Play streets

Play Streets allow parents to reclaim their road for children to play in. You can apply for a temporary Play Street order to close your road for up to three hours per week or month.

50 % of London’s air pollution is caused by vehicles and children are among the most vulnerable to its effects, as their body is still developing.

The Play Street project provides a safe environment free of cars where children can have fun and play near their own homes.

Play Streets help to encourage sustainable travel and reduce emissions associated with air pollution and climate change. They also make it easier and safer for children to spend time outdoors, and reduce their exposure to dangerous air pollutants, allowing them to play in the fresh air.

Applying for a Play Street order

If you want to apply to close your road for a Play Street session, first you need to talk to your neighbours and explain exactly what you want to do. When you're speaking to them, bear in mind that the street won't be closed completely - residents can still drive to and from their homes.

You'll also need to recruit friends and neighbors to help on the day - there has to be someone at each end of the street to warn cars.

If you feel there's enough support among your neighbours for a Play Street, please complete the application form.

Apply for a play street order

Find out more

Visit the London Play website and the Playing Out website for more information on Play Streets and other schemes.