Mum Nic Crossley said the attempt to bar children from social housing made her ‘so sad’ (Picture: Cascade News)
Developers have apologised for installing a ‘residents only’ sign at a playpark with the intention of barring children from social housing.
The notice was installed by factoring firm Screen Autumn outside the new £1 billion Bertha Park estate, in Perth, Scotland. The estate contains a mixture of private and affordable homes.
Screen Autumn staff had told the residents about the sign in advance, and explained in an email to one parent that they had received complains about children from social housing using the park.
The email read: ‘We have opted to include this due to the overwhelming number of complaints we have been receiving regarding children from the high school and children from social housing using the park, which is owned by and maintained on behalf of residents.’
Parents reacted furiously to the message, with mum-of-four Nic Crossley stating that the incident made her ‘so sad’. She went on: ‘I don’t want a kid from social housing seeing this sign and feeling like they’re not allowed to play there.’
She added: ‘Bertha Park is a brand new estate, there’s nothing else here. It might be fair play if there was a park attached to the social housing, but there isn’t. The nearest other park is probably a 20 or 30-minute walk away.’
The sign will now be taken down due to the complaints (Picture: Springfield Properties)
Nic also said she couldn’t understand why Screen Autumn had received complaints about children using the park, noting that the children in the area always seemed ‘lovely and polite’.
Another mum, who lives in the affordable housing part of the site, said the sign wasn’t as offensive as the email, which made her feel ‘angry’.
Calling it disgusting, she went on: ‘We also pay a factoring fee, and this is our home. We are not some kind of monsters. We have young children who should be out enjoying the fresh air and exercising, not victimised for whether or not their parents bought their home.’
Developers Springfield Properties have now apologised for the sign and agreed to take it down.
Central managing director Peter Matthews said: ‘We are sorry the “residents only” sign at Bertha Park playpark has caused upset and confusion, resulting in some residents of the village feeling unwelcome.
‘We installed the sign after hearing concerns from residents of how busy the park had become.
‘While in normal circumstances, we would welcome everyone to enjoy our fantastic playpark, we felt that a reduction in crowds within the facility at this time would be good practice given wider Covid-19 guidance on social distancing.’
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