As part of the council’s measures to safely support the easing of the lockdown, we accelerated the roll-out of our ActiveStreets programme to provide new and additional space for children and families to get and stay active.
We introduced several semi-permanent ‘Play Streets’, temporary road closures for the ‘Street Play’ sessions and temporary ‘School Streets’ whereby during the days/times of operation, the streets in question will be closed to vehicles, except for access for residents, deliveries and emergency services.
Please be assured that the accelerated roll-out of our ActiveStreets programme to safely support the easing of the lockdown is a temporary measure that will be continually monitored in order to reflect the safety and needs of our local communities. The monitoring will also assist us with any later decision to make the ‘Play Streets’ permanent.
Locations of semi-permanent ‘Play Streets’
Semi-permanent ‘Play Streets’ were located on the streets listed below and were operational weekdays, 3pm to sunset and weekends, 10am to sunset up to the 30 September 2020.
- Chepstow Place – between Dawson Place and Pembridge Place.
- Fernhead Road – between Kennet Road and Maid Hill market.
- Northumberland Place – between Talbot Road and Artesian Road.
- Ranelagh Road – between Lupus Street and Johnson’s Place (cul-de-sac).
- Oliphant Street – between Fifth Avenue and Sixth Avenue.
- Peach Road – between Oliphant Street and Ilbert Street.
- Marne Street – between Fifth Avenue and Third Avenue.
- Kilravock Street – between Fifth Avenue and Sixth Avenue.
Locations of temporary ‘Street Play’ sessions
- Droop Street – between Third Avenue and Fourth Avenue
The temporary road closures for the ‘Street Play’ sessions were held weekdays 1pm to 4pm up to the 30 August 2020 and will be co-ordinated by ‘Street Makers’ from the Avenues Youth Project.
- Old Pye Street – between Abbey Orchard/Perkins Rents and St. Annes Street.
Temporary road closures were held 1pm to 5.30pm Wednesday 29 July, Wednesday 5 Aug, Wednesday 12 Aug and Friday 14 Aug and were co-ordinated by ‘Street Makers’ from the St Andrews Youth Club.
Locations of temporary ‘School Streets’
As part of Westminster City Council’s measures to safely support the easing of the lockdown, all routes to school are being assessed in line with government guidance.
From September, temporary ‘School Streets’ will resume. This involves localised improvements to increase pedestrian space at schools across Westminster, as an emergency measure from the 1 June until December 2020.
School Streets are pedestrian and cycle zones outside the school main entrance usually in operation for up to an hour and a half in the morning and afternoon (to complement the school drop-off and collection times), Monday to Friday term-time only.
Vehicle movements will be reduced during the operating times of a School Street so that school children, their parents and carers and other visitors will have more space to walk, cycle and scooter, whilst social distancing.
The times are specific to each schools’ location with potential staggered start and finish times.
The following schools have been assessed and selected for a School Street to be in place from 1 June 2020 to end of term March 2021:
|Road||Monday to Friday times|
|Barrow Hill Juniors||Bridgeman Street|
8.30am to 9.15am
3pm to 3.45pm
|Queens Park Primary School||Droop Street|
8.30am to 9.30am
12.45pm to 2.15pm
|St Mary’s of the Angel RC Primary School||Shrewsbury Road|
8.15am to 9.15am
2.15pm to 3.45pm
|St Matthew’s CE Primary School||St Ann’s Street|
8.30am to 9.15am
3.00pm to 3.45pm
|St Peter’s Eaton Square CE Primary School||Lower Belgrave Street|
8.30am to 9.30am
3pm to 4.30pm
|Hampden Gurney CE Primary School||Forset Street / Nutford Place|
9am to 10am 2.45pm
|St James and St Johns CE Primary School||Craven Terrace|
8.30am to 10am 12.0pm
to 1.10pm 2.15pm to 3.45pm
|Wetherby Senior School||Bulstrode Street|
9.30am to 9.50am
3.30pm to 3.45pm
We are meaningfully implementing our ActiveStreets programme to encourage, facilitate and enable our schools, residents and communities to open up our streets for play and physical activity on the doorstep, increase in the number of people who know their neighbours, improve air quality and increase active travel in a variety of different ways; whether that be a ‘Play Street’, a ‘Street Play’ session and/or a ‘School Street’.
For any queries regarding our ActiveStreets programme please get in touch.