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Council removes 'No Ball Games' barrier to outdoor play

Posted in News on Monday, 31 August 2015
Council removes 'No Ball Games' barrier to outdoor play Early Years Scotland is one of a number of organisations to support Aberdeen City Council’s decision to remove hundreds of ‘No Ball Games’ signs from outdoor areas across the city.

The signs were erected over a number of years on a piecemeal basis at the request of local residents, who believed that their presence would deter anti-social behaviour. However, it is understood that the warning notices have no legal status, and the Council has now decided to become the first local authority in Scotland to phase them out.

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. Get out and get healthy – that's the message we are trying to get across here."

The removal work, which will include several hundred signs, is due to be completed by UK National Play Day, which is on August 3, 2016.

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