Play streets

Play streets

The Play Streets scheme is aimed at letting children play out where they live in a safe, traffic-free place.

It means that, for a short period of time, your street can be closed to through traffic, providing it’s not a main road, bus route or emergency vehicle route.

You can hold a Play Streets event in your street between April and the end of October but you have to apply in advance.

Before you apply you must let your neighbours know about your plans to hold a Play Street in case anyone has an objection. 

You must send your application to us at least 8 weeks in advance of when you want your Play Street to take place so please allow plenty of time to prepare.


What are the benefits of having a Play Streets event?

There are lots of good reasons to have a Play Streets event.

It’s a chance for your kids to play out in a safe traffic-free area where they can enjoy games, sports, skipping, cycling, hopscotch, playing tag – you name it!

As well as helping children to be more active it also means they’ll get to spend time with their friends, and maybe make new ones.

And it’s not just the children who can join in – adults can get involved as well, meaning you get to spend time having fun with your kids and getting to know your neighbours. 

Play Streets can take place regularly or can be one-off events if you prefer.


How can I apply?

Applications for Play Streets are paused at the moment while we are reviewing how best to support the programme.  However, you can register your interest by completing this short form: Play Streets Register of Interest.

We will contact you when we are ready to process applications again.

If you have any questions about Play Streets, or need any advice, please email

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