Reading launches 'Play Streets' children's safety scheme
Residents in Reading can apply to temporarily close residential roads to allow their children to play safely.
The borough council is trialling a Play Streets scheme, which closes streets for a few hours every fortnight.
The application is free but residents will be responsible for appropriate signage and marshalling the closure.
Applicants need to obtain signatures from at least two-thirds of residents who live on the street for their bids to be considered.
A Play Street can be created for up to three hours, on any day of the week, and up to once every fortnight.
A council spokesman said it could also benefit adults who could "get to know neighbours they've not met before".