In order to enable you to play out regularly, the local authority needs to put a road closure application process in place to allow residents to close their streets.
Check what’s happening already near you.
If your council isn’t already supporting play streets, you can see a list of good example council play street webpages to get an idea of what you’re aiming for.
We have lots of information for councils on our website to help authorities do this, but one of the most important factors is enthusiastic residents asking for it. We’ve included a template letter below, to help with this.
In some cases councils have introduced pilot scheme to allow the idea to happen on one or two streets first. Some local authority areas are harder to win over than others, but as the evidence mounts on the benefits of street play, and more and more councils are putting street play policies in place, it is getting easier and easier.
Kathryn Kay, Adur and Worthing playing out activator, advises: “Prove to your council that other streets are interested in playing out too. I think if it had just been me in Worthing, they wouldn’t have been so quick to act. I had a handful of people interested prior to the pilot”.
We are very happy to talk to your council too, and give them information, support and advice on helping residents to play out: email firstname.lastname@example.org