COVID-19 (coronavirus) update
Please note: we are temporary halting all play streets due to the current COVID-19 pandemic.
This does not stop you contacting your neighbours (please abide by government social distancing rules) and applying for a play street closure in the future, after restrictions are lifted and it is safe to run an activity.
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
- Applying for a street closure for special events
- How we can help
- Information sessions
- Further information
Contact 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.
You can consult your neighbours by email, but please keep copies of all emails to submit with your application.
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 two months to set up a permanent play street, as a permanent traffic management order needs to include a 21 day public consultation period.
- Download and complete the Haringey Play Streets application pack (Word, 47KB) and email it to email@example.com
We want to encourage our residents to take part in national and local events that encourage good community relations and help with our national health issues.
We offer the opportunity to set up a Traffic Management Order (TMO) to allow you and your neighbours to close your road on set dates to mark national days such as Clean Air Day, Car Free Day and our own Weekend of Play event. Road closures allow the community and children to come out and play safely in the street, increasing physical activity, improving community cohesion and so improving safety and raising awareness of the environmental issue of air pollution.
If you would like to run events based on the Play street foundation, we recommend that if you are consulting for one event, make it worthwhile by including all the dates that you might like to close your road.
Our Play Street Policy in the attached files section below, allows you to consult and create a TMO that allows you to close your road on a regular basis. This means you can specify the dates that you would like to close the road. To do this you need to consult with your neighbours, include the dates in your letter informing them of the dates and obtain 60% agreement from neighbours in the closure area.
We can only offer one ad hoc closure per year, so consider consulting on several dates like this. We can create a TMO that adheres to the Department for Transport requirement for shutting the road and limits the amount of door knocking you would need to do.
- Download and complete the Haringey Play Streets application pack (Word, 47KB) and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org - you can also email us if you need advice or assistance
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 email@example.com
For more advice and ideas take a look at the Playing Out website (external link).
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org 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.email@example.com 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.
London Play (external link) have produced a very informative useful leaflet that could help with your decision to run a play street for your road: London Play's play street booklet (PDF, 1MB - external link).
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