A huge Play Street event is coming to Merton and people are being encouraged to submit their party forms.

Play Streets can be organised by groups of neighbours who agree to close their roads temporarily to through traffic.

As part of World Car Free Day on September 22, Merton Council has decided to waive the fees for temporary street closures and is hoping as many people as possible take part.

Cabinet member for adult social care, health and the environment, Councillor Tobin Byers, said: “I am delighted that Merton is taking part in Car Free Day as it is a great chance to liberate the streets from the dominance of cars and other vehicles.

"We are keen to support residents hosting Play Street events as they provide a wonderful opportunity for children to have fun getting active in cleaner air and for neighbours to come together and enjoy themselves.”

“We want as many children as possible across Merton to take over the streets and play freely and safely.

"We hope people will enjoy seeing their street being transformed into community fun space so much they will go on to make these special moments regular events.”

The council added that that people should still be able to get to their homes by car, during the temporary road closures, as residents often act as wardens to allow neighbours to access the street.

People have until August 30 to make applications. For advice and support on making applications and organising Play Street events visit www.merton.gov.uk/playstreets