Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Be SEEIN' Ya, Kids

But not hearing you play, in Belgium:

A group of disgruntled neighbours won a Kortrijk Court ruling on 10 January, banning the Flemish city of Menen from allowing playground activities organised by the youth centre Hoeve Delaere in the city district of Lauwe.

The court based its ruling on the fact the playground is situated in a residential area and banned all organised activities from taking place there during school holidays.

....After the Kortrijk Court ruling was made public this week, Flemish Youth Minister Bert Anciaux angrily warned that "if you equate playground activities to neighbourhood nuisance that is the end of society".

Anciaux said he will pursue legislative change to remove child activities from strict noise pollution environmental laws.

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