A Woodside street has been named as the best in London for children to safely play outside for the second year in a row.
Love Lane has retained the Play Street of the Year title, awarded to the road with the most successful arrangements in place to allow families to enjoy playing outdoors.
With help from the council these roads are temporarily closed to traffic to allow everyone to make use of the space for games and sports activities.
A second Croydon street was shortlisted this year, the nearby Brampton Road in Addiscombe, which is the borough’s first ‘school-run’ play street.
Brampton Road had itsfirst play street in June 2016 and now holds regular monthly events after school on Fridays. As a result of the scheme parents and staff at The Robert Fitzroy Academy and Davidson Primary, along with local residents and local councillors, got agreement from the council for a zebra crossing to be installed on Davidson Road to improve safety all year round.
The organisers of Love lane and Brampton Road are also responsible for Croydon’s ‘Epic Play Street’. This town centre play street is open to anyone from across the borough and is held in College Road once a term. The next event due to take place on Saturday 10 February.
Councillor Stuart King, cabinet member for transport and environment, said: “This is a really great project and a real example that other schools around the borough might want to follow.”
For more information on setting up a Play Street in Croydon, visit: www.croydon.gov.uk/playstreets.