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Play Streets

Find out how you can shut your street to traffic for up to three hours a week so children can play safely.

Play Streets promote children’s health and wellbeing by giving them the freedom to have fun and play safely ‘on their doorstep’. They also give greater priority to pedestrians and help to raise awareness of air pollution.

  • your street can be closed to all traffic, except residents
  • Play Streets can only happen during daylight hours
  • there's no charge
  • we can supply signs and equipment
  • a great way to meet your neighbours

Play Streets and COVID-19 update

Many children have spent more time indoors during the COVID-19 pandemic, and had less opportunity to be active through play and socialise with others.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Play Streets have not been able to take place in recent times, but we’re now making plans to re-launch our play streets in line with the Government’s road map out of lockdown.

Existing Play Streets in Islington will be able to resume once COVID-19 legal limits on social contact are removed. This is currently planned for 21 June, but may change depending on further government announcements.

How you can start a Play Street

Before you apply to have your road closed, you first need to:

  • talk to all your neighbours and explain what you want to do.
  • explain that as residents they’ll still be able to park and drive slowly when the street is shut.
  • there will be consultation done by us, so you need as many resident supporters as possible.
  • recruit a team of people to help you on the day

Find out more and download an application form

Read more about Play Streets in this detailed guide (PDF 90KB)

Find out everything you need to know on the London Play website

To apply, simply download and complete this application form and email it back to us (300KB)

Application forms should be submitted to road.safety@islington.gov.uk.

How we'll support you after a successful application

  • we'll provide you with temporary traffic signs, barriers and cones required for the road closures free of charge
  • and meet your team and advise on the way the road closures must be carried out.

See Play Streets in Islington

Further information

To return your application form or if you have any questions. 

Email the road safety team: road.safety@islington.gov.uk

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