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Newham celebrates first car-free day with ‘play streets’ in Plaistow, Forest Gate and Canning Town

PUBLISHED: 10:59 25 September 2018 | UPDATED: 10:59 25 September 2018

People were determined to enjoy the car-free streets, despite the autumnal weather. Picture: Andrew Baker

People were determined to enjoy the car-free streets, despite the autumnal weather. Picture: Andrew Baker

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Newham has celebrated its’ first car-free day.

Residents from Cecil, Sidney, Tylney and Mafeking Roads gathered in the pouring rain to play and celebrate a car-free day. Picture: Andrew BakerResidents from Cecil, Sidney, Tylney and Mafeking Roads gathered in the pouring rain to play and celebrate a car-free day. Picture: Andrew Baker

Last week, four roads in the borough were closed to allow children to play in their street.

Cecil Road in Plaistow, Sidney and Tylney Road in Forest Gate, and Mafeking Road in Canning Town, were shut for four hours.

Councillor Rachel Tripp, who joined in the fun at Cecil Road, said: “Although the weather didn’t play ball, everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

“Creating play streets is a brilliant way for all of us to reclaim our outside spaces from the motor car. It gives children and grown ups the opportunity to get active, play together, make new friends and enjoy the environment they live in.”

The council has just given the green light for up to 24 play streets a year. During the days, which are run in conjunction with campaign group London Play, high-vis vests, road signs and traffic cones are provided.

For more information on how to apply for one, visit newham.gov.uk/Pages/News/Come-out-to-play-in-Newham.aspx.

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