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Edinburgh Playing Out Public Meeting 9th February 2016, City Chambers


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Information meeting on how to organise a playing out session on your street. Contains current developments and barriers.

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Edinburgh Playing Out Public Meeting 9th February 2016, City Chambers

  1. 1. Edinburgh Playing Out Public Meeting 7.30pm Tuesday 9 February 2016 City Chambers, Royal Mile, Edinburgh
  2. 2. Introduction Claire Wheeler, Edinburgh Playing Out 7.30pm Our Vision Louise Drumm, Edinburgh Playing Out 7.40pm Memories of Outdoor Play Margaret Wilson and friend 7.45pm Why We Like to Play Outdoors Lucy and Katie Topley 7.50pm Where We Are Now and Stumbling Blocks Edinburgh Playing Out Caroline Phipps-Urch 8.00pm Scottish Government’s Position Deborah Gallagher 8.05pm Playing Out – the Way Forward Thomas Lynch, Edinburgh Playing Out 8.10pm Plans for Playing Out Weekend 9/10 April and How to Achieve Your Street Closure Thomas Lynch, Edinburgh Playing Out 8.15pm Question and Answer Claire Wheeler, and Edinburgh Playing Out 8.25pm Thanks and Finish 8.45pm
  3. 3. Written question lodged at the Scottish Parliament by Alison Johnstone (MSP) on 8th February 2016 • ‘To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to allow children to be able to regularly play out on the streets where they live.’ • ‘To ask the Scottish Government if it has plans to publish guidance for local authorities who may seek to make repeated road closures to allow for repeated playing out on streets.’
  4. 4. City of Edinburgh Council 19 November 2015 Motion by Green Group, Title: Playing Out This Council: Welcomes the initiative ‘Playing Out’ to temporarily close individual roads to traffic in residential areas on a recurring basis to allow children’s play and notes the success of this initiative South of the border; Notes the contribution that this initiative is reported to have in facilitating contact between neighbours and building community cohesion; Recognises the significant interest from different groups of parents in various areas of Edinburgh in playing out; However, notes the regulatory hurdles encountered in obtaining permission, the prohibitive cost and the practicalities of closing roads for more than a one-off occasion; Understands that dialogue with the Scottish Government to clarify guidance around the law relating to playing out may be useful in taking the intiative forward in Scotland; and therefore Supports the Transport Convenor Cllr Lesley Hinds and the Play Champion Cllr keith Robson in their ongoing efforts to find a way to facilitate playing out in Edinburgh. Moved by Steve Burgess Seconded by Melanie Main
  5. 5. “We want Scotland to be the best place to grow up. A nation which values play as a life-enhancing daily experience for all our children and young people; in their homes, early learning and childcare settings, schools and communities.” Scottish Government Play Strategy Aileen Campbell, Minister for Children and Young People (2013)
  6. 6. United Nation Convention on the Rights of the Child In 2013, General Comment 17 on Article 31 of the United Nation Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) clarified governments’ obligations to: ‘promote, protect and fulfil’ children’s right to play by means of appropriate ‘legislation, planning and budgets’ (Governments..) “need to create time and space for children to engage in spontaneous play, recreation and creativity, and to promote societal attitudes that support and encourage such activity.” UNCRC General Comment 17
  7. 7. Galas And Events Affecting Public Roads - Guidance To Organisers (2005) Scottish Government • “Public Notification of the proposed closure will normally be given by publication of a notice in at least one local paper.” • “Roads Traffic Regulation (Special Events) Act 1994 s.16B (6) restricts orders to 1 per calendar year for any section of road unless the order has been made by the Scottish Executive or is made with the consent of the Scottish Executive.” • “There are also costs associated with traffic management which may include the placing of advance information signs, placing of cones and barriers, signing of alternative routes” • “It is for each local authority to determine if and under what circumstances they will either recharge or waive all or part of these costs. Typical circumstances for reducing or waiving costs may be where the event is either community led, is non profit making…”
  8. 8. Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 16B Restrictions on orders under s. 16A. (6)Where an order has been made under section 16A of this Act in any calendar year, no further order may be made under that section in that year so as to affect any length of road affected by the previous order, unless the further order— (a)is made by the Secretary of State as the traffic authority for the road concerned; or (b)is made with his consent.
  9. 9. Roads (Scotland) Act 1984 62 Temporary prohibition or restriction of traffic etc. on roads for reasons of public safety or convenience. (1)Where, as regards any road, an order [F1 can be made under neither section 14 nor section 16A of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (temporary prohibition or restriction of traffic and foot passage on roads in certain circumstances and in connection with certain events)] but in the opinion of the roads authority considerations of public safety or convenience require, or make it desirable that there should be, a temporary restriction on, or temporary prohibition of, traffic or foot passage on the road, the authority may make an order imposing such restriction or prohibition and (where practicable) specifying an alternative route or alternative routes.
  10. 10. Over to you • Have you signed our sign-up sheet? • Talk to your neighbours and hold a Playing Out afternoon on the weekend of 9/10 April • Take photographs and share on our Facebook Page • Let us know you are doing it • Can you help the Edinburgh Playing Out campaign? Join our group • Contact your councillor and MSP – let them know you want regular Playing Out sessions that are free of charge to communities Let’s get Edinburgh Playing Out in 2016
  11. 11. Contact us Blog Edinburgh Playing Out Facebook: Edinburgh Playing Out (Facebook) Twitter: @EdinPlayingOut Email: