Posted by Devenia Besant on 16 Oct 2023

I remember growing up (many moons ago!!!) playing out with the other children.  This was just the norm back then we had so much fun, especially in the summer whether it was water fights, playing tag, hide and seek or riding bikes.   It’s lovely to hear about the Playing Out Scheme that has recently been approved by Epsom & Ewell Borough Council.

Here is what they had to say:

Epsom & Ewell Borough Council will be introducing a temporary road closure scheme to allow children to play in the streets where they live.

The Playing Out scheme will enable streets which are not main roads or bus routes to be closed to through traffic for up to three hours at a time.

Residents who are interested in taking part in the scheme would need to get the agreement of their neighbours, find and train volunteer stewards to man the road closure points and carry out a risk assessment. Parents remain responsible for their own children.

The scheme was approved at the Community and Wellbeing Committee on 10 October 2023 and will launch in December 2023.

Councillor Clive Woodbridge, Chair of the Community and Wellbeing Committee, said: “More than 90 local authorities have introduced the Playing Out scheme in their areas, and I’m really pleased to see this initiative come to Epsom and Ewell.

“We believe the scheme will help support the mental, physical and emotional wellbeing of children and the community by creating a safe and inclusive space for everyone to play in and by fostering a much needed sense of neighbourliness.”

This is the only information available at the moment but a new webpage, online and paper application form will be set up for the scheme in due course should you want to apply for your road.  Although the scheme starts in December I should expect most people will apply for Spring / Summer and it won’t be suitable for all roads or all neighbours.

I will keep you updated as soon as more information is readily available.

Dee x


Devenia Besant
Devenia (Dee) Besant is the founder of Epsom and Ewell Families. Runs a busy household as a mummy of 3 and a wife and some would say crazily committed to helping small businesses and the local community.

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