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Parents told to stop children drawing in chalk on pavements at new estate

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A BAN on children drawing hopscotch grids on the pavements at a new estate in Scotland has been overturned — after furious parents jumped up and down.

The fun and games started in Bishopbriggs, in East Dunbartonshire, when property managing company Speirs Gumley sent a letter saying the markings ‘detract from the overall appearance of the development’ and parents should stop children making them.

Mum-of-two Lynsey Dolan, 42, replied: ‘I don’t think we’ll be telling them to stop having fun.’ Mum-of-one Suzanne Mitchell, 33, added: ‘It’s a joke. There are bigger issues that make this area look worse than chalk.’

Donald Macdonald, chairman of the Woodhill Residents Group, sarcastically replied: ‘We can’t have children having any fun — you never know where it’s going to lead. It could be fun one day and then enjoyment the next. It’s a slippery slope.’ He added that families were attracted by the area’s good schools and children should be ‘encouraged to play outdoors’.

Yesterday, Iain Friel, managing director of Speirs Gumley, said the letter was in ‘poor judgment’, especially as it supports local charity Peek (Play for Each and Every Kid), which advocates children learning through play.

He said ‘common sense should have prevailed’ and it would be issuing an apology to residents.