Shocked mum receives threatening note from neighbour over her children’s noisy street play.

A Sydney resident has written an angry letter to neighbours asking them not to let any of their kids play in the street as they are too noisy, reported 7 news.

The anonymous author of the letter said residents in the street, in the south-eastern Sydney suburb of Kingsford, had lost their “peace, independence and quietness” as a result of the noise.

“We are kindly requesting you in a nice way to help all of us to live in peace and quiet in our street,” the letter said.

Recommending parents take their children to a park rather than play in the street, the frustrated Sydney resident said letting them play outside was “not the Australian way”.

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“We all bought (sic) up kids not in the way you doing it, it is not the Australian way, it was always wrong in the past, it is wrong, illegal and dangerous.

“If you like your kids and their friends to play and enjoy their car and all other different toys take them to a park, there are plenty around us.

“We can’t live (sic) our front door open because of the noise from the small car, screaming and yelling any time of the day in front of our houses.

“I hope this letter will bring back the silence we used (sic) and entitled to, and that we all can live in harmony and have our rights respected.”

One neighbour, shocked by the letter, said none of the issues raised are valid and the complaining resident shows no understanding of “the Australian way”.

“I can’t think of anything more Australian than kids enjoying open spaces close to their homes,” said the anonymous neighbour in response.

“The street is full of lovely families and their kids. Maybe whoever wrote this should try and fit in with the majority rather than whinge about kids playing nearby.

“Or maybe they should just move out.

“We won’t stop our kids playing near their homes. In fact we might hold a street party to make some noise. Whoever doesn’t want to come will just have to close their windows.”

Oh gosh! I am SURE my neighbours feel the same way at times, but kids have a right to play in their own neighbourhood, surely?!

Do you have very tolerant neighbours?

Share your comments below

  • Compromise is good – let the kids play but try to keep the noise down, maybe?


  • Playing outside is fine but do they need to be in the street? That’s probably not the safest place either. How about the backyard?


  • OMG what is the world coming to when children cant play outside for fear of upsetting the neighbours… some people need to get a life


  • Certainly is the Australian way! We had to play outside till dinner time. Usually riding bikes or roller skates/boards with majority of kids in my street it was great to catch up with friends. But there’s always one in every street who complains. I remember her well, we all knew not to hang around near her house. This lady would hunt us down to verbal us. As I grew up I became friends with her and found out she was a very lonely old lady who just wanted somebody to talk too.


  • Parents can’t win these days, everything they do seems to be wrong. I grew up playing in the street with the other neighbourhood kids, as did all my friends. Completely normal. Why does everyone feel so entitled to whinge about every single little thing??


  • There are times when playing in the quiet streets can be annoying. If parks are there, they should be used. My children are lucky as they have all had plenty of backyard to play in and stayed out of the streets. Have had some complaints from neighbours about noises and children can get really noisy. Just talk to the neighbours and find out what the problem is.


  • This is sad…. let kids be kids. This is why I live in the country!


  • kids are just being kids. if you don’t like it then move! of course people have to have consideration for their neighbours but how are you supposed to keep kids quiet? i would just be happy that the kids are happy and playing and not breaking windows or worse


  • These people need to move to the country when I have no neighbors and no noise apart from the birds and nature. Although then they would probably complain the birds are too loud ha ha Ha.
    I think they need to just chill out a bit. I’m very lucky that I have fantastic neighbors and I feel for those people who don’t have neighbors as nice as mine


  • Lol. Kids playing is soooo much better than teenager’s parties. This person needs to move to a rural property. Then they can quiet all they like with no neighbours.


  • Because of my age, playing in the street was the Australian way, mum was always telling us to go out and play, all the kids enjoyed playing together, I would like to see my grandchildren outside playing than inside on computers


  • What about when the “children” are teenage boys playing cricket in the street and hitting cars? And there’s a park less than three minutes walk away! And, if you were to go out and complain, you could probably expect some retribution rather than an apology – that’s what I have to deal with. Often times people feel helpless when confronted with irresponsible neighbours.


  • Obviously the complainers have bigger issues and want to take it out on innocent kids. Would they rather the kids be locked up and glued to technology screens? Surely the sound can’t be that bad. Maybe they should wear earmuffs? haha


  • It’s sad how intolerant people can be !
    We have a little girl with Down Syndrome who likes to run off, so we lock our door. One day she ran off and after touching a metal fences, touched with slightly chalky hands touched the car of our neighbor and left a handprint. He was furious !
    Imagine losing your cool because of a toddler with Down Syndrome leaves a handprint on your car….

    • A horrible experience for your daughter :( This is not something that would bother me – but messy play should be encouraged. Chalk does wash off and it would not have been deliberate.

      • Just for some chalk? It’s not as she put a nail in the car. Absolutely not nice!!

      • No, not deliberate at all, my daughter doesn’t have a clue. I just find it very sad that people are so intolerant and cold in their reactions…

      • I agree with you – people need to be tolerant. It makes the world a much better and nicer place. Thank you for sharing the photo – such a beautiful child; and mum and daughter photo. :)

      • The picture is amazing indeed. She looks like such a happy child!! :-)


  • oh I can’t wait to see the response if they throw a street party – this person with their bad English should maybe just by some noise cancelling headphones and enjoy quiet and ignorant bliss each and every day while the kids enjoy being kids and growing up like we did as kids


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