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This map shows the growing number of residents and councils who are helping children to play out more. We add information when we hear about activity happening on streets and in neighbourhoods.

You can find out what’s happening where you live and see whether there are other residents happy to give you support and advice. Our Local Authority Directory lists the areas where most change is happening. If you are already doing something on your street and it’s not yet on the map, please email us to let us know.

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Following a successful pilot in 2013 when 15 streets in Adur and Worthing became temporary play streets, residents in Adur and Worthing can now apply for up to 12 temporary road closures on days and times of their choosing.   If you live in Adur and Worthing and want to get your street playing out, you could join the local Facebook group  for ideas and support also ‘Adur and Worthing Playing Out’ community organisation is promoting and linking up residents who are interested in street play – more details on their website.

Before applying for a street closure, the council advises you to get in touch with their active communities officer Lucy Adams.

At the launch of the Play Streets pilot in 2013, the One Show came to visit a play street – you can watch it here and you can read about the extended scheme in the Worthing Daily.

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Playing Out and Growing Up: The Benefits of Freedom

If you’re the parent of a young child, I’ve got things to tell you now I’m out the other side. Yesterday my son Joe was playing out and today, he’s…

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Why can’t children just go to the park?

“Why can’t children just go to the park instead of playing in the street?” is a question that pops up everywhere from street meetings, to online comment threads and council…

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