ActiveStreets

Group of young children stood between two supervising adults, cheering in front of a colourful pledge written in chalk on the road. Pledge reads "we pledge to open streets to play".

We formally launched our ActiveStreets programme on the 23 August 2019 by signing the Car Free Day Pledge at our ‘Play Street’ at Fisherton/Luton Street, which coincided with the publication of updated guidance on ‘Street Play’, from the Department for Transport (DfT).

Our ActiveStreets programme is a key strategy commitment of our ActiveWestminster strategy, in addition to our  Open Spaces and Biodiversity strategy and consists of three types of ActiveStreet;

  • ‘Play Street’
    • A permanent designation (Section 29, Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984) which will provide priority over traffic to children and families to play in streets at specified times. This is underpinned by Department for Transport
  • School Street’

Our ActiveStreets programme is designed to open up residential streets across Westminster for play, creating space for physical activity right on your doorstep and increasing the number of people who know their neighbours. Schools Streets, Play Streets and regular Street Play sessions enable active travel and improve air quality.

  • Activation
    • An initial programme of play/physical activity for children, young people, families and older people led by ActiveWestminster, the School and/or our partners.
  • Sustainability
    • ‘StreetMakers’ – a programme to identify, recruit, train and deploy parents, volunteers, community groups to continue the programme of activation after the initial period and to ensure community ownership of the ActiveStreet.

Download and read a copy of the full ActiveStreets policy for further information.

Apply to host a ‘Street Play’ session on your street

Street Play sessions are a great way to temporarily facilitate play on your street. As a Westminster resident or local school, you can apply to host a one-off session or multiple sessions using the form below.

If you are applying to host multiple sessions, you’ll also need to supply the names and contact details for at least three Street Makers, including yourself, who will help support in the delivery of the ‘Street Play’ session. We will contact each Street Maker to ask them to complete the required road safety and facilitation training before the proposed ‘Street Play’ session takes place.

Before you apply, please read the ActiveStreets ‘Street Play’ Policy and keep a copy for reference as it contains useful links to resources provided by Playing Out, including a consultation letter template and leaflet to help you explain to neighbours about the notion of street play and notify them about your upcoming ‘Street Play’ session/s. Additionally, you will need to complete and return the Indemnity Form before we can process your application.

This form is for Westminster Residents and Schools only. If you would like to request a Play Street or ‘Street Play’ in another borough, please contact your local borough or submit your interest via the Ask For It campaign website.

For any queries regarding our ActiveStreets programme please contact us.