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School axes break in noise dispute

A school has been criticised after it cancelled play break and banned hard ball games after neighbours complained to the council about noise.

Barlby Community Primary School in North Yorkshire has also put up a soundproof fence because it fears a noise abatement order.

The school said the measures are "regrettable" but necessary to prevent the chance of a notice being served.

Some parents are unhappy about the move, which was also criticised by the organisation Play England.

The measures were put in place after some neighbours contacted environmental health officials.

The school's afternoon outside break has now been cancelled, and other breaks have been staggered so fewer children are in the playground at the same time.

Parents were also told in a letter that hard ball games are being cancelled.

One parent, named as Sharon, told BBC Radio York: "You have got to let your children play when they are studying hard.

"I think the school are doing everything they can to resolve the problem, but at the end of the day my son and his friends enjoy playing outside."

Adrian Voce, director of Play England, said: "We're concerned that children are losing the freedom to simply be children."


From Belfast Telegraph