Encourage children to play outside

A SCHEME encouraging children to play on the streets will be back in Worthing next year.

Play Streets was piloted on 15 streets across Worthing and Adur this year with great success.

The resident led scheme involves temporarily closing the road for up to three hours and restricting car access to allow children to play safely under adult supervision.

Benefits of the initiative include getting residents and families to be active in their own streets, working together, improving the health and wellbeing of children and their families, reducing social isolation for older people and developing more cohesive and joined up neighbourhoods.

Worthing Borough Council helps residents who want to take part by cutting the red tape and costs.

Tom Wye, cabinet member for health and well-being, said: “This years’ trial has been a complete success and I expect the play street scheme to go from strength to strength.

“I urge roads and communities who have not yet given it a go to try one.

“Their children will be thanking them for the rest of the year as will other less visible members of their community. This is a win, win scheme, give it a try.”

Residents can now apply for up to 12 dates in 2014. For more information call Lucy Adamson on 01273 263174 or e-mail: lucy.adams@adur-worthing.gov.uk