A TENANT has hit out at a housing company who threatened a family with removing their trampoline.

A2dominion wrote a letter to residents of Vicarage Court, Banbury, expressing ‘zero tolerance’ to bulky items in communal areas.

The company said they would remove and dispose of the items, including a large trampoline, which led to the owner having to sell the children’s toy.

It comes as tenants in Cutteslowe were told their trampolines and paddling pools would be seized by the council today over health and safety concerns.

A Vicarage Court resident said: “I was disappointed play equipment in a communal area about 30 feet from any buildings was considered a fire hazard.

“Lots of families with small children benefited from this equipment and a2 have been pretty unfair in their treatment of tenants that improved the bare communal areas for not just their own children, but the children of their neighbours too.”

Neighbourhood Officer Charlotte Sugden’s letter gave residents around six weeks to remove the items.

The resident said that ‘all but three of the block of 12 flats contain families with young children’.

Director of housing Dawn Wightman said: “We regret having to ask residents to remove the trampoline and thank them for complying. We have a responsibility to ensure communal areas are free from fire and safety hazards.

“We have suggested ways our residents can apply for funding for a play area, or similar, in the space.”