The man on a mission to go back to the days where the streets were an open and safe haven for play has organised the borough's first street party in Hanworth , this Sunday (13).

Barry O'Donovan who works part-time for London Play and is a part-time supply teacher brought the idea of the Street Play Project to the borough less than two months ago.

Now with the help of Hounslow Community Cohesion they have arranged for neighbours to come together for fun and games on their doorstep.

So far one neighbour has said she will bring a barbecue, while another will provide music with a sound system and a DJ, plus London Play will provide some chalk, clay and balloons to get the party started.

The rest is in the hands of the community who are invited to bring along whatever they would like.

Barry O'Donovan, of London Play, has been touring Hounslow borough on his bike speaking to residents and trying to encourage them to hold street parties and street play events
 

The father-of-three  said: "Even though the aim is to have play streets, it is also just as much a target to have adults on the street talking and getting to know each other and thereby building greater social cohesion.

"This is what has happened on play streets in many other London boroughs.

The difference in Hounslow is that, unlike in other areas, it is the council that has invited it to happen as opposed to waiting for local people.

"Hounslow wants to target mainly disadvantaged areas, where children and adults may not have the opportunities that are open to people in more affluent areas.

In a bid to boost community spirit, Mr O'Donovan hopes a regular road closure for a play street will be the future.

The Hanworth street party will be held on Swift Road, on the edge of Oriel Estate, from 1pm to 6pm.