College Road to become Croydon’s first Play Street

The Play Streets scheme that allows families to have outdoor fun on temporarily closed roads will come to Croydon town centre for the first time on Saturday, July 15.

College Road, a cul-de-sac off Park Lane that runs past Croydon College’s main entrance, will be closed to traffic to provide space to play games, ride bicycles and meet new people.

Follow-up events are planned for two further Saturdays in October and February.

Croydon Council introduced a policy in 2015 making it easier for borough residents to apply for temporary road closures so children and their parents could enjoy planned play sessions.

The College Road event will run between 11.30am and 4.30pm on Saturday 15 July, Saturday 21 October and Saturday 10 February, and the road closure will be overseen by council officers and volunteer marshals.

Vehicles with urgent deliveries will be escorted at walking speed, and other traffic will be diverted along Park Lane.

Love Lane in Woodside was named Play Street of the Year in 2016 and eight other Play Streets have been organised in Croydon since the first outside Robert Fitzroy Academy in Brampton Road, Addiscombe.

Councillor Stuart King, cabinet member for transport and the environment, said: “The council made Play Streets possible because it’s a simple but great way of bringing communities together to have fun and meet new people.

“I’m pleased Croydon town centre is getting its first Play Street, and all are welcome to come along and enjoy playing for a few hours in a safe outdoor environment.”

For more details on setting up a Play Street email cfp@croydon.gov.uk