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Get ready for the longer days

Published on: 22 Dec 2017

RESIDENTS are being reminded to act now in order to arrange Playing Out sessions on their street in time for spring 2018.  

The scheme, which started in Bristol, aims to improve children's well being and build friendlier and stronger communities by organising road closures that allow children to play in the street.

Bristol City Council requires at least six weeks' notice in order to process a Temporary Play Street Order and so residents are being asked to think two months ahead.

Bristol Playing Out activator Jo Chesterman said: "Lots of streets start thinking about Playing Out as the weather starts to pick up, but then get frustrated by the wait.  

"Using the dark nights of winter to meet with neighbours and get decisions made - when, how often and who will steward - is a great use of this time of year. It also gives people something to look forward to once the festive season has passed."

Playing Out has been growing around Bristol since 2011 and has gone nationwide, even attracting interest from around the world.  

Jo said: "There is an obesity crisis amongchildren and lots of social isolation - Playing Out sessions can benefit all the residents in a street, not just the children. It's free to apply and highway approved cones/signs are provided by Playing Out. A few hours of effort can bring lasting change to the street and community."

For more information contact Jo by emailing, call 0781 1816620 or check out the website

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