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To celebrate Car Free Day on Thursday 22 September 2022, we will be encouraging residents across the borough to close their road, and encourage children to play in the streets where they live.

We welcome street party applications at any time of the year as they can help bring the community together. To encourage celebrations this Car Free Day we are waiving the administration fees for street parties held on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 September 2022.

About Car Free Day

World Car Free Day is on 22 September. Across the world towns and cities allow people to experience streets free of motor traffic. It’s an opportunity to re-imagine our streets around people.

How it works

Councils can use their existing powers under road traffic legislation to allow temporary street closures.

Local parents and other residents act as marshals, allowing their neighbours to drive to and from their homes at walking pace, while through traffic is re-directed.

The benefits of hosting a Play Street

There are benefits to closing a residential road, which include:

  • Allowing children to play close to home
  • Giving children the space to play safely
  • Increasing a sense of community by bringing neighbours together
  • Encouraging more activities to take place in the local area

How do I apply?

The easiest way is to apply to hold a street party.

Make sure you have read our guidance on holding a street party.

The £70 administration fee will be waived for applications for street parties held on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 September 2022.

Residents will need to plan in plenty of time, applications will close on 31 July 2022 for anyone wishing to hold a street party on 24 and 25 September 2022.

For more information call us on 020 8891 8337.

Helpful templates

The templates below will help you organise your Play Street:

Updated: 28 June 2022

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