Hackney Play Street Scheme

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Hackney 
Hackney Council has just announced that after a successful one-year trial, its Play Streets scheme will be made permanent. The Play Streets policy – closely modelled on the Bristol Temporary Play Street Order  – has so far enabled 2,000 children across the borough to play out in the streets where they live and has encouraged 1,800 adults to get involved by stewarding sessions, helping to organise or just being outside talking to their neighbours. Local Playing Out coordinator Claudia Draper, with huge support from Hackney Play Association, has done a brilliant job of building support within Hackney council, raising awareness amongst residents, helping them to get started and sharing ideas. Hackney Council is now aiming to widen the reach of playing out to enable children and neighbours on estates to have the same chances to play out safely and freely in the public spaces and streets around their homes.  The council is funding Hackney Play Association to focus on play on estates as well as after-school Play Street sessions in the year ahead.


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