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Smaller pitches a big problem

Concerns over ‘retrograde step’ for outdoor areas

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In 1979, Margaret Thatcher became the first female prime minister, a portly George Best was playing for Hibs and Sony released its iconic and eye-wateringly expensive portable cassette player, the Walkman.

It was also in 1979 that regulations on school premises in Scotland were last updated, having first been published in 1967. Now, they are being refreshed.

While issues such as gender-neutral toilets are gathering support, one area is proving contentious: the size of outdoor play areas.

Back in the 1970s, outdoor areas generally equated to grass playing fields. Now, however, synthetic ...

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