Playing Out sessions use temporary road closures to allow children to play freely and safely in their own street.
How does it work?
In partnership with the Highways department, a ‘Temporary Play Street Order’ is granted to allow streets to ‘close’ for a short period. The street is manned by volunteer marshals who live down the street, safely allowing vehicles to slowly enter and exit, ensuring that people can still gain vehicle access during the session. Sessions normally last 1-3 hours and can be as regular as suits the street; weekly, monthly etc. Before a closure can be granted, the whole street must be consulted with and any concerns carefully considered.
How do I set up a Playing Out session in my street?
Emma is available to answer any questions that you may have and support throughout the process. Emma will check with the Highways department that your street is suitable.
Step 2) Consult with your street.
Once you know that you street is suitable, you need to consult with your street. A letter must be posted through every door in your street and any concerns must be considered. A letter template is available. Don’t forget to try and recruit stewards whilst you’re speaking to residents. They’re essential for ensuring a safe play environment!