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Residents angered by teenage footballers

RESIDENTS in a Chelmsley Wood flat are being driven up the wall by teens kicking footballs against their home.

RESIDENTS in a Chelmsley Wood flat are being driven up the wall by teens kicking footballs against their home.

Paul Curran and his partner Jo Sergeant have lived in Kington Gardens for two years.

They said youths kicking footballs against the building's wall caused the sound to reverberate and it was a nuisance for those who lived there.

"The wall is just two-and-a-half bricks deep so it's not pleasant or relaxing for those living inside.

"And the boys continue to play even after they are asked to stop, sometimes late into the night."

Paul contacted the council over a week ago to request a 'no ball games' sign be put up to deter the kids.

"I'm all in favour of encouraging the younger generation to be more active but feel that I am not going to be intimidated by the children, who now know they are untouchable."

But, instead of the council complying, Paul said he was told they did not approve of such notices anymore as the Government no longer permits signs on council buildings as they are trying to encourage outdoor activities.

"I suggested I could put one up myself but was warned to do so could encourage criminal damage, which I would be held responsible for," he added.

Mathew Cooney, chief executive for Solihull Community Housing said: "We want children to play outdoors, but equally we don't want them to annoy other residents.

"We are going to trace the parents of the children involved and ask them to encourage their children to play in areas where they will not disturb other people.

"We don't put up 'no ball games' signs as these are not enforceable. We have spoken to Mr Curran and told him what we are doing, and hopefully the problem will now be resolved."

 

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