Croydon street voted the safest in London for children’s outdoor play

Love Lane has been declared London’s safest street for children to play on Pic: Dr Neil Clifton

Love Lane in Croydon has been voted 2017’s safest London street for children to play outdoors thanks to an agreement which sees it shut to traffic at certain times.

Croydon Council sees that the street is temporarily closed for children to play outdoors untroubled by cars.

This is the second year that Love Lane has won the award.

Councilor Stuart King, cabinet member for transport and environment, said: “Well done again to Love Lane – but also hats off to Brampton Road. This is a really great project and a real example that other schools around the borough might want to follow.”

London Play is a charity group runs the awards each year, encouraging London boroughs to provide more safe spaces for children’s outdoor activities.

London Play’s chair, Melian Mansfield said: “As the number of stories in the media highlighting concerns about children’s wellbeing, resilience and happiness continue to rise, the number of adventure playgrounds in London are in decline – with Lambeth and Enfield both closing facilities over recent months.”

“This annual event plays an important role in recognising and celebrating the life-affirming and even life-transforming role that these places play in the lives of children and young people.”

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