A number of other local authorities across the country have made it easier for local residents to set up temporary play streets in their neighbourhood. With the election of the Labour Administration in May 2014, Croydon Council has been working to review its traffic management regulations to make it easier for Croydon residents to do the same.
Play Streets Update from Councillor Kathy Bee, Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment (Jan 2015)
“The Council is currently supporting residents in 9 roads (across Croydon) who have expressed an interest in having a Play Street. Play Streets are resident led initiatives and so it is for them, following consultation with their neighbours, to decide whether to go ahead with the application for a Play Street and when to hold it.
The Council have prepared a guide for residents which explains what they need to do to arrange a Play Street as well as useful documents that they can adapt for use in their own road. This is on the Council website at:
The indication from residents is that they are proposing to start their Play Streets from Spring 2015. Where the Council agrees a road closures it will initially be for three sessions. This will allow organisers and those residents that have reservations the opportunity to try out a Play Street and identify problems before a longer term arrangement is put in place.”