Katie, 8, hands in protest letter to town hall after pen-pushers threaten play gear grab

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AN outraged eight-year-old wrote a protest letter against council bureaucrats who want to remove her play equipment – and hand-delivered it to the town hall.

Katie Goldie, from Haddington, East Lothian, marched into the council offices with her handwritten letter on Monday.

She is furious that officials have demanded the removal of her trampoline and climbing frame from council-owned land outside her home.

Pen-pushers want the gear taken on the grounds that a child could get hurt and then take legal action against them.

Katie was so angered by the council's letter she took matters into her own hands.
Katie was so angered by the council’s letter she took matters into her own hands.

 

They sent a formal letter to Katie’s parents, Caroline and David, both 33, warning that if the play equipment was not removed, they would take it and charge them.

Feisty Katie overheard her parents talking about the warning and took matters into her own hands.

The feisty youngster penned this letter and personally handed it to the official who had written to her parents
The feisty youngster penned this letter and personally handed it to the official who had written to her parents

 

She took a piece of A4 paper and, in pink crayon, wrote: “A complaining from Katie Goldie.

“I think you should not MOVE the climbing frame or the trapling because We like all of that stuff and I would not Move them.”

The stern missive was signed: “Katie – I am a child that is complaining.”

The family say they don't have room in their own garden for the play equipment
The family say they don’t have room in their own garden for the play equipment

 

Caroline said: “She came up to me and said, ‘There’s my letter of complaint to the council mummy’.

“She told me she wanted to hand it in personally.”

The pair went to the main reception in Haddington, and the official who wrote the letter was summoned to explain herself.

Caroline said: “She couldn’t have been nicer but she looked a bit surprised and awkward telling an eight-year-old she couldn’t have her climbing frame.”

The council has so far refused to back down.

Caroline said: “Katie was quite shocked. I don’t think she understood the fact she had taken her complaint in and it hadn’t done anything.

Caroline said they had not put the equipment up in their own garden as it was too small, and they did not want to disturb their neighbors.

East Lothian Council fear they could be sued if people were hurt playing on the equipment
East Lothian Council fear they could be sued if people were hurt playing on the equipment

 

David, a machine operator, said: “I’m proud of Katie challenging the council on her own accord.”

Katie, a pupil at St Mary’s primary in Haddington, said: “I wrote the letter because I wanted to keep my stuff. I wrote it in pink and then I gave it to the council.

“The lady was telling me stuff and my mum was talking to her. She was a nice lady. I was kind of upset.

Katie can count on the support of her siblings
Katie can count on the support of her siblings

 

“I felt quite sad because I was thinking that we could keep it.”

A spokeswoman for East Lothian council said: “Items such as this left outside on public open space are available for anyone to access and if another person’s child was hurt, the liability could pass back to the Council if we had previously noted it on site and not removed it.

“We also have no means of ensuring the equipment is safe for use, and it doesn’t have any impact absorbing safety surface, so it can’t be left out for anyone to access.”

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