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Summer time means playtime for children across Adur and Worthing

Released: Friday, 09 June 2017

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Residents across Adur and Worthing are being urged to close off the streets for playtime this summer.

So far hundreds of children have enjoyed being able to play in traffic-free roads outside their homes thanks to the Adur & Worthing Councils' Play Streets scheme.

With the summer holidays on the horizon, the local authority is encouraging communities to come forward and get their applications in - just in time for schools breaking up.

In turn, Adur & Worthing Councils will not charge a fee for any applications submitted. Staff will also work hard to accept each one for the requested date, as well as re-arranging sessions cancelled due to bad weather.

Councillor David Simmons, Adur District Council's Executive Member for Health and Wellbeing, said:

“Historically Play Streets have provide unique opportunity for communities across Adur to come together. It provides a safe place for young people to play under adult supervision.”

“Across the district there are a lot of streets where this would work extremely well. The ones we have had have have been great at creating a healthy and well-integrated community.”

Councillor Val Turner, Worthing Borough Council's Executive Member for Health and Wellbeing, said:

"I'm delighted to have seen this scheme develop over the last few years.”

"We all have fond memories of playing out in our local streets as youngsters and anything that encourages young people to get out and about must be encouraged.”

"With the summer holidays on the horizon, now is a perfect time for applications to be submitted. The process is really easy so I urge communities across the Borough to give this a go."

In the last year, nine streets in Worthing signed up with a further three in Adur.

Up to twelve applications can be made by a single community a year, with road closures lasting for up to three hours a time.

Resident car access is maintained at all times, but at a walking pace to keep the play space safe. Only through traffic is stopped.

Play Streets has been running in Westcourt Road, Worthing, on the first Sunday of every month from April to September for four years.

Local resident Meg Fenn, who has been involved for the last two years, said:

“It may only be a handful of days but it makes real difference to our street and immediate community.”

“People on the street have really embraced it: we get the sandpits out, the bubbles out people make cakes, kids come with scooters, there's lots of hopscotch and it just creates a really nice atmosphere.”

“It's been great for those people who have just moved into the street to get to know their neighbours while there are also some elderly residents who now feel comfortable to ask those living nearby for support.”

Meg said her local community started up a private Facebook page to run the scheme and it is here where people agree to volunteer to run the individual events.

She also praised the Councils for making running the scheme so easy and providing ongoing support.

For those thinking about signing up, Meg said:

“Just get your applications in. It's really easy. Just send an email and provide the dates then the council let you know if you can go ahead.”

“You are also then provided with a playing out box as well as information with 'road closed' signs. It really is easy.”

For more information and to find out how to apply see:

Photos: Scotter fun in Play Streets in Westcourt Road, Worthing (credit & copyright Simon Redhead Photography)

PR17-069 - Scotter fun in Play Streets in Westcourt Road, Worthing (credit & copyright Simon Redhead Photography)

PR17-069 - Play Streets in Westcourt Road, Worthing (credit & copyright Simon Redhead Photography)

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