This Croydon street...
28 October 2016 I Croydon Advertiser
A Croydon street has been voted the best place in London for youngsters to play.
Love Lane in South Norwood has been regularly closed for a few hours each month over the past year so that local youngsters can safely play in the street, as part of Croydon Council's play streets scheme. The Love Lane scheme is one of nine across the borough, including a school-run play street in Brampton Road, Addiscombe.
At the 2016 Adventure Play Awards in Leicester Square on Thursday, the scheme was named play street of the year, beating competition from streets in Hammersmith and Fulham, Islington, Southwark and Haringey.
Stuart King, the council's cabinet member for transport and the environment, said the award shows what community projects in Croydon can achieve.
"We now have several successful Play Streets in the borough, but it's great that one of them is officially the best in London," he added.
Council Leader Tony Newman, whose Woodside ward Love Lane falls within, said he was proud residents had made such a success of the scheme.
The 2016 Adventure Play Awards were run by London Play, a charity that campaigns to give children time and space to enjoy play despite the growth of traffic, encroaching development and a more risk-averse culture.
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