Originated by Playing Out which is a parent and resident led movement restoring children’s freedom to play out in the streets and spaces where they live, for their health, happiness and sense of belonging Play Streets sessions allow groups of neighbours to temporarily close off their road so that children can play safely outside their homes and neighbours can get together.
The sessions typically last for up to 2 hours and have many benefits, including:
- encouraging children to play outdoors
- allowing adult neighbours to connect and interact
- promoting healthy living
- bringing communities together
To hold a Play Streets session you need to apply for a Temporary Play Streets Order (also known as an Events Road Closure Order). The order gives you permission to close your road for the purpose of children’s play. The road will be closed to vehicles but stay open to all pedestrians. You should submit an application, risk assessment and method statement at least 8 weeks before your planned Play Streets session. This allows Buckinghamshire Council to process the application and carry out any training.
To request an application form, email us at email@example.com. If you need help completing the form, contact the Play Streets Support Activator by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
You will need to notify your neighbours as not everyone may wish to take part in the Play Street so they will need to know when and where the sessions are happening. A risk assessment will also need to be completed along with a method statement with your application.
There is a wealth of knowledge and help available at the Playing Out website