Find out what’s happening where you live and if there are streets already playing out. We know that there are many active streets not listed here so please let us know of anything you are doing so we can add it to the map. You can also check our Local Authority Directory to see if your council has a street play policy yet.
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.
You can read more about the street play policy and download the application form on the Lewes District Council website.
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 2016 (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 and download the application form on the Lewes District Council website.
If you know of anything that has happened more recently in Lewes then please get in touch.
playingout posted this on 19/01/21
During the spring lockdown, researchers Alison Stenning and Wendy Russell explored play and playfulness at a street level. Here they share their initial findings. During the spring lockdown in the…
playingout posted this on 05/01/21
It is essential that children can get outside and be active, for their health and wellbeing. Last spring/summer, too many children were trapped indoors due to confusion about the rules….