Published: 7 February, 2014
by ALINA POLIANSKAYA
THE Liberal Democrats have called on the Labour-controlled council to do more to provide opportunities for children to play safely in the street.
It follows a successful “Play Street” day in Canning Road, Highbury, in December, when roads were closed to traffic for two hours.
The event was arranged by parents and supported by Lib Dem councillors. Now they say the council is increasing the cost of licences to close roads.
The price for a temporary street closure currently stands at £3,400, but Islington Council say this does not apply to residents, only to commercial companies.
Lib Dem councillor Terry Stacy, who was a steward at the Canning Road Street Play day, said: “The council should be doing all it can to make it easier to organise more Play Street days, not putting people off with bureaucracy, paper-chasing and extortionate costs to close the road to traffic for a couple of hours.”
Councillor Andy Hull, executive member for finance and performance, said: “We think Play Streets are a great idea. We are on the case figuring out how to make it easy, cheap, safe and legal to run a Play Street. We have a meeting about it later this month.”