by David Neale (Reading Neighbourhood Network)
Spring is finally arriving, and now is a good time to start planning activities in your neighbourhood for when the weather gets warmer. Play Streets are a great way to get neighbours together and can provide fun for all the family.
Reading Borough Council’s Play Streets scheme allows temporary closures of streets so children can play safely outdoors and close to home. The council’s trial play street scheme was successful, with the result that the scheme has been extended to allow applications all year round.
The first Play Street was hosted by Lorne Street – just off Oxford Road – in October 2013. Since starting, the council has received no objections and the scheme has proved popular. Other schemes operate in South View Avenue, Blenheim Road, Cumberland Road, Larkswood Close, St Peter’s Road, School Terrace and Talfourd Avenue.
Play Street applicants need support signatures from around two-thirds of residents, and a Play Street can be created for up to three hours, on any day of the week, up to once every fortnight.
For details and an application form please visit www.reading.gov.uk/playstreets