We would not consider this to be anti-social behaviour.
Young people do have a right to play and interact with other youngsters; play is crucial to a child’s development and should be encouraged.
Football and ball games in themselves are NOT anti-social or illegal. In many cases young people maybe unaware they are causing other people distress.
Please consider the following before making a complaint:
- Young people do have a right to play, especially in their own neighbourhood.
- Parents/guardians may wish their young children to play near to home for their own safety.
- It is reasonable to expect a certain level of noise from children/youths playing after school, at weekends and in the evening.
- Shouting, cheering and laughing are to be expected on public open space/playing fields and is not normally considered a noise nuisance.
- “No ball games” signs on public space are a request not a byelaw – they cannot be enforced.
- It is not illegal to play football on a grassed verge or open space.
- There may be only one grassed area for younger children to play safely in their own neighbourhood.
- Sometimes it is better for young people to divert their energies into playing sport rather than doing other things.
- Compromise, create a dialogue and speak to your neighbours to find an agreeable time and location to play.
- Open spaces are for the use of everyone, including children and young people.
- Young people hanging around talking, laughing and not causing a disturbance is not anti-social behaviour.
If you experience damage to you property as a result of children playing, or you consider the behaviour to be of an anti-social nature, please contact the police and ourselves.