The Independent London Newspaper

 

Reclaim the streets for play

Published: 11 April, 2014
by NATALIE GIL

THERE'S not much open space for children to kick a ball about in Islington, but from this week their street could be opened up for an afternoon’s play.

Parents and carers can apply to have their street closed to traffic and turned into a “play street” for up to three hours a day.

Closures will be marshalled by community volunteers and residents are responsible for gaining local support for the temporary play street closures by door knocking, postering and leafleting.

Cllr Andy Hull, Islington Council’s executive member for finance and performance, said: “Many Islington families don’t have access to gardens, so creating a safe, fun play area on their doorstep is a great idea.

"We want to support these play streets and encourage communities to imagine what they could do in their road without cars.”

Play street information and the application process is available on the council’s website at: www.islington.gov.uk/playstreets

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