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

You can find out what’s happening where you live and see whether there are others doing things locally who are 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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Residents in Coventry can apply for road closures for street play up to once a week.  The details of the application process is here and you can download the application form.

The first street to close was Harewood Road in August 2014, street organiser Siobhán  explained “I’ve lived here for nearly 8 years. Although our street isn’t a main road, it is a through road and the children just don’t play outside. When I saw Coventry City Council’s advertised Play Streets initiative, I wanted to give my girls the chance to play safely and meet new friends on our doorstep. I know my immediate neighbours but in the last few weeks, while setting up the event, I’ve met even more and everyone has been so supportive. These kind of initiatives are about more than just playing, it is about communities and people coming together. On the day, the atmosphere was just so lovely. It was delightful watching children make new friends, hearing giggles from children playing out and even watching the adults play too.”

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