For the fourth year in a row, residents of Cornhill Terrace have held an amazing street party.
As you can see everyone pitches in with food, tables and chairs, whilst the kids get to play in a street without the fear of being squashed by traffic.
Like all good ideas, it’s really simple.
It was local resident and photographer Rachel Hein who took these photos and shared them on Instagram.
She said: “The street party is a fantastic event which brings neighbours together not just from Cornhill Terrace but also the surrounding streets. The colonies were designed to help foster community spirit and it’s great to see that ethos is still in action almost 150 years later.
“The party is featured in Richard Rodgers book ‘Edinburgh’s colonies’ as an example of community spirit in the colonies.”
You can probably overcomplicate something which is really very simple, but it’s interesting that there is some evidence that parents are likely to be significantly happier about letting their children play out in the street after meeting the neighbours at a street party.
Regrettably, we know that it can become a bit of a bureaucratic maze to close some streets – even for an afternoon. For example, Greener Leith had to pay more than £1000 to the council to close the Shore for a Sunday afternoon in order to hold a car free day there in 2009.
However, more recently the council has consulted on the idea of “School streets,” which would see the streets outside schools closed to traffic in some places on a regular basis.
In our submission to the same consultation, we proposed that the council should consider following Bristol’s lead, and make it easy for people to set up “play streets,” where there is a local demand for it.