For one day only, the cost to host a street part in Wandsworth next month won't cost you a penny.

Last week the Wandsworth Times reported the concerns of councillor Jo Rigby, who was frustrated that the council had not yet joined in with neighbouring boroughs to waive to regular fee associated with closing a road, for Car Free Day on September 22.

But today the council announced that street party organisers will not have to pay the normal charges associated with a closure.

Instead the charge has been waived and the organisers will be free to spend that money on extra bunting, food and drink.

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This was welcome news to Cllr Rigby who said: “This is amazing news.

"There had been real resistance to this idea, but times are changing and the future is low traffic, with communities getting to know each other again.

"Wandsworth residents can now enjoy a day watching kids play out and meeting neighbours.

"This is how we build community. Thank you Wandsworth Council.”

Last month the council approved the borough’s first “Play Streets” scheme outside Granard School in Putney, which saw dozens of children and their parents enjoying a car free playtime outside the school gates.

And proposals have been drawn up to pilot a similar “School Streets” initiative at five local primary schools in the coming academic year.

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Transport spokesman Cllr Paul Ellis said: “Car Free Day will give our residents the opportunity to stage some fantastic community events that provide safe outdoor space for families to enjoy while at the same time encouraging others to give up their cars for the day and use other forms of sustainable transport.

“This is just one of a number of initiatives in our climate change programme to encourage residents to live more sustainable lives.

"These include walking and cycling more, joining one of our many car clubs, taking advantage of an increasing number of electric car charging points and minimising household waste by reusing and recycling more.

“And we hope that even if people don’t attend a street party on Car Free Day they will pay attention to the message and minimise their use of cars whenever possible, not just on September 22, but at all other times too.”

The normal costs involved with a pre-planned road closures, such as drawing up and publishing legal notices, will be met using specific funds promoting sustainable travel and air quality initiatives.

Residents have until August 23 to apply for a free street closure.