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Blendon Drive in Bexley to host safe day of play for children

PUBLISHED: 07:00 16 February 2018

Children enjoying a London Play event on Devonshire Road. Picture: Katrina Campbell

Children enjoying a London Play event on Devonshire Road. Picture: Katrina Campbell

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Next month will see the borough’s first ever residential street turn into a safe play area for a few hours, thanks to the council’s partnership with London Play.

Residents in Blendon Drive, Bexley, will close their road to traffic on Saturday, March 10 from 1pm to 4pm so that children can safely play outside and neighbours can get to know each other better.

The locals had worked with the council to organise the event, which will continue to take place every month, becoming a regular fixture in the residents’ calendars.

Bexley is the latest borough to work with London Play, a small charity that strives to get more children in the capital playing outside more often.

They promote children’s right to play, campaign for more and improved out-of-school play services for children and young people across London, and support play providers in the capital.

The charity is providing chalks, balls and bean bags to the residents of Blendon Drive on the day to mark the occasion.

Cllr Peter Craske, cabinet member for community safety, environment and leisure said: “Play streets are a great way for children to be more active, make friends next door and generally feel happier and safer.

“We’re continuing to work with London Play and hope to see more Play Streets pop up across the borough in the future.

“I’m keeping my fingers crossed for some warmer spring weather for the children and families of Blendon Drive on the day, and hope they enjoy themselves and form new lasting friendships.”

Since London Play first began working with councils and residents to bring play back to the capital’s streets in 2008, the popularity of Play Streets has grown, operating in more than two thirds of London boroughs.

London Play has received funding from various sources, including the Big Lottery’s Reaching Communities programme, so that it can reach out to new areas, such as Blendon Drive.

The charity also directly provides more play opportunities for children by supporting residents and councils to develop play streets, nature play areas and running events. To find out more about Play Streets visit www.londonplay.org.uk

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