Children across Croydon will have the chance to play on the streets this weekend as the borough celebrates World Car Free Day.

Nine different Play Streets, including two outside schools, will see roads temporarily closed to through traffic on Friday and Sunday.

Residents and emergency services will still be allowed access via a staffed barrier in each road.

Councillor Stuart King, cabinet lead for environment and transport, said: “Play Streets show the real strengths of our communities, offering neighbours and children a safe space to socialise and play.

“Play Streets are a fantastic way of getting people together and allowing children to reclaim their streets.”

Robert Fitzroy Academy will host a school Play Street on Brampton Road from 2.30pm to 5pm on Friday September 27 and Cypress School will host one on Cypress Road from 2pm to 5.30pm on the same day.

The Play Streets were all set up after residents approached the council to ask for help organising their event.

They will take place on:

• Orleans Road, Upper Norwood, between 2.30pm and 5.30pm on Sunday September 22

• Farm Fields, Sanderstead, between 1.20pm and 4.30pm on Sunday September 22

• Cumberland Road, Woodside, between 10am and 6pm on Sunday September 22

• Westfield Avenue, Sanderstead, between 2pm and 5pm on Sunday September 22

• Churchill Road, Purley Oaks, between 9.30am and 6pm on Sunday September 22

• South Vale, Crystal Palace, between 10am and 12pm on Sunday September 22

• Apostle Way, Thornton Heath, between 1pm and 2pm on Sunday September 22