Brent Council, which has the largest population of Irish people of any borough in the country, has launched an initiative to make it easier for communities to close residential streets to traffic to let children play outside.
It might seem strange thinking about holding a big play party out on your street when the weather is wintry and the sun goes down early, but it’ll soon be spring, so now’s the time to plan ahead, says Brent.
Cllr Eleanor Southwood, Brent’s Cabinet Member for the Environment said: “Until now, closing roads, even temporarily, has been annoyingly complicated.
“This is because the law requires road closures to follow a complex legal process, including placing adverts in the paper.
“We’ve simplified this process to make it as easy as possible for people to arrange.
“Better yet, the Council is taking over most of the paperwork, and is making it free for residents.”
Parents in Kempe Road piloted Brent’s first Play street last year, with a big event involving all the kids on the road, and it was a huge success.
A step by step guide of how to arrange for your road to become a Play Street is available online at www.brent.gov.uk/playstreets
Brent’s highways contractor, Conway Aecom, has provided the necessary road signs and traffic cones to get the scheme off the ground.
The Council is also interested in finding sponsors for Play Streets for the future, so if your company would like to be associated with helping parents, carers and children play safely in the street, contact network. management@brent .gov.uk