Smoke free play areas

From 1 June, council owned play parks within the Malvern Hills district became voluntary smoke free zones as a result of us signing the Local Government Declaration on Tobacco Control. View the declaration here.

The declaration is a statement of Malvern Hills District Council’s commitment to address the harm caused by tobacco as part of our priorities; to build stronger and healthier communities and make the most of our superb environment. 

Voluntary smoke free zones have been introduced in seven of our play areas:

  • Priory Park, Malvern
  • Dean Close, Powick
  • Montgomery Close, Powick
  • Milestone Road, Upton
  • Gainsborough Close,Welland
  • Gifford Drive, Welland
  • Blandford Close, Welland

Smoke free zones have already been successfully introduced by several local authorities across the country. Evidence shows the benefits of introducing smoke free play areas includes:

  • Decreases the opportunity for children to see adults smoking around them
  • Creates an environment in which smoking in not seen as the norm thus potentially motivating smokers to cut down or to quit
  • Protects the environment and saving local authorities money by reducing tobacco- related litter
  • Offers further protection from the harmful effects of second-hand smoke.

If you would like to discuss anything to do with smoke free play areas in Malvern Hills district email communityservices@malvernhills.gov.uk.