Government makes it easier to close roads for street parties

Department for Transport tells councils ‘play streets’ do not need to be advertised before road closures can be approved

Street

Street parties that involve residential roads being closed look set to return to British life in a big way, after the Department for Transport (DfT) announced it had written to local councils, telling them that the process for approving street parties has been made easier.

The parties - officially known as ‘Play Streets’ in government parlance - previously needed to be advertised before they could be approved so that residents could be given advanced warning their roads might be closed.

End personal car ownership, say MPs

But the DfT has announced Play Street Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs) are now not necessary, and it has now “found an easier way” to authorise street parties and their associated road closures.

Instead of “costly” TROs, councils can now make “special event” orders, meaning roads can be temporarily closed “for children’s play” without having to be advertised. 

The DfT says play streets “are not only good for children’s health and happiness, they give them a sense of belonging and encourage other residents to get together, creating greater community cohesion.”

Roads Minister Baroness Vere said: “A generation ago, it was common to see young people playing out in the street but today it can be a rare sight. That’s why today I’m delighted to be making it easier for those who want to create Play Streets, boosting the health and wellbeing of children, families and communities.”

Do you think your road should be closed off? Let us know in the comment section below...

Most Popular

New 2022 BMW M3 Touring officially confirmed
BMW 3 Series Touring

New 2022 BMW M3 Touring officially confirmed

New hot BMW M3 Touring estate on the way and it’ll feature the same 503bhp straight-six engine as the saloon. Our exclusive image previews how it coul…
12 Aug 2020
Next-generation Nissan Qashqai spied ahead of 2020 launch
Nissan Qashqai

Next-generation Nissan Qashqai spied ahead of 2020 launch

Our spy photographers have spotted the new Nissan Qashqai during its development programme – although it’s still wearing heavy camo
13 Aug 2020
New 2021 Kia Stinger facelift revealed with new look and tech
Kia Stinger

New 2021 Kia Stinger facelift revealed with new look and tech

The Kia Stinger gets a subtle new look as part of a facelift for 2021
12 Aug 2020