Next month will see the borough’s first ever residential street turn into a safe play area for a few hours, thanks to the Council’s partnership with London Play.
Residents in Blendon Drive, Bexley, will close their road to through traffic on Saturday 10 March from 1 pm to 4 pm so that children can safely play outside and neighbours can get to know each other better.
The residents of Blendon Drive had worked with the Council to organise the event, which will continue to take place every month, becoming a regular fixture in the residents’ calendars.
Bexley is the latest London borough to work with London Play, a small charity that strives to get more children in London playing outside more often. The charity is providing chalks, balls and bean bags to the residents of Blendon Drive on the day to mark the occasion.
Cllr Peter Craske, Cabinet Member for Community Safety, Environment and Leisure said: “Play streets are a great way for children to be more active, make friends next door and generally feel happier and safer. We’re continuing to work with London Play and hope to see more Play Streets pop up across the borough in the future.
“I’m keeping my fingers crossed for some warmer spring weather for the children and families of Blendon Drive on the day, and hope they enjoy themselves and form new lasting friendships.”
Since London Play first began working with councils and residents to bring play back to the capital's streets in 2008, the popularity of Play Streets has grown, operating in more than two-thirds of London boroughs. London Play has received funding from various sources, including the Big Lottery's Reaching Communities programme, so that it can reach out to new areas, such as Blendon Drive.
To find out more about Play Streets visit London Play.