Q519: Can ball games be legally played on a public road?

Aside from the legal issues it is not safe for children to play on roads, however quiet they may be. This can also cause a nuisance for lots of people in the area who are wary of driving down the street for fear of knocking over a child, or who are getting their cars damaged.

It is an offence to play ball games on a public road if it is to the annoyance of road users. It is likely that ball games played on a public road will be to the immediate annoyance of road users. It is also a breach of bye-laws to play ball games to the annoyance of those living near by.

If this is going on in your street, then contact your local neighbourhood policing team who will be able to offer advice and assistance.

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