Pro-play Aberdeen removes "No Ball Games" signs from parks

Hundreds of legally invalid signs banning ball games are to be removed from council-owned and managed green spaces across Aberdeen.

Image: MorgueFile
Image: MorgueFile

The city will be the first local authority in Scotland to phase out the warning notices following the decision made by Aberdeen City Council's Communities, Housing and Infrastructure committee.

Signage was erected over a number of years on a piecemeal basis at the request of local residents. The aim was to deter what was regarded as anti-social behaviour, but it is understood that the signs have no legal status.

Aberdeen City Council Convener of Communities, Housing and Infrastructure, Councillor Neil Cooney, said: "This is a first for Scotland and it makes sense. The ban on ball games is unenforceable and the removal of these signs may help our kids become healthier by encouraging more outdoor play."

Minor savings to maintenance budgets are expected from the move, as there will be no ongoing replacement or maintenance costs of signs, no spraying around the signs and easier access for grass cutting, the council said.

The removal of the signage was supported by a number of organisations, including Aberdeen Greenspace, Aberdeen Play Forum, Aberlour Futures, Aberdeen Council of Volunteer Organisations, Creative STAR Learning Company, Mud Pies, Play Scotland and Early Years Scotland.

Removal of the signs is due to be completed by UK National Play Day on 3 August 2016.

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Read These Next

IoG Saltex 2016 - show preview

IoG Saltex 2016 - show preview

This year's Saltex will be looking to build on the success of last year by packing in a multitude of exhibitors and sessions over the two days, Sally Drury reports.

According To Dunnett ... Horticulture needed to 'colour in' green infrastructure

According To Dunnett ... Horticulture needed to 'colour in' green infrastructure

It's now around one year since work started on Sheffield's groundbreaking "Grey to Green" scheme, one of the largest urban green infrastructure projects in the UK.

Tree lifting, moving  and planting

Tree lifting, moving and planting

Successful relocations can see even big trees flourish while costing less than buying new stock, says Sally Drury.

Follow us on:
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Google +
Horticulture Jobs
More Horticulture Jobs

Contracts & Tenders

Sally Drury on professional gardening

Sally Drury

A monthly checklist of things to do and watch out for to keep your garden looking its best.