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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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After a trial play street policy which ran during the summer of 2016, Lewes District Council decided in September 2016 to extend this policy throughout their area. Residents in towns and villages across the district can apply to close their streets for play for up to three hours a fortnight, within daylight hours.

Cllr Tony Nicholson, Lead Member for Customers and Partners at Lewes District Council said at the time of the trial,

Following a request from residents in Lewes interested in running regular playing out sessions in their street, we want to make it easy for parents and neighbours to apply to close their road and turn it into a play out area. I’m sure people can remember the benefits of playing out in the street many years ago and the strong community spirit it fostered between neighbours and parents. By running this trial for a few months throughout the summer, with the help of parents and neighbours who have requested street play in their road, we will be able to devise a process that works for all.”

The Sussex Express carried an article about the pilot and BBC Radio Sussex covered the story in September (second part of the interview here) and interviewed a Lewes resident who is a keen supporter of street play. You can read more about the street play policy on the Lewes District Council website here and apply here. Judy Mackerras is the Lewes District Council contact for anyone wanting advice about applying under the street play policy. Judy can be reached by email judy.mackerras@lewes.gov.uk or by phone 01273 484351.

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