UK Government issues street play guidance for local authorities
The UK Government has issued guidance for local authorities to make it easier to support residents to temporarily close their streets for children to play. The guidance is for local authorities in Scotland, England and Wales.
Announcing the guidance, the UK Government Roads Minister, Baroness Vere said:
‘Play streets offer wonderful opportunities for children to get outdoors and for families and communities to get together. A generation ago, it was common to see young people playing out in the street but today it can be a rare sight. That’s why today I’m delighted to be making it easier for those who want to create Play Streets, boosting the health and wellbeing of children, families and communities.’
Welcoming the guidance, Playing Out said:
‘We hope this guidance will enable all councils to get behind the idea and that we will see many more children having the chance to play out and make friends on their own streets and estates over the coming years … This announcement is a great first step towards that.’