Dad ordered to remove daughters swing set from garden for ridiculous reason

A dad was ordered to take down his daughter’s swing set from his garden in case other children played on it.

Tony Carter, 42, was forced to tear down the climbing frame after the council warned it could pose a threat to neighbourhood kids.

Despite standing behind a fence, Canterbury City Council said the swing set was in front of a communal garden on an estate.

Tony, from Herne Bay, Kent, claims even his offer to unclip the swings when they were not being used by daughter Marnie was turned down.

He said: “The flat is ground floor on a main road but there is a fence about three-and-a-half feet tall around it.

“We got permission two years ago that we could have the swings up but we received a call from the council saying we have to take them down.”

Despite there being a fence, the swings are in front of a communal garden

He continued: “They say if kids jump over the fence and go on them and hurt themselves the council will be responsible.

“Unless we can supervise the swings the whole time, we have to remove them.

“It’s ridiculous. They won’t compromise either – I asked if I could just unhook the swings each night but they said the whole frame has to come down.”

Tony says his four-year-old daughter Marnie Sparks-Carter was in floods of tears when her toy was taken away because she used to love playing on them with her pals.

He added: “Her and her little mates love going on those swings and now they can’t.

“Marnie was really upset, she doesn’t understand why they need to be taken down.

“I just told her it’s because it’s muddy and cold outside.”

Tony was forced to tear down the climbing frame after the council warned it could pose a threat

Tony has taken a swipe at the overly-cautious council, who even made him remove a shallow paddling pool from outside the flat, where Marnie lives with her mum.

He said: “We had a paddling pool out there once too and we were told we couldn’t have that out there either unless it was supervised the whole time.”

An East Kent Housing spokesman says the swings are in an area of communal garden.

They added: “We have therefore advised the tenant that she can have them up provided her children are using them on a supervised basis, and that she must remove them when they are not in use.

“This is because the council’s insurance would not cover any accidents if the swings were to be used by others.”

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