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'Playing out' safely in Guildford

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'Playing out' safely in Guildford

Published at 6:00am 21st May 2018. (Updated at 11:12am 21st May 2018)

Children in Guildford are being given the chance to play out in the streets safely.

Residents are now able to apply to close their roads to traffic and hold 'Street Play' sessions.

It is part of a national initiative endorsed by Play England, and supported by Guildford Borough Council, to encourage healthier lifestyles.

It is also aimed at getting communities together - the idea being parents and neighbours can socialise while their children play.

The council has waived the fee on all road closures for the purpose of Street Play. 

Guildford Borough Council's lead councillor for Project Aspire, health, safeguarding and sport, Iseult Roche, added: "The emphasis with Street Play is on free, unstructured play where children are simply given the chance to play in the street, without the danger of traffic, whilst adults have a chance to meet and get to know their neighbours over a cup of tea.

"We are keen to support such initiatives which are already proving to be popular and have a positive impact elsewhere in the country such as London and Bristol."

A group of residents from Wodeland Avenue recently applied to close their road and held a Street Play afternoon.

One of the organisers said: "The children loved it and the adults enjoyed watching them play. We've had such brilliant feedback and we're already planning further sessions."

To hold your own Street Play session, you need to apply for a residential road closure.

The application process can take up to eight weeks to complete so residents are advised to apply now in time for summer holidays.





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