• Text size      
  • Send this article to a friend
  • Print this article

Tread carefully on parks

Glasgow City Council's consultation on the use of public parks has got off to a shaky start to say the least.

First, there was concern about a proposed rule to keep dogs on leads at all times. Now parents are worried about plans to change how nurseries and other children's groups use the parks.

Gillian Robertson of the West Central Childcare Forum, which represents nurseries in the west end of Glasgow, is among those who have criticised a proposed rule that would require kindergartens and other childcare groups to seek written permission before using a park. As Ms Robertson points out, with a trip outdoors being so dependent on the weather in Scotland, it would be unrealistic to expect nursery staff to seek permission every time they wanted to take children to the park.

But, even worse, the council's proposals appear to place an obstacle in the way of the important objective of helping children to play outdoors as much as possible. The benefits for children of learning, and playing, in the fresh air are also well known.

The council is right to encourage the responsible use of the city's parks. But it must careful not to discourage those who have most to gain from them.

Contextual targeting label: 
Families

Commenting & Moderation

We moderate all comments on HeraldScotland on either a pre-moderated or post-moderated basis.
If you're a relatively new user then your comments will be reviewed before publication and if we know you well and trust you then your comments will be subject to moderation only if other users or the moderators believe you've broken the rules

Moderation is undertaken full-time 9am-6pm on weekdays, and on a part-time basis outwith those hours. Please be patient if your posts are not approved instantly.

208382