15 January 2014 I Greater London Authority
Draft Further Alterations to the London Plan (FALP) have been published for a twelve week period of public consultation. Chapter 3 is of most relevance to play - however no major changes have been proposed to the wording here. FALP have been prepared primarily to address key housing and employment issues emerging from an analysis of census data released since the publication of the London Plan in July 2012, and which indicate a substantial increase in the capital’s population. For more information and how to contribute click here
25 June 2014 I Changing London
What if the Mayor, its businesses, public services, charities and citizens determined to make London the greatest place on Earth to raise a child? This is the question that the first in a series of papers which aim to inspire a vision for the next Mayor of London. This paper envisages 1,000 play streets across the city, set up by parents with the 'presumption of consent' from local authorities - and draws inspiration from the former Mayor of Bogotá, Enrique Peñalosa (among others) who said: "If only children had as much public space as cars, most cities in the world would become marvellous." Download below or go to the Changing London website.
16 July 2014 I London Councils
London needs to create 133,000 more primary and secondary school places by 2018. Two thirds of London boroughs will need to increase primary school capacity by over 10 per cent in the next six years. But they face a number of challenges in doing so - not least of which is a lack of available land to build on. This report calls on the government to provide sufficient funding for councils to provide adequate places for pupils. London Play would add to that, a call for spaces to be created without sacrificing space for children to play.
15 October 2014 I London Health Commission
Better Health for London proposes tough measures to combat the threats posed by tobacco, alcohol, obesity, lack of exercise and pollution, which harm millions of people. Together the proposals amount to the biggest public health drive in the world. It contains over 60 recommendations and sets out 10 ambitions for the city with targets.
When it comes to obesity it places more emphasis on diet than on physical activity however it contains a number of recommendations for improving the health of London's children. Download it here
A city that does no harm and tackles sickness at source
04 December 2014 I Changing London
This paper is the fifth in the Changing London series and challenges the next Mayor of London to make the capital the healthiest major global city. Proposals include large scale investment in safe infrastructure to encourage more walking and cycling – cycling lanes, pavements, crossings, closing roads to cars, as well as banning fast food outlets near schools and smoking in parks.
Download the report here
December 2014 I London Play
Do you want your street to be friendlier and safer; more sociable, happier, healthier? Of course you do! This easy to read guide from London Play is for anyone who wants to know how to go about making their street a Play Street - that is, getting together with your neighbours and agreeing to close the street to through traffic a few hours a week or a month, so that children can play and neighbours can get to know each other better. It is really simple but the transformation that you will see is incredible. Trust us - we know what we are talking about! Download the guide below or request print copies via firstname.lastname@example.org
London's Health and Wellbeing Boards
18 March 2015 I London Councils
This report looks at the position of Health and Wellbeing Boards (HWBs) in London, two years on from their implementation. It finds that while some HWBs have had a significant impact on specific issues, most boards report that they are 'on a journey'. Encouragingly the top priorities identified by London HWBs chime closely with the outcomes that arise from better play opportunities for children - namely reducing child inequalities, healthy lifestyles, mental health and obesity. Read the full report here.
11 May 2015 I London Mayor
This report highlights the extent to which London has become more welcoming and friendly to all communities, on the back of hosting the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. It also sets out what we intend to do to make London an even friendlier city. The concept of 'lifetime neighbourhoods' where the needs of all age groups are catered for - including play opportunities for children.
Download the report here
30 June 2015 I London Wildlife Trust
The LWF's five year strategic plan highlights the "unprecedented challenge" ahead for London in meeting the essential needs of a growing population. The natural spaces in London face pressures from development and climate change, while the resources to manage them are increasingly vulnerable to public austerity. The trust believes it is possible to balance responsible development whilst protecting the city’s nature and enhancing her biodiversity. This plan places the trust at the heart of addressing this challenge and includes plans for major partnership projects to establish Woodberry Wetlands and Walthamstow Wetlands as freely accessible, natural destinations in north-east London as well as new visitor centres at Gunnersbury Triangle and Camley Street Natural Park. Download the full report here.
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