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Eleven Croydon roads register interest in becoming 'play streets'

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CROYDON Council has mistakenly published a list of roads where residents have expressed an interest in turning them into play streets.

The list of 11 roads, all in the north of the borough, was published in response to a written question from an opposition councillor submitted ahead of Monday's full council meeting, who had asked for an update on the policy.

Play streets involve restricting vehicle access to allow youngsters to play outside their homes on evenings or weekends.

Cllr Kathy Bee's written reply to the question, in papers distributed to councillors, the public and the press before the meeting, contained a table listing the streets below a paragraph beginning with "not to be included in published response".

Cllr Bee told the Advertiser the list had been published due to "human error".

She stressed the scheme would only be introduced in streets where residents backed the idea.

The streets named have not been approved as play streets, and consultation with residents who have applied for theirs to become part of the scheme will take place before any are set up.

The written reply also said publication of the streets would "make the consultation more difficult".

The idea involves closing streets to through traffic for a period of around three hours at the weekends or after school, allowing children free access.

They would be overseen by stewards provided by residents, who would also supply someone to shepherd residents' cars in and out of the road at a speed of no more than five miles per hour to ensure safety.

In those streets where residents decide to adopt the scheme it would be introduced as a pilot, for three sessions initially, so they can identify potential problems before a longer-term arrangement is put in place.

The plan was passed by the council's cabinet back in July and it is expected children will be playing in streets under the scheme by next spring.

The streets where residents have expressed an interest in the play streets scheme:

South Vale, Upper Norwood

Queen Mary Road, Upper Norwood

Shelford Rise, South Norwood

Stambourne Way, South Norwood

The Dell, South Norwood

Turkey Oak Close, South Norwood

Crescent Way, Norbury

Wharncliffe Gardens, Thornton Heath

Clifford Road, Woodside

Pitville Gardens, South Norwood

Braemar Avenue, Bensham Manor

Eleven Croydon roads register interest in becoming 'play streets'


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