Play Streets scheme to be extended

Children playing out in New Road, Shoreham, in October
Children playing out in New Road, Shoreham, in October

A SCHEME designed to encourage children’s play on the streets is to be expanded.

The success of last year’s pilot scheme means Adur Council is offering another 12 ‘play dates’ for 2014.

The Play Streets programme gives residents the chance to organise an event and arrange to have their road closed for up to three hours. Residents ‘steward’ cars leaving or returning to their properties and children are supervised by parents and neighbours, with all ages welcome.

In 2013, a total of 15 streets across Adur and Worthing took part, running more than 30 sessions between them.

David Simmons, Adur cabinet member for health and well-being, said: “This gives us a golden opportunity to bring our community together, and encourage safer play areas for our children.

“The benefits of a more joined-up and supportive community cannot be overstated, and I look forward to visiting future play street initiatives in the Adur area.”

Adur has cut the red tape, so residents can apply for free and are not required to take out public liability insurance.

Sussex Police can offer advice about signage and there is support from the communities’ team, which can link those new to the scheme with others who have done it before.

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