Tyranny of the NIMBYs
September 17, 2010 11 Comments
First they came for the motor racing, but you didn’t speak out, because you weren’t a motor racing enthusiast.
Then they came for the chiiiiilldreeeen’s playtime. You’re fucking paying attention now, aren’t you?
A school has reluctantly banned hard-ball games and reduced pupil numbers in outdoor breaks after neighbours complained about "excessive" noise.
Boisterous children have played in the grounds of Barlby primary school, near Selby in North Yorkshire, for more than a century, but governors say that modern legislation has forced the move.
Three nearby residents have complained repeatedly to Selby district council, and the school feared that a noise abatement order might follow, imposing more severe restrictions.
Well, look. I don’t have kids. Hell, I can’t even stand the grotty little sods. But I’m speaking out. Do you see?
Three people – fucking three! – complained about the noise of children playing. In a school playground. That’s been a school playground for more than 100 years.
And the school has to roll over because of stupid NIMBY-loving laws – probably brought in by Labour, but the other lot are just as big a bunch of cunts, so it’s a moot point.
Or perhaps the school could have had more robust legal advice? And just who are these three people who seem to be able to make the world bend their will? What is it I should know?