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Kids upset at Falmouth bouncy castle ban: VOTE
6:00am Monday 9th September 2013 in News
Children have been stopped from using a bouncy castle outside their Falmouth home after being banned by Cornwall Housing.
Scott Truscott, who has been putting up the castle on sunny days outside his house in Pengelly Place, said he now felt he was “being victimised.”
Mr Truscott said the castle was not just enjoyed by his children but youngsters from many other families in the area.
He said everything was tidied away afterwards and claimed he regularly cuts the Cornwall Council-owned communal grass in front of the row of houses, picking up dog mess and litter, just as the town council had been encouraging people to do during the Clean Up Falmouth campaign in July.
Mr Truscott said: “Some days we have 30 kids here. They’re not causing trouble. At the end of the day it’s children having fun.
“There are reports there’s no community spirit anymore and clean up the area where you |live. We’re trying to do that. It |feels like we’re being victimised for it.”
He added that the children have been left “gutted” by the council’s decision, saying: “They’ve had weeks and weeks of fun on it. Kids don’t understand they’re not allowed to put it up and have fun.”
In a letter from Patrick Fielder, housing management in landlord services at Cornwall Housing, Mr Truscott was told “the grassed area is not an extension of your garden” but he questioned: “What else is it for?”
A spokesperson for Cornwall Council said: “While we appreciate the views of Mr Truscott over |this issue, as the organisation responsible for managing the land, Cornwall Housing has a legal responsibility for any activities which take place on this piece of land.
“Allowing Mr Truscott to operate the bouncy castle from this area would mean that we were giving him formal permission to continue and we would, therefore, be liable if any children were injured. In these circumstances we had no choice but to write to Mr Truscott requesting him to stop using the land for this purpose.”
Mr Truscott was also told to take down temporary fencing he said he had put up to prevent small children running in the path of BMX riders that “fly” down the hill to the track on the adjacent Lamb’s Lane Amenity Area.
Mr Fielder claimed in his letter that residents and tenants in the area felt “intimidated” by this and were forced to walk along the embankment rather than the communal footpath.
Do you think Cornwall Council was right to prevent the bouncy castle being put up in a public area?
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