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South Gloucestershire Play Streets

What is a Play Street?

Play Street schemes enable residents to apply for and manage a temporary road closure for children’s play – a great way to make your street more child friendly and get to know your neighbours better.

Following the successful Play Streets pilot project held during the months of September to December 2018, South Gloucestershire Council launched an extended Play Streets scheme in 2019-21. Phase 2 of South Gloucestershire Play Streets has been running since May 2019 in Downend, Hambrook, Hanham, Staple Hill and Winterbourne.

Applications for Phase 3 – for Play Streets events to be held from 01/04/20 until 31/03/22 – are now open: from 01/11/19 until 31/01/20.

Please read our South Gloucestershire Play Streets Guidance 2020 and submit your completed application form (both in the Downloads section on this page) by 31/01/20.

If you would like to find out more please get in touch with us: 01454 864005

When can a Play Streets event be held?

Play Streets can be held on agreed dates and times:

  • for up to 2 hours
  • no more than once a week
  • during out of school and daylight hours

During Play Street sessions roads are closed to through traffic, however vehicle access for residents is maintained. Barriers must be supervised by designated stewards and residents’ vehicles escorted as required.

No fees will be required for a ‘Temporary Play Street Order’ under this scheme and road signage will be provided.

What streets are suitable?

  • Cul-de-sacs and no through roads
  • Residential roads serving cul-de-sacs and hamlets

What streets are unsuitable?

  • Streets on a bus route
  • Streets with scheduled road works or emergency works

Additional information

This is a resident/community led initiative which is administered by South Gloucestershire Council. There will be no fee charged and approved signage is provided by South Gloucestershire Council for this pilot scheme. Parents/carers are responsible for the safety and supervision of children and vulnerable adults in their care at all times during Play Street sessions.

Help to organise street play

Playing Out is a not-for-profit national organisation providing free resources and advice for residents about enabling street play. As well as instructional videos and a step-by-step ‘manual for organisers’, you can download template posters and other materials or contact them directly for advice. Please visit the for further information.



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