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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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Hackney was the second area of the country to adopt playing out sessions in a big way. There are currently over 30 streets that have regular sessions.  The council is very supportive of street play and residents can apply, free of charge, for temporary road closures up to once a week.  Applications are made on a simple form and residents need to collect signatures on a petition.  Applications for closures must be received by a fixed deadline, during 2015 these are 31 January, 30 April, 30 June and 31 October. You can also download this guidance for Hackney residents
consulting on and applying for a Play Street produced by Hackney Play Association.

If you live in Hackney and are interested in getting playing out sessions going where you live, you can contact Claudia Draper who is the co-ordinator for Hackney Playing Out, a Hackney Play Association project funded by Hackney Council and in partnership with Playing Out CIC. You could also join the Hackney Facebook group to get in touch with others interested in street play in the borough.

Hackney Gazette covered the launch of the Hackney play streets.

Watch this wonderful heart-warming film about Hackney Play Streets made by Hackney Council and Hackney Play Association and produced by Motherbrown films. The film features children, parents, carers, stewards, teachers and drivers and shows the benefits of playing out in the street spaces across the borough.

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