Traffic was banned from a Norwich street this afternoon, as families took over the road to play with their children.

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In Norfolk’s first playing-out event, Sandringham Road, off Earlham Road, was closed to cars from 3.30pm to 5pm.

Organisers hope to apply to Norwich City Council to close off streets again in the future so that children can play outside.

But what do you think about shutting streets off to cars? Leave your comments below.

36 comments

  • chickenmamma

    Tuesday, September 25, 2012

  • Is it just me or is teaching children that playing in the road is fine isn't such a great idea...

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    whisper

    Tuesday, September 25, 2012

  • It's a well known fact that poor kids play in, grow up on, and learn their trade on the streets. Now that the economy is shot to bits and there are no proper jobs, the pretentious Golden Triangle dwellers want to get their kids in on the act. The kids learn a lot more if they play on the streets when the roads are open anyway, you won't get streetwise playing on closed roads and it restricts the playing of traditional kids games like chicken.

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    Duck and Dive in NR5

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

  • We can't turn the clocks back to how things were in some 'golden age'. Traffic using our streets is a fact of life and the very reason that the streets were constructed. Parks and gardens are for children to play in and the streets are for general access and going about our lives. seems another case where the parents do not want the bother of supervising children and want to shift the resposibilty to someone else.

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    broadsman

    Tuesday, September 25, 2012

  • You voted for this lot in May Com'on you know who you are !

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    PaulH

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

  • Anyone ever heard of parks?

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    robotsthatcare

    Tuesday, September 25, 2012

  • Ridiculous! just another way of attacking motorists and causing more traffic! what's wrong with a park or a field?

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    pointer772001

    Tuesday, September 25, 2012

  • My thoughts as already said, where will the cars get parked, the streets are already full with parked cars. And yes I agree the parks are for playing in, not the streets.

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    Christopher Neave

    Tuesday, September 25, 2012

  • I am sure this was a benefit to the community - getting to know their neighbours etc. But would the supporters of road closure get 100% if they made it permanent? I think not - perhaps the residents of Sandringham Road would like to pioneer a road closure so that their cars have to park elsewhere rather than outside their house? If road closure only happens between certain times who is going to police it? What if its raining or snowing etc and no one goes out to play? It would be nice to play in the streets, where drivers don't speed and drive appropiately when children just play in the street without it having to be closed. Also the residents will have to tolerate accidental damage to their cars by children playing.

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    NchNthMan

    Tuesday, September 25, 2012

  • People who don't like kids are really hard done by in the UK.

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    bookworm

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

  • Also, what about the noise the pollution to residents without children? Regards, Whiley.

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    Whiley Boy

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

  • As a pedestrian (for those who don't know that is someone who walks) I would love to see cars banned from all roads but as for children playing in them I can foresee problems.Our roads are not that wide so ball games may be a problem I am interested to know what games are envisaged. Waking night workers sleep or just making a noise for residents without children. Norwich has lots of parks why not use them?

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    OldGeezer68

    Tuesday, September 25, 2012

  • Sorry You is missing

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    OldGeezer68

    Tuesday, September 25, 2012

  • This has to be one of the most stupid things i have heard recently ! As responsible parents, we spend our time teaching out children road safety and awareness and not to play on roads not only for their own safety but for the safety of other road users. And here these,i can only say idiots are saying its ok to play on the roads and ignore everything you have been taught but only on this day. There are plenty of parks and fields about norwich use one of those if you dont have access to a garden, i know for some parents this would involve actually getting up and doing something with their children instead of opening the door and off their kids go, totally irresponsible behaviour on behalf of the parents involved in this ridiculous idea.

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    yaz12342

    Tuesday, September 25, 2012

  • Can we get the parks closed to PEDESTRIANS so we can drive our cars there?? No, thought not. Roads are for TRAFFIC. Paths are for PEDESTRIANS. It's a simple concept but one that is lost on many people. Children should be encouraged TO STAY OUT OF THE ROAD. We do not live in the 1800s any more. Whenever I hear of a child or pedestrian that's been run over, it always seems that they were in the road. Teach the GREEN CROSS CODE in schools. Pedestrians have to take responsibility for themselves.

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    Lord Elf

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

  • oldgeezer, has good points...why don't these parents use our lovely parks, the fresh air and walk will do both loads of good,far better than playing in road.

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    nrg

    Tuesday, September 25, 2012

  • More hysteria here. If roads are for Parking, would it be suitable to remove or crush all cars parked on pedestrian path? What is failing from this black and white debate is the children. The EDP has used an issue that is involving kids and turned it into an adults debate. fact is, when the falg wavers want to celebrate their royal shindigs, its fine to shut the economy down for yonks, but if kids want to use their street for a while, the same pumped up characters cry foul. Well done and lets have more fun for children.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

  • All well and good, but what happens when the road(s) re-open and the kids forget it is a live road, and a car hits them. ? Who will be held responsible then ?.

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    "V"

    Tuesday, September 25, 2012

  • ban ball games and noisy kids in the streets.broken gnomes and windows.

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    bookworm

    Tuesday, September 25, 2012

  • Another scheme that panders to some fat old whelk that can't be bothered to switch off Jeremy Kyle and waddle to the park with their kids. When will people finally get sick of this terrible culture we live in and start making a stand?

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    dribblin_spaniel

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

  • Surely the last thing that we should be doing is to encourage children to play in the road. Parks, fields and the playground is where a child should be getting their exercise. This seems like a foolish idea at best and one that wrongly penalises the motorist once more. As a child, my pops would have taken me to wood shed if I played in the street, God rest his soul. I'd much rather children get on with playing with their consoles, AndyPads, watching T.V, reading and homework than close the roads. It's the opposite to road safety by allowing the children to play in the road. Regards, Whiley.

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    Whiley Boy

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

  • Chickenmamma pinned it. Being a rural kid I had no experience of playing in streets until I spent time in a northern city in the early 70s. The streets I knew there had few car owners and kids just walked out of their doors and played with their mates on the pavements and in the road-getting out of the way when a car did come. The element of supervision did not come into it-their mums were either doing housework or at work. The shame is that play streets are not practicable now with so many valuable parked cars, but that so few children ever get the freedom to play unsupervised by adults, especially those who do not have gardens.

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    Daisy Roots

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

  • kids should play in sports hallsschools or parks. keep them off the roads bothering adult drivers.some posters think they are in the 1920s playing hopscotch and conkers everywhere.mug of bovril and a corned beef fritter for tea.doffing caps to the gentry who have cars....

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    bookworm

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

  • what trade do kids learn on the streets pray tell?mind boggles.

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    bookworm

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

  • these green politicians want us to go back to Victorian England.car owners are milked dry for their cash but are restricted and bullied all the time.am fed up with these plots and plans against the car.it cant be uninvented . we dont live at LARKRISE(larkrise to candle ford)

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    bookworm

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

  • Just did a quick Google 15min Walk to Heigham Park 30min to Eaton Park. Even if you doubled the time they are not very far away. The exercise would do and the children good.

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    OldGeezer68

    Tuesday, September 25, 2012

  • This has to be one of the most stupid things i have heard recently ! As responsible parents, we spend our time teaching out children road safety and awareness and not to play on roads not only for their own safety but for the safety of other road users. And here these,i can only say idiots are saying its ok to play on the roads and ignore everything you have been taught but only on this day. There are plenty of parks and fields about norwich use one of those if you dont have access to a garden, i know for some parents this would involve actually getting up and doing something with their children instead of opening the door and off their kids go, totally irresponsible behaviour on behalf of the parents involved in this ridiculous idea.

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    yaz12342

    Tuesday, September 25, 2012

  • Total insanity! If kids look upon playing in the street as normal,they are setting themselves up as potential casualties! We have had to suffer a swathe of so called road safety measures now some fruitcake thinks it is a good idea to condition kids to playing in the road,Jesus Wept!

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    Harry Rabinowitz

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

  • Behind this playing in the road madness - is probably an anti-car commie greenie group...the usual suspects...parting with the 30 squid must've been painful for the road closure...but I'm sure some deal will be struck, for the hard-pressed taxpayer that will end up paying the tab.

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    nrg

    Tuesday, September 25, 2012

  • This is a brilliant idea - check out the video. What exactly is life all about? If it is not about letting children have some fun then I don't know. I just cannot accept it is more important to look after a machine than a child. I'm largely a night worker but kids playing wouldn't keep me awake as it is a natural noise. Why should they have to go to the park. People would only complain about their scooters on the paths. It is about informally associating with other kids in an unplanned way.

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    oldowl

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

  • kids should be seen and not heard.thier opinions should not count.

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    bookworm

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

  • i once read of an area where no kids were allowed.like a wonderful housing estate. parks and sports halls are where kids should go.

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    bookworm

    Tuesday, September 25, 2012

  • What did the children think of their street being closed for playing? Does that not matter in this debate?

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

  • Another scheme that panders to some fat old whelk that can't be bothered to switch off Jeremy Kyle and waddle to the park with their kids. When will people finally get sick of this terrible culture we live in and start making a stand?

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    dribblin_spaniel

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

  • When we saw the closure tonight it looked fun and the children were excited by the idea but around the table tonight these are the conclusions are children (age range 6-14) came to of their own accord: 1) Everyone would need to move their cars, some people wont agree to this and anyway where will we put them all? 2) At the moment it is supervised - would it be a rota of supervision all the time? If it was we wouldnt like it or use it and if it wasn't we expect it would get out of hand. 3) How would we run it? Would it be our street only? What if our cousin or friend was visiting? Would we need to choose to stay in? It would quickly get overrun with visiting children. 4) Ball games would have to be banned.

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    chickenmamma

    Tuesday, September 25, 2012

  • Already been said, it is a stupid idea .Iam sure most of the houses in the area have gardens. the roads are designed for transport not play areas, if the gardens are not big enough let the lazy parents get off thier backsides and take thier kids to the park ,I note this seems to have taken place in one of the more affluent area's of Norwich no doubt encouraged by the local green fanatics.

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    BNP4GB

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

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