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Perhaps it's just me getting old, but what's with this new craze of having a kids trampoline in your back garden?

We will live in pleasant, suburban area where detached four bedroom houses and big(ish) gardens are the norm as a result we fully expect there to be kids knocking around and a modicum of noise emanating from said kids.

Bouncing up and down peering over the fence...

We came home the other day having done a hard day's graft at the office, looking forward enjoy one of those rare summer evenings and to a nice relaxing alfresco dinner, to find a rather large construction protruding over the fence between our house and our next door neighbours.  Fine, says me until two rather large and extremely noisy children were bouncing up and down peering over the fence watching me as I prepared our dinner in the kitchen.

Kids trampoline in the back garden Kids will be kids trampoline or not, I said to myself; despite feeling somewhat uncomfortable and continued to ignore the raucous laughter and gawking, half wishing I was their age again!!  That was until we sat down for our nice alfresco dinner, during which the kids continued to jump higher and higher and higher whilst looking over at us, laughing loudly, pointing at us and commenting to us on what we were eating in VERY loud voices.  This needless to say left us feeling discomfited enough for us to waste the rare summer evening and go indoors to finish our dinner.

What I want to know is:-

Where has this craze come from all of a sudden?
Why oh why do parents insist on putting up these trampoline right next to their neighbours fence or a road?
Does anyone else feel that trampolines are an intrusion of privacy or is it just me? and...
What should I do?

By: Lottie


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Lyndsay7

Lyndsay7

There is a law called 'Invasion of Privacy'. I have the same problem with a 10ft high by 15ft diameter trampoline right up against my fence and had to go to my Lawyer who is taking on my case.
05/03 Lyndsay7
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Pig

Pig

My neighbour has the trampoline right at the edge of the fence and their two children and herself are all shouting about and looking in and when the sun is shining - I close my blinds and I can still see the shadows in my house with them jumping up and down. There is no privacy at all. We have small gardens and I will not approach my neighbours as they are the most rude and selfish people I have come across. They are not worth speaking to but if we do sell our house this will put potential buyers off.
Has there been a petition set up - I am sure if we all got together and signed the petition we could get somewhere? They should be only be allowed in large gardens and positioned away from houses or not at all. How many children have been injured on them during lockdown wasting NHS time and money. Why should we put up with their noise and invading our privacy - we have a small garden which we are unable to use. They do not take into consideration that people could be working shifts or they are seriously ill.
What do other people think about setting up a petition for a ban on trampolines in small gardens/yards?
22/02 Pig
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jester104

jester104

Completely agree we have no privacy and the noise of screaming kids makes our garden unusable
13/09 jester104
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Smee

Smee

It is an evasion of your privacy and it not allowed
Report them to your environmental health department
01/09 Smee
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Titi’s Babyox

Titi’s Babyox

Completely agree that trampolines should be banned in UK gardens. They are a hazard and a nuisance to be quite honest. And no I’m not the grumpy man who hates the kids next door. I’m a mum to 4 boys and was given a trampoline during lockdown (never thought of one prior because our garden is quite small, uneven and my boys are little football lads) but me and my husband have actually dismantled since (for reasons like practicality and space) but also including the grim fact that noise my boys were making on it and their behaviour was just completely unacceptable. Bearing in mind we live in a small terraced house with small gardens with neighbours on both sides and 2 at the back. I’m always wary of how much noise they’re making so I let them
out to play in the garden from 11am-4pm because know they’re super loud even without a trampoline or any balls or toys for that matter and even though only they get about 5 hours a day in the garden that was enough to make both my neighbours and one at the back complain. Prior to lockdown we all got along fine for well over 8 years but now all my neighbours really seem to resent me and my kids which is such a shame and quite upsetting. I honestly think some parents are down right assholes when it comes to trampolines and are rude to just blindly let their kids carry on. Like if you MUST have a trampoline at least move it well away from your neighbour’s boundary wall/ fence and position it out of the way where your kids can’t see into houses of even directly into gardens. Deffo not worth falling out with your neighbours over. Better still ban them altogether ( the trips to A&E during COVID times really ain’t worth it...)
19/08 Titi’s Babyox
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Its a passion

Its a passion

Oh bore off
05/08 Its a passion
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AJS

AJS

In my case, it's not the small child who's the problem, it's the adult father. Iv'e told him that continually seeing his head and shoulders peering into my kitchen and back garden is an invasion of my privacy. I politely asked him if he would move the 12ft monster further back from my regulatory 2m rear fence to at least stop him peering over the fence. Unfortunately, it's fallen on deaf ears and the moron continues ruin our privacy. I've now in the process of installing free standing trellis screens and rapid climbing plants.
09/07 AJS
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Lindiloo

Lindiloo

That’s fine if you look after your children but I have neighbours who just drink and smoke while their children do whatever they want and yes the sound of the trampoline squeaking and thudding plus the children screaming is a nightmare
29/06 Lindiloo
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grumpyoldwoman

grumpyoldwoman

Desperate, what about your mental state? Could you get your doctor to put you on anti-depressants because of the stress, and then complain again? Good luck!
21/05 grumpyoldwoman
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Desperate.

Desperate.

@peed off, Yes I know how you feel. We have a DIY moron living next door suffering with OCD. Twelve years of manic drilling, banging, sawing, etc. Council cannot do anything because of his mental state, even when they try talking to him. Where's the justice?
21/05 Desperate.
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peed off

peed off

I hate the damn things, our neighbours have had one rotting away for the last 6 years at least, that doesn't stop the kids, now teenagers, noisily bouncing every evening, after a day of god awful music whilst splashing in the paddling pool. We were hoping the trampoline had lived out its life but now the mother is looking for a new one, add the forever barking dog to the mix and you can see the summer I'm in for
20/05 peed off
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Moan

Moan

My neighbor did the same thing. I wanted to report them to their homeowners insurance company but apparently there is no way of finding out who is the company.
08/05 Moan
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Fedup

Fedup

I’ve the same problems and the answer you can’t do anything. Local police told me it’s their garden and they can put a trampoline anywhere they like.
05/05 Fedup
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Ilovetrampolines

Ilovetrampolines

So glad I don’t live near any of you miserable bastards.
02/05 Ilovetrampolines
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Annoyed

Annoyed

Win 1975 must have kids that use a trampoline and yes re coved 19 we are totally in lockdown and would like to de-stress in this very stressful time
25/04 Annoyed
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