prefer they play?

WutheringTights Thu 05-May-16 19:19:34

All the parks around here are full of large aggressive dogs wandering around off-lead. Our neighbour was bitten a few days ago. There's no way I'd allow an under 5 to play there.

cheapandcheerful Thu 05-May-16 19:26:06

I spent most of my childhood playing on the street outside my house. Loved every second of it. Lots of happy memories smile

InsufficientlyCaffeinated Thu 05-May-16 19:28:23

I wish we'd give more space to children's play and less to cars. Makes me sad that as a society we've chosen traffic over play

NeedACleverNN Thu 05-May-16 19:33:02

It's still quite common round here

A lot of children play kerbies on the road.

In a cul de sac I would think it was fine tbh. Cars have got to go slow in that area anyway.

Natsku Thu 05-May-16 19:33:03

I wish we'd give more space to children's play and less to cars Absolutely agree

revealall Thu 05-May-16 20:03:27

Parents are out there so YABU.

You can't scooter on grass very well.

southeastastra Thu 05-May-16 20:06:14

in america they have signs you can put out to tell cars to slow down as kids playing out.

sleepyhead Thu 05-May-16 20:07:15

I wouldn't let my children play in our car park because I don't trust drivers to keep an eye out and drive safely, but I wish I could.

I remember playing in the road, with someone keeping an eye out and shouting "car" when we needed to get out of the way. There were far fewer cars about through.

Vaara Thu 05-May-16 20:23:17

I thought the "thing" now was that kids didn't play in the street like they used to.

I grew up in a cul de sac and we always played in the street. Remember in Wayne's World they're playing hockey on the street and every so often have to shout "car!" and move everything onto the pavement? That brought back happy memories....

Unescorted Thu 05-May-16 20:27:29

It isn't sudden - happened in the 70s. Drivers took care to not feel entitled to the space / run small kids over.

When did it suddenly become acceptable for car drivers own all the outdoor space?

ABCAlwaysBeCunting Thu 05-May-16 20:30:56

They play in the road outside our house. I don't mind, but it's a busy cut through and people drive carelessly. There's a huge park and wood literally two minutes walk away. One day one of them is going to get run over. I don't understand why their parents let them do it.

TigerPath Thu 05-May-16 20:38:14

I think it's ridiculous to let kids play in the street in this day and age. Not only is it dangerous with traffic, but it's a nuisance for everyone. Who wants a screeching racket right outside their windows, or balls hitting their cars? Where I used to live it was awful, footballs being kicked against cars and kids screaming and yelling until 9pm, racing around on bikes as though the street was a park angry

You need to make a complaint to council or ring the non-emergency police number, saying they are at risk of being hit by cars, property at risk of being damaged, that noise is an issue etc.

If parents can't be bothered to supervise them in the park, they should be playing in their gardens!

Vaara Thu 05-May-16 20:40:06

Maybe they don't have gardens?!

Unescorted Thu 05-May-16 20:41:05

And then we will all be complaining about the teenagers who are soooo anti social.

Timeforabiscuit Thu 05-May-16 20:42:11

Tiger, ha ha on your garden comment! You do realise that most new builds prioritise parking over garden space cos the planning regs and market made it so!

NeedACleverNN Thu 05-May-16 20:46:46

Tiger do you actually like anything?

You seem to hate everything apart from yourself and your son..

InsufficientlyCaffeinated Thu 05-May-16 20:49:29

So you'd rather the racket of traffic over the racket of children enjoying themselves?!
If people are driving dangerously why not call the police on them rather than the children?

ABCAlwaysBeCunting Thu 05-May-16 20:49:54

No, the ones outside my house don't have a garden because it's a block of flats. But if there's a park and wood less than two minutes away, why on earth would their parents let them play on a busy road?

Iliveinalighthousewiththeghost Thu 05-May-16 20:57:10

Where do you prefer them to play.?
Well put it this way. Certainly not on dangerous roads. hmm

TheSolitaryBoojum Thu 05-May-16 21:04:15

The children here who play in the culdesac and the car park that's part of it use cones to block off the road. They scoot, bike and play football or skip.
Then the drivers stop, they move the cones and proceed carefully. They are part of the same set-up, so they usually know the children.
Like having a low-budget gated community.

Orda1 Thu 05-May-16 21:04:21

Eww. Playing in the road, how awf.

TheSolitaryBoojum Thu 05-May-16 21:07:23

We played in the road in the 60s. Mind you, it was an unmetalled 1 in 5 and only seven people owned cars out of a street with 100 terraced houses.

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