Road closures on offer as part of children’s play initiative

July 30 2018
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A new pilot scheme has been opened up to people who’d like to hold a children’s play session in their street.

The scheme enables people to have their road temporarily shut to create a safe place to play. 

It’s hoped it will make residential areas in South Gloucestershire more family friendly, help people to get to know their neighbours, and encourage physical activity. 

Cabinet Member for Public Health Cllr Erica Williams said: “Residents have said they would like to see street play schemes come to the area, so we are delighted to be able to launch this pilot, with funding from South Gloucestershire Council’s Public Health department.”

“Research has found that street play schemes such as this can help reduce social isolation and lessen health inequalities across the population. They also provide a really fun way for people to meet their neighbours whilst their children get some exercise, and hopefully help to develop stronger communities.”

Applications need to be submitted by 13 August 2018 for Play Street sessions which would be held between 10 September and 31 December 2018. They can last for up to two hours, but they must be no more than once a week, in daylight, and after school. 

Some streets will be unsuitable, such as those which have high levels of traffic, which are on a bus route, or have scheduled road works. All applicants for Play Street sessions will have to consult with businesses and neighbours before approval can be given.

For more information, visit www.southglos.gov.uk/playstreets