First school-backed Play Street begins in Croydon

 

Over 100 children have launched the first school-backed scheme where the council temporarily closes roads so young people can play safely.

Last year, residents from areas including Selhurst and Woodside began their own Play Street schemes so children could play games and ride scooters on roads closed with council permission.

On Friday, around 100 pupils from The Robert Fitzroy Academy and Davidson Primary, parents, residents and children from neighbouring streets turned Brampton Road into their own Play Street from 3-5pm, with games equipment provided by charity London Play.

Set up by parent Sarah McCalden, neighbours were informed about the Brampton Road event in advance by leaflet with help from national charity Playing Out, and the council arranged a road closure and diversion to limit the impact on local traffic.

Ms McCalden says that a follow-up is planned for 15 September, and hopes it will become a monthly event. She said: “It was just amazing; I was so happy that everybody took part. Parents were there, children were playing and teachers came out and marshalled the road for us. There was such a community spirit.”

“Play Streets have gone from strength to strength in just a few months, and this council will continue to provide support and practical help so even more schemes like Brampton Road get off the ground.”

Councillor Stuart King, cabinet member for transport and environment

If you are interested in holding your own Play Street event, contact the council on cfp@croydon.gov.uk or call 020 8726 6400 ext. 63371.

For more information, visit: www.croydon.gov.uk/healthsocial/families/ccfpartnership/playstreets

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