A petition lodged with MSPs has called for the regulation of residential trampolines.
Petitioner Stacey Clarke said a licensing scheme should be put in place with the consent of nearby neighbours required before one can be erected.
Ms Clarke said the system should be operated by councils, with rules on the hours of usage of the trampolines, the height at which they stand to protect neighbours’ privacy and their size.
She did not gather comments or signatures for the petition.
She wrote: “These trampolines, whilst a source of fun for children, have become a misery for millions of neighbours who cannot enjoy their outside space, and privacy is impacted by the ability to see into their gardens.
“Whilst lockdown has resulted in increased play, and children need to be able to play, the uprising of trampolines with no regulations often results in eyesores rusting away in gardens, but more importantly the noise and privacy issues they bring.
“By bringing in some regulations around the ownership of these items, it will help to ensure that anyone who owns one has been granted a licence (like with planning permission) and that neighbours have had the chance to agree before one is erected.”
The petitioner added: “It would be appreciated if some regulations could be implemented in order to allow ALL property owners to enjoy their outside space, in agreement with all neighbours.”
MSPs on the Public Petitions Committee agreed to write to local government minister Kevin Stewart on the issue.
The Scottish Government was asked for its response to the petition, which was submitted in July, but did not respond in time for Thursday’s meeting.
Despite the agreement that the committee writes to Mr Stewart, convener Johann Lamont said the system proposed by the petitioner “does appear to be costly and not necessarily effective”.
She added: “It feels over-regulated at a time where we’re wanting young people to go out and do healthy things.
“I’m not sure you can legislate for that type of managing of neighbour disputes, it quite often requires a lot of diplomacy on behalf of local agencies.
“That tension between how people live in communal space when of course we want young people to take exercise is evident.”
The convener also rebuked the Scottish Government’s lack of response to the petition, saying: “I think this is a good example of why we would quite like the Scottish Government to respond before a petition, because we’re now having to write to the minister for local government for information that would have helped inform our first thinking in this.”
Tory MSP Tom Mason suggested writing to a UK-wide trampolining body to hear views on the petition.