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Pattaya Daily News

06 July 2010 :: 17:07:00 pm 29433

The Land of No Children

Set in a landscaped countryside, Firhall Village was built on the outskirts of Nairn in the 1990’s, and comes with a lavishly fitted kitchen complete with integrated microwave and fridge freezer, ensuite shower room and family bathroom. It has the luxury of being within walking distance of two championship golf courses and easy reach of Inverness airport.
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This estate has been purpose built for the over 45’s and has practically everything any person could ever want with it’s well kept lawns, litter free driveways and pristine duck pond, except there is one drawback….it is a ‘no children zone.’

Rules in the deeds state that children under-16, rabbits, ducks, pigeons and bees are prohibited, but you can have one dog or cat per household. Any children under the age of 16 may visit along with a friend, but there is a time limit to their stay. They may visit for a maximum of three weeks at one time, with a total of three months in one year.

At the time of building, the developers were queried as to whether or not they thought it was practical or even desirable to insist on settlements where older people became segregated from society.

While many residents have retired, this is not a retirement village. The 45- 90’s are enjoying life too much to be bothered about what outsiders think or feel. For a yearly payment of 1000 pounds they receive unlimited use of the club house with library, a lounge and fitness room, trout fishing in the River Nairn and a program of social activities ranging from lunch parties to dancing.

You will not find a single skateboard, football or bike cluttering the place up, but what you will see are Mercedes, Porsches among others nestled in the parking bays. Many of the residents have grandchildren who go to visit, but in general, the residents relish the peace and tranquility of the place as they get older.

The US, Australia and New Zealand have tried and tested this program before the Firhall version  came about, and who insist the country style environment is for those of us who are active to enable us to live longer.

Later however, many people sold up after their sons and daughters left home and had children of their own, wanting to live somewhere without the restriction Firhall. When the first houses were built, the estate was run by the developers, but now that they have all been sold, the residents are in control, organizing the day to day running and management, but the rules of no children still stand as it has been legally set.

There was once a decision to build a play area for visiting children, but this never materialized.

Myfanawy Evans

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