Hull City Council are working on developing a “Playing Out” programme, which will allow children to play safely on the street close to their doorstep like they did in past generations. The scheme will also help in building a sense of community and belonging, which in turn makes streets feel safer and friendlier places to live.
Similar schemes have been run in other parts of the country, originating in Bristol. Now Hull City Council and other local agencies are keen to develop the scheme in Hull, with residents being given permission to close their street to vehicles for up to 3 hours in order to allow children play safely close to their home.
Playing Out is resident led and has to be agreed by the majority of households on the street, before temporary road closures can be agreed (residents of the street are still allowed vehicle access). Once agreed, the events are marshalled by parent/resident volunteers, with the council providing suitable signage for the road closures, issuing tabards for volunteers and most importantly supplying basic play equipment for children to use on the day.
If you think your street would be interested in holding a Playing Out session and want to express an interest please contact Emma Kelly Emma.Kelly@hullcc.gov.uk.
For more details on the National Playing Out Scheme click here: http://playingout.net/