Children and families in Haringey are set to reclaim the streets, thanks to a ground breaking scheme that closes selected streets to through traffic, turning them into temporary play streets.
If you want to make a difference to the community spirit in your street, apply for a Play Street Order - essential if you want to close your street for up to three hours per week, fortnight or month.
- Apply for a temporary play street order
- How we can help
- Information sessions
- Further information
- Delegated Authority documents
Talk to your neighbours and explain what you want to do. Remember to tell them that the street will not be closed completely; people living on the street will still be able to drive to and from their homes, but at a walking pace to protect the young people playing.
Recruit friends or neighbours to help on the day as you'll need people to stay at each end of the street and advise drivers about the street closure.
We can only agree to road closures during daylight hours, so please consider varying your play times to suit the time of year eg up to 3.30pm from October clock change.
Unlike other temporary road closures, there will be no charge to process this application for a Traffic Management Order (TMO).
*Please note that it can take at least 2 months to set up a permanent play street, as a permanent traffic management order needs to include a 21 day public consultation period.
** The General Election on 8 June requires a purdah period where we are not able to consult on these matters until 9 June. This will delay any new applications for play streets but still consult your neighbours and we will assist as soon as we can.
- Complete the application Haringey Play streets application pack (PDF, 278KB) and email it to email@example.com
Send your application form and consultation evidence including a map of the proposed area and list of the households you have spoken with, to us at Smarter Travel, we will check the details and let you know by email if we need more information.
If your application is approved, Haringey Council will provide the organising resident with the road closed traffic signs, cones, high visibility waistcoats required for the play street sessions free of charge. These will need to be stored by the lead play street organiser for use at all events. We will also be available to meet your volunteer team before the first event if requested, to advise on the way the road closures must be carried out. We will also provide lanyards for all the stewards and the instructions relevant to the street closure.
Clarendon and Avondale Road and Pemberton Road run monthly play street so you could contact the organisers to find out more. If you have any questions on setting up a play street, from convincing your neighbours to the practicalities on the day, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
For more advice and ideas take a look at the Playing Out website (external link).
Please email email@example.com if you are interested in a free information session for parents.
If there is a high demand we will arrange a meeting so that we can talk to you together.
The information session would cover:
- The benefits of street play
- Simple steps to make your street more 'playable' and friendly
- How to apply for a Temporary Play Street Order
- Consulting with neighbours - dealing with objections and concerns
- Stewarding, safety and other practicalities
- increase the sense of community by bringing neighbours together
- allow children to play near home
- give children the space to play energetically and promote activity and friendships
Download the Playing Out manual from the Playing Out website (external link) for more information about street play and why playing in streets can be good for children.
Please take a look at the attached files section below for the council policy for play streets and the list of roads assessed for their suitability for closing.
If you have any questions please contact us at Smarter.firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 020 8489 5351.
'Playing Out' is a not-for-profit national organisation who provide free resources and advice for residents wanting to let children play out in their own streets. As well as a step-by-step 'manual for organisers', you can download template posters and other materials or contact them directly for advice.
|Delegated Reports||Date||Filetype and Size|
|Dickenson Road N8||April 2014||PDF - 459KB|
|Play Streets Cabinet report||1.71 MB|
|Play Streets appendix 1 - conditions of application||65.18 KB|
|Play Streets appendix 2 - unsuitable streets||80.84 KB|
|Haringey Play Street TMO Application form||DOCX||50.58 KB|
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