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19 December 2013, 06:00
A trial scheme to get kids out playing more and being active is being extended in Adur and Worthing next year.
Earlier this year, 15 streets took part in the 'Play Streets' programme where they were closed off for up to three hours, on up to six dates, so children could take part in activities whilst supervised by parents.
Car access is restricted during the closure although residents take turns to 'steward' cars leaving or returning to their properties.
Adur & Worthing Council say benefits of the scheme included getting residents and families active in their own streets and working together, improving the health and wellbeing of children and their families, reducing social isolation for older people and developing more cohesive and joined up neighbourhoods.
Tom Wye, Worthing Cabinet Member for Health and Well-Being, says: “This years’ trial has been a complete success and I expect the play street scheme to go from strength to strength. I urge roads/communities who have not yet given it a go to try one. Their children will be thanking them for the rest of the year as will other less visible members of their community. This is a win, win scheme, give it a try.”
Residents can now apply for up to 12 dates in 2014 with flexibility on the dates and days they choose.
The guidance document gives advice on the suitability of the roads that can take part i.e. lightly trafficked, residential roads and applicants must also carry out consultation with their residents prior to applying. Any adjacent streets seeking closures on similar dates will be asked to work together and share sessions.
For more information and to apply click here.