‘Playing Out In Hull’ allows children to play freely and safely in their own street by using temporary road closures. Working with the Highways Department an order can be granted allowing a temporary play street order, closing the street for a short period of time for communities to come together to play out and have lots of fun!
The street is manned by volunteer marshals who live on the street, safely allowing vehicles to slowly enter and exit the street, making sure people can still gain vehicle access during the sessions.
The sessions normally last for one to three hours and can be as regular as suits the street – weekly or monthly for example.
Before a closure can be granted, the whole street must be consulted with and any concerns are carefully considered
The National Playing out website is really useful and is full of examples of successful schemes around the country – https://playingout.net/
The Neighbourhood Network is a big supporter of the Playing Out scheme and currently is part of the steering group to keep supporting this movement in and around Hull. It falls within the charities aims and objective encouraging strong communities.
If you are interested in having a playing out session on your own street – Follow the below steps:
Step 1 – How to set up a playing out event in your street
Contact Emma Kelly to register your interest by –
Emma is able to answer any questions that you may have and support you throughout the process.
Step 2 – Consultation with your street
Once you know that your street is suitable, you need to consult with your street before a road closure can be put in place.
You must post a letter through every door in your street and any concerns must be considered. You should try and recruit stewards while you are speaking to residents. They are essential for making sure the play environment is safe.
There are documents that residents can use on the Playing Out website such as the consultation letter.
Step 3 – Contact Network Management to apply for a temporary play street order by
There is a simple form to fill in and return to Network Management who check that the street is suitable for a playing out session. This gives you permission from us to temporarily close the street. Help is available to complete the form if required.
Step 4 – Contact Emma to arrange collection of a playing out toolkit from your local storage site.
The toolkit includes –
Step 5 – Have lots of fun at your play out session.