Turn your street into a playground for World Car Free Day

3 May 2019

Residents are being encouraged to swap cars for spacehoppers and turn their streets into playgrounds in support of World Car Free Day 2019. Brent Council is waiving the £200 road closure fee for anyone wanting to host a play street on 22 September to encourage more people to take part in the annual event.

Celebrated around the world, World Car Free Day encourages people to walk, cycle and use public transport. Brent is among 16 London boroughs that have signed London Play's Play Street Pledge ahead of the global event, helping children to play out in the streets where they live and bringing communities together while tackling air pollution. While the roads were closed for the 2018 London Marathon air pollution levels dropped by 89% in the capital.

Cllr Krupa Sheth, Lead Member for Environment at Brent Council, joined Deputy Mayor of London Heidi Alexander and representatives from other London boroughs at City Hall on Friday (3rd) to sign the pledge. She said: "We're proud to support World Car Free Day for the second year running. This year will be bigger and better, and we want the whole community to get involved.

"Car Free Day is just one day but we can all make a difference throughout the year by walking or cycling instead of hopping in the car. These small steps will help us to create a cleaner, greener Brent."

Any Brent resident who would like to host a play street on 22 September can apply to close their road for the day without charge, provided we receive their application by 30 June. Please apply via: https://www.brent.gov.uk/playstreets

The charity London Play can support residents that would like to organise their own play streets and are able to provide promotional materials for organisers to use. They are offering free play equipment to kick start the fun for early applicants. Get in touch via info@londonplay.org.uk or call 0203 384 8510 for more information.