I am a resident in Redhill and, unlike Mr Simon Owen Khoo Kim San ("Let kids have a place to play football"; last Thursday), I am relieved that football is no longer being played on the grass patch downstairs.
Playing football at that green patch poses two problems for nearby residents.
First, as the area is not meant for playing football, the grass patch has become bald in parts after many months and looks unsightly among the surrounding greenery.
Second, as the grass patch is not a proper area for football, there are no barriers to prevent the ball from hitting residents who are in the vicinity.
In fact, I have observed multiple occasions where there were near misses.
There are proper places where football can be played safely for both the players and residents.
Sports Singapore has opened up football fields in schools for public use, and there are two schools in our neighbourhood.
Cheng Ming Kang