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TOPIC: Why not turn your street into a Play Street?

Why not turn your street into a Play Street?
24 Mar 2015 23:07 #1101

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The concept of Play Streets is catching on in and...

The concept of Play Streets is catching on in and around Palmers Green.  People from fourteen streets in Palmers Green, Southgate and Winchmore Hill met at a meeting at Baskervilles last month to learn from the experience of Devonshire Road residents and find out how to go about making their own street a Play Street.

devonshire road play street n13Play street in Devonshire Road (photo: Phil Rogers)So what does a Play Street involve?  It means getting together with your neighbours and agreeing to close the street to through traffic for a couple of hours a week or a month, so that children can play and neighbours can get to know each other better. It is really simple but reportedly has a transformative effect - the street becomes friendlier and safer; more sociable, happier and healthier.

Play Street Guide square wide 320Of the fourteen streets involved in the February meeting, several - possibly as many as a dozen - have already started the process of consulting their residents about a Play Streets scheme.  Support in setting up a new scheme is provided by London Play, an organisation that has been operating for fifteen years and is funded by the Department of Health, the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Cabinet Office's Social Action Fund.

London Play is now offering to provide support to further streets in Enfield.  They can go  to meetings, answer questions, offer advice, supply materials, help approach the council and provide funding of £400 per street - and all for free!

If you want to find out more, you can contact , download the Play Street Guide or visit the London Play website, which is a rich resource for finding information, advice and tools to get you started.

 

 - that is, getting together with your neighbours and agreeing to close the street to through traffic a few hours a week or a month, so that children can play and neighbours can get to know each other better. It is really simple but the transformation that you will see is incredible.

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Why not turn your street into a Play Street?
26 Mar 2015 12:20 #1102

This article and the image of a youngster on a bike reminds me of a chain of thought which has been going through my mind to the effect that there appears to be a connection between street play, or lack of it, and the reluctance due to fear of participation in Enfield's cycling renaissance. How come? Well at an advanced age I've returned to biking with scarcely a qualm yet much younger people constantly press me to stop 'Because it's so dangerous.'

Perhaps the difference is that from under ten I lived on a bike on the informal, unplanned play streets of the time acquiring the skills and confidence to feel secure in and without traffic. Which adds to the case for the Play Street movement, and should encourage Mums and Dads to join in with the new freedom (and room to practice) being enjoyed by their offspring.

Come on parents! Even among traffic cycling is less dangerous than sitting behind a steering wheel picking up and storing in the enclosed space the shockingly poor air quality that other cars, and especially diesel cars, around you are creating.

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