A housing company in charge of a new Bristol city centre development has ordered parents to stop their children playing outside their homes.
Families living in the Hop Store apartments in Finzels Reach – across the water from Castle Park – were left flummoxed after receiving a letter telling them the pedestrian and green spaces around the building were out of bounds to children playing.
The correspondence was sent by the housing association Liverty, who warned parents who do not comply with their demands that they would “take action”.
Bristol Live spoke to families living in the apartments who expressed their outrage at the ultimatum.
Upset at the circumstances that brought about the letter, the parents believe this latest communication is another example of how they are treated differently to the residents of the nearby privately rented apartment blocks.
Here is the letter from Liverty to residents in full, unabridged:
It has been brought to my attention a number of times over recent weeks, that children of residents and visitors to the Hop Store have been playing in the pedestrian areas between the Hop Store, Cask Store and Malt House.
Whilst I fully understand that when the weather is nice, your children want to play outside, it is increasingly causing a nuisance to other residents with hard balls hitting external walls, windows and doors.
Damage has also been caused to the well looked after flower beds and grassed areas outside which I think is a real shame.
I have also been informed that loud music is being played to an unacceptable level that is breaching the peace of other residents within the block and the wider community.
Both of these complains form a breach of the Tenancy Agreement with Liverty and the Head Lease regulations in place.
My manager and I have met with Finzels Reach staff, this is a sensitive subject and we have discussed this fully.
Having looked at the development, viewing photos/ CCTV of children in the flowerbeds, we are left with little choice than to ask the following:
- Ask your children not to play football in these areas, particularly using any part of the building as ‘goals’
- Explain to your children the nuisance this is causing, so that they understand why we are asking them not to play in these areas
- Do not use sit/ walk/ play on the grassed areas and flower beds to avoid damage. The costs of which can be passed on to tenants responsible
- Supervise your children at all times when they are within the vicinity of the Finzels Reach development
- May I also remind you that there is a bridge within walking distance of Hop Store that will take you directly onto Castle Park where your children can play in an open space
If this continues, I am left with no option than to take action against the tenancies of those concerned.
I have included the areas of the Head Lease and Tenancy Agreement that are being breached.
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