EVALUATION OF PLAYSTREETS REPORT 2020

I have received a report today (email me if you want a pdf copy – barry.anderson@leeds.gov.uk) from the Council on the Evaluation of Playstreets which may be of interest to you. During lockdown residents have contacted me about this topic as it has led them to think about this. I have also received emails highlighting the following:

“some simple things the council could do to give people space for social distancing, and space to walk, cycle, and safely complete their shopping or essential trips whilst there’s acres of unused road space that could temporarily be made available for people travelling on foot or cycling. Rather than restricting people’s access to space, we need to enable them to move more actively whilst maintaining social distancing, freeing up road space that’s not needed. We’ve still got pedestrians trying to pass each other safely on narrow pavements, whilst there’s acres of unused road space that could temporarily be made available for people travelling on foot or cycling.”

Are there any areas within this Ward that you would like the Council to consider after the lockdown is over bearing in mind the criteria explained in the link below e.g. discussing it with neighbours?

https://www.leeds.gov.uk/parking-roads-and-travel/licences-and-permits/play-streets

CONTEXT

Leeds Playstreets was launched in 2015 with the aim of enabling residents across Leeds to close their streets to traffic for children to play. Many of you may be aware of playstreets in your wards and the benefits they bring to the community. In 2020 we carried out an evaluation from residents involved in playstreets across the city and a report has been compiled. The report demonstrates the impact of a playstreet on all residents of the street whatever their age and creates a community where residents feel rooted and together.

Please find attached the report demonstrating the communities delivery of playstreets supporting the Children and Young People’s Plan and our Commitment to Children’s Play whilst enabling Leeds to be a Child Friendly City and protecting article 31 of UNCRC.