10 March 2023

Blackpool Council working with local communities to bring the fun back to the streets

Blackpool Council is working with local community group Magic Club to organise the first Play Street event in Blackpool.

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Play Street events are temporary resident-led road closures that allow children to play safely outside within their neighbourhood for a few hours.

The events enable children to make friends, have fun, and learn and gain independence, all while enjoying the fresh air and freedom of outside play.

With permission from Blackpool Council, residents can apply to legally close the road to through traffic for a short space of time to create a safe space for children to play outside.

The first Play Street event in Blackpool will take place in the Claremont area later this year.

The initial event will be used as a trial to see how Blackpool Council can work with other neighbourhoods in the future to allow more Play Street events throughout the town.

A road closure will be in place to traffic for the duration of the event, however residents will still be able to access this area in their vehicles with caution.

Blackpool Council will be providing road closure signs and cones for the initial event, with volunteers responsible for supervising the road closure.

Cllr Lynn Williams, Leader of Blackpool Council who is also Chair of the Magic Club and Claremont ward councillor said: 

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"We are delighted to have a Play Street event taking place in Blackpool. “Allowing children to enjoy the freedom of play time outside is beneficial to both their physical and mental wellbeing. “We’re happy to support this event and hopefully more in the future, to bring communities together and make our streets safer for children.”
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Laura White, Chief Officer at Magic Club, said: 

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"We are excited to be able to launch Blackpool's first Play Street in Claremont. Families often tell us that they are worried about children playing outside due to traffic, so this project offers a safe space for them to meet friends and play, alongside opportunities for families and the wider community to get together. We hope after a successful trial, we will be able to support residents across the ward to run their own Play Street."
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Alice Ferguson, Co-Director of Playing Out, said: 

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"It’s brilliant that Blackpool Council is getting behind this very low-cost, neighbour-led, simple and effective way to help children be more active and communities to come together. We look forward to seeing play streets take off across the town!”
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