Play streets in Croydon

Regular play streets

Croydon residents have been playing on their streets since 2014 and the council is very supportive of play streets. Residents are asked to run three trial sessions before applying to make their play street permanent.

UPDATE MAY 2021: We have been made aware of a change of personnel in Croydon Council and the potential introduction of a charge to apply for play street orders. We are working to persuade them otherwise! If you are interested in starting a play street in Croydon please get in touch with London Play directly via 

Applications can be lodged at any time but make sure you apply at least six weeks before your first event.

Up to three hours a session, monthly or potentially even weekly.

All affected residents must be sent a letter informing them of plans and giving them the chance to respond. The council must be informed of responses received.

The council supplies signs and barriers.

Council webpage

Email council

Phone: 0208 726 6400 ext 63371

Try before you buy – run a trial play street

Want to run a trial play street? Perhaps on Car Free Day or another day? You can! Find out if a play street is for you and your neighbours before committing to regular sessions by having a one-off event. More details below. 

Apply at least six weeks before your event.


All neighbours must be consulted and the council informed of any objections.

Nothing – residents need to provide reflective barriers and public liablity insurance

By the way…

Councils are liable to change dates, process and contact details. We try hard to keep this page updated but if you notice that something is not right, please let us know!

You will establish a creative enquiry process to find out any barriers to local participation and then develop projects and pathways to overcome these. You will help develop a relevant local youth work offer that builds on partnerships and connections and focuses on earliest help.
Our short course programme on specific topics, team and organisational training sessions are available at affordable prices. Hackney Play Association is willing and able to offer qualifications at all levels subject to demand.