Let Kids be Kids
Someone had to stir up a hornet’s nest this morning in the Herald about kids playing in a playground.
From the NZ Herald
Kids’ flying fox irks residents at Stonefields5:00 AM Wednesday Nov 26, 2014 – Anne GibsonStonefields neighbours complain after playground opens in front of their houses
Signs are about to be put up and a noise assessment is under way after complaints about children making too much noise at the new playground next to the Stonefields estate.
Residents there are upset about an adventure kids’ park which opened in front of their houses a few weeks ago.
A large flying fox outside their front doors bringing what they say is excessive noise and large areas of sand – used to create a landing zone beneath the equipment – are their main issues.
Alan Gilder, of Galway Bay Tce, said he didn’t begrudge children the playground but he wants the flying fox and sand removed, is concerned about three tall climbing towers which he said were a potential hazard and said children endangered locals by riding bikes on footpaths.“I would like the flying fox removed. It does get very noisy on the weekend and there’s sand everywhere. I certainly didn’t expect to have a beach on my doorstep. It gets inside. The park is awesome but they haven’t put a lot of thought into it – the flying fox generates a lot of squealing.”
Another resident, who has since sold her house, said meetings had been held with political representatives to resolve issues with the park.
Mr Gilder said pets defecated in the sand which created another safety hazard.
Stonefields is a joint venture between Fletcher Building and Todd Properties to develop the 2600-residence estate in a former quarry at the foot of Mt Wellington.
Fletcher Residential general manager Ken Lotu-Iiga said he had initially not been aware of issues with the park.
“We have referred a few people on to Todd but it’s something that came to light when the park was constructed,” he said.
Desley Simpson, chairwoman of the Orakei Local Board which funded the playground, said issues were being discussed with a view to resolution.
Source and full article: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11364374
Okay granted sand might not be the most practical idea I could think of but for the rest it looks like pure NIMBYism and wrapping kids up in Politically Correct cotton wool.
If the kids were screaming like hell in the night there would be grounds for complaints. But during the day especially as summer is coming (and a loo is to be installed I hear)? Come on, we are meant to be encouraging kids outside not cotton wool them up and plant them behind Play Stations…..