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Selby noise row school lifts ban on ball games

The soundproof fence at the school
Image caption A soundproof fence has been put up at the school to reduce noise levels

A school has lifted a ban on ball games after receiving "overwhelming " support in a row with neighbours over noise levels.

Barlby Community School, near Selby, also cancelled its outside break and put up a soundproof fence after complaints about "excessive" noise.

Children were sent home with a letter on Wednesday informing parents of the school's decision to lift the ban.

The school said e-mails of support had come from as far afield as China.

Governor Suzanne Douglas said: "The children are happy and the parents are happy.

"That's our main goal, to educate the children in nice surroundings and to do that we have got to have happy kids and happy parents."

Noise assessment

The ban on ball games and revised break times was put in place after some neighbours contacted environmental health officials.

At the time the school said the decision was "regrettable" but necessary to prevent the chance of a noise abatement notice being served.

Selby District Council is carrying out an assessment of noise levels over the next month.

Mrs Douglas said the school would review its position again once the results of that assessment were revealed on 8 October.

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