Play streets in Waltham Forest


Regular play streets

This borough is well known for its ‘mini Holland’ and has done a great job of making streets about people. Play streets are part of that vision. You must run a trial play street before applying for regular events.

Apply two months before the first event

Weekly or monthly

All affected properties and three ward councillors must be consulted using template letter; objections recorded. 

The council supplies signage.

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 – and in fact, Waltham Forest Council requires you to run a trial before applying for a regular play street. Find out if a play street is for you and your neighbours by having a one-off event. More details below. 

Apply at least four weeks before your event.

Totally, absolutely, wonderfully… free (as it should be)

The organiser must consult all affected properties to obtain support, and any objections communicated to the council. 

The council provides cones and road closed signs on a first-come-first-served basis, but not barriers. Organisers often use wheelie bins for barriers and it is permitted to make your own signs (guidance is given).

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!

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.