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Five-year-old "evicted" from her playhouse

By Tandridge Mirror  |  Posted: June 20, 2013

  • Five-year-old "evicted" from her playhouse

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LITTLE Scarlett Cox looks crestfallen after being "evicted" from her Wendy House by the council.

The five-year-old was given the splendid-looking house for her last birthday – but a "pathetic" decision by planning officers means she can no longer have the den in the garden of her home in Auckland Road, Caterham, which is communal and owned by Tandridge District Council.

Mother Nicola received a letter from the council last month saying that the Wendy House and a trampoline must be removed from the garden by July 10 on health and safety grounds.

Miss Cox told the Mirror: "It just seems so pathetic and petty. We bought it as a surprise present for Scarlett's fifth birthday last year.

"We fitted it out with carpets and curtains, and painted it in bright colours.

"Scarlett was so excited when she first saw it – she almost cried with joy.

"She would sit with her friends in her new house after school, and have her dinner in there."

She said her neighbours' kids used to love playing in the garden too. There were also swings and slides out there until they were removed in spring.

She added: "We're all being told we should get kids active and out in the fresh air, yet their play equipment is being taken away.

"We four neighbours suggested to the council we could draw up a legal document saying we would exclude the council from any responsibility if there were any injuries, but they don't seem to want to know."

Scarlett simply said: "I feel really sad it's going. It was my birthday present."

A spokeswoman for Tandridge District Council said: "The trampoline and Wendy House have been placed on land which is owned by the council and should be available to all leaseholders to use.

"We have not given permission for the land to be used in this way and we cannot risk anyone being injured on the land.

"We would not consider a joint waiver because it would still be our land and our responsibility and open to anyone to use, which means we would be liable for any health and safety issues."

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  • DixieLe  |  June 24 2013, 1:40PM

    I actually thought this was wind up! And I agree with dena1958dp, can't the council make some sort of agreement? Are they really that heartless to get rid of a little girls play house?? Not like shes built a castle in her back garden I mean jeez get over it! SAVE THE PLAYHOUSE!!! :)

  • dena1958dp  |  June 22 2013, 12:22PM

    shame on you tandridge council how could you take the wendy house away. i am sure if the council wanted they could come to an agreement that would suit everybody.save scarletts house that is what we should do

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  • barrie07  |  June 20 2013, 9:20PM

    I feel sorry for scarlett ,I bought one for my kids and it is the best thing I bought them and at least I know where they are I just hope mine doesn't have to go.I can't see what the problem is if the parents are willing to have the responsibility if anything happens.what can happen it's just a shed

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