Haringey Play Streets will see streets turned into temporary playgrounds

Haringey Independent: Paul Wheeler, Cllr Nilgun Canver and local children enjoyed the traffic free streets during a trial of the Haringey Play Streets scheme in the summer Paul Wheeler, Cllr Nilgun Canver and local children enjoyed the traffic free streets during a trial of the Haringey Play Streets scheme in the summer

A scheme which saw streets closed so children could run, skate, cycle, skip and hopscotch in safety, is due to be extended across the borough.

Haringey Play Streets will be rolled out across Haringey after it was piloted in selected roads in Harringay and St Ann’s wards this summer.

The trial, which closed roads to traffic, proved a hit – with dozens of children taking to the streets, while their parents took the opportunity to get to know their neighbours better.

Now more neighbourhoods could see their roads transformed into temporary playgrounds after Haringey Borough Council’s cabinet agreed to make Play Streets a borough-wide project, on Tuesday night.

Neighbours will be able to team up to apply for free for temporary road closures to allow them to turn streets into fun community spaces.

Council leader Cllr Claire Kober said: “Play Streets is a brilliant way of bringing communities together, and we’re delighted to offer the borough’s children the chance to transform their roads and make more of their neighbourhoods.

“It’s been fantastic to see the popularity of the pilot scheme and I look forward to watching Play Streets catch on across the borough throughout 2014.”

Play streets schemes will be run by local residents, with the council responsible for helping to close roads where applicable.

Applications for Play Streets will be free to make and there will be no fee for closing roads if a scheme is approved.

Residents making Play Streets applications will need to show that they have consulted with neighbours and secured the backing of most residents in their street.

Full details of the application process and excluded roads are available at www.haringey.gov.uk/roadsandstreets

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