Sheffield families banned from trampoline for ‘health and safety’

Children from one Sheffield housing estate might not be able to use their trampoline due to health and safety reasons. Photo: Dan Hobson.

Children from one Sheffield housing estate might not be able to use their trampoline due to health and safety reasons. Photo: Dan Hobson.

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Parents claim it’s health and safety ‘gone mad’ after a Sheffield housing provider threatened to remove their children’s trampoline – because it’s too dangerous.

Families living in West View Lane, Totley, clubbed together £200 to buy a trampoline for all children in the neighbourhood two weeks ago.

Totley parents claim it's health and safety gone mad after they were told to remove a trampoline by their housing provider. Photo: Dan hobson

Totley parents claim it's health and safety gone mad after they were told to remove a trampoline by their housing provider. Photo: Dan hobson

But on Friday, parents claim housing provider The Guinness Partnership insisted they take down the trampoline – and threatened to remove it themselves if the parents didn’t comply.

Despite the warning, parents are standing firm.

Mum-of-two Allison Allette, aged 33, said: “Ten families all contributed £10 so our children have something to do during the summer holidays. There’s nothing else for young children to do around here and we don’t want them sat inside all summer.

“We, as parents, feel the trampoline is safe and that should be all that matters. This is just health and safety gone mad.”

Children from one Sheffield housing estate might not be able to use their trampoline due to health and safety reasons. Photo: Dan Hobson.

Children from one Sheffield housing estate might not be able to use their trampoline due to health and safety reasons. Photo: Dan Hobson.

Mum-of-two Helen Gee, 48, said the children had a different trampoline for three years without any bother.

She said: “I can’t see why it’s a problem now. They are denying the children something to fun and active to do because they’re scared of getting sued. It’s ridiculous.”

Kieron Baker, dad-of-two, said: “This trampoline is not even dangerous. I cannot understand why they are being so unfair and unreasonable.”

A spokesperson for The Guinness Partnership said they would be working with parents to look at ‘other options’ for children.

Totley parents claim it's health and safety gone mad after they were told to remove a trampoline by their housing provider. Photo: Dan hobson

Totley parents claim it's health and safety gone mad after they were told to remove a trampoline by their housing provider. Photo: Dan hobson

They said: “We understand some residents will be disappointed we can’t allow a trampoline in a communal garden, but their health and wellbeing is our main priority.

“We’ve explained that the trampoline is unstable because it’s positioned on a slope... We’ve also apologised for any confusion caused by us not asking them to remove the one they had some years ago. We understand that children want to play outside during the holidays, but we also need to make sure they do so safely.”

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