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See how the street play movement is growing across the UK

We’re adding a pin for every area where parents, residents, a community organisation or the council (and ideally, all of them together) are starting to change things for children through play streets and related ideas. The movement is growing! See what’s happening near you by entering the name of your local authority (council) in the box below. Tell us if you want to get something started in your area – or if there’s anything to add to our map!

 

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What’s happening in Cambridgeshire?

Residents in Cambridgeshire can close their streets for play, as reported in Cambridge News on 6th August 2017.

A Cambridgeshire County Council spokeswoman said: “The county council is committed to supporting communities across Cambridgeshire in confidently allowing their children to safely get outside to play.

“Our officers have been working with parents and our highways team to revise the paperwork for temporary road closures to help make the process easier for parents, while also offering guidance on safely implementing road closures.

“The council fully supports the Playing Out scheme as a way to encourage children to get outside in the fresh air and be active, particularly over the summer.”

Guidance notes and application forms are available here.

In January 2020 Cambridgeshire Live published this article, reporting councillors expressing support for a petition calling on the county council to reduce the ‘barriers’ and make it easier for street play closures!

Have a listen to this lovely radio piece on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, with children skipping and playing in the background while discussing why playing out is such a great idea!

If you’d like to discuss playing out on your street, you can email Paul Connelly (Youth and Community Coordinator at Cambridgeshire Council).

 

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