Salford is set to see ‘play streets’ reintroduced to the borough once again 90 years after it pioneered the scheme in England.
The launch of the pilot scheme was confirmed by Salford City Council during a council meeting yesterday.
As part of the project, streets in the borough of Salford will be shut for four hours a day to allow children to safely play out and residents of the streets will be in charge of the closures with help from the council. The streets will be put forward by the residents themselves and will need at least 60% of the neighbourhood to be in favour of creating a ‘Play Street’.
The idea behind the scheme is that residents will be able to close off their street to vehicles and allow children to play safely, without the risk of oncoming traffic.
Those affected by the street closures will be consulted and Salford City Council is planning on releasing a consultation in due course, with guidance and risk assessment forms for residents who put themselves forward as organisers.
Applications for Play Streets will only be considered on roads managed by the council, cul-de-sacs, through-route roads with low traffic numbers, and in areas with suitable alternatives for drivers.
Through traffic will be diverted, and residents who live on the streets will not have to move their cars.
They will be free to enter or leave the street, however, will be asked to drive at ‘walking speed’ and will be escorted by a volunteer.
This modern re-invention of the scheme is hoping to encourage young Salfordians to be more active, and to enable stronger neighbourhood bonds through the increase of friendships among children and adults.
The ‘Play Street’ project was first introduced in Salford back in the 1930s.
It was the first place in the country to introduce a play street, and came after then Salford Chief Constable, Major Cedric Valentine Godfrey, brought the idea to the city upon seeing how the concept worked in the tightly-packed districts of The Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, and Manhattan in New York.
Derek Antrobus – Lead Member for Planning and Sustainable Development at Salford City Council – said: “Salford, historically has been a leader in the creation of play streets.
“This is the modern version of it.
“It allows residents to close off their street for events, regular play activities, but it was a convoluted experience for people to go to and what we’ve done is to try to cut through all the red tape and make it easier for communities to create safe spaces for their children and families.
“It’s a response to what the communities were demanding and we’ve managed to address it in a very sensible way.”
First images of King Charles III on new coins revealed
The first images of King Charles III‘s likeness on the next 50p coin have been unveiled by the Royal Mint as the nation prepares to transition into a new form of currency.
Revealed on Friday, 30 September, the UK’s official coin maker unveiled the first piece of legal tender. The incoming 50p features Charles’ face in the classic profile position and a new design on the reverse that harks back to the design featured on Queen Elizabeth II‘s 1953 coronation coin.
As you can see, the new coin includes the four quarters of the Royal Arms depicted within a shield and in between each shield is an emblem of the home nations; a rose, a thistle, a shamrock and a leek.
Martin Jennings, Designer of His Majesty King Charles III’s effigy, said in a press release: “It is a privilege to sculpt the first official effigy of His Majesty and to receive his personal approval for the design.
“The portrait was sculpted from a photograph of The King, and was inspired by the iconic effigies that have graced Britain’s coins over the centuries. It is the smallest work I have created, but it is humbling to know it will be seen and held by people around the world for centuries to come.”
Jennings is also responsible for designing the new commemorative £5 coin, customary for marked occasions such as the change over of monarchs.
The limited edition £5 coin will form part of a wider memorial coin collection following the passing of Britain’s longest-reigning monarch.
There is an estimated £4.5 billion worth of existing currency – approximately 27 billion coins of various denominations alone – thought to be in circulation, not to mention things like stamps, meaning that we will likely have to get used to carrying both old and new coins.
This isn’t the only significant change Britons can expect either, as earlier this week the Royal Family revealed the new King’s new cypher which will replace the Queen’s ‘EIIR’ seal across the UK, such as on the gates of Buckingham Palace and on postboxes.
‘Loyal’ Cheshire Police dog scoops prestigious crime fighting award
A Cheshire police dog and his handler scooped a coveted crime fighting prize at a prestigious awards ceremony last week.
PC Chris McDonough, 31, and his three-year-old companion Police Dog Toro have formed an incredible partnership over the last two years they have worked together at the Alliance Policing dog section for Cheshire and North Wales, and to prove just what a brilliant team they are, the duo have received national recognition for their commitment to the job at the second annual Thin Blue Paw Awards.
The pair won the ‘Crime Fighting Duo Award’ at a glittering presentation ceremony held at Knebworth Park last Thursday.
The popular Crime Fighting Duo Award award celebrates a serving police dog and handler team who are constantly achieving outstanding operational results.
The pair were nominated for the award by Chief Inspector Simon Newell for their excellent achievements over the last year – which have included finding missing people, runaway suspects, and stolen property, and for making more than 20 arrests.
They also supported the firearms section in major call-outs, and kept world leaders safe at the 2021 G7 Summit in Cornwall.
“When I found out that we were getting the award, it was really humbling and overwhelming,” PC Chris McDonough said on receiving the award.
“For once, I was speechless.
“It’s nice to just get nominated for an award and to have a little bit of recognition for the work that PD Toro and I are doing, so to find out that we had actually won was great – I was made up.”
Chief Inspector Newall added of the duo’s award-winning success: “The road to becoming a dog handler and getting your own crime fighting canine is an arduous one which takes dedication and skill.
“PC Chris McDonough and PD Toro have done us proud, and their exploits highlight what the team are doing to keep residents in Cheshire and North Wales safe, often in difficult and sometimes dangerous circumstances.
“This award recognises PC McDonough’s handling abilities and tenacious PD Toro’s fantastic loyalty.
“Their partnership has gone from strength to strength, and they are now a formidable crime fighting duo with an incredible ‘rap sheet’.”