Play Streets, bring the community together

By signing up to and supporting Play Streets, your children can play safely on the streets without any traffic.

Founded by London Play, this scheme aims to revive the ‘play time’ culture of the past. Play Streets promote healthy activities and also bring the community together.

During the summer months, we ease traffic regulations to help local people set up play activities for their children.Applications are now open for anyone who wants to close their local road for Play Streets

Road ahead closed sign

How it works

Successful applicants will be granted a temporary play street order, which allows a road to be closed for a maximum of three hours for one day per month.

While organisers have overall responsibility for the event (eg physically blocking the road), we offer advice and can help provide barriers if necessary.

Organisers must ensure that residents living on the road, including those not involved in the activity, are able to park and access their homes as normal.

Applying for the scheme

To apply, download the play streets application form (pdf, 82kb) and send completed forms to All applications must demonstrate that there’s local support for the scheme.

  • Submit application at least 4 weeks prior to the first intended Play Day, otherwise your application won’t be processed
  • Play Street Road Closure Notice will permit you to close a road for the purpose of children’s play for up to 3 hours in any one day per month.
  • Southwark Council reserves the right to cancel any such Notice if the closures are not implemented in accordance with these requirements or the activities are not managed in a safe manner.

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