Street parties in support of Big Lunch

Published Monday, 27 February 2017

Applications from residents and Street Friends applying to hold a street party in support of the Big Lunch 2017 are again being processed free of charge.

By bulk processing the anticipated larger number of applications, efficiencies are made, enabling the potential associated road closures to be processed without the normal road closure fee.  Residents are advised that they need to apply by 31 March 2017 to hold a street party on the weekend of Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 June.

“The community spirit that weekends like this generate sits perfectly alongside Bromley’s ‘Street Friends’ volunteering ethos, so I am delighted to be able to confirm that the council will support the initiative again this year, with all legal and administration costs being waived for applications received for 17 and 18 June” said Councillor Colin Smith, Executive Councillor for Environment.

Councillor Smith continued, “A street party can be a perfect way to get together with old acquaintances, as well to meet and befriend others living nearby who have perhaps only recently moved in, helping to forge stronger bonds along our streets and neighbourhoods and we can all make a difference by getting involved.  If this strikes a chord with you, why not give it a go in your road this year?  If you are so minded, please don’t miss the cut-off date for applications of 1 April though.” 

Applicants for street parties are being encouraged to apply in good time, to allow for the application to be processed and potential road closure orders to be issued. Whilst party organisers always need the council’s permission to hold an event on the road or pavement, fees only normally apply if a road needs to be closed.   

Applications for street parties received after 1 April may not be able to be processed in time, due to legal requirements.  Once approved, the council will inform the emergency services, public utility and bus companies of the planned street party.

Party organisers are not required to have public liability insurance cover for their event but it is strongly recommended. However, they must ensure that certain conditions are met. These include having diversion and warning signs, with flashing lamps at each vehicle access point and being able to easily remove tables, chairs and other temporary objects to allow access for emergency vehicles. Similarly, banners and bunting hanging across the road must be secured at a height of at least 7 metres. 

Street party information and application forms or call 0300 303 8658.

ENDS 

For media enquiries, please contact Andrew Rogers, Communications Executive, on 020 8461 7670 or email andrew.rogers@bromley.gov.uk